Quinta do Lago Laranjal

On the outskirts of Quinta do Lago in a former orange grove
Sunday, 31 January 2016 | Sport

Our last round of golf in Quinta do Lago in January 2016 lead us to Laranjal, the most recently built of the three courses of Quinta do Lago, erected in the terrain of a former orange grove. Due to the excellent winter weather the course was already very busy in the morning, so we started together with a couple from England.

The course on the eastern outskirts of  the resort can be accessed from Quinta do Lago in a few minutes by car on a narrow countryside road, crossing a small so called “Roman” bridge. It is located in the plane countryside, surrounded by farmland. Already on arrival you enjoy the excellent service; our golf bags are installed on a buggy that is recommended for this large course. There is a short drive to the driving range on the opposite side of the access road.

Different from other courses in the area you don’t have the impression to be lost in a residential estate with exclusive villas – it’s just a great golf course without any annoying construction. Let’s hope that despite of the ongoing building frenzy in many places of the Algarve this course manages to keep its unique character. The wide and very well maintained fairways are lined by orange trees, cork oaks and various species of pine trees. The extremely large bunkers protecting the greens and along the fairways provide a special challenge.

Our summary after three rounds of winter golf in Quinta do Lago: Laranjal is the most demanding and nicest one, the ageing South Course has nevertheless kept its character and charm, whereas the North Course may disappoint many golfers after its renovation.