A n eight-time host of the Portuguese Open, the popular layout will reopen on the 1st September, following a major overhaul over the last 18 months – the centrepiece of a multi-million Euro golf investment undertaken by Europe’s premier luxury golf and lifestyle resort.
Among the improvements made, all of the South Course’s fairways, bunkers, tees and green surrounds have received an upgrade, with subtle changes also being made to a number of holes to enhance the golfing experience.
Quinta do Lago’s Golf Course Superintendent, Mark Tupling and his team worked with the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) Foundation to reduce use of non-renewable resources on the golf course, including a state-of-the-art irrigation system and a planting scheme to increase biodiversity.
A favourite among European Tour professionals, Quinta do Lago’s South Course is regularly ranked among Europe’s top 100 golf courses. The par-72 layout is regarded as one of Portugal’s premier golfing venues and the improvement programme has been undertaken to enhance its reputation even further.
Among the work to have taken place, and to help provide a consistent playing experience, all the fairways, approaches, greens collars and tees have been resurfaced with a hybrid type of Bermuda grass.
All 48 bunkers on the course have been restored to their original size, with new drainage and sand added and compacted, while several bunkers previously within the pine tree canopy have been adjusted to give access to the green and two bunkers relocated to favour the modern game.
In addition, the lakes on the third and 17th holes have been upgraded with new retaining walls giving a sharp modern look consistent with the other lakes on the course; the fairway on the eighth hole has been softened and a number of pine trees relocated to allow greater access to the green; and golfers will face a new challenge on the 16th hole with the lake behind the green brought into play, adding drama to the closing holes.
Away from the South Course, Quinta do Lago’s other two 18-hole championship courses – the North Course and Laranjal – have also undergone significant maintenance improvement programmes since last spring, while the resort has also invested in a new fleet of state-of-the-art electric golf buggies, launched a new Asian restaurant UMAMI and reopened its main golf clubhouse following extensive refurbishment.
For more details on playing golf at Quinta do Lago and to book, visit www.quintadolago.com or call us on +351 289 390 700.