Big news amongst golfers in the Algarve this month is the opening of Quinta do Lago’s new North Course, on 7th October.
The course has been totally redesigned by renowned American architect Beau Welling, in collaboration with Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, with the revamp costing around €9.6million. It also reinforces why Quinta do Lago is one of the most desirable places to own property in the Algarve.
The new North Course has been redeveloped with the emphasis firmly on precision and strategy. While many modern-day developments tend to focus on length, Welling and McGinley were keen to design a golfing experience where accuracy and course management are the key factors, as well as make the course playable and fun for golfers of all abilities.
All greens, tees, bunkers, irrigation, drainage systems and cart paths have been rebuilt using the latest state-of-the-art technology, with multiple sets of tees introduced on each hole to accommodate players of all levels and a new all-encompassing short game area.
While the routing of the course has not changed, Quinta do Lago has addressed golf course strategy to make the par-72 layout significantly more playable for all golfers, while still being a challenging test for the better players.
McGinley said: “I’ve been coming to Quinta do Lago with my family for many years now and it keeps getting better and better. The new design will test golfers in many different ways and I believe this is a great addition to Europe’s leading destination.”
And John Dwyer, chief executive of Quinta do Lago, commented: “I think people will be blown away by the North Course. It is going to be very different but very playable and a real challenge, and it will be one that members and visitors will want to play again and again.”