Quinta do Lago’s South Course has been given a modern makeover as part of a new €7m golf course investment programme at the luxury Portuguese resort in the Algarve this summer.
The upgrade of the iconic layout (the15th hole pictured above), an eight-time host of the Portuguese Open, was the centrepiece of a multi-million euro golf improvement plan completed earlier this fall.
As part of the South Course’s major overhaul, all fairways, bunkers, tees and green surrounds were revamped as well as subtle changes being made to a number of holes to enhance the playing experience.
The improvements were carried out with sustainable goals in mind as the resort team worked with the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) Foundation to enhance its environmental stewardship.
Sean Moriarty, CEO at Quinta do Lago, said: «The South Course has played an integral part in the history of the resort and holds a special place in the hearts of so many of our residents and guests. As an eight-time host of the Portuguese Open, it is truly an iconic golfing venue and the enhancement programme that we’ve devised will help to ensure that it strengthens its position at the forefront of European golf.»
In addition, Quinta do Lago’s other two 18-hole championship courses, the North Course and Laranjal, will also undergo significant maintenance improvements. The resort has invested in a new fleet of state-of-the-art electric golf buggies. Also, golfers could enjoy the reopening of the main clubhouse following an extensive refurbishment.
Away from the South Course, Quinta do Lago invested heavily in improving the naturalised cart parts at Laranjal as well as carrying out extensive drainage work to the par-five 16th hole to capture and divert natural spring water to be reused as irrigation.
Both Laranjal and the North Course, which underwent a €9.6m renovation in October 2014, was given their annual aeration work early to ensure that the remained in pristine condition for the remainder of the year.
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