Quinta do Lago

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Quinta do Lago
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Club information
Location Algarve, Portugal
Established 1974
Type Private
Total holes 54
Tournaments hosted Portuguese Open
Website www.quintadolago.com
North Course
Designed by William Mitchell,
Joseph Lee,
Rocky Roquemore
Par 72
Length 6,126 metres
South Course
Designed by William Mitchell
Par 72
Length 6,488 metres
Laranjal
Designed by Santana da Silva
Par 72
Length 6,480 metres

Quinta do Lago is a golf resort and residential estate located to the west of Faro Airport in the Algarve region of Portugal. It comprises one of the three corners of what is today known as Algarve's Golden Triangle.

History[edit]

Quinta do Lago was founded by in 1971 Polish-Brazilian property developer André Jordan (born André Franz Spitzman Jordan), three years after the end of the Salazar's rule.

The original 550 hectare site, "Quinta dos Ramalhos" (Ramalhos Estate) contained the ruins of an old farmhouse (today "Casa Velha", having been rebuilt as a restaurant in 1972) and a stone pine forest adjacent to both the Ria Formosa and the growing resort of Vale do Lobo which had been founded eight years earlier. Jordan’s company, Planal, acquired the property on the 20th December 1971. The large beach-lined estate had been previously owned by the Pinto de Magalhães family for more than 300 years. Within three years, a bridge to the beach had been built to the beach, the lake was created over the salty sands, and 27 holes of golf designed by architecht William F. Mitchell had been completed.

Following the 1974 Carnation revolution, Andre Jordan returned to Brazil, leaving the Portuguese state to manage. The inauguration of the golf courses in 1974 was presided over by revolutionary leader Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, and in 1976 the Portuguese Open was held in Quinta do Lago for the first time.

In 1981 Portuguese politics stabilized and Quinta do Lago management was returned to Planal, and Jordan returned to Portugal.[1] The Portuguese Open was again held in Quinta do Lago in 1984-86. In 1986 the Four Seasons Country Club opened in the heart of Quinta, followed by the Four Seasons Fairways; neither resort is related to the Canadian Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts group.

In 1987 Jordan sold the resort (i.e. Planal, the holding company) to a consortium of British shareholders headed by Roger Abraham, a former banker at Chase Manhattan Bank, and food entrepreneur David Thompson. By 1989 Abraham had withdrawn and Thompson headed the resort alone. The Portuguese Open was held in the resort again in 1988-90 and in 2001.

In 1998 Planal was acquired by Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien.

North Course[edit]

Scorecard[edit]

Hole Par Whites Length Yellows Length Reds Length
1 4 367mt / 401yd 340mt / 372yd 300mt / 328yd
2 3 180mt / 197yd 145mt / 159yd 110mt / 120yd
3 5 482mt / 527yd 452mt / 494yd 406mt / 444yd
4 4 380mt / 416yd 350mt / 383yd 330mt / 361yd
5 4 345mt / 377yd 320mt / 350yd 310mt / 339yd
6 4 319mt / 349yd 307mt / 336yd 268mt / 293yd
7 5 504mt / 551yd 484mt / 529yd 368mt / 402yd
8 3 153mt / 167yd 140mt / 153yd 120mt / 131yd
9 4 380mt / 416yd 367mt / 401yd 326mt / 357yd
Out 36 2732mt / 3401yd 2905mt / 3177yd 2538mt / 2776yd
10 4 358mt / 392yd 349mt / 382yd 326mt / 357yd
11 5 465mt / 509yd 512mt / 560yd 560mt / 612yd
12 4 329mt / 360yd 315mt / 344yd 229mt / 250yd
13 4 374mt / 409yd 358mt / 392yd 328mt / 359yd
14 3 154mt / 168yd 141mt / 154yd 114mt / 125yd
15 4 370mt / 405yd 335mt / 366yd 310mt / 339yd
16 3 160mt / 175yd 130mt / 142yd 95mt / 104yd
17 4 326mt / 357yd 301mt / 329yd 245mt / 268yd
18 5 480mt / 525yd 440mt / 481yd 385mt / 421yd
In 36 2732mt / 3298yd 2881mt / 3151yd 2592mt / 2835yd
Total 72 6126mt / 6699yd 5786mt / 6328yd 5130mt / 5610yd

South Course[edit]

Scorecard[edit]

Hole Par Whites Length Yellows Length Reds Length
1 4 390mt / 427yd 345mt / 377yd 320mt / 350yd
2 5 500mt / 547yd 470mt / 514yd 415mt / 454yd
3 4 387mt / 423yd 350mt / 383yd 285mt / 312yd
4 3 171mt / 187yd 135mt / 148yd 110mt / 120yd
5 5 505mt / 552yd 480mt / 525yd 435mt / 476yd
6 4 350mt / 383yd 315mt / 344yd 290mt / 317yd
7 3 182mt / 199yd 160mt / 175yd 142mt / 155yd
8 4 385mt / 421yd 350mt / 383yd 320mt / 350yd
9 4 355mt / 388yd 320mt / 350yd 290mt / 317yd
Out 36 2732mt / 3527yd 2925mt / 3199yd 2607mt / 2851yd
10 4 410mt / 448yd 375mt / 410yd 340mt / 372yd
11 3 190mt / 208yd 160mt / 175yd 112mt / 122yd
12 5 460mt / 503yd 425mt / 465yd 380mt / 416yd
13 4 325mt / 355yd 285mt / 312yd 255mt / 279yd
14 4 383mt / 419yd 350mt / 383yd 300mt / 328yd
15 3 200mt / 219yd 160mt / 175yd 125mt / 137yd
16 4 372mt / 407yd 330mt / 361yd 270mt / 295yd
17 5 510mt / 558yd 490mt / 536yd 465mt / 509yd
18 4 413mt / 452yd 370mt / 405yd 338mt / 370yd
In 36 2732mt / 3568yd 2945mt / 3221yd 2585mt / 2827yd
Total 72 6488mt / 7095yd 5870mt / 6420yd 5192mt / 5678yd

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