Nature and prestige

Quinta do Lago Golf Resort is one of the most exclusive golf complexes in the whole of Europe, and its three golf courses offer prestige and premium quality. Located in the Algarve, Quinta do Lago is part of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, an ecosystem that is home to a huge variety of birdlife.

A favourite among European Tour professionals, the Quinta do Lago South Golf Course calls for accurate drivers and precise shots. Regularly included in Golf World magazine's list of 'Top 100 golf courses in Europe', the par-72 layout has received widespread praise for its strategically-placed hazards and varying difficulty.

A well known course

The Quinta do Lago South Golf Course is a favourite among European Tour Professionals. This golf course, designed by William Mitchell and inaugurated in 1974, became world known after hosting the Portuguese Open on 8 occasions - the latest in 2001.

Quinta do Lago South requires accuracy, with trouble waiting for a miss-hit shot. Players have several ways to approach the greens, and long hitters will be favoured. There is always an easy way to play each hole, and those who recognise this correctly will be able to take advantage of it; after all, it was the architect's intention to make many birdies possible.

Going into details

Although both are anti-clockwise loops, the first nine of Quinta do Lago South favour a draw, while the last favour a fade from the tee.

Holes 3, 15 and 17 feature lakes, while holes 8, 10, 15 and 18 are considered the most challenging. Holes 2, 3, 5, 12, 13 and 17 offer the best possibilities of birdies.

No. 15: an exceptional hole

The most famous hole of Quinta do Lago South Golf Course and one of the most photographed of the Algarve is no. 15, a memorable Par 3 requiring a 200 m. shot over a lake from the championship tee onto a green surrounded by pine trees.

Upgrades of the course in 2020

In 2020, the Quinta do Lago resort invested €7million to upgrade the already famous South course. The improvements to the Quinta do Lago South Golf Course include changes to the original William Mitchell design and renewal of all tees, fairways, green aprons and bunkers.

Free Golf Shuttle

From 1/11/22, the Quinta do Lago golf courses will offer a free shuttle for clients staying in hotels in the following areas:

  • Vilamoura
  • Vale do Lobo

Minimum 4 golfers, must be booked when booking tee times up to 48 hours in advance. Subject to availability. 

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72 - 18 holes

Length 6488 m

Difficulty Medium


slightly hilly


William Mitchell



Max. Handicap

-36 for men and ladies


Driving range - Putting green - Golf Academy - Golf shop - Restaurant - Bar - Tennis
Quinta do Lago South Golf
8135-024 Almancil
Algarve, Portugal
GPS Coordinates
N 37º 2'44'' / W 8º 1'3''
Nearest Airport

Top 100 Golf Courses

43rd of Continental Europe 2018
Golf Course
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