Sociedade do Golfe da Quinta do Lago
Sociedade do Golfe da Quinta do Lago, Almansil, Portugal
12 reviews of Sociedade do Golfe da Quinta do Lago
A stunningly beautiful highlight of our Pinhal, Millennium, Quinta tour.
In a wet October we could only secure a very early tee (barely light!) as the course was busy.
The South course can only be described as magnificent. Perfect greens, interesting twisting and undilating fairways. Rewards straight drives etc. Lots of water (the 15th is a real signature hole!). Expect it to be busy. Expect to pay through the nose (buggies 50 Euros with satnav) etc. But its worth it.
The couse blends in with its surrounds with plenty of wildlife (including some feral dogs which was quite disconcerting!)
On a pleasantly warm dry day, it must be one of the nicest places on the planet. I got soaked and still enjoyed it!
Another year, another round on both N and S. Good to see that they are spending money to keep the course in good condtion. Refurbed reception area, and now a mobile coffee station for early starts. Driving range also redone with new putting area.We had one of the biggest storms ever with trees down but despite that the course stood up and they were quickly ensuring play continued.
Buddied up with a few groups to ensure that play went at the same pace. Starters were active to get things going when players did not turn up.
Still remains one of my fave places - both course are a good challenge and I feel value is reasonable.
Having played the south course in march and really enjoyed it, I decided to come and play with my father early one morning. We teed off at 7.15am so we would not be held up after previous slow rounds elsewhere. Loved the front nine with some lovely holes though we encountered the same issue as the reviewer below, arriving at the 10th tee with 4 fourballs waiting. At no stage in either the booking process or when we arrived was this mentioned. Having played the front 9 in 1h30 we were loathe to spend 3 hours on the back nine behind the members' competition. Our allotted tee off time for the back 9 was some 45 minutes away so we decided to cut and run and try for a refund. I went to the pro shop and again had a similar and unhelpful experience from the surly and not customer friendly staff there as the reviewer below One actually questioning what time we had teed off when he started us and I showed him the receipt for the balls and glove I had bought from him 90 minutes earlier. Eventually we secured a refund from the obviously reluctant supervisor who kept insisting that despite the refund I was plain wrong. This seemed odd given he had handed over the cash and conceded the point and was adamant that a round around there should be 4h 40 mins, whether as a single, two or four. I would not return to Quinta do lago until they change such a plainly ridiculous policy which must generate several complaints. As a minimum they should tell you as you book and when you arrive that this policy operates and you can make your mind up from there. Summary would be, great golf course though shame about the staff and poor service and a simply non-sensical starting policy.
Played a week at the end of October - 5 courses
Quinta do Lago N - 92 Euro
Quinta do Lago S - 92 Euro
Pinhal - 74 Euro
Vale do Lobo Ocean - 98 Euro
Vila Sol - 90 Euro
Portugal is getting pricey and the golf operators appear content to scale back green keeping and up the prices. Noticable a year on from a similar tour that the state of many courses has been allowed to decline.
Range closures seem to have got more bizzare - now closed Tues and Friday until 10.30
Playing these again felt like old friends. Not sure which I like. Probably without the trek over roads the North edges it to me, but the south is also good. Some replacement of tee boxes on the south.
Club seemed a bit more organised than last time and making more of an effort than many others. For example a booth before you tee off to buy water etc, and a free drink upon return to the club house.
Played a year later - both north and south and general conditions remain good. Noticably less busy this year. At 89 Euros it is not surprising (via an agency). Buggies were 50 Euros - how can they justify that. Range tokens 6 Euros - off mats.
Both course were in good nick. Again South just takes the honors, although the variety and challenge of some of the north makes it worth doing. Particularly like the 11th/12th and 18th - a big hit over water.
Of note - range is inexplicably closed on Thursdays until 9.30am. Supposedly for maintenance but never saw a soul.
Played both the south and north. South is by far the better course, not just because it has some great holes, but because it is consistent and connected. For the north it seems like you are criss crossing roads all the time. The south also starts and finishes at the club house so feels a better route.
I found the two courses very enjoyable. Tricky to navigate - we had GPS one day on the buggy and walked the next with a stroke saver. Quite a lot of up and down with undulating greens. Get the ball on the down slope and off it goes.
Expensive and was busy for end of October. Marshalls kept the pace going, but it felt better value at other venues. Driving range has highest priced tokens I have ever seen.
Would return but probably only to do the south.
Played the south course as part of a tour [QDL Royal & Ocean, Old Course, Pinhal, Quinta do Ria] in May. Voted by all to be on a par with the Old Course.
Surrounding villas are set well back and did not intrude in any way [although one of our group got very close to Alan Shearer's place with an errant 4 iron].
Would reccomend this to anyone and, given the state of the construction at VDL Royal and the rip-off prices, would choose this course every time.
North course is a good test and was an enjoyable round apart from the massive distances from green to tee on the front 9. I'm not an old bloke but glad i rented a power caddie!
South course is one of the best I have played in the algarve - on a par with the old course which is rated the best in portugal.
Expensive in the club though, 6 euros for a pint of orange! and the bar shut at 7 leaving some of our patry without a drink when they came in. (Ratings are for south course)
quinta south is just magnificent if there is a better course in the Algarve I have yet to play it .
Played in Jan. this year and although I enjoyed the course I'm always disappointed when I don't start at the 1st (or at least the 10th). Starting at the 8th where there were limited facilities wasn't ideal but the course itself was superb and probably the best alround condition of the 3 we played (Pennina & Carvoerio Pinta the others). GPS buggies a novelty and neccesity with huge distances between greens & tees.
Some excellent holes, maybe a bit too "complexy", to a traditionalist.
GPS buggies were good fun however the course didnt live up to the standard set by Vilamoura Old Course and San Lorenzo on the previous two days.
have been on three or four visits to these courses and after playing both feel that the ria formosa course is much the better. Greens seem to be in much better condition and fairways are MUCH tighter. Anyone going to play for the first time in the Algarve must play this course along with VALE DO LOBO "ROYAL" COURSE (friends played the ocean course also and urged me to play it but didnt enjoy it half as much as the Royal)
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