|Situated in a high-quality tourist resort with the Ria Formosa as their backdrop, the Quinta do Lago courses are famous throughout the world of international golf.
The luxury tourist resort of Quinta do Lago had four nine-hole loops with sufficient flexibility to allow for four 18-hole combinations, but a recent transformation divided these four loops into two separate courses. The most famous of these is the Quinta do Lago course, based on the B and C loops and considered by the Golf World magazine to be the 28th best course in mainland Europe.
Designed by William Mitchell and inaugurated in 1974, it allows the player a wide variety of different approaches to the greens.
The course hosted the Portuguese Open in 1976, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 2001 and it was here that Colin Montgomerie gained his first professional title, when winning the Portuguese Open in 1989.
Besides the strategically placed bunkers, attention is drawn to the course´s most famous hole: number 15, a par 3, which, when played off the championship tee, calls for a 200-metre shot over a lake and onto the green surrounded by trees.