Quinta do Lago Norte
Part of an exclusive tourist resort much frequented by the international jet set, the Ria Formosa course, built in a nature park with a great wealth of fauna and flora, seems quite similar to the Quinta do Lago course, although its challenges are very different. The course has four magnificent par-5 holes. The par-4 holes are generally doglegs (except for holes 10 and 13) and the par-3 holes can be heavily affected by the wind, so that they call for very accurate shots. The lakes on holes 13 and 18 make it difficult to achieve a good score.
The course was designed by several architects: William Mitchell was responsible for holes 1 to 5 and 15 to 18, whilst Joseph Lee and Rocky Roquemore designed the course from holes 6 to 14. The fairways and tees are covered with a mixture of Bermuda 419 and cold season grasses, which helps to keep the course in good condition all year round. The greens, however, are covered with Penn Cross Bent Grass and have a fast regular surface.