Quinta da Ria - Algarve - Portugal

Quinta da Ria,
8900-057 Vila Nova de Cacela,
Algarve,
Portugal


  • +351 281 950 580

  • Henrique Guilherme

  • Rocky Roquemore

  • Sebastião Gil


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Decisions, decisions! Is it a 6 or 7 iron? Will the putt break left or right? Do we take on the water or play safe? When arriving at Faro on the Portuguese Algarve, do we drive east or west from the airport? West will take you, along with the vast majority of other golfers, to the well known and impressive courses of Quinta do Lago, Vale de Lobo, Vilamoura and onwards towards the famous Penina. Next time you land, why not point your hire car in the opposite direction and experience the golfing delights that can be found in the Eastern Algarve especially at the excellent Quinta da Ria Golf Club.

Stretching from Faro along the coast towards the border with Spain, the unspoilt natural woodlands and wetlands form a major part of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. Beautiful, rugged and wild, the protected land, known locally as "Sotarento", provides Quinta da Ria and its sister course Quinta da Cima with a wonderful haven away from commercialisation and a promise of no villa-lined fairways and years of noisy building sites.

Opening for play in 2002, the Quinta da Ria course was designed by the well known architect Rocky Roquemore, and is a traditional par 72 layout measuring 6,016 metres from the back tees. Quinta da Ria is a fairly flat, parkland course where there’s usually a challenging breeze with which to cope. As with other Roquemore courses, such as Quinta do Brincal on the Lisbon coast, Quinta da Ria is designed to provide a good challenge for all standards of golfer. Wide landing areas have been created to receive well-struck shots, but trouble aplenty awaits any ill-advised or poorly executed ones. Five strategically placed lakes, numerous bunkers and carob and olive trees add to the challenge of reaching the greens in regulation. Once on the short stuff, the golfer will be faced with large, fast greens with many subtle borrows and undulations.

Quinta da Ria is a good course with some excellent, well-designed and tough holes; special mention should go to holes 5, 10, 13 and 16. The 5th is a cracking par three that has two different teeing areas, both require a good shot over a lake to a shallow green well guarded by bunkers. The par four 10th is a killer hole. Measuring 422 metres from the back tees, with out-of-bounds all down the left side and a large lake guarding the green from 100 metres out. This hole will require your best drive and then a long second over the lake. A par will be worth celebrating.

The par three 13th measures 188 metres from the back tee that runs parallel with the Ria Formosa. This is a tough one-shotter into the prevailing wind, with bunkering almost completely encircling the green that measures a measly 22 metres wide. The par five 16th is a potential card-wrecker with a fairway that doglegs right and then left between two large lakes to a green that is tucked closely behind the second lake. Be sensible off the tee, avoiding the water and you may walk off with a par. Try too much with either tee or approach shots and a watery grave awaits.

Quinta da Ria is an excellent new course set in an unspoilt and quieter part of the Algarve and we thoroughly recommend the trip east.

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Description: Opening for play in 2002, the Quinta da Ria golf course was designed by architect Rocky Roquemore, and it's a traditional par 72 layout measuring 6,016 metres from the back tees. Rating: 4.5 out of 6 Reviews: 4

Played today on a warm, still day. Very enjoyable game of golf on a challenging course, which is unusual in these parts in having some sea views and being a comfortable walk. We didn't find the development overly oppressive, actually looks really nice, and nothing like the rows of villas at the courses further West. Good solid golf with some fun holes and nice sea views on the back nine. It was very busy, but pace of play was fine. And yes the range is still a rip off, but at least one is playing off grass ! Well worth a game.

4 / 6
Quinta da Ria
October 19, 2017


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Whilst I agree with almost everything the previous reviewers have said about Quinta de Ria, unfortunately in the last few years there has been a massive resort development built adjacent to the course. We first played here in 2006 and it was a lovely unspoilt part of the Algarve. Commercial pressures have clearly taken hold. We were unlucky enough to play on a day when there'd been a Lufthanse competition in the morning and it was wall to wall 4 balls. Things were quieter by the time we got to the back 9, but we'd already taken the best part of 3 hours to play the front. That said the course seems to stand up to all the traffic well. The layout is interesting and the greens, fairways and tee boxes are all in pretty good condition. When the wind blows it's a real challenge. The practice areas also deserves a mention - very good but pricy at 3.50 euros for 35 balls. Just a shame about the monster development next door
4 / 6
Quinta da Ria
June 02, 2014


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A really good test of golf, considerably quieter than the busy resort courses over in Vilamoura, and well worth the drive east. A fairly gentle opening (albeit a par 5), with a fairly straightforward par 3 to follow. The course is fair, with position off the tee a priority, particularly the closing stretch which is tough. If you are accurate off the tee there are some good scoring opportunities. The highlight for me is the 10th which requires a good drive to give you a chance of taking on the water for the approach. The course really bares its teeth towards the end, with 14 requiring an accurate lay-up from the tee followed by an approach over a large lake. 16 is like trying to thread a needle with water right off the tee and then all the way down the left in front of the green. I have played this twice now and made a dog's dinner of it both times! The landing area off the tee is extremely narrow, with OOB left, so I have a strategy now for next year - mid iron from the tee, fairway wood/long iron over the water to the right to open up the green. 17 is a tough par 3 with another big carry over a lake, playing really long if the breeze is against. A really good track, head and shoulders better in terms of condition than its neighbour Quinta De Cima, despite us playing them on consecutive days.
5 / 6
Quinta da Ria
February 20, 2010


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I've played a number of courses around Vilamoura, Tavira and Costa de la Luz. Without doubt, Ria and Cima are the best of these. The more popular of the 2, Ria, is definitely more picturesque, with several holes running close to the sea. The 16th is probably the most difficult holes I've ever played and I'm not ashamed to say one on which I lost my nerve and found the lake with my 2nd shot. Compared to the busier Vilamoura, the atmosphere on Ria and Cima is more laid-back and less about getting as many groups round as possible.
5 / 6
Quinta da Ria
May 11, 2007


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