Quinta de Cima - Algarve - Portugal

Quinta de Cima,
8900-057,
Vila Nova De Cacela,
Portugal


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  • Rocky Roquemore

  • Sebastião Gil


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American architect Rocky Roquemore has designed plenty of good golf courses on the Iberian peninsula over the years but one of his more recent projects, at Vila Nova de Cacela, on the Sotavento coast in eastern Algarve, may well turn out to be one of his very best.

Located within the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, one of the major advantages of this 36-hole complex is that there are no distracting housing projects to get in the way of enjoying golf in an unspoilt natural setting – and that cannot be said for too many other courses further west along the coastline!

The sister course here is the Quinta da Ria and it lies to the south of the Quinta de Cima, closer to the coast, and is a very good parkland course in its own right with over three hundred transplanted Olive and Carob trees to add character to its landscape.

The Quinta de Cima course has been designed with tournament play in mind and its inbuilt degree of difficulty is designed to attract the more accomplished amateur as well as the professional golfer so its not exactly holiday golf!

A stream runs across the fairways of holes 4 to 6, but it only presents a real problem at the first of these, the 368-yard, par four, 4th where it cuts across right in front of the putting surface. The challenge here really steps up a gear going into the last third of the course where there are three long par fours to be negotiated from holes 13 to 15, followed by three holes where water plays a large part in determining the final mark on your scorecard.

At the par five 16th, a stream runs diagonally across the fairway starting 180 yards from the green and this feeds into a pond to the right of the putting surface, adding pressure to the approach. The tee shot at the par three 17th must carry a pond in front of the putting surface so anything short is dead. Finally, water cuts across the fairway and runs into a pond to the right of the green at the 18th so both the tee shot and second shot have to remain dry before reaching the putting surface – a trio of finishing holes for stout hearted golfers!

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Description: The Quinta de Cima course has been designed with tournament play in mind and its inbuilt degree of difficulty is meant to attract the more accomplished amateur as well as the professional golfer... Rating: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 3

Despite the monster resort next to the course we were lucky enough to enjoy an afternoon of golf all to ourselves at Cima. The course is pleasant enough without being stunning or particularly memorable. It starts well enough, pleasantly winding through some old olive trees. The fairways are wide and well kept with distinctly different grades of rough to catch anything too wayward. Greens are also well kept, moderately fast and true without gimmicky huge breaks. Lots of well positioned bunkers too filled with soft white sand.The biggest issue is it all starts to feel very 'samey' around the turn with a number of dull slogs with little in the way of interesting features or challenges. Fortunately things pick up on the closing run and 16, 17 and 18 are a really fun set of holes with water an ever present threat.All in not a bad course, but nothing to shout about.
4 / 6
Quinta de Cima
June 06, 2014


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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. I've played Cima twice so far and prefer it to Ria, the use of water and trees making the holes just that bit more interesting. To score well you'll need to drive well. 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.
6 / 6
Quinta de Cima
May 11, 2007


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I didnt enjoy playing here very much. I gather 'de rea' is much more pituresque, i found this very bland. Some good holes though and 16,17 and 18 offer up a good finish. In reasonable nick though again i feel there is better quality for the same money elsewhere. 5 hours a round is average.
3 / 6
Quinta de Cima
February 06, 2007


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Gerry Fancourt
June 03, 2012
I agree. Not a bad course, but completely forgettable. Very slow, with a distinct lack of etiquette amongst the other golfers.