Quinta do Lago (Laranjal) - Algarve - Portugal

Sociedade de Golfe da Quinta do Lago,
8135-024 Almancil,
Algarve,
Portugal


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  • Sean Moriarty

  • Jorge Santana da Silva

  • Nuno Goncalves

The Laranjal course is the new kid on the block at Quinta do Lago and the reputation of their third course already is growing. The course is routed through orange groves – which is where the name Laranjal was derived – opening for play in February 2009 and designed by Portuguese architect Jorge Santana da Silva.

Peter nominated Laranjal as a gem in November 2009… “I went with a group of lads with quite a wide spread of handicaps and everyone enjoyed Laranjal to the full. Course design 7.5/10, service 8/10, maintenance 9/10, value 7/10… You could play a course which would challenge you more like Monte Rei but the Laranjal was very good.”

Unusually, this new Quina do Lago layout is configured with five par fives, eight par fours and five par threes. The extra three-shot and one-shot holes provide a subtle change in balance to the many 4-4-10 configurations that are so prevalent across the world. We like Jorge Santana da Silva’s style and hope more architects consider his different approach.

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Description: The Laranjal course is the new kid on the block at Quinta do Lago and the reputation of their third course already is growing. Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Reviews: 22
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Paul Howard

This is the second time I’ve played Quinta Do Lago’s Laranjal Course. I was already in love with it before I met her again. She certainly threw a twist in though, this time, in that her back and front nine holes have switched places. With the old 9th hole now the 18th and bringing you back to the clubhouse, the finish is unforgettable.

Firstly, let me address the practice facilities. Across the road from the course lies the most amazing little area. Honestly I could have stayed there all day.

The first starts you with a gentle downhill par 4 with water on the side of the green. The slope runs down towards the water. It’s a great way to start. Then it’s par 3 with a green the length of a football pitch meaning it’s anything from an 8 iron to a 5 iron. Some par 4s follow each taking you along some gentle hills in differing directions before the Par 3 6th hole. Then it’s the magnificent Par 5 7th hole with its water right off the tee, middle for the 2nd and front and left of the green ensuring only the very longest and bravest would consider going for her. An unmemorable par 3 and standard Par 5 bring you home.

The back nine starts with a straight forward par 4 before a tricky short par 4 where, from playing from the back tee the choice is whether to carry the bunkers from the tee or not? Another par 3 where pin position dictates the difficulty followed by a Par 5, Par 4 and another Par 5 start bringing you in.

You are then faced with a long par 3 where anything left actually pulls you back onto the green. The short 17th is kind before the brilliant and inevitably short Par 5 finishing hole across yet more water from the tee and green dictates whether you are brave enough to attempt a long to mid iron in or if you’ll lay up?

What doesn’t get mentioned in those paragraphs is this isn’t a tough course if you can get club selection right in terms of the pin positions. Knowing the yardage is key, for the greens are her main defence. So often I found myself facing treacherous putts across or over mounds and slopes after miss clubbing. If I missed a green on the wrong side I had no shot left. The greens truly make this harder than the length suggests it should be.

Condition wise I described it as perfection. I didn’t have to search for a ball when I missed a fairway and ended in the pines or bark chippings. The trees sought the punishment rather than 3ft of rough. I don’t recall seeing a divot, the fairways where like carpets. The bunkers were regimented in sand depth and trimmed with the finest of margins.

What is also nice, unlike so many other courses is you don’t see a Villa or hotel anywhere nearby. In the Algarve it’s all about selling what’s around the course. All you have here is Orange trees. It’s not been ambushed by millionaires wanting to watch you from their poolside loungers. The clubhouse could almost be described as a hut. It’s not got the flashiness to it, unlike so many others. For Laranjal is just plain and simply all about the golf course.

September 21, 2021
9 / 10
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Will D
September 21, 2021

Absolutely spot on. For me and my family this place is right up there and, on the contrary, despite the absence of 'millionaires' that overlook other golf courses in the area, playing here truly feels like millionaire's golf with the place often to yourself. It's quite simply a gorgeous place to play. Long may it stay this way.

Peter Handcock

Laranjal is the best of the 3 Quinta course in my opinion. The layout is fun, with interesting greens and a great variety of holes. The greens remain the best I've ever played on, and the rest of the course was also in great condition. The food in the small clubhouse is fantastic, and the facilities are also excellent. Don't overlook it as a 'third course', it's a must play.

April 19, 2020
7 / 10
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Jordan Preece

Best course in the Algarve for me. Unique layout which might require a snorkel depending on how straight you are, and the best greens I've ever played on!

January 14, 2020
9 / 10
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Gary Ross

Played this course a few times a number of years ago and it was definitely the poor relative of Quinta / San Lorenzo etc. Now the course has matured and is very well kept. A lot busier I may add than a few years ago. Getting better.

July 13, 2019
7 / 10
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Sandro M. Muffat

The Laranjal is the newest course in the Quinta do Lago resort and is by far the most open course. Wider fiarways but also longer holes. Some really testing holes witgh a lot of water in play. During our round the course was in pristine conditionand it was really fun to play. like the other Quinta do Lago properties a must play in the Algarve region.

October 09, 2018
8 / 10
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Kevin Henley

Played this as the last of 4 consecutive days and liked it very much although compared to the 3 previous days it was much more "compacted" into the land available with numerous crossovers and adjacent holes which - apart from much water - makes losing a ball a lot harder..so good holiday golf !

The 9th and even more so the SI 1 16th are both stunning par 5's each with more than one water crossing.

Not specifically a problem with the courses themselves but it was frustrating that so there are so many "I have paid my money so I will do what I like" (supposed) "golfers" who leave pitch marks un-repaired and bunkers un-raked - who must have been out in their hordes on the day we played .... someone had played 3 shots in a bunker and walked out past the rake ...worse than an American Ryder Cup fan in my book !!!!

I would say this was a great "first day" course

October 24, 2016
6 / 10
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Nicholas Kjelgaard

I thoroughly enjoyed my round at Laranjal and it was good to be able to walk round a course in Portugal. We all agreed that this course would be great to start a trip with as it is fair but still a good course. There are a few holes here which stand out to me but the 11th par 3 and 16th par 5 are two of my favourites. The greens are exceptional only bettered this year by good old Hindhead and I was fortunate enough to get the read of these pretty well, unlike one of my player partners who 3 putted 4 times and 4 putted once, so be warned.

If there were any negatives it is that you can feel on top of people at times. but this does not take away too much from the course. Having now played all the Quinta courses, this is definitely the 3rd best but this does not make this a bad course by any means.

June 22, 2016
6 / 10
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Greg Babbs
Having just come back from a weeks holiday in the Algarve.The course was in good condition and would be great as one of your first courses to play to ease you in. It is quite open and plays relatively forgiving; but it does have some long, testing holes (especially from the black tees).Not the best course in the Algarve, but by means the worst.
September 27, 2015
8 / 10
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Jakob
October 17, 2015
Solid golf course in good condition. Soft opening and finishing holes but holes 5 through 16 are really good.
Andrew
Played early September on the Summer special deal and thoroughly enjoyed the course from start to finish. The elevation changes impressed throughout and coupled with large undulating greens made this course a pleasure to play. Good sat NAV on the buggy too ( which cut out btw if you try to go where you shouldn't!) Highly recommended in the Quinta da Logo area.
September 03, 2014
10 / 10
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Tim
Laranjal is the most disappointing course I have played in many yrs...After much hype from here and friends I was expecting much much more. Yes the greens are really good...huge undulations, and nice and quick.....the condition generally was 8/10 but the course is crammed into a space thats too small, holes running very very close to each other, with "Fore" a constant shout...no rough, no penalty for wayward golf..no memorable holes....only 1 decent par 3...stupid 7th hole..(par 3 playing 271 into a gale)..too many people playing, 5 hr rd, and being constantly hassled by marshals..not allowed to play off Black tees, course felt short off whites.....this is holiday golf at best.....ranking on here v generous ...not in same league as Monte Rei, San Lorenzo, Quinta South and Old Course..and will never be a tournament course like Victoria...IMO should be late teens ranking for Algarve ..(group of 12 CAT 1 players, all thought same)
May 11, 2014
4 / 10
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Gransan
February 10, 2015
Though every golfer may have his own opinion about courses, I find this comment a really strange one. Starting with you naming the 7th 'stupid' hole as one of the only memorable holes, which it is definitely not. It might even be one of the less spectacular holes. I would prefer to give the readers #6, #9, and #17 as memorable holes. To set things clear for others, which are interested in playing this course : I've played this course many times, just like all other courses in the Algarve area, and this is definitely one not to miss. It is a very young course, so you should give it the time to get mature, however, it is still one of the most fun courses here to play. If you want some useful advice about "busyness" on the course... 90% of the year you will be able to play your round in 4 hours. It is like, never busy, on this course. I am telling you this with local knowledge, not with a 1 time-experience.