It is very difficult to see why this course is not rated higher. I’ve been lucky enough to play it on numerous occasions and it surely has to be one of the finest courses in the Algarve. Admittedly the first couple of holes and the final hole are slightly disappointing in comparison to the rest of the course, but only because the rest of the course is so good! Laranjal has fairly distinct feel about it compared to other courses in the area given that it’s slightly more isolated and you’re not weaving your way through villas. One of the most prominent features of the course is the large, severely undulating greens that provide a stern challenge. There are a number of terrific holes over water, including two fantastic par 5s and three par 3s, none of which are in any way gimmicky. The clubhouse is classy and understated which in many respects serves to ensure the course is the highlight of the visit. Cannot wait to come back and play here next summer, hopefully with the putting wand in better form! Only 5 stars as the first and last holes maybe don’t do it justice, but if you’re in the Quinta/Vale de Lobo area than most definitely worth a visit.
Date: August 21, 2013