Quinta do Lago (Laranjal) - Algarve - Portugal

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


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  • 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: 21
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Paul Loudon
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.
August 22, 2013
8 / 10
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Jim Boyd
I played Laranjal as the 3rd of a three course package - the other two being the North and South courses of Quinta do Lago. It was the best of the three by a fair distance.The standard of the greens was absolutely fantastic - they were 'stimping' at 12 the day I played .... very, very fast ... but beautifully true.A fantastic varied layout with many holes that are really pleasing to the eye.Can't wait to go back some time in the future and have another go!
August 19, 2013
10 / 10
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Andy
August 20, 2013
As I said in my review below (3rd Feb '13) I can understand some golfers favouring this over the more established South and North courses - but a 6-ball ranking? (normally saved for the very best) I cannot relate to...
Andy Newmarch
The third and newest course of the resort is Laranjal and I would imagine that for very good golfers (6 handicap and below) it will probably be the best test. For me though with a mid range handicap, I place the South and the North ahead probably because they are better looking courses. In saying that, based on the many courses I have played on the Algarve, Laranjal’s ranking should be a little better. There are five par-5’sQuinta do Lago (Laranjal) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer on this course and I’ll mention four of them here, the 6th has a tough drive because of the left to right sloping fairway and a couple of bunkers on the edge of the right rough, the green is raised so any approach shots need to come in from height. The 9th is the fun hole of the course; the drive needs to avoid water on the left, the lay-up needs to avoid water on the right which then continues to protect the green too. The best hole on the back nine is the 16th, another quality par-5 with water to contend with on at least two shots to the green. The pick of the par-3’s is the 11th, pretty long (210 metres from the back tee) with water and sand to carry to reach the green, it is like a longer version of the 17th at the Bay Hill Club, FL. Last things to mention; the course has been designed through an old orange grove, so there are no excuses not to top up your vitamin C during the round – last point and it is the remaining par-5 (the 18th) …. just not a great finishing hole if you ask me – a little long and un-interesting. Glad I have now completed the trio of Quinta do Lago courses but the South and North are my preferences…..
February 03, 2013
6 / 10
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Ady Keeble
I am staggered that this track is only ranked 15th in the region, because it is a quality golf course. Our group of 8 (handicaps 5 to 11) have played this twice now, and it ranks alongside the very best in the Algarve. Whilst accepting the clubhouse and practice facilities are a little basic, the course itself is anything but. It is superbly maintained with big, undulating greens which are right up there alongside those at Monte Rei in terms of standard. They are simply a pleasure to putt on. There are some inviting drives to wide fairways, and providing you can get the ball in play and then hit irons from very tight lies (I struggled!) there are some good scoring opportunities if you can keep the ball below the hole. If you are out of position on the greens, you'll need a calculator to add up your card at the end. Laranjal does not come cheap. We paid 95 Euros which included a buggy. But you get what you pay for - given the quality of the course that still represents good value for money.
February 03, 2013
10 / 10
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James
This is a very enjoyable golf course. The par threes are particularly good. It is the sort of holiday golf you feel inspired to attack, even from the very back tees. That is not to say it is easy however. It benefits from 5 star construction, attractive golf holes in an open setting and gently undulating ground with raised greens and tees. It was in exceptionally good condition as of November 2012 and you can eat as many oranges as you like on the way around. As of yet there are no Villas to be seen which makes a change. JCB Lay
November 12, 2012
6 / 10
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Cédric
Laranjal is a great new course, set to form the top 3 of the Vale de Lobo/Quinta do Lago area (with San Lorenzo and Quinta South) and deserves a higher position in the rankings in my opinion. A great layout, a collection of great holes and clearly a future great course, that already feels mature.
October 07, 2012
8 / 10
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mike Lister
Played beginning of September 2012. Course was great even though the hot summer had meant that the greens couldn't be cut as short as I'm sure they would have wanted.Infrastructure poor, no buggies, no starter, poor clubhouse and although the guy was trying his best, service could best be described as "village".Play the course for it's merits but don't expect the frills that should come with the price tag.
September 13, 2012
8 / 10
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nick
September 13, 2012
I played the course last year & loved it..played ocean & victoria beforehand and played really well...played larranjal and had a shocker (15 stableford points - too hungover) but it was my favourite course of the lot by a distance..thought the course layout superb and in fantastic condition (reminded me of queenwood or a manicured Tom Fazio course). I think the clubhouse is temporary (it was v. small) and they will build a new one. they might build villas/apartments alongside the course but for the moment the course is stunning and not straddled with construction sites. loved it! have not played monte rei but my friends
Will D
Surely Laranjal deserves a higher spot in the Portuguese list- in years to come, I'm sure it will have risen up the rankings because this course has real potential to be a top European course! The condition of the course all round is perhaps the best of any course in portugal and the course itself is out of reach of any civilisation and so is blissfully peaceful. Some average holes, but the par 3s are among the best- the 6th is a great narrow par 5, followed by a brute of a par 3 of 250 yards into wind and 16 is a classy par 5! A beautiful course!
August 16, 2012
8 / 10
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O G Lloyd
Second course of our november Algarve tour was another 'Do Lago' offering, the newer Laranjal course. Unlike the Quinta do Lago North course we played the day before which is hemmed in between posh villas and busy public roads the Laranjal is situated well out in the Algarve countryside far away from any human habitation. Any hooked or sliced drive is quite unlikely to land in any swimming pool or tennis courts on this course! First impressions as you arrive at the clubhouse is that while this course has replaced an orange grove there as still hundreds of small dastardly orange trees dotted beside most of the fairways. Clubhouse was quite small and basic including one of the smallest changing rooms i've seen but without question the bar sold the best orange juice i've ever tasted, suppose it had to be on a course with oranges growing on it!

Anyway it's a course dominated by five large lakes in the middle of the course with a single burn running between these lakes. First 8 holes are played clockwise around the course avoiding most of water in the middle. Large and numerous bunkers are the hazards on these holes. We had quite a stiff breeze from the south on the day we played which made the already lengthy 7th par 3 an absolute monster hole, from the tips its about 250yds! Special mention should go to the two lengthy par 5's 4th and 6th which require a strategic long iron/hybrid second shot to avoid the numerous tough greenside bunkers, leave the fairway woods in the bag and forget going for the green in two is my advice. It's from the 9th on where fun begins! Most of the last 10 holes involves water and these holes are by far the stars of the course. 9th a par 5 requires a second shot over lake and if going for the green requires a long fairway wood shot over 2 lakes, super hole. 10th is a straight short hole requiring an accurate 2nd shot pitch to a green which slopes left to right near a lake no more than a yard from the fringe. 11th is a long par 3 with water and bunker on the right. Cracking well designed sequence. 15th is another superb longish par 3 over water to a small green, while the 16th is reminisent to Oceanico Victoria's 12th hole but i'm pretty sure a longer 2nd shot is needed to go for the green on this hole. 17th is the weakest par 3 in a set of impressive short holes. Unfortunately the uninspiring 18th too doesn't quite reach the heights of the previous par 5's.

Overall this is a highly enjoyable course that should creep up the rankings with time. It's a longish course just reaching over 7000 but layout feels compact with very little travel time between greens and tees, no need for buggies at all. It was in great conditions when we played and difficult to believe it's just over 2 years old. Overall highly recommended course.
December 08, 2011
8 / 10
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Ronan O'Driscoll
I have been playing the courses on the Algarve for years and played Laranjal for the first time recently. I think it is excellent, and better than virtually all of its famous older brothers. When it matures more, it should be a real classic. Put this one on your list, you wont be disappointed.
May 11, 2010
6 / 10
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