San Lorenzo - Algarve - Portugal

Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Resort,
Vale do Lobo,
8135-034 Almancil,
Algarve,
Portugal


  • +351 (0) 289 396 522

  • Mr. Antonio Santos

  • Joe Lee

  • Albano Rodrigues

San Lorenzo is a world-class golf course, which is set alongside the Atlantic on sandy undulating terrain with fairways bordered by umbrella pines and the marshland bird sanctuary of the Ria Formosa.

It’s a stunning location and US architect Joe Lee must have rubbed his hands together with glee when he first clapped eyes on the site. Thankfully he has done a great job and he’s created a wonderful resort course… a shining light amongst the mediocrity of many golf courses in the Algarve.

The golf club at San Lorenzo first opened for play in 1988 and since then it has been consistently ranked alongside the best courses in the world. It’s built on much better terrain and on a much grander scale than its counterparts at Vale do Lobo, so it’s perfectly entitled to the title of the best golf course on Portugal’s Algarve.

Exciting golf and stunning views open up at the par three 5th where the backdrop is the beach and the sea beyond. The excitement continues at the next two holes which take you past the threatening waters of the Ria Formosa. The finish is also particularly strong and entertaining with the opposite side of the Ria Formosa coming into play on the 17th and 18th. The 18th is a wicked 400-yard plus par four with water all the way up the left and a semi-island green. It’s a classic risk and reward finish, which brings the truly magnificent San Lorenzo to a close.

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Description: San Lorenzo is a world-class golf course, which is set alongside the Atlantic on sandy undulating terrain with fairways bordered by umbrella pines and the marshland bird sanctuary of the Ria Formosa. Rating: 7.1 out of 10 Reviews: 36
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Cédric
Last played 6 years ago, and the course felt better this time than the last. Very scenic and well kept.Like elsewhere in Algarve, too slow greens. The best course with Laranjal in the Quinta do Lago/Vale de Lobo area. Cedric
October 07, 2012
10 / 10
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Will D
We as a family are regularly visitors to San Lorenzo, and not once have we been disappointed. The condition of the greens, as has been mentioned earlier is sometimes questionable, but this last early August saw the greens in immaculate condition. 6,7 and 8 are among the best holes you will find anywhere, 16 is a brute of a par 3 and 17 and 18 are real thinkers holes. In my opinion San Lorenzo is worthy of a higher spot in the the European rankings. Despite a hefty green fee, it is well worth a visit!
August 16, 2012
10 / 10
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Luke Mullin
I think this course is an excellent test of golf with some fantastic holes especially the 17th & 18th. Having said that I was not impressed by the small pro shop and cramped dressing room. Also we were told that a buggy would be on the course with food but it was nowhere to be seen. When we finished the round hungry and thirsty the restaurant was closed and all we could have to eat was a few bowls of peanuts which the rather surly barman seemed reluctant to give out! Also the battery in our buggy gave out after 14 holes. So 5 stars for the golf but only 2 for customer service.
May 05, 2011
6 / 10
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Hamish Wilson
This is a beautiful course. It winds among trees and alongside a lagoon which is a wildlife reserve. It is so interesting to play. Not beyond the average golfer and every now and then a relatvely easy hole to kep you going. There are plenty of challenges usually involving water. I am sure off the back tees it would be a different proposition but the day to day tees make it so enjoyable; you are on holiday afterall. If you want to kill yourself go and play Valderrama!
January 18, 2010
10 / 10
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Michael Luntley
October 08, 2010
Played it 29/9/10 - greens very patchy coverage & poor. Neither the best in the area nor world class except for water features (& unmet potential)
John
November 09, 2010
Just got back from playing San lorenzo,this course was recommended to my friends and I some years ago,we were so much looking forward to playing it.I have to say I was disappointed,the general condition of the greens especially was nowhere near good enough,if this is no.1 in portugal they have serious issues
Nigel Guy
My heart always quickens a beat when I drive into the Quinta do Lago estate on my way to San Lorenzo. With the sun on my face and a SW breeze at my back I walk onto the first tee knowing that I have 5 fairly undemanding but nontheless varied holes to get my game in shape for the card damaging 6th, 7th and 8th holes. Play the first 5 welll and you can easily be lulled into a false sense of security; play them badly and arrival at the 6th tee will have the knees knocking and the breath taken away at one of the best vistas in European golf. Staying dry and in play is a challenge on all three holes but whatever the outcome, you will be back for more. The remainder of the course is interesting, winding through the Quinta estate. It is long in places and longer when the wind blows hard with sometimes a driver needed at the par 3 16th. Arrive all square on the 18th and decisions will have to be made and the odds analysed- a great match play finishing hole. In summary a challenging and varied course with a few very special holes. The negatives are sometimes the course condition is patchy particularly in the summer, their off season, the price is too high and finally the staff are universally grumpy! All of this is worth it though to savour the view from the 6th.
January 18, 2010
8 / 10
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Simon Rourke
Played here in Sept'09 and was pretty impressed with the course. The greens weren't the best I had ever played on but they weren't poor at all, some of the views on certain holes are breathtaking and several holes have real character and water comes in to play on many of the holes, particularly the memorable 17th and 18th holes which are tough but enjoyable to play.The clubhouse is unassuming and a little on the small side, and paying £4 for 20 range balls is a bit silly really but strength of the Euro against the £ isn't helping matters. All in all I'd say San Lorenzo is a course you should definitely try and play if in Portugal, the surrounding areas are stunning and the course has many memorable holes which is all you can ask for.
October 31, 2009
6 / 10
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Andy L
Great course but make sure you tee off early! We played twice at 7.30/8.00 and got round quickly and the greens were fine. Our first round however ended after 9 holes and 3 hours of disapointment. Queues on every tee, greens badly marked with hundreds of pitchmarks. Expensive too- 4 Euros for 20 range balls, 16 Euros for a qtr chicken and chips.Some superb holes that played completely differently each day as the wind varied. Fairways were amazing.
October 12, 2009
8 / 10
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Sean Clark
Just returned from playing at San Lorenzo, Monte Rei and the Ocean, for sheer enjoyment we all voted San Lorenzo the winner, but must say staff could take a leaf out of the Monte Rei book of service, they are fantastic. Course was in great condition with the exception of the tee boxes? love the final holes 17th & 18th they always make it a entertaining finish to our three day competition.
May 17, 2009
8 / 10
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W
Played the course twice at the beginning of November 2008. I thought it was great fun and didn't hvae any issues with the state of it.I would agree that the staff could be a little more friendly.
March 18, 2009
8 / 10
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Dan Flanagan
For a course once ranked no 2 in Europe and currently no 8, I have to say I was a little disappointed. Holes 6 and 7 down to and along the Ria Formosa are breathtaking, and the last two are excellent also, but the condition of the course was poor. Greens were shocking for a course of this stature, tee boxes were in need of care and fairways patchy. And there was just a general feeling of neglect: big dusty areas around cart paths and no care taken to prevent buggies going on certain parts of the course. Just had the feeling they are happy to take people's money and let their reputation do the work for them. But if they dont start looking after the course, there's no way this will be in the top 10 the next time the rankings are done.
October 23, 2008
6 / 10
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