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, Rocky Roquemore

  • Albano Rodrigues

San Lorenzo is a classy golf course, routed in a figure of eight on sandy undulating terrain alongside the Atlantic, with fairways bordered by umbrella pines and the marshland bird sanctuary of the Ria Formosa.

“The course was designed by an American, Joe Lee,” wrote Michael Gedye in the Golfer’s Guide Portugal, “and built by another, Rocky Roquemore. Few golf architects are presented with such an attractive setting on which to lay out a resort golf course.”

Rocky Roquemore handled most of Lee's design projects outside Florida and San Lorenzo is one of his best, which was once bracketed alongside some of the world’s top golf courses. Times do, of course, change. When the course first opened for play in 1988 it quickly became the Algarve’s beacon of shining light, standing head and shoulders above the area’s other mediocre golfing fare.

“The result combines length, a fair measure of strategic difficult and highly enjoyable, scenic golf,” continued Gedye, “The terrain is ideal; rolling sandy land sweeping over slopes well-wooded with umbrella pine. There are holes which border the constantly changing seaside lagoon and marshland bird sanctuary of the Rio Formosa and three real testers which make full use of the inland lake that is a central feature of the property.”

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 sneaky 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 San Lorenzo to a close.

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Description: San Lorenzo is a classy golf course, routed in a figure of eight on sandy undulating terrain​ alongside the Atlantic, with fairways bordered by umbrella pines and the marshland bird sanctuary of the Ria Formosa. Rating: 7.1 out of 10 Reviews: 43
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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 11, 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 16, 2009
8 / 10
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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 22, 2008
6 / 10
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Phil Bonsall
A great layout, especially 5th - 8th, and the last 2 holes.Condition lets it down a little which is a shame, and also a little surprising as it is not as easily accessible to the public as the other courses in the area.Would definitely play it again, some great holes.
September 25, 2008
6 / 10
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Morton Rennick
We play golf in portugal every year and get to play most of the top courses. We played San Lorenzo 6 years ago in a storm, so we were overdue a return visit. Playing it this time in glorious sunshine, although it was enjoyable, it was a lot easier & shorter than we expected. The state of the course was disappointing; with average greens, weeds growing from edge of bunkers, and unrepaired divots on tee boxes. The staff were also not the best, with the starter practicing his own swing rather than giving us the lay of the land on the 1st!
May 12, 2008
4 / 10
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Large Chris
June 12, 2008
Agree 100% The holes are brilliantly memorable, but the general state of the course and the facilities, for the money they charge, is very disappointing. Starter was still practicing his swing yesterday! We were sent out after a society group of 11 four balls, most of whom couldn't play, and it took 5.5 hours. Greens were quite good though.
craigpalmer
I have played san lorenzo more than 40 times and this is one of the best courses in the world... While the rounds are slow the course is spectacular. I play off 6 and the people i have played with are 8,14 and 16 and we enjoy it all the same. Stay at the Dona Filipa to get the best price..
January 14, 2008
10 / 10
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February 15, 2008
Only played thecourse once - 17 years ago yet I remember it so well. a first class course...what a spectatcular 18th & the holes by the ocean are stunning. I am well overdue a return ..