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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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 26, 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 13, 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 ..
Tim Browne
I waited a long time to play this course and enjoyed it a lot but I feel that Portugal has a few better courses than this. From a good enough start you reach the super 5th, best hole on the course 6th and tight little adventure on the 7th. A great run of holes. The wildlife on the right of the 8th is worth coming back for later. Plenty of good holes on the back nine and then you come to the 18th, a love-hate hole! I know lots of people who love this hole but I think that it can be a bit unfair trying to carry the water sometimes out of a difficult lie. However it is memorable and the whole course is memorable and in a beautiful setting.
August 04, 2006
8 / 10
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Tony Chaplin
Having played the course both in 2005 and 2006 I was very disappointed this year with the standard of the greens (and they weren't that great last year). They were the worst of the six courses we played in the Algarve this year by a long way.Having said that the course itself is a real gem with some superb holes, 8th and 18th obviously come to mind. After a slow and fairly unexciting start (the 2nd has to be a contender for the most boring hole in the Algarve) made even slower by the seemingly standard 30 minute wait on the par 3 5th, the course gets its’ teeth on the 6th with water in play all the way down the right for the next 3 holes. The back nine starts with a difficult par 5 demanding accuracy off the tee and fairway but then settles back a bit to provide a fair, if undemanding test of golf, up until the 18th. There can be few holes in golf that are as intimidating as the 18th, both off the tee and the approach shot to the green.It’s worth a visit simply to play the 18th but if they can’t sort out the greens soon even the 18th won’t get me back to play it again next year.
August 03, 2006
4 / 10
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Cédric
Definitely the most beautiful course of the area.But the greens were so disappointing when I played there in april!!And I understood they have had troubles in the last couple of years....Superb villas around the course,including one called "Ballybunion" which was bought for 15 millions euros!!!Staff was not overwhelmingly friendly I have to say...Pretty poor clubhouse too.
July 10, 2006
6 / 10
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