Quinta do Lago has been named Portugal’s number one golf resort in Golf World’s inaugural poll of the ‘Top 100 Courses and Resorts in Portugal’.
As the resort pointed out in a statement to the press, “Quinta do Lago’s position at the forefront of Portuguese golf has received a glowing new endorsement”.
All three of Quinta do Lago’s 18-hole championship golf courses were also ranked inside Portugal’s top-25 courses, the resort announced, with its South Course leading the way in ninth place.
“An eight-time host of the Portuguese Open, the South Course is a firm favourite with professionals and amateurs and, being rated in the top 10, can expect to rise even higher in the rankings next time with the course set to reopen this autumn following a €7 million upgrade,” said the resort.
The South Course was followed in 14th place by Quinta do Lago’s North Course, which was totally revamped by renowned American golf architect Beau Welling in close collaboration with former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley in 2014. The newest of the resort’s courses, Laranjal, was ranked 22nd.
Announcing its verdict, the Golf World Top 100 panel said: “Quinta do Lago has been transformed as a resort entry by the addition of the Magnolia Hotel. Prior to the acquisition of this cute residence in the heart of the ‘super resort’, the venue relied on villas for its accommodation because the hotels within the town-like complex do not have the same owner as the golf courses.
It added: “Now the picture is different. And while the Magnolia isn’t the biggest or most luxurious hotel in the top 10, we absolutely love it! It has a vibrant atmosphere, neat bedrooms a lively pool area and excellent bar and restaurant. And its gym is world-class.”
Golf World’s list of the best courses in Portugal was compiled by a panel of readers and industry experts, with each venue being assessed in six different categories – design, setting, memorability, playability, consistency and presentation.
Quinta do Lago also revealed that there is further good news for the resort after it was named as a recipient of Golf Digest magazine’s ‘2020 Editors’ Choice Award for the Best Resorts in Continental Europe’ for the sixth successive year.