The wonderful Quinta do Lago golf resort has added a new string to its bow with the new creation known as Laranjal. The Laranjal course is a wonderful addition to one of Portugal’s finest golfing destinations, with a number of different features that give it an alternate feel to the South and North courses.
The design of Laranjal is unusual in comparison to typical modern golf courses, with five par fives, five par threes and eight par fours ahead of you. This gives Laranjal a very distinctive feel, with the additional long holes offering more chances for scoring, while the extra par threes test your ability to find the green off the tee, with minimal opportunity for recovery. Laranjal has a fresh feeling to it, and may be appreciated even more by the seasoned golf player.
This par 72 championship course is played out over 7100 yards of what feels like meadowland in this former orange grove. The course twists and turns as you amble along through, and you should take a moment here and there to take in this wonderful scene, particularly in sunnier circumstances. This is one course that simply glows from fairway to green.
The umbrella pines, cork oaks and orange trees that are scattered throughout the course will guide you along, and they are very pleasant until the moments when they come into play. Similar thoughts will prevail regarding the five resident lakes. Laranjal is a course that has been touched and shaped by nature. Any golfing tour to the south of Portugal could only be improved with a trip to Quinta do Lago and, in particular, Laranjal.