Quinta do Lago South Golf Course Tips

Hole 1 (Par 4)
390 345 320
Not a long hole to start with but requiring precision from the tee. A bunker on the right at 215 metres catches many drives as do the trees eating in to the fairway on the left. The right to left and downhill slope rewards a well-struck draw shot, hit down the right half of the fairway. The second to a green, which falls slightly front to back and left to right, must be flown over bunkers at the front both left and right.

Hole 2 (Par 5)
500 470 415
A straightforward hole for a long or mid iron and requiring a good strike to fly the bunker at the front of the green. Another bunker on the left catches the player who tries to bounce in off the left to right slope near the green.

Hole 3 (Par 4)
387 350 285
A very well designed driving hole. The fall of the land is left to right and bunkers on the right at 215-240 metres catch the ball hit in the centre of the fairway. Driving too far left makes a very testing second shot across the left to right lie of the land. The perfect tee shot finishes just left and past the bunkers leaving a straightforward second. The approach is uphill to an elevated green with bunkers on the left and right.

Hole 4 (Par 3)
171 135 110
Following the same contour lines as fourth hole has a left to right slope on the tee shot. A ball started a little too far left catches a fairway bunker. Yet one too far right (while it will lie well), is blocked out by a clump of pines on the right. The second is to the green with bunkers left and right and severe slope from the right side of the green.

Hole 5 (Par 5)
505 480 435
A slightly uphill tee shot has a very well placed bunker at the corner of the left-hand dogleg. Trees on the right catch the player who dislikes the look of the sand on the left. The slightly uphill is a little longer than it looks, whilst bunkers at the front left and rights catch those who under club.

Hole 6 (Par 4)
350 315 290
Great examples of the short and testing par 4. The drive must be struck between a cluster of fairway bunkers on the left and pines on the right. The fall of the fairway is left to right. Many do not attempt the driver here. The second shot to a green which has bunkers front and back and with another tantalizing tier running across asking for length judgement. It is easy to over hit the green. A safe entrance is on offer on the left side, which then leaves a testing putt.

Hole 7 (Par 3)
182 160 142
Possibly one of the best par 5 holes in the world of golf. The drive across a shallow depression with the beautiful LoulÚ hills as a backdrop, is an ever-narrowing gap the further you hit. Bunkers left and right at 220 metres demand accuracy from the tee. The second shot, slightly uphill, is to a long green with bunkers left and right and the green with another tier running across the centre of the putting surface. Three good shots are necessary to make an easy par here.

Hole 8 (Par 4)
385 350 320
A slightly downhill hole usually against the wind. The green is raised slightly above fairway level and is surrounded by bunkers left, right ant at the rear. Less testing than hole 14 this still demands a well struck accurate shot.

Hole 9 (Par 4)
355 320 290
A testing hole usually against the wind. The drive from an elevated tee must be placed between fairway bunkers on the left at 200 metres, and tree on the right positioned on a ridge, which can leave an uphill lie for the second shot. The green has an easy approach, but has bunkers to the back left and has a fall from the back edge. A slight tier across the centre of the green adds zests to the putting.

Hole 10 (Par 4)
410 375 340
A friendly tee shot with bunkers to the right at 200 metres and a fall slightly away to the left, sets up a test of distance judgement for the second, with a short iron. A large trap at the front of the green, another on the left and a bank on the right, make a high soft approach a must. The green has subtle interesting contours.

Hole 11 (Par 3)
190 160 112
Driving through a winding through a picturesque avenue of pines towards the LoulÚ hills. A fine hole just in range of two long well placed shots. Bunkers left and right at 210 metres make accuracy a must on the drive. A generous fairway offers plenty of room for the second shot, but clusters of bunkers left and right catch the wayward strike. The green is surrounded by bunkers in front, left and rear, and has a 2-metre bank to the right. The green has a tier running from 8 oclock, left to right across the green, necessitating an approach from the correct angle to get near the flag.

Hole 12 (Par 4)
460 425 380
A spectacular hole with a three-acre lake around the left-hand side of this 90║ degree dogleg. The lake begins at 150 metres out from the tee and extends along the left side of the fairway and along the left edge of the green. A bunker at the right centre, extreme end of the fairway is the driving line - usually with a fairway wood or long iron. The second shot is intimidated by the water hazard on the left and a large trap along the right of the green. Aqua phobia often makes the unwary over hit the second, leaving a long putt across a large undulating green.

Hole 13 (Par 4)
325 285 255
A drive of over 200 metres is needed to see the bottom of the flag on this testing hole. A bunker on the right at 210 metres makes length and accuracy a must to set up a short iron approach. A trap on the left hand banking to the right make this long green no give-way to hit.

Hole 14 (Par 4)
383 350 300
A great short hole played from an elevated tee but with exposure to the wind. This medium length hole features a figure eight- shaped green with a tier across the waist. Bunkers left and right, and banks front and rear, make this very good test wherever the flag is positioned.

Hole 15 (Par 3)
200 160 125
A 90║ degree right dogleg which does not always require a full drive shot. A bunker centre left at the corner of the dogleg catches the over hit drive. The second uphill to an elevated green with trap on the right is again slightly further than the player sees.

Hole 16 (Par 4)
372 330 270
A slightly downhill short hole from an elevated tee. The green is set in a bowl on a bank and once enough length is achieved many balls will roll onto the green from the left, right and rear.

Hole 17 (Par 5)
510 490 465
A short dogleg left hole that again demands a precise shot. Many hitting a drive slightly right or too long end up in semi-rough. Those going too far left can catch a bunker or roll over the banking left of the fairway into an amphitheater of pine trees. The second to a green with bunkers left and right needs to be well struck and woe betide the player who is long or left.

Hole 18 (Par 4)
413 370 338
On the final hole it again demands a good drive from the tee. This time it is across a lake which is a 190 metres carry from the Championship Tee. The fairway, sloping right to left, can lure the player into the left-hand fairway traps at the point of the right-hand dogleg. The second down into a dip and onto the steep slope up to the green offers a generous fairway but trees catch those who miss it. The approach up a steep bank to a sloping double tier green, must be well thought out as putting down the slope is never easy

Quinta do Lago South Golf Course Layout

Quinta do Lago South Golf Course layout
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