The terrain of Quinta do
Lago north, formerly Ria Formosa, has the Algarve’s sandy soil,
by pine trees, heather, and wild flowers is identical to the south
It offers however, very
challenges. The course has four magnificent Par 5 holes. The Par 4's
generally doglegs, with the exception of holes 10 and 13. The Par 3
are influenced by the wind requiring very precise shots. In holes
13 and 18 lakes make a good score quite difficult.
The course was designed by
several architects. William Mitchell was responsible for holes 1 to 5
15 to 18, while Joseph Lee and Rocky Roquemore designed the course from
hole 6 to 14.
The fairways and tees are
mainly covered with ‘Bermuda 419’ mixed to cold season
grass, kept in good
condition throughout the year. The greens, however are covered with
Gross Bent Grass, creating quick conditions and a regular surface.