Laranjal, Quinta do Lago
Chances are you’ll be keen to hit the course as early as possible, so grab a pastry and espresso from one of the local bakeries (we love Louro Restaurant in Almancil) and you’ll be ready to go.
Nothing beats the challenging greens of Laranjal to start your holiday, so head to this multi-award winning course set among lakes and beautiful orange trees. Test your skill, accuracy and concentration on the 6,480m course – which includes the notable par-5 9th, and the par-3 11th plus water hazards that complement the landscape.
One of our regular guests has compared this course to that of the Masters, Augusta National, because of its impressive combination of challenging nature, greenery and water-edged holes.
Another option in this area is The North Course, a stone’s throw from the luxurious Four Seasons Fairway resort. Perfect for novices and experts alike, the course was completely redesigned in 2014 by world-renowned architect Beau Welling, together with former Ryder Cup winning captain Paul McGinley. Each hole benefits from four sets of tees, suiting all handicaps, along with plenty of recovery options if your shot doesn’t quite go to plan, because why should there be pressure on holiday?