Golfers can indulge in a vibrant new dining experience at Quinta do Lago from this summer after the reopening of the resort’s main golf clubhouse following a modern and sophisticated makeover.
The clubhouse, which serves Quinta do Lago’s North and South courses, has undergone a comprehensive upgrade over the last six months to put it on a par with the top Portuguese resort’s other outstanding five-star golf and lifestyle facilities.
Undertaken by local Portuguese architects Essencia Architects – the company that designed Quinta do Lago’s award winning multi-sports hub The Campus – the renovation is one of a number of exciting improvements being made at Europe’s premier luxury golf and lifestyle destination over the coming months as part of a new €7m golf investment programme.
Among the upgrades made to the clubhouse, spacious new eating areas have been designed indoors and outside to create a contemporary new look and feel for guests, with the renovated rooms providing the perfect hub for golf groups, golf tournaments and business meetings.
In addition, the outdoor space has been enhanced and expanded, and furnished with a modern, attractive and environmentally-friendly decking area, while new floor-to-ceiling windows have been installed throughout the building to add increased light and deliver improved views of the resort surroundings.
Golfers will also benefit from the installation of new men’s and women’s changing rooms while there are plenty of mouth-watering dishes and snacks to savour on the new-look breakfast and lunch menu, from traditional favourites such as a club sandwich and fish and chips to more adventurous creations like a Moo Pie with Guinness gravy.
Sean Moriarty, chief executive at Quinta do Lago, said: “The clubhouse is an essential part of any golf club or resort, and it was important for us to put in place a vibrant and contemporary design that reflects the modern-day image and aspirations of Quinta do Lago.
“We’re thrilled with the work that has taken place and the final outcome. I’m sure that the new building will become a firm favourite with all our golfers and families, and will add greatly to the luxury golf and leisure experience that we offer as Europe’s premier golf lifestyle resort.”
The renovation of the clubhouse is just one of the many improvements being made at Quinta do Lago this summer to enhance the golfing experience the resort offers to its residents, members and guests.
Amongst the other work taking place, the South Course – an eight-time venue of the Portuguese Open – is being given a major overhaul while the resort’s other two 18-hole championship courses, the North Course and Laranjal, are also undergoing significant maintenance improvements. In addition, the award-winning venue has invested in a new fleet of state-of-the-art electric golf buggies while it has also launched a new online coaching platform at its world-famous academy.
Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park and just a 15-minute drive from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of Europe’s elite golf, sports and family destinations for nearly five decades and features a combination of world-class golf and lifestyle facilities.
As well as three 18-hole championship golf courses and outstanding practice facilities, guests can enjoy an array of sports at the state-of-the-art performance centre The Campus, a world-class sports hub designed for professionals and amateurs alike to train and live well.
Complementing the golf is a choice of 12 first-class bars and restaurants that deliver a range of delicious local and international cuisines, with accommodation on offer at the resort’s recently-acquired boutique hotel, The Magnolia Hotel.
About Quinta do Lago
Since its inception in 1972, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of international golf, hosting eight Portuguese Opens as well as numerous other international tournaments. Home to three world-class golf courses, the resort also boasts a wealth of cutting-edge practice facilities.
Quinta do Lago North Course – Opening in October 2014, the totally revamped North Course has been redeveloped by renowned American golf architect Beau Welling in close collaboration with 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and is set to become one of the new stars of European golf. The new layout has been built to the highest specifications with a €9.6m investment programme and has been redeveloped with the emphasis firmly on precision and strategy. While many modern-day developments tend to focus on length, Welling and McGinley have been keen to design a golfing experience where accuracy and course management are the key factors, and a course that is playable and fun for golfers of all abilities.
Quinta do Lago South Course – A favourite among European Tour professionals, the South Course calls for accurate drives and precise shots, but rewards players for their efforts with the stunning backdrop of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Regularly included in Golf World magazine’s ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe’, the par-72 layout has received widespread praise for its strategically-placed hazards and varying difficulty across the 18 holes. Having hosted the Portuguese Open on no fewer than eight occasions, the South Course is regarded as one of Portugal’s premier golfing venues.
Laranjal – Designed by Jorge Santana da Silva in the grounds of an orange grove, the par-72 course was named as Portugal’s Best Golf Course 2011 at the Portuguese Travel Awards, and poses serious tests for players of all abilities. Opened in 2008, Laranjal offers a pure golfing experience right next to the Quinta do Lago estate and features fairways sown with Bermuda grass, providing a challenging playing environment in a picture-perfect setting.
Paul McGinley Academy – Quinta do Lago is home to the only Paul McGinley Academy in the world, founded in October 2011 by Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup captain. With a strong involvement from McGinley himself, who is a regular visitor to the resort, the academy aims to cultivate and improve golfers’ play by providing them with the tools and techniques used on the professional Tours. The academy focuses especially on younger players, working in collaboration with local schools and is the perfect way to follow in the footsteps of the pros.
TaylorMade Performance Center – Quinta do Lago’s TaylorMade Performance Centre is the only facility of its kind in Portugal and is located on the resort’s expansive driving range. Opened in May 2013, the centre is operated by trained TaylorMade technicians, offering golfers a custom-fitting experience testing hundreds of club and iron options, ensuring the best combination for every player’s swing. It also has a fully equipped Tour standard workshop and utilises FlightScope X2 radar technology to measure the entire flight of the ball from impact to landing whilst displaying its 3D trajectory in real time.
Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park and located just 15 minutes from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago offers residents and guests an unparalleled location benefiting from a year-round temperate climate, a variety of lifestyle pursuits and a strong sense of community.
For more information on Quinta do Lago and its facilities, call + 351 289 390 700 or visit www.quintadolago.com