Your Destination of Choice
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Be a part of a Unique Lifestyle in Quinta do Lago

Your Destination of Choice
Your Destination of Choice

Be a part of a Unique Lifestyle in Quinta do Lago

Your Destination of Choice
Your Destination of Choice

Be a part of a Unique Lifestyle in Quinta do Lago

Your Destination of Choice
Your Destination of Choice

Be a part of a Unique Lifestyle in Quinta do Lago

History

Quinta do Lago Golf History

Since its inauguration back in 1972, Quinta do Lago has hosted the Portuguese Open Championship eight times and has been the venue of choice for hundreds of national and international tournaments.

It was Andre Jordan, on his first visit to the Algarve in 1970, who first saw the potential of the site.
Standing on a hill next to the ruins of an old farmhouse (now Casa Velha restaurant), he looked out across the pines to the Ria Formosa and was captivated by the landscape.
A master plan, to create a low-density golf resort in harmony with its surroundings, began to take shape in his mind. By 1974, the Quinta do Lago Golf Course (known today as the South Course) and holes 1 to 5 and 15 to 18 of the Ria Formosa (North) Course had been completed, designed by William Mitchell.

1974, however, presented major challenges to Jordan’s project. On 25 April, the Carnation Revolution took place in Portugal, initiating a period of great social and political unrest.

It was the top commander of the revolution, Lieutenant Coronel Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, who presided over the official opening of the Quinta do Lago course on 1st November 1974. Arriving in great pomp and ceremony, he was accompanied by a troop  of uniformed and armed officers. They enjoyed the mingling with the local high society for a few hours and were even given an introduction to golf at the driving range.

The future of the Portuguese Open, however, was potentially in jeopardy during this period of intense political and financial turmoil. Its future was only assured thanks to the dedication and commitment of a few members of the Portuguese Golf Federation and the Quinta do Lago board, who managed to organize the 1976 tournament at Quinta do Lago with no facilities, clubhouse or even prize money.

Everything in 1976 had to be improvised and military tents were installed for media, guests and players. Following a colossal effort by the Director-General of Tourism, the prize money was amassed and had to be paid in foreign currency.

“This Open Championship has been incredible for us, as there was no infrastructure at all. But it was a tremendous success for both the players and the PGA who congratulated us.”
(Mário Barruncho, Quinta do Lago’s Director of Golf from 1974 to 2004).

The first edition of the Portuguese Open had taken place back in 1953 in Estoril, where it ran uninterrupted until 1972 before being moved to Penina. Quinta do Lago is part of the third phase of the Open’s history, which occurs following the creation of the European Tour and the European Circuit in 1973. Quinta do Lago hosted the Portuguese Open a total of eight times between the years of 1976 and 2001.

In addition to The Portuguese Open, Quinta do Lago has been the venue of choice for a number of other major tournaments, such as the World Senior Golf Championship and the first edition of the BMW Golf Cup World Final. Famous celebrities have often taken part in the highly prestigious national and international tournaments which also take place here each year. Many have come to Portugal for the sole purpose of playing at Quinta do Lago.

Many of the world’s finest golfers have teed off here over the years including Severiano Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam, Bernard Langer, Sam Torrance, Bernard Gallacher, Christy O’Connor Jr., Ronan Rafferty, Gordon Brand Jr., Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Mark McNulty, Tony Johnstone, Eduardo Romero, Peter Baker and Colin Montgomerie.

Many of the current PGA Tour and European Tour stars  played at Quinta do Lago at an early age, including Padraig Harrington, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, David Howell, Nick Dougherty, Trevor Immelman, Paul McGinley, Steve Webster and Paul Lawrie.

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