Taking a five shot lead into the final round of a golf tournament offers no guarantees of victory as the Swede Peter Gustafsson discovered before he picked up the €8,200 winner’s cheque at the 2016 Invitational Pro-Am tournament in Portugal.
The 40-year-old had set himself apart from the 50-strong field of professionals when he shot an eight-under par 64 in the second round over the South Course at Quinta do Lago on The Algarve.
However, handling the advantage played on his mind as he closed with a three-over par 75 on the adjoining North Course, finishing with a 12-under par (204) total.
Quinta do Lago, Portugal
Now boasting three championship courses, the Paul McGinley Golf Academy and TaylorMade Fitting Center, Quinta do Lago’s reputation as a premier golf destination has never been stronger.
The newest of its three courses, Laranjal, was voted ‘Best Golf Course’ at the Portuguese Travel Awards (Publituris) in 2011 and the iconic South Course, eight-times host of the Portuguese Open, was included in Golf World Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe’ in 2012. It was here that Colin Montgomerie captured the first of his 24 European Tour titles in 1989, setting a new course record with a final round of 63. Many more golfing legends have teed off since including Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els.
As one of the most comprehensive golfing estates in the world, Quinta do Lago is the destination of choice for millions of players who travel from all five continents in search of the ultimate golf experience.
With two of the finest practice facilities in the area , the resort also attracts many top professional and amateur golfers who come here looking for first-class facilities and the finest conditions in which to improve their game.
For residents and regular visitors, Quinta do Lago has two of the most exclusive members clubs in Europe, CGQL and Laranjal. Both offer levels of personal service that are unrivalled in Southern Europe along with a truly unique golf club atmosphere.
Quinta do Lago
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Quinta do Lago Invites you to Play the new North Course
Laranjal Course - Quinta do Lago
Voted Best Golf Course at the Portuguese 2011 Travel Awards, Laranjal opened in 2009 as the newest course in Quinta do Lago.Originally an orange grove, this beautiful par 72 championship course is situated in the Ludo valley, just 2km east of the resort.
Boasting some spectacular fairways and well-defined greens, Laranjal is renowned for its five beautiful lakes and its abundance of umbrella pines, cork and orange trees.
At 6,480 meters in length, the course is challenging and it demands the highest levels of concentration and accuracy. Its distinctive rolling terrain has been expertly designed and manicured to provide a world class golfing experience.
Comprising five par 5s, eight par 4s and five par 3s, the course is sown with Bermuda grass on the fairways and Penn A4 on the greens, guaranteeing excellent putting surfaces throughout the year.
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North Course - Quinta do Lago
The North Course is the newest addition to Quinta do Lago’s five-star golf facilities, the totally revamped course has been one of the most talked about golf projects in 2014 and is set to be one of the new stars of European golf and the new number one course at Quinta do Lago.
Redesigned by renowned American architect Beau Welling in close collaboration with European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, the new layout has been built to the highest specifications with a €9.6m investment. The North Course has been redeveloped with the emphasis firmly on precision and strategy.
Among the changes introduced on the 6,776-yard course which has been closed since last December, all greens, tees, bunkers, irrigation and drainage systems and cart paths have been rebuilt using the latest state-of-the-art technology. Four sets of tees have been introduced on each hole to accommodate players of all levels and golfers will be challenged by a combination of undulating greens, well-positioned bunkers and water hazards.
A low-cut Bermuda grass approach has been introduced around greens to create a myriad of recovery shot options for increased satisfaction on all levels of play. The aesthetics of the par-72 course have also significantly improved through the introduction of a cool season rough grass and the select planting of native grasses and specimen trees to help the environment. The renovation has also allowed Quinta do Lago to further reduce the impact on the environment by using recycled water and solar energy to maintain the course. The reduction of grassed areas will lessen the impact on the environment and the new design will include the creation of some new animal and plant habitats.
McGinley said: “I’ve been coming to Quinta do Lago with my family for many years now and it keeps getting better and better. The new design will test golfers in many different ways and I believe this is a great addition to Europe’s leading destination.”
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South Course - Quinta do Lago
The jewel in the Quinta do Lago crown, the South Course has played host to the Portuguese Open no less than eight times.
Designed in 1974 by William Mitchell, who raised the bar by introducing American-standard greens, tees and bunkers to the Algarve, it soon gained a reputation as one of the foremost courses in Europe and remains to this day one of the flagship European Tour Courses.
The favourite course of many European tour players, it is a 6,500 metre par 72 set amongst umbrella pines, lakes and wild flowers, overlooking the spectacular scenery of the Ria Formosa National Park. The course hosted the Portuguese Open in 1976, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 2001, the most memorable, perhaps, being in 1989 when Colin Montgomerie won the title with an incredible 24 under par. He finished 11 strokes ahead and broke the course record with a round of 63.
Its championship status does not deter the amateur golfer. Indeed, while the 8th, 15th, and 18th are testing holes for low handicap players, the course provides interest and challenge to golfers of all levels and abilities.
Accurate tee shots are essential in order to reach many of the greens in regulation and the course is made more challenging by a good variety of doglegs and strategically located hazards. The front nine holes, which wind their way through parkland, favour a draw, while the back nine, which loop around the lake, favour a fade from the tee.
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Wednesday 2nd November 2016:
Optional practice day on the South Course.
All competitors must register at one of the check in desks at The Conrad Hotel or Quinta do Lago South Course between 09.00 and 17.00.
The tournament draw will be announced at the Welcome Drinks Reception at The Conrad Hotel between 18.00 and 20.00 and will also be emailed to all competitors and posted at the Conrad Hotel registration desk.
Thursday 3rd November 2016:
Tournament round 1 on the Laranjal Course commences at 07.30.
Friday 4th November 2016:
Tournament round 2 on the South Course commences at 07.30.
Gala Dinner and Charity Auction at Quinta do Lago commencing at 19.30.
Saturday 5th November 2016:
Tournament final round commences on the North Course at 07.30.
Prize Presentation at 16.00.