The newly-revamped lay-out has won widespread acclaim since being officially opened by victorious European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and renowned American designer Beau Welling last month, and was one of the stars of the show when the winners were announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the resort last weekend. (Saturday, November 15).
The awards were being held for the first time and, in an evening of unparalleled success, Quinta do Lago had three further reasons to celebrate.
The resort’s highly-regarded South Course received the coveted honour of Best Golf Course in Portugal, Portugal was named as the World’s Best Golf Destination while McGinley, a regular visitor to Quinta do Lago for more than 20 years where he founded the only Paul McGinley Golf Academy in the world, was a popular choice as Golf Personality of the Year award.
John Dwyer, chief executive at Quinta do Lago, said: “It was a real thrill for us to play a leading role in the inaugural World Golf Awards and we feel tremendously honoured to win some of its main awards.
“It’s our aim at Quinta do Lago to provide the best golfing experience and the success is deserved recognition and testament to the hard work put in by everyone to keep the resort at the head of worldwide golf destinations.
“The South Course continues to be regarded as one of the established stars of golf in the Algarve and we’re particularly excited at the potential and prospects for the new North Course. The reaction we’ve received from the golf industry since it reopened has been phenomenal and the course is set to herald an exciting new era for the resort.”
Some of golf‘s most famous names including legendary commentator Peter Alliss and respected architect Bill Coore joined leading industry figures at the top family resort for the inaugural World Golf Awards, which also gave Quinta do Lago the chance to showcase the venue’s world-class facilities including its North Course.
Redeveloped by McGinley in close collaboration with Welling, the new-look layout has been one of the most talked-about design projects in Europe in 2014, with the venue being completed in the space of just ten months.
The North Course redevelopment is part of a major €29m investment programme that has been undertaken by Quinta do Lago since 2009, and guests from 37 countries had the chance to enjoy the extensive golf and leisure facilities on offer at the resort – including 18 holes on the North Course and South Course, an eight-time host of the Portuguese Open.
All the winners were crowned at a lavish gala ceremony at the Conrad Algarve, where Alliss was presented with a lifetime achievement award and Coore, who redesigned the world-famous Pinehurst No 2 course with Ben Crenshaw, received a special golf architect award.
Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park, Quinta do Lago is one of the most highly regarded golf and residential developments in the Algarve since opening in 1972. Located just 15 minutes from Faro airport, the resort 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.
From the outset, the resort has been at the forefront of European golf with three 18-hole championship courses matched by outstanding practice facilities including a Paul McGinley Golf Academy, a state-of-the-art TaylorMade Performance Center and new short game area. Away from the fairways, there is plenty to keep everyone occupied, with events, tennis, cycling and watersports just some of the extensive leisure activities available.
Quinta do Lago’s stunning location by the beach offers the perfect place to relax and unwind while the resort’s wide array of restaurants, both formal and informal, take advantage of the fresh Mediterranean produce that the resort has become famous for.