Quinta de Lago - North Course
Quinta do Lago was the first course designed by an American golf architect in Portugal. The areas at his disposal could not have been better. Umbrella-pinewoods, on a slightly undulating ground, and the Ria Formosa National Park in the background, full of migratory birds that usually take shelter there, with the constant presence of the mild Atlantic breeze, offered to William Mitchell like a picture canvas. But almost as important as nature, a new concept of resort was introduced into Portugal, were the «great» and the «good» combined with exceptional imagination, to form a concept that in a certain way still stands in Quinta do Lago and turns it into one of the most attractive places all over Europe.
Quinta do Lago, whose leitmotiv is quality, introduced a new standard of golf maintenance to Portugal, that was unusual for us and that accounts for the enormous flow of tourists that has invaded Quinta do Lago and, in a way, the entire Algarve. As a matter a fact, for the first time it was possible to play all the year round without preferred lies, because on the fairway the ball was always in an impeccable lie. It was the quality of maintenance and the quality of its managers and employees that has made the charisma of Quinta do Lago survive, beyond all the hardships it endured in the revolutionary period after 1974.
Quinta do Lago now has four nine-hole courses, the first three designed by W. Mitchell and the 4th by Joe Lee and W. Roquemore, who later on did the San Lorenzo, on the Quinta do Lago estate.