It’s a resort that is grabbing a lot of headlines and now it is picking up awards as well.
Quinta do Lago’s decision to carry out a prolonged upgrade of its five-star facilities continues to receive deserved recognition after the prestigious Algarve venue was named as the best golf resort in Portugal for the first time in its history at the 2015 Today’s Golfer Travel Awards.
Hot on the heels of clinching double success at the 1st World Golf Awards, Europe’s leading luxury family destination was the first choice of readers of the UK’s best-selling golf title to win the top consumer travel award.
Quinta do Lago has undertaken a major €29m investment programme since 2009, including the widely-acclaimed €9.6m redevelopment of its North Course by European Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley in close collaboration with renowned American architect Beau Welling.
In addition to the top honour, Quinta do Lago was given two further reasons to celebrate with its famous South Course being voted runner-up in the ‘Best Golf Course in Portugal’ category and the Algarve being named as the ‘Best Golf Destination in Europe’ by the magazine’s readers.
John Dwyer, chief executive at Quinta do Lago, said: “To be voted as the best golf resort in Portugal for the first time is a fantastic achievement and is the icing on the cake of what has been memorable last few months for Quinta do Lago.
“We’ve received a tremendous reaction from visitors, members and the golf industry alike since the reopening of the North Course last autumn and, as one of the established stars of golf in the Algarve, it’s always good to see the South Course acknowledged for its continued excellence.
“The resort is really starting to reap the rewards for its commitment to a period of long-term investment, and we’re relishing the chance to continue to deliver the golfing experience possible in 2015.”
The new accolades bring to a close an outstanding year for Quinta do Lago which has seen it confirm its position among the world’s top golf resorts.
Officially opened by McGinley last October, Quinta do Lago’s North Course was one of the most talked-about design projects in Europe in 2014, with the venue being completed in the space of just ten months.
One of three world-class championship courses at the luxury venue, the new-look layout was named ‘Europe’s Best New Golf Course’ when the resort hosted the inaugural World Golf Awards in November, with its South Course adding to the list of honours by claiming the coveted title of ‘Best Golf Course in Portugal’.
Quinta do Lago also signed an exclusive agreement with England Golf to be the new winter training base for its national squads for the next four years while the resort enhanced its practice amenities by opening a new short game area to add to outstanding facilities including the world’s only Paul McGinley Golf Academy and a state-of-the-art TaylorMade Performance Center – the only facility of its kind in Southern Europe.
Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park, the resort has been at the forefront of European golf for more than four decades while, 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.