San Lorenzo, Portugal: course review

We take a trip to the Algarve to sample one of Portugal's premier tracks

Wed, 14 Sep 2016

Located in the magnificent Quinta Do Lago region of the Algarve and less than a seven-kilometre drive West of Faro Airport, San Lorenzo is located on the Atlantic Coast, which acts as a fantastic backdrop.


Designed by American Architect Joseph Lee the Course opened in 1988, the course is located in the south-east corner of Quinta Do Lago and uses the land’s contours to shape its way through pine woodland sprawling out to the Ria Formosa Estuary and the Salt lagoons.

Bermuda grass fairways mean you always have almost perfect playing conditions for 12 months of the year.

The course is laid out in a figure of eight with the Clubhouse at the centre of this. This means that you have a lot of holes that are intricate doglegs, forcing players to be accurate off the tee. If players are errant with the driver, San Lorenzo will bite. It is a challenge to golfers of all abilities.

The first glimpse of the Atlantic comes through the pine trees behind the green on the short par three, 5th hole.  The 6th is probably the most well-known hole - anything slightly off line from the tee and golfers will be punished by a blind second, or out of bounds.

A nailed drive will leave a tricky second shot to a small green, made harder by the winds coming straight off the Atlantic. If on the dancefloor in regulation, consider that as a win. Holes 5- 8 truly are beautiful – make sure you make time to take in the vistas.

The clubhouse and pro shop are relatively small, and a tad tired, but the golfing experience more than makes up for this.

San Lorenzo is undergoing a new facelift in terms of the clubhouse, terrace and bar which will only increase the enjoyment in the experience.

San Lorenzo has spectacular scenic views and the course is set out beautifully, lined with the famous umbrella pine trees.

This is a course you MUST have on your Golfing Bucket list. It is not only one of the best courses in Portugal, it is a course recognised highly worldwide.


Architect: Joseph Lee
Opened: 1988
Par: 72
Length: 6,247 metres
Green fee: from €180
Telephone: +351 289 396 522

Head to the club's website for more information. 



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