5 Key Features Of The San Lorenzo Golf Course

The San Lorenzo Golf Course is, according to many golfing experts, one of the finest layouts not only in Europe, but also the whole world. Part of the Quinta Do Lago estate and home to the luxurious Dona Filipa hotel, this article will discuss 5 key features that will give you an idea of what to expect should you choose the course as your base for your next golfing holiday.

  1. The grass on the fairways and greens is Bermuda grass. While this may not mean much to you right now, just know that many of the famous golf course in the United States – such as the fairways and tees of Agusta National - also use Bermuda. This type of grass means that the greens don't get too quick and make putting a challenge. However, if you hit your drive in the rough, Bermuda grass can grab onto your club shaft and make it difficult to gouge the ball back out onto the fairway.
  2. Beware the water hazards. Holes 8, 10 and 18 are just three that have either fairways and/or green protected by strategically placed lakes or ponds. If you are not the straightest hitter normally, it would be a good idea to pack enough golf balls in your bag at the start of the round so you can finish the round without having to go swimming.
  3. The views can distract you from your golf. For example, the mountain range visible from the 11th tee is majestic while the view of golden beaches and the Atlantic Ocean alongside the 5th will give your eyes a treat.
  4. Pine woodland line the 18 holes. If you are known to spray the ball off the tee; prepare to spend a lot of your round hitting the ball of the pine needles and threading your ball through the pine trees to get it back in play. It's not all bad though because you will at least enjoy the cool shade provided by the trees and escape the hot Algarve sun for a few holes.
  5. Not just anybody can turn up and play on the San Lorenzo course. The course is only available to private members and guests at the Dona Filipa hotel. The VIP access has allowed the course to stay in pristine condition all year round and has given the course an air of mystique.

If you are lucky enough to play the San Lorenzo course, keep these features in mind - beware the water, enjoy the view and don't hit the ball in the sticky Bermuda rough - and you will be raving to everybody back home about your round at this exclusive Algarve course.