Quinta da Ria
This spectacular 18 hole courses are located in the Ria Formosa Natural Park and spreads along an almost flat surface of 660.000 m2 down to the Ria Formosa itself, hanging over it and with a stunning view of the sea.
It is a par 72, comprising two loops of 9 holes and each loop with two par 5, five par 4 and two par 3 holes. Its total length is about 6.016 meters.
Five lakes were strategically built along the course, specifically near green 5,10 and 14. Hole 16, par 5, is played between the two biggest lakes. The green of the par 3, nr. 17 is limited by one of these lakes where an island with varied bird-fauna may be found. Besides the beauty the lakes render to the course, they are also used as water reservoirs for the irrigation and are nourished by a stream.
Most of the night irrigation water is recovered through drainage, reaching the through an intelligent modulation of the ground.
The greens, smoothly undulating, are well protected by bunkers. Greens, tees and fairways are covered with Bent Crenshaw and the roughs with Poa Pretensis with Fescuas.There will be no real estate construction in the Ria Course.More than 300 trees, such as olive and carob trees have been transplanted in order to maintain the ancient border of the course and the typical features of the region landscape. It also looks like as if the course is of the same age as its centenary trees. From any place of the site, one can see both the mountains and the sea. The surrounding orange trees and vineyards give their contribution to make the course country landscape even more beautiful.
[In O Golfe em Portugal - Fernando Nunes Pedro - Texto Editora-Andersen
This golf course facilities include: