Quinta da Ria Resort, situated in the Eastern Coast, is a well-known golf attraction in the Algarve. Including two spectacular golf courses, Quinta da Ria and Quinta de Cima, both 18-hole golf courses with an unforgettable scenery.
This resort complex offers challenging golfing and a unique landscape to any visitor. Located just over half an hour from Faro International Airport, Quinta da Ria is perfectly integrated in the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, the most significant eco-system in the Algarve, comprised of a line of barrier islands along the coast, making this protected wet-land a rich nature habitat for numerous biological species.
Quinta de Cima is the sister course and it offers different and very unique characteristics: wide fairways and well based bunkers, the several lake and streams which calls for a good deal of precision playing. The water hazards of the course and the long fairways emphasise the need for a good club selection, challenging even the most experienced players.
Designed by the well-known American Architect – Rocky Roquemore, Quinta de Cima was conceived as the championship course. The opening PAR 5 is a gentle start but the course will become tougher as the round progresses, with dog-legs to the right and left and undulating greens which are well protected by large sandy bunkers and lakes. There are also several natural creeks running through the course that will also increase its difficulty.
Throughout the course you will find many ancient carob and olive trees which add to the character of the layout. Orange groves and vineyards border many of the fairways making you feel that you are in the middle of an old Portuguese farm.
The 16th hole (517 metres – PAR 4) is the Signature Hole of this championship course: long hitters may be able to reach the green in two setting up good EAGLE opportunities, but it may also lead to trouble as a large lake is lurking on the right-hand side of the green. The finishing 18th Hole is your last challenge as it requires an accurate drive and a precise approach shot to the green guarded by water.