Quinta da Ria course was designed by Rocky Roquemore and is set in a spectacular
location, the Ria Formosa Natural Park, in eastern Algarve.
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This spectacular 18 hole
golf course is 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 2 PAR 5, five PAR 4 and two PAR 3 holes.
Its total length is about 6.016 metres.
Five lakes were strategically
built along the course, specifically near greens 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
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
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.