Quinta de Cima Golf Course

The field of Quinta de Cima, in Vila Nova de Cacela may not be as dazzling as his brother Quinta da Ria, but collects the championship course status, often getting amateur tournaments of high competition and professional tournaments such as the Ladies Open of Portugal in 2008. It was designed by Rocky Roquemore and opened in 2002.

Quinta de Cima confines to the north by the National Road 125 and extends south, where it is bounded by the municipal road leading to the Quinta da Ria. It is technically stronger, requires a more strategic game, more reflection on the choice of clubs. May be seen from the sea to the south and the serra do Caldeirão to the north.

Long and wide, with good greens, Quinta de Cima measures 6585 meters (par 72) and has the fairways flanked by old trees, some elevated tees, multiple dog legs to the right and left and well placed bunkers. The wind is sometimes a major obstacle, combined with a compact rough along the fairways. The holes 4, 5, 6 and 13 are crossed by a stream with running water reservoirs. The 14th hole is the stroke index 1, a par-4 of 390 meters running through an orange grove, and it normally faces upwind, making it difficult to the amateur golfer to reach the green in two strokes.

Water comes into play in the last three holes and the 18 provides a worthy end. In the 16th hole (par-4), a river crosses diagonally the fairway and a feeds a lake to the right of the putting, increasing the pressure in the approach. Hole 17 (par-3) has lake in front of the green and the 18th is a par-5 with a lake on the right running to the green.

In addition to the courses of Quinta de Cima and Quinta da Ria, there is still the appointed Academy Course, a circuit of six par-3 holes with a length of 621 meters, which is part of the excellent training facilities of the complex.

Eighteen holes skilfully scattered by an area of 620.000 m2, the Cima Course show themselves very competitive with dog-legs to the right and to the left and greens well protected by sand hazards and lakes, particularly holes 16, 17 and 18.