International Golf News 25th Aug, 2021 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk
The top Portuguese resort has “laid the foundations” for life after the pandemic by promoting a multi-tiered plan with the emphasis on outdoor living and incorporating three key principles: to foster nature, conserve resources and support the community.
Following an extended period of lockdowns across Europe, spending time outdoors and living a healthy lifestyle in an eco-friendly environment has never been more important to people.
Nestling in the heart of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, Quinta do Lago has always been passionate about the environment. Only nine per cent of the resort has been built on, with the rest devoted to golf, water and lakes, and green spaces.
As well as improved sustainability on its three 18-hole championship courses – including a €7m makeover of the iconic South Course – the resort has adopted an enhanced approach to conservation across other sectors of its business, including at its world-class sports hub The Campus, The Magnolia Hotel, its 12 bars and restaurants, and general resort services.
Sean Moriarty, CEO at Quinta do Lago, said: “We have always been a resort driven by nature with an environmental focus.
“COVID enabled us to reflect on what is important and launch this strategy sooner than anticipated. There were policies in place but, previously, we did not have an official masterplan to work towards. This has started with one of our renowned courses and has spread across the whole resort. People are in need of some good news, and we are looking forward to sharing how we are improving and strengthening our environmental credentials, enhancing the guest experience and our relationship with the natural world.”
Quinta do Lago is home to three golf courses and a TaylorMade Performance Centre.