Portugal’s Quinta do Lago resort has reinforced its reputation as one of the elite golfing academies in Europe after expanding its team of teaching professionals in the Algarve.
Having promoted Callum Burgess to the position of head professional and academy manager earlier this year, the award-winning golf and lifestyle venue has moved to improve its academy line-up further by adding Tomás Carlota to its coaching ranks. Carlota is the third teaching professional at the club, joining Brittany Burton and Nuno Silva.
Quinta do Lago and its Paul McGinley Golf Academy has been at the forefront of European junior golf on the continent for the last decade, with its group of boys and girls producing an array of outstanding achievements at national and international level.
Up-and-coming stars Sara Gouveia, Sofia Sá and Amelia Gabin are among the players to have enjoyed championship success in 2021, while the resort’s junior team features more than 35 children in each development category – elite competition and beginner – and age group.
A year earlier, the academy’s team was named Portuguese junior club champions for the first time in its history, as its talented youngsters won no fewer than seven national junior titles in 2020.
Burgess said: “The time has flown by since I joined the golf coaching team at Quinta do Lago. I have enjoyed every minute and it is a great honour to lead our amazing team of teaching professionals.
“Our juniors have achieved some amazing things on the national stage in the last few years and, with the players that we have coming through, I’m looking forward to helping the academy continue to flourish in the years to come.”
Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park and just a 15-minute drive from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago – home of the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship – has been at the forefront of Europe’s elite golf, sports and family destinations for five decades and features a combination of world-class golf and lifestyle facilities.
As well as three 18-hole championship golf courses – the iconic South Course, which reopened last autumn following a €7million upgrade, North Course and Laranjal – and outstanding practice facilities, guests can enjoy an array of sports at the state-of-the-art performance centre The Campus, a world-class sports hub designed for professionals and amateurs alike to train and live well.
Complementing the facilities is a choice of 14 first-class bars and restaurants that deliver a range of delicious world cuisines, including the acclaimed Bovino Steakhouse and UMAMI – the resort’s first Asian restaurant – with accommodation at the boutique The Magnolia Hotel.