San Lorenzo, The Algarve – Hacker To Single Figures
After the disappointment of my first Algarve round at Quinta do Cima, my second round was at San Lorenzo in Quinta do Lago. We had a pretty early start as we were staying about forty minutes away. So, armed with my coffee and croissant in a packet… off we went!
When you get close, you realise how swanky this area is. Amazing villas, no snicker wrappers on the floor and roadside grass that is so good, you’d love it in your back garden. As we pulled into the car park in our little Peugeot 106, we quickly realised how high end this place is… as we parked next to the Ferrari 355!
Now, onto the important stuff. Golf.
We started our round at San Lorenzo on the Par 5 10th… which was not ideal as you are faced with a drive over a pretty big lake. Not a good place to try out your first shot!
I did clear the lake, but played the hole pretty badly and walked off with a 7! Played the 11th pretty well, but still only managed a 6. So, just 1 point in 2 holes. This €1 win was not looking very promising!
Thankfully, on the next 6 holes are played pretty well. Off the tee I was striking it great, which was a nice treat. My second shots were letting me down a bit, but it was more bad judgment of distances that were leaving me short. That meant I was having to try and chip it close to have a chance to save par. That didn’t happen! I did manage to par the 16th, a brilliant par 3 that starts a brilliant last three holes.
The 17th is a belter of a hole with a lake running all the way along the fairway. Again, my tee shot was solid and straight down the middle leaving me about 140 to the green. A solid 8 iron and I was in birdie territory. Or maybe just settle for a par then! After a 6 on the 18th, it was off to the first tee for the next 9. I was +9 and looking at a lowly 16 points. It was a bit of a shame really after playing so well off the tee.
The back 9 (or holes 1 – 9 in our case) could be best described as flaky!
I didn’t start too badly, despite going bogey, bogey. But, I then slipped into double territory on the par 4 3rd. A particularly disappointing hole as it’s not a long one at 320 yards. Thankfully, after a quiet word with myself walking to the next tee, I managed to par the 4th and the shortest hole on the course, the par 3 5th. The 5th looks like a pretty simple hole on the course, and short one at just 130 yards. But, the green is perched with the Atlantic just behind, so it’s easy to get caught out with your club choice… which is what I did! However, the short game gods rescued me with a nice up and down!
The 6th is a brilliant hole. Par 4, massive dogleg left running along the Ria Formosa. The hardest on the course, and it really is a belter. I thought I’d got a little greedy with my tee shot trying to take on the corner, but I got away with it. Duffed my second though, but managed to pitch and two putt for a 5.
It was still all to play for with David (the Father-in law) on the back 9.. Until we got to the 7th… where I made… a 7!! As if that wasn’t a high enough score, I thought I’d beat it on the 8th with an 8!
Those two holes pretty much ruined my round. David scored 5 points on those… I scored none! A 5 on the par 4 9th didn’t really help me… it was long gone by now!
I finished +12 on the back… and just 14 points. Rubbish! Not only was it rubbish, I lost the €1 I’d won at Quinta Da Cima!
Still… San Lorenzo was a lovely golf course, and a proper challenge. Looking at my Golfshake.com stats post round, it really highlighted where I’d gone wrong. It wasn’t a very pretty picture!
That said, I could be at home fighting with an overfilled bin bag, or at work fighting with a computer. Instead, I’m in Portugal, its 34 degrees and I’m playing a stunning golf course… badly. Suppose all that’s left to do is drown my sorrows in a Super Bock and a couple of Pastel De Natas!!!
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