QUINTA DO LAGO PLEDGES €500,000 TO ALGARVE HOSPITALS IN FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19.
Quinta do Lago has joined forces with residents at the five-star Portuguese resort to donate more than €500,000 towards the cost of buying essential hospital equipment to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
The exclusive golf and lifestyle family venue and around 500 residents of different nationalities reacted to the health crisis in the Algarve by pledging vital funds to help pay for urgent medical products and supplies at the region’s three public hospitals in Faro, Portimão and Lagos.
Quinta do Lago contributed €50,000 towards the cost of buying badly needed equipment – including CT scanners, ventilators, Covid-19 testing kits, heartrate monitors, echocardiogram machines, blood-testing kits and personal protective equipment – with the rest of the money coming from private donations.
The money raised will go to the Algarve Biomedical Centre (ABC), the consortium which is leading many of the Algarve’s initiatives to contain the pandemic, who will then supply the Algarve University Hospital Centre (which manages the hospitals) with the products needed to fight the pandemic.
In a further show of gratitude to health professionals, Quinta do Lago is also offering all healthcare and emergency service workers free takeaway coffee and breakfast every morning at its boutique café and juice bar PURE.
Sean Moriarty, CEO at Quinta do Lago, said: “We are very much indebted to the great work that these people are doing at our local hospitals. We currently have 500 residents staying at the resort, and everyone at Quinta do Lago is committed to supporting these hospitals over the following weeks to help support them financially in their fight against Covid-19. The Covid-19 pandemic is something that is affecting all parts of society as it continues to escalate throughout Portugal, Europe and the rest of the world. Here at Quinta do Lago, our greatest asset is our community spirit, and we hope that this small donation we have made can help to rid us all of this terrible virus. In these unprecedented and challenging times, the resort is united against Covid-19, and I’m confident that we will all get through this difficult period so that our vibrant resort and community can return with a renewed zest for life.”
Situated a 15-minute drive away from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago boasts a combination of world-class golf and lifestyle facilities including three 18-hole championship golf courses and The Campus, a world-class sports hub designed for professionals and amateurs alike to keep fit.
Complementing the sports and leisure amenities is a choice of 13 first-class bars and restaurants that deliver a range of delicious world cuisines, including the acclaimed Bovino Steakhouse and recently-opened Dano’s Sports Bar & Restaurant, and accommodation at the recently-acquired boutique The Magnolia Hotel.
About Quinta do Lago Resort:
Since its inception in 1972, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of international golf, hosting eight Portuguese Opens as well as numerous other international tournaments. Home to three world-class golf courses, the resort also boasts a wealth of cutting-edge practice facilities.
•Quinta do Lago North Course – Opened in October 2014, the totally revamped North Course has been redeveloped by renowned American golf architect Beau Welling in close collaboration with 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and is set to become one of the new stars of European golf. The new layout has been built to the highest specifications with a €9.6m investment programme and has been redeveloped with the emphasis firmly on precision and strategy. While many modern-day developments tend to focus on length, Welling and McGinley have been keen to design a golfing experience where accuracy and course management are the key factors, and a course that is playable and fun for golfers of all abilities.
•Quinta do Lago South Course – A favourite among European Tour professionals, the South Course calls for accurate drives and precise shots, but rewards players for their efforts with the stunning backdrop of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Regularly included in Golf World magazine’s ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe’, the par-72 layout has received widespread praise for its strategically-placed hazards and varying difficulty across the 18 holes. Having hosted the Portuguese Open on no fewer than eight occasions, the South Course is regarded as one of Portugal’s premier golfing venues.
•Laranjal – Designed by Jorge Santana da Silva in the grounds of an orange grove, the par-72 course was named as Portugal’s Best Golf Course 2011 at the Portuguese Travel Awards, and poses serious tests for players of all abilities. Opened in 2008, Laranjal offers a pure golfing experience right next to the Quinta do Lago estate and features fairways sown with Bermuda grass, providing a challenging playing environment in a picture-perfect setting.
•Paul McGinley Academy – Quinta do Lago is home to the only Paul McGinley Academy in the world, founded in October 2011 by Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup captain. With a strong involvement from McGinley himself, who is a regular visitor to the resort, the academy aims to cultivate and improve golfers’ play by providing them with the tools and techniques used on the professional Tours. The academy focuses especially on younger players, working in collaboration with local schools and is the perfect way to follow in the footsteps of the pros.
•TaylorMade Performance Center – Quinta do Lago’s TaylorMade Performance Centre is the only facility of its kind in Portugal and is located on the resort’s expansive driving range. Opened in May 2013, the centre is operated by trained TaylorMade technicians, offering golfers a custom-fitting experience testing hundreds of club and iron options, ensuring the best combination for every player’s swing. It also has a fully equipped Tour standard workshop and utilises FlightScope X2 radar technology to measure the entire flight of the ball from impact to landing whilst displaying its 3D trajectory in real time.
Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park and located just 15 minutes from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago offers residents and guests an unparalleled location benefiting from a year-round temperate climate, a variety of lifestyle pursuits and a strong sense of community.
For more information on Quinta do Lago and its facilities, call + 351 289 390 700 or visit www.quintadolago.com