Quinta do Lago hosts world’s first EDGA Player Development Camp

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Those who took part in the camp are the latest in a long-line of aspiring golfers hoping to launch their careers at Quinta do Lago

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Quinta do Lago has played host to the first ever EDGA Player Development Camp, an initiative created by EDGA to help prepare potential future G4D Tour players.

Held from January 21-25, 12 emerging talents in golf for the disabled (G4D) were able to experience the Portuguese sports and lifestyle resort’s excellent training facilities and golf courses as they were joined by specialists to help them envision what it takes to become a G4D Tour player.

The 12-player group – made up of golfers from ten countries who have yet to play in a G4D Tour or EDGA Professional Tour event – learnt from coaches, nutritionists, performance experts and marketeers as they took part in an intense week of learning.

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Those who took part in the camp are the latest in a long-line of aspiring golfers hoping to launch their careers at Quinta do Lago.

Home to three 18-hole championship golf courses – the North, South and Laranjal – Quinta do Lago has a rich history in helping to develop the talent of tomorrow. On eight separate occasions – including in 2023 and 2022 – the resort has played host to the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship.

A long-term partner of golf and Irish owned, the premier Algarve resort has regularly hosted the country’s elite players for winter training camps.

Quinta do Lago is also home to the only Paul McGinley Golf Academy in the world, founded in October 2011 by Europe’s victorious 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.

Sean Moriarty, CEO of Quinta do Lago, said: “When EDGA reached out to us regarding hosting the Player Development Camp, we were more than happy to help.

“With three 18-hole championship courses and state-of-the-art practice facilities, Quinta do Lago is ideally set up for training camps for all golfers. We hope all those who attended enjoyed the week and will be sure to keep an eye out to see how their careers within the game develop.”

Launched in 2022 by the European Tour Golf and EDGA, the G4D Tour sees golfers with a disability compete on the same course during the same week as the DP World Tour.

EDGA president Tony Bennett said: “Some of the most famous players in the world have graced the fairways of the iconic Quinta do Lago, so where better could we hold the first EDGA player’s development camp.

“Just as some of the leading professionals in the world launched their careers at Quinta do Lago, we hope that some of the players at the EDGA Player Development Camp will use the experience to accelerate their careers in G4D.”

As well as attracting golfers, the world-class performance hub, The Campus, is a popular venue for top athletes and sports teams from all over the world. The premier multi-sports facility welcomes residents and guests of Quinta do Lago to enjoy a lifestyle of health, fitness and wellness, and includes a high-performance gym, tennis and padel courts, swimming pool, cycling, group classes and personal training, recovery suites and sports rehabilitation.

Alongside an unparalleled sport offering, guests staying in the 2,000-acre Algarve resort can enjoy 14 first-class bars and restaurants or discover the picturesque Magnolia Hotel. Blessed with the backdrop of one of Europe’s most beautiful natural regions, Quinta do Lago offers the perfect place to soak in golden sands and sapphire seas, with facilities for every need close at hand.

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