Hole 13 – 361m (championship tee) par-4. This hole is downhill and fairly short but the fairway has bunkers to trap errant drives, and the lakeside green is severely contoured to test one's short game skills.
Hole 17 of 27 – 499m1 par-5 (on the Lagos 9-hole loop). Enjoy the fabulous panoramic coastline view from the elevated tee leading down to a winding links style duneflanked fairway. The green is shared with that of the Praia loop's par-3 26th hole in St. Andrews Old Course style.
Penina Henry Cotton Championship
Hole 5 – 451m. The only par-5 on the front nine. A long straight drive down the middle allows long hitters to attack the green over a left-hand lake or otherwise bail out to the right and leave a short approach.
Quinta da Ria
Hole 10 – 422m par-4. Rated the course's most difficult hole due to its length and hazards on the demanding approach, namely a large tree in the middle, lake on the right and up to the edge of the undulating green guarded by bunkers left and right.
Quinta de Cima
Hole 18 – 420m par-4. A testing final hole with the tee-shot requiring a long carry to clear a waterway and reach the fairway. A large lake threatens any wayward approach shot to the right and short of the severely sloping putting surface.
Quinta do Lago South
Hole 15 – 200m par-3. This emblematic hole requires a nerve-tingling tee shot with a carry of about 180m over a lake to the green beyond the far bank and set within a semi-circle of umbrella pines.
Hole 18 – 371m par-4. This iconic, much photographed finishing hole, is beautiful to behold but tough to play, with water being the main threat. Requires a long drive to the right to avoid one lake and set up a long high approach over another.
Vale da Pinta
Hole 13 – 292m par-4. This is stroke index 1 and for a good reason. Avoid the lake and huge bunker on the left with your tee shot without being stymied behind any of the few trees. The undulating raised green is wide but not deep.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Hole 16 – 214m par-3. This famous cliff-top hole designed by Sir Henry Cotton symbolises the resort. High handicappers aim to bail out on the narrow fairway beyond two huge yawning ravines and right of a large bunker and hope for an up-and-down par.