England Golf’s leading amateur stars will have high hopes of hitting the ground running in their quest for major honours in 2016 after taking part in the first training camps of the winter at Quinta do Lago in Portugal.
Members of the England Men’s and Men’s ‘A’ squads who gathered at the prestigious Algarve resort included Bradley Moore and Alfie Plant – both ranked in Europe’s top ten.
The visits provided the opportunity to fine-tune their swings and enjoy the award-winning venue’s array of five-star facilities as part of Quinta do Lago’s role as the winter training base for England Golf’s national squads.
In addition to working on technique, activities for the players during the week-long camps included sessions on fitness, the short game, ball-flight control, game management and the mental side of the game.
Paul Ashwell, coach of the England Men’s A Squad, said: “The players really enjoyed the beautiful weather and excellent practice facilities and were especially impressed with the North Course following its recent remodelling. We are all looking forward to returning for our next visit in March!”
Featuring three 18-hole championship courses, outstanding practice facilities at its Paul McGinley Academy, a TaylorMade Performance Centre and extensive leisure activities and facilities, Quinta do Lago has everything needed to guarantee a first-class golf experience.
Quinta do Lago has been the official winter venue for hosting England Golf’s squad since 2014.
Both men’s squads are set to return to the resort for a second winter training break in March, while the women’s, boys’ and girls’ squads will also enjoy the facilities on camps in the run-up to the start of the 2016 season.
The England Golf players who visited Quinta do Lago recently were:
England Men’s Squad: Jamie Bower, Alfie Plant, Adam Chapman, Jonathan Thomson, Paul Kinnear, Sean Towndrow, Bradley Moore and Ashton Turner
England ‘A’ Squad: Ben Amor, Jake Burnage, Will Enefer, Tom Gandy, Scott Gregory, Josh Hilleard, Gian-Marco Petrozzi, Will Whiteoak and Andrew Wilson
As part of the partnership with Quinta do Lago, England Golf squads stay at the resort and use its driving range and practice facilities as well as having access to both the South and North courses. In addition, each group uses the swing analysis with a launch monitor and has biomechanics golf fitness training sessions.
The England Golf National Performance Programme supports more than 40 of the best amateur players within the England national squads and almost 200 players within regional squads. Previous players include some of the world’s leading golfers, such as Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Charley Hull and Melissa Reid.
The resort has invested €50 million upgrading its sports, leisure and lifestyle facilities as part of a six-year investment program, including the €9.6 million redesign of its North Course by renowned American architect Beau Welling in close association with European Ryder Cup winning captain Paul McGinley, and was named ‘Europe’s Best Golf Venue’ at the 2015 World Golf Awards.
Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of European golf for more than four decades with three 18-hole championship courses matched by outstanding practice facilities including the world’s only Paul McGinley Golf Academy, a state-of-the-art TaylorMade Performance Centre and new short game area.
Away from the fairways, there is plenty to keep everyone occupied, with events, tennis, cycling and watersports just some of the extensive leisure activities available.
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Caption: the 15th hole on the South course at Quinta do Lago