Montecastillo - Southern Spain - Spain

Montecastillo Resort,
11406 Jerez de la Frontera,
Cádiz,
Spain


  • +34 (0)956 151 200

  • César Gómez Paullada

  • Jack Nicklaus

  • Fernando Roca


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Montecastillo is one of the most popular golf resorts in the world and it hosted the Volvo Masters Andalucia for five consecutive years beginning in 1997 when Lee Westwood won the event.

Spain’s equivalent of Wentworth in England – its magnificent , late 19th century, El Castillo clubhouse is constructed with similar crenellated walls – Montecastillo is situated on an enormous 400-acre property which also boasts indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, football pitches, a five-star hotel and villas that overlook the 18th hole of the golf course.

Located in the heart of the country’s main sherry and brandy producing region, Montecastillo was created by Jack Nicklaus in 1992 and it’s a long, demanding course, routed thoughtfully across rolling Andalucian terrain. In typical Nickalus style, everything is laid out quite clearly in front of you so it is playable by golfers of all abilities, provided they use the correct tee at every hole, of course!

Montecastillo is a splendid layout with some very testing holes and many visitors use buggies to cope with the often long, uphill or downhill walks from green to tees, particularly on the back nine.

The outward half is fairly open with water really only affecting the approach to the par four 7th green and the tee shot on the par three 8th hole. The inward half is a little tighter with the 13th hole having a great view of the Jerez Grand Prix circuit from the tee and the closing, par four, 18th elevated tee providing marvelous views of the hotel and castle.

Recent improvements have included the planting of 100-year-old olive trees around the course, the installation of a new drainage system and the introduction of silica sand to the bunker complexes.

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Description: Montecastillo is one of the most popular golf resorts in the world and it hosted the Volvo Masters Andalucia for five consecutive years beginning in 1997 when Lee Westwood won the event. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 10

Played the course today. The layout is nice. But the condition is bad except the greens. The bunkers were not good one many holes, as the workers have driven their cars into the bunkers and not fixed in afterwords. Most of the rough and fairways are average.I mean this course is overrated. All the courses I've played in Spain has better conditions.

2 / 6
Montecastillo
February 08, 2018


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The older of Jack's 2 Montes, The other being Rei just across the border in Portugal, and they share some traits. You will need a buggy, walking is pure folly. They are built on land that enjoys some spectacular elevation changes and they are an honest and fair test for players of all standards. What is interesting however is what progression there is at Monte Re. You can see from Jack’s earlier work here, there is less complexity in the detail, it has more of a broad brush feel to it and despite the majority of the holes being fantastic fun there are some that are ordinary and a bit clumsy like 17 and 10. They are imposed on the landscape rather than flowing with it. You just can’t say any of that about Monte Re, where Jack has reached a zenith in his architecture career. It is also as if this might have been one of the first courses ever designed on a computer. Massive bunkers dominate some holes for example. It can be easy to be left with a 50 yard greenside bunker shot over sand. The scale seems wrong or clumsy on the par 5 16 for example. However, we loved this course. Mainly because the tee shots are terrific fun here and there always a few options from the tee. There are some excellent par 4’s. The 5’s and the 3’s are okay too. We had 5 days here and it was incredibly good value. No doubt you will be staying in the Barcelo? The all inclusive for five days+ is the way to go. You have a 15% discount on the buggies to 40 Euros and unlimited golf. To play 36 holes add another 20 Euros. Not bad at all. I highly recommend this place for a golf trip. The accommodation is generous and very comfortable, the golf is exciting, fun and above all it is terrific value. JCB LAY

4 / 6
Montecastillo
October 25, 2016


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M Bieberbach
December 29, 2016

Unfortunately, you talk more about (the fabolous) Monte Rei than Montacastillo. This (Montecastillo) WAS a great course until they lost the Volvo open some years ago. Until then the best part were the bunkers with this cristal white Sand. Seemes to be valuable as the bunker sand was sold(!!) and removed soon after, now you have some brownish stuff in there which is unpleasant to contact. You NEED a buggy on this couse, a shame that they have not invested money on this part for years, probably following the cheap greenfees they now offer. This course is now mediocre, not more. The thumbs are lowering annually, very unfortunately.

Nicholas Kjelgaard
December 30, 2016

We walked it, hard but not impossible. I believe that the European Tour won't let a course that demands a buggy host a tournament, it has to be walkable. I may be wrong. Shame if it is going down hill, we played 10ish years ago and loved the course, we had it to ourselves. The only disappointment I recall was the bar area has a load of trees between it and the course which stops you watching people play the 18th (may not remember that right). Also played Monte Rei this year that is a definite buggy course but cracking experience.

Not only is Montecastillo a stunning golf course, originally built to a high standard for the Volvo Masters but in recent years has had extensive work carried out to enhance it even more, great variety of water holes and well placed bunkering make for a golfing experience that you must try: What makes this venue even nicer are the staff, they are so pleasant and are always there to please, Added to that the hotel is excellent with well appointed rooms, great restaurant and good food: Again the restaurant staff are truly superb: There has been considerable investment over the past years in the whole resort, and it shows: If the ladies in your life are not golfers they will love the Spa and Heath Treatments or even just relaxing by the pool. This is a gem that you don't want to miss: Most certainly highly recommended for the serious golfer.

6 / 6
Montecastillo
April 26, 2016


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Just got back from a four day break at this superb hotel and golf course. This is a Jack Nicklaus masterpiece! Fantastic condition with most of the holes memorable, with 16, 17 and 18 possibly being up with the best of finishing holes.
6 / 6
Montecastillo
December 07, 2015


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Very good golf course, condition was fantastic every single day. almost every hole is memorable and in my opinion their isnt really any weak holes! The 18th hole is simply a fantastic finishing hole to rival any! If you look to play here, dont be concerned about playing the same course for a number of days, you wont get bored! Absolute bargain with a top quality hotel!
5 / 6
Montecastillo
May 19, 2014


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We were in Montecastillo not long ago.The Jack Nicklaus designed golf course was in very good shape and we absolutely loved the layout.The staff was superb at all times.We definitily be back soon.
6 / 6
Montecastillo
April 10, 2013


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Montecastillo Golf Course - Photo by reviewerI have just returned from a trip to Spain. In fact, to Montecastillo, Jerez. My hubby gave me as a present for our wedding anniversary, a 7 days stay in the Montecastillo Hotel with a daily green fee. At the beginning, I was not very keen on the idea; I wanted to go by the seaside..but he was right!! I have enjoyed one of the most beautiful golf courses in Spain. Great and very professional design by Jack Nicklaus, incredible views from hole 18 and also I found out that it was venue of the Volvo Masters during a few years!! You can tell they keep doing a very good maintenance work. We have had a really good time!!
6 / 6
Montecastillo
April 03, 2013


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You notice the signature of Nicklaus since the first Hole, very good golf course and lovely hotel. I went to Jerez at a very bargain price, buggies are expensive but green fee is included if you stay at the Hotel.
6 / 6
Montecastillo
March 28, 2013


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I had the pleasure of playing this course recently, and I have to say that the groundskeeper's keep it in very nice shape. But expect a good workout as you're constantly hiking up and down hills as you go from hole to hole. And the price is very reasonable, only 75 euro when I played there in October. Also, make sure when you book your tee time to reserve a buggy if you want one so they don't run out when you show up that morning.
5 / 6
Montecastillo
October 19, 2011


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Had the pleasure of staying and playing at Montecastillo recently. The golf course is not overly long and the rough not too punishing but there is enough trouble around to spoil a good card with water in play on several holes including the final 3. Many of the holes feature elevated tees driving onto generous fairways. The par 4 18th is the signature hole, with the fairway opening out in front of you down to the green and a lake 120 feet below. Personal favourite holes were the challenging par 4 doglegged 13th and the par 4 15th which is the stroke index 1 The rooms in the hotel are very nice and the service was excellent. The only down side for me was that the formula 1 track was right next door. When we where there a racing team were testing and the roar of the F1 cars could be heard from all over the course spoiling the tranquillity of the place.
4 / 6
Montecastillo
November 18, 2006


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tr
March 07, 2011
"the golf course is not overly long"... what are you on about? It is 7,100 yards, that's pretty long by any standards. Great course, serious challenge. With the many elevated tees this is very much a driver's course, probably why Lee Westwood did well here.