Playing this golf course is an amazing experience that starts at the very first moment of your arrival, with valet service for the clubs, a mandatory buggy and a superb free practice area.
Monte Rei North golf course is a Jack Nicklaus signature design and considered the number one golf course in Portugal since is opening in 2007. Each golf hole is a gem, the natural aspects of the landscape melted with specially created features make this golf course a unique experience to be remembered. Holes have been built in a unique way to create the sensation of player, golf course and blue skies nothing else.
Monte Rei has magnificent fairways and amazing greens, but also water hazards affecting 11 of its holes and bunkers that will tests the player’s ability and courage almost in every shot.
The Pars 3, 7th and 9th, the Pars 5, 2nd, 6th, 16th and 18th will sure stay in the mind of every player. And when finishing the round, you can also have a five-star gastronomic experience, as the resident chef are chosen among the gem of European cooks. Decidedly a golf course for special occasions.
The 27-hole Castro Marim Golf Course can be considered a gem of the East Algarve. The golf course is built on a mountainous area of schist, and with their Bermuda grass fairways, are always in good condition. The first nine holes (Atlantic) opened in the year 2001, designed by Terry Murray. It has narrow fairways with the 7th hole a par 4 downhill that long hitters try to reach the green. In fact, the fourth hole on the Atlantic Course featured in the book ‘1001 Golf Holes you must play before you die’, edited by Jeff Barr. The 9 holes Guadiana Course as the Par 5 third hole with the tee shot over a lake to a narrow landing zone, followed by a right dogleg uphill. Allowed for 2 extra clubs to reach the green. The 9 holes Grouse course are wider and presents more generous fairways. The hole 5 is a Par 5 with a dogleg to the left protected by a lake. The drive should be well placed, as your second shoot is over a ravine avoiding a water line that defends the green. A nice course with great views due to its high location, perfect for playing whilst on vacation.
Open in the year 2000 according to the design made by Sir Henry Cotton in 1987, Benamor is a par 71 with 5497 mt in length. Fairways surrounded by olive, carobs, figs and almond trees, mountain and sea view, fair greens with good roll is what a player can expect. Some water hazards and sand bunkers are there to test the strategy and striking ability of the player. Only when the north wind blows, which is not so often, the course can become more difficult. The fairways in Bermuda grass provide good lies for woods and iron shots. The holes 5, 8, 10, 13 and 18 will stay in the memory, as they will decide a good part of your score. Benamor golf course, certainly allows a pleasant experience for players of every skills.
The Quinta de Cima Golf Course is a sister course to the neighbouring Quinta da Ria. Opened in 2002, it was designed by Rocky Roquemore as a Championship course. Wide fairways, with well-placed shallow bunkers will demand a reasonable accuracy to get a reasonable result. Olives, almond, carob and orange trees can be seen along the course, but fortunately they not supposed to interfere with your game. The same cannot be said from some ponds and water lines that will call for erratic golf balls. The opening hole a long par 5 with fairway and green bunkers shows immediately what awaits the player. Great finishing holes like the 16th a par 5 where a stream runs across the fairway, 180mt from the green adding pressure to the approach. On the 17th, a par 3, where the tee shot must carry a pond. Finally, the 18th hole where a player has to play over water on 2 occasions, from the tee and on the approach to the green. A trio of finishing holes for stout hearted golfers.
Quinta da Ria Golf Course was designed by Rocky Roquemore, who took advantage of the natural setting of the ancient farm that was in place. Opened in 2002, this course as ocean view from all the holes (except one), and it is one of the most pleasant golf courses in East Algarve. This well-maintained layout presents some challenging golf holes, like the hole 16, a Par 5 that demands accurate shots, as it is a double dogleg surrounded by lakes. The 14, a short Par 4 with the green defended by a lake or 5th hole a par 3 that could be a dogleg to the left or a straight shot, depending on the starting tees of the day, will remain in the mind of a player. The 17th a Par 3 almost an island green, and the 18th a demanding par 4, are two strong holes to finish your round.
Take a moment to appreciate the huge variety of wildlife that inhabit this area.
Quinta do Vale Golf Course is a superb creation of Severiano Ballesteros, that opened in 2008 with the presence of its creator. Taking advantage of the natural valley the Spanish champion designed a three sixes course (6 Par 3, 6 Par 4, 6 Par 5). The front nine flow along the valley with many water obstacles and while the back nine gently go uphill to finish with a short par 4 inf front of the club house. The hole 10 is the signature hole with its famous bunker shaped in S, to remember the name of its creator. It is a course where an average player can play for a very good result, if he respects the course. Being aggressive without mastering the shots, will result in several difficulties, and probably some lost balls inside the water ponds. The 17 and 18 holes will stay in your mind. The north wind is often in play, as the valley makes a natural crossing channel from the hills to the riverside. A great golf course with beautifull views over the Guadiana river.
A very enjoyable experience. It started with a warm welcome in the pro shop reception. The course was in good condition except the greens had recently been treated. We still had an enjoyable round of golf just under 4 hours. We would certainly return here. Read more about Isla Canela Old (Spain)
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