The undisputed No.1 in the Algarve, Monte Rei is one of the outstanding modern courses in Continental Europe. It was designed by Jack Nicklaus – who was on site frequently both before, during and after construction – and opened in 2007 to much acclaim. The strength of Monte Rei is its combination of pleasing aesthetics, world-class conditioning and stringent challenge. Monte Rei enjoys a remote location in foothills between the Serra do Caldeirão mountains to the north and the Atlantic to the south.
Its tranquil ambience in the Eastern Algarve is part of the appeal, and is evident as early as the twisting, climbing arrival at the hillside club in its Arizona-like landscape.
This desert-style terrain makes the runways of lush green fairway contrast strikingly with the arid burnt-orange soil they run through.
Monte Rei is a championship course of well over 7,000 yards and features water on 11 holes and incorporates large bunkers as well as huge undulating greens.
Its greatest strength is its consistency in addition to its variety of holes, a situation helped by its routing darting in all directions around the site. One of Continental Europe’s bucket list ‘experiences’, it is a stellar modern championship venue.