Montecastillo | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

The Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Sports Resort is a stunning resort which is situated next door to the famous Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto. The resort’s hotel has been recently refurbished and it is a sublime place to stay, where Montecastillo is also the home to a DP World Tour host golf course, sports centre and wellness facility.

The resort’s superb sports facilities include an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, which has been a host of the DP World Tour in the past. There is also a state of the art driving range at the resort as well. The greens on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course were completely renovated over the winter season of 2023, and reopened in February 2024.

Away from the golf course, Montecastillo is also the home to three full-size football pitches, which make the resort the ideal place for warm-weather training. Montecastillo also boasts an innovative U-Spa, which features saunas, a hot tub, massage rooms and a fitness studio. There is also the offering of a range of sport-specific treatments and exclusive beauty treatments. 

The hotel at the Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Sports Resort has more than 160 options which are in line with the brand’s new B-Room concept. 124 rooms feature a modern design, while there are also a stunning array of 38 villas which offer a more private stay at the Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Sports Resort.

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The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course

The golf course at the Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Sports Resort is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, and was designed by the 18-time major champion. It was opened in 1992 and in true Nicklaus style, everything is laid out in front of the golfer so they can see all the danger that lies in wait.

The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is a great lay-out and although it is relatively flat, it does offer up some incredible views of the region, with the 13th tee having views of the neighbouring Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto. Water comes into play on the 7th and 8th holes, with the lake flowing down the right side of both. 10, 16 and 17 are also heavily guarded by the cool, blue lagoons. 

Montecastillo was the venue for Volvo Masters for five consecutive years, from 1997 to 2001. Lee Westwood won the first outing of the event at Montecastillo, with Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Pierre Fulke and Padraig Harrington having tasted success on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.

Sporting Options

Away from the golf course, there are a great variety of sporting options for guests at the Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Sports Resort. 

There are three FIFA-certified, international-sized football pitches and a specialist half-pitch training area. The football complex was built under the guidance of both the English Football Association and Manchester United. These were built to welcome top flight football teams during winter breaks and training periods.

Due to the natural surroundings that the resort finds itself in, there are plenty of hiking and walking trails. Water sports are also on offer at Montecastillo, thanks to its proximity to the stunning beaches of Cadiz. Go-karting, horse riding and hang gliding are also available to try during a stay.

U-Spa at Montecastillo

From relaxing in the water circuit, to exercising both the body and mind in the fitness centre, the U-Spa at Montecastillo has something for everyone. It has fully-equipped facilities that have recently been refurbished along with the hotel.

There are five treatment rooms at the U-Spa at Montecastillo, with one of those featuring a private whirlpool bathtub. Children between the ages of 4 and 11 are also welcomed into the spa alongside a parent or guardian.

Alongside the U-Spa is a spacious fitness studio, which has a great array of fitness equipment, all with the latest technology. A team of qualified therapists are on hand at the U-Spa for treatments, massages and more to help guests relax. 

Barcelo Montecastillo Resort

Recently refurbished, the Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Sports Resort is the host of a wonderful hotel, which has more than 120 rooms. These rooms have been refurbished so they are in line with Barcelo’s brand new B-Room concept. 

This concept aims to bring a modern design into the rooms while keeping the elegant and classical style which has defined the hotel for years. The refurbishments have done exactly that, with the rooms being equipped with mod cons and home comforts. 

The hotel has a wide range of rooms on offer. Superior Rooms are bedrooms with an elegant and modern design for an exceptional and unforgettable stay, and these can be equipped with an extra bed. There are also Superior Rooms that have unparalleled views of the golf course. Deluxe Rooms and Junior Suites add another layer of luxury to a stay at the Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Sports Resort. 

There are also a range of villas on offer at the Barcelo Montecastillo, with space for up to six people. There are one- and two-bedroom villas on site which offer privacy and exclusivity during a stay. The Presidential Villa is the grandest of the accommodation on offer at the resort, the perfect setting to enjoy the Andalucian climate. 

FAQs about Montecastillo

Where is Montecastillo located?
Montecastillo is located in the southern part of Spain, just outside the city of Jerez. Seville is the nearest major city, which is just an hour to the north of the resort.

The Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto, former home to Formula 1 and one of MotoGP’s current venues, is situated a stones’ throw away from Montecastillo, to the north east of the course. 

What is the nearest airport to Montecastillo? 
Jerez de la Frontera sits just 15 minutes away from the resort, but only operates flights to 15 destinations. Montecastillo’s nearest major airport is in Seville, located around an hour to the north of the resort. Malaga-Costa Del Sol Airport, the third busiest airport in Spain, is around 140 miles to the east of Montecastillo, and operates flights to more than 100 destinations. 

What golf facilities does Montecastillo offer?
Along with the 18-hole golf course, the Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Sports Resort is also the home to a driving range, and short game area. The area includes putting and chipping greens, as well as bunker facilities to work on those sand shots.

What are the green fees at Montecastillo?
The current prices for a round at Montecastillo are €72 up to mid-November, and then €64 through to the end of 2023. Following the renovation of the greens on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, these prices could change. 

What accommodation is on offer at Montecastillo?
There is a stunning range of accommodation on offer at the Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Sports Resort. The hotel has plenty of options, including Superior and Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites and Suites. There are also a range of villas on offer, that can sleep up to six people. 

What other resorts and courses are nearby?
The nearest resort that also features on the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list is Villa Padierna, which is located around 100 miles away from Montecastillo, to the east.

There are a number of golf courses situated on the coastline, in the region of Jerez and Cadiz. Sherry, Villanueva, Vista Hermosa and Rota are all within driving distance from Montecastillo.

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