Montecastillo Golf Club, Spain

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The Montecastillo Golf Club is situated next to the Jerez Grand Prix race track, this fantastic golf course is regarded as one of the finest in the province of Cadiz in Spain. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Montecastillo is a beautiful, reasonably undulated, golf course with artistically placed lakes and spectacular elevated tee boxes surrounded by rolling hills.

This is 18 holes course (par 72) presents a challenging layout, although with up to five tee positions on each hole, it is also possible for high handicappers to enjoy their round. The fairways are wide and appear very inviting. However, there are some cleverly-positioned bunkers so you need to exercise caution. The greens are very large and fast, while some of the tees are elevated. Water hazards affect half a dozen of the holes. As this is a long course, buggies are recommended. The first few holes are especially long, but as you continue around the course, water comes into play several times and accuracy becomes more important.

Ranked as the 53rd best golf course in the world by the respected Golf World magazine, Montecastillo has hosted several prestigious tournaments, including the Turespaña Masters Open in 1994 and 1996. For five consecutive years it was also the venue for the Volvo Masters, before the competition reverted back to another top course in Andalucia, Valderrama, in 2002.

Montecastillo’s clubhouse and pro shop are housed within an imposing castle. Other facilities include a putting green, driving range with 75 bays, pitching green, short game practice area, private golf academy, and a terrace bar overlooking a lake.