Barcelo Montecastillo Golf & Sports Resort
Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz, Jerez
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Next to the Moto GP famous race track , Montecastillo is a first class golf resort at the outskirts of Jerez de la Frontera, the famous Sherry capital. It boasts a Jack Nicklaus course, venue of several PGA Volvo Masters, a five star hotel, a state-of-the-art wellness centre and a comprehensive sport facilities.
Overlooking the 18th hole, Barcelo Montecastillo Golf has recently by completely renovated and offers luxury rooms and suits as well as independent villas with full hotel service, all equipped to the highest standards, lavishly furnished and tastefully decorated in traditional Andalusian style, while featuring a balcony or terrace with views onto the golf course. Facilities at the resort include three restaurants, four swimming pools (one indoor) as well as a Business, Wellness, Tennis and Football Centre, the later with two regulation fields.
Guests at Montecastillo Golf Hotel will enjoy unlimited complimentary green fees at the Nicklaus course. Considered as one of the best in Europe, this championship course has been the venue of five Volvo Masters, flagship event of the European PGA calendar, five years in a row. A Jack Nicklaus design, the course "bears" the master signature: Rolling fairways, quite open and most hazards clearly visible - no blind shot here although all very much in play.
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Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Hotel
Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Hotel
Overlooking the 18th hole, Barcelo Montecastillo Golf has recently by completely renovated and offers luxury rooms and suits as well as independent villas with full hotel service. All are equipped to the highest standards, lavishly furnished and tastefully decorated in traditional Andalusian style, while featuring a balcony or terrace with views onto the golf course.
Montecastillo flagship restaurant serves a refined Andalusian and international market cuisine. Next to the hotel, the vintage castle "El Castillo" was built in 1900 by the Count of Garvey, one of Jerez Sherry producer, and accommodates the Clubhouse, Proshop, Tapas bar and several functions rooms. These are complement by Montecastillo Business Centre, a state-of-the-art facility including several multifunction rooms - additional rooms are also available in private villas and three exhibition halls.
Montecastillo is also a dedicated sports centre with a Wellness Centre & Spa offering a wide range of spa and medical treatments, a Tennis Centre and a Football Training Centre Montecastillo boasting two regulation soccer fields. and venue of several national selections and football teams.
Barcelo Montecastillo Golf (5 stars)
41 Double superior rooms
61 Double superior rooms with golf view
15 Deluxe rooms
3 Junior Suite
8 Villas (1 bedroom)
12 Villas (2 bedrooms)
Restaurante El Lagar (Buffet and à la Carte) Healthy Gourmet food for sportsmen
2 Outdoor swimming pools
1 Indoor swimming pool (U-SPA) + Children pool
Hydrotherapy pool with cascades, jets, countercurrent, Jacuzzi, hydro-massage and cold-water thermal bath
Finish Sauna + Turkish bath
Relaxing area with heated beds
Cardiovascular and muscle-building training equipment (Trained fitness specialists to assist guests)
Montecastillo Golf Club
• Championship Course
Jack Nicklaus (1992) 18 holes - 7,138 yds - Par 72
Jack Nicklaus’ only layout in the country, Montecastillo bears the “Bear” signature throughout. Built on rolling grounds, the layout features numerous bunkers protecting the elevated greens, yet there are no blind holes or uphill holes on the course. Furthermore, most tees are set on small hills commanding a perfect views of the difficulties awaiting golfers on the hole come. As The Bear philosophy goes: "you have to see what you have to do". The course is very open and all hazards are very much in play, including the water hazards and several out of bounds.
Montecastillo is a superb challenge to the professionals, with greens and fairways in impeccable shapes, yet from the front tees, it is less daunting to the amateur who will enjoy a fine round of golf on this magnificent course. The general condition of the course as well as its championship layout has attracted the European PGA to host the Turespaña Masters in 1994 and 1996 and the Volvo Masters, flagship of the PGA Calendar, five years in a row until 2001.
• Montecastillo Golf Academy
Golf in Cadiz
SANCTI PETRI GOLF
A short distance from Montecastillo, south of Cadiz, the seaside resort of Sancti Petri boasts three Golf Clubs totalling no less than 90 holes.
• Novo Sancti Petri (1990) Severiano Ballesteros + Robert Trent Jones Sr.
With its 54 holes, Golf Novo Sancti Petri is one of the biggest golf clubs in Spain. Water hazards, pine, olive and cork trees, juniper berry shrubs, bunkers, and a sea breeze, all add to the beauty and difficulty of each course. Course A and B were designed by Severiano Ballesteros and inaugurated in 1990 . The course has a total surface of 123 hectares, and includes a spacious practise area with driving range, 3 chipping greens, 2 putting greens and 3 holes Pitch & Putt. Furthermore, the PGA Golf Academy of the club has its own exclusive practice area. Course C was original a 9 hole course built back in 1985 by Bryan Griffiths and has recently be extended to a full 18 holes in 2007 according to a design of Robert Trent Jones Senior.
• Golf La Estancia (2005) Alan Rijks
The golf course at La Estancia was designed by Dutch architect Alan Rijks, a regular collaborator of Belgian architect Baron Paul Rolin, in turn a collaborator of Robert Trent Jones. Running through lush pine groves and more open land in the hills above the resorts, the course is a Par 73 playing nearly 7,000 yeards from the back tees. It offers a challenging yet accessible round in beautiful natural surroundings, with views over the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
• Lomas de Sancti Petri (2006) Manuel Pinero
Lomas de Sancti Petri course has been designed for the famous golf architect Manuel Pinero, one of the best spanish golfer in the 80's. This is a beautiful and challenging course, in a gorgeous natural environment. It is quite short (easier for high handicappers) but the fairways are quit enarrow The player must think every shot, and strategy become crucial for signing a good scorecard.
The province of Cadiz has recently seen the development of several new golf courses, extending from the Guadalquivir river mounth on the Altantic to the southern reaches of the Costa del Sol on the Mediteranean and its famous resort of Sotogrande. Including the above mentioned Sancti Petri courses, flaghsip facilities are the following:
• Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club (1995) Jose Maria Olazabal
Centerpiece of a major holiday resort on the fringe of splendid sandy beach, Costa Ballena was named after the wales (ballenas) that swim into these water of the Atlantic. A Magnificent design from Olazabal, the 27 holes are a testing challenge for players of all levels, fromscratch handicapers to beginners - Costa Ballena is a regular venue for the European Tour Qualifying School. The couse is flat with slight undulations, some holes directly on the seafront, with strategically placed bunkers and water hazards dotting the fairways.
• Sherry Golf Jerez (2004) Stirling & Martin
Designed in 2004 by Stirling & Martin (Global Golf Company), the course at Sherry Golf is accessible course for amateurs and challenging for professionals - it has hosted the Spanish Men Open Amateur Championship, Seniors International Championship, Spanish Ladies Open Amateur Championship, Volvo Masters Amateur and Spanish Championship. Sheery Golf is also the official venue of the 2nd Stage of the PGA European Tour Qualifying School since 2006. Pleasant to walk, it is an American style, risk rewarding layout with wide undulating fairways, without beeing too hilly, and ample greens.
• Arcos Gardens Golf Club & Country Estate (2006) Landmark Spain
Designed by Landmark, creators of PGA West, Palm Beach Polo and the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, the Arcos Gardens Golf Course has been developed as a challenge to professionals, whilst providing an enjoyable experience for amateurs - it is the chosen golf facility for both the Swedish Golf Federation and the English Golf Union as their winter training facility. With fup to six tees and strategically located bunkers and lakes, the course creates a variety of challenges for players. The course has wide, forgiving fairways yet still manages to place a premium on accuracy as you approach the greens. Surrounded by a vast array of wildlife and plants, with views across the countryside to surrounding lakes and the hilltop white village of Arcos de la Frontera, a round of golf at Arcos Gardens is a true pleasure for the eyes as well.
• Benalup Golf & Country Club (2001) Baron Paul Rolin
Benalup course extends over 70 hectares of gently rolling grounds in the upper Barbate valley. The fairways and greens have been laid out in an ecologically responsible way in this lightly forested area and former grazing meadows for fighting bulls. Seven artificial water hazards were create to store the necessary irrigation water, while creating hazards and adding visual attraction and variety to the course. The large and sometime undulated greens were laid out by the English architect Gordon English. Extending on gently rolling grounds, the course has enough relief to add spice without being tiring and on a clear day, the view encompass the surrounding mountains and the coast of Africa in the distance, across the Strait of Gibraltar.
• Monteenmedio Golf & Country Club (1992) Alejandro Maldonado
Designed by Spanish architect Alejandro Maldonado, Monteenmedio is his foremost work up to now and a masterpiece of natural golf. Dominated by the white hilltop village of Vejer de la Frontera, the layout stretches through the dense woods of the estate and the architect has made a point not to disturb this exceptional environment, making good use of the topography and natural hazards of the terrain. The wide and carefully tailored fairways are bordered by a lush Mediterranean forest of mature cork oaks and pines, requiring accuracy to keep the ball in play. The greens are like mirrors and the burrow in the greens and bunkers are a constant challenge. to players putting skills.
Xerez & Cadiz
Xerez - Jerez de la Frontera
Montecastillo is located next to Jerez Race Track, hosting annually the famous Moto Grand Prix and the first trials of the seasons for the F!. Birthplace of the Flamenco - there is an excellent museum in town, and capital of the Sherry wine, Jerez de la Frontera is also home to the world famous Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Arts. A visit to the later and to one of the several world famous Sherry cellars is a must to get a full taste of Andalusia.
The Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez de la Frontera. All wine labeled as "sherry" must legally come from the Sherry Triangle, which is an area in the province of Cádiz between Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and El Puerto de Santa María. Sherry is produced in a variety of styles, ranging from dry, light versions such as finos to darker and heavier versions known as olorosos, all made from the Palomino grape. Sweet dessert wines are also made, from Pedro Ximenez or Moscatel grapes.
The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art is an institution devoted to conserving and maintaining the classical traditions of Spanish baroque horsemanship, preparing horses and riders for international dressage competitions. The Royal Andalusian School is a riding school comparable to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. Like the Spanish Riding School, the Royal Andalusian School is well-known for its "dancing stallions" shows for the tourists. The school is adjacent to the historic nineteenth-century Palacio de las Cadenas in Jerez.
Jerez de la Frontera is the major town of the province of Cadiz - one of the eight provinces forming Andalusia, extending from the Antlantic to the Mediterranean and encompassing the Costa de la Luz, the Straight of Gibraltar and the southern shores of the Costa del Sol, while the harbour town of Cadiz is the capital of the homonymous province.
The most ancient city still standing in Western Europe, Cadiz was originally founded in 1104 BC by the Phoenicians as Gadir (Phoenician for "walled city"). Cadiz became an important base during the age of the discoveries and Christopher Columbus sailed from Cádiz on his second and fourth voyages. In the 18th century, the trade with Spanish America switch from upriver Seville to Cadiz, with better access to the Atlantic, and the city experienced a golden age, becoming one of Spain's greatest and most cosmopolitan cities. Many of today's historic buildings in the Old City date from this era. It was during this perido that the first liberal Spanish Constitution of 1812 was proclaimed.
Despite its unique site on a narrow stretch of land closing the Bay of Cadiz, Cadiz is a typically Andalusian city with a wealth of attractive vistas and well-preserved historical landmarks. The older part of Cadiz, within the remnants of the city walls, is commonly referred to as the Old Town. While the Old City's street plan consists of narrow winding alleys connecting large plazas, newer areas of Cadiz typically have wide avenues and more modern buildings.
In addition, the city is dotted by numerous parks where exotic plants flourish, including giant trees supposedly brought to Spain by Christopher Columbus from the New World. The city is also famous for its two beaches. La Playa de la Caleta, some 400 hundres meter long, is the beach of the Old City, situated between two castles, while La Playa de la Victoria, three kilometres long, in the newer part of Cadiz, is the most popular with locals and border by a promenade with shops and cafés.
Cadiz is noted for having the most humorous people in Spain and famous for its carnival, one of the best known in the world. Throughout the year, carnival-related activities are almost constant in the city, with rehearsals, public demonstrations, and contests of various kinds.
Address & Contact
Barcelo Montecastillo Resort
Carretera de Arcos, Km. 6
PO Box 56
11406 Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz)
10 min. East of Xerez (Jerez de la Frontera), next to the Moto GP and F1 famous race track
Jerez de la Frontera International (XRY), 15 min.
Sevilla International Airport (SVQ), 60 min.
All year (Hotel & Golf)
Southern Atlantic/Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, dry summers