Expert Review: Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, The Algarve
A review of one of Portugal's most luxurious golf venues by Breanne Loucks, Sales Expert at Elegant Golf Resorts & Former Ladies European Tour Professional.
During my time on the LGPA Tour, I stayed at some fantastic golf resorts around the world, but Monte Rei Golf & Country Club in the Algarve had escaped me and so I was delighted to have the opportunity to experience it.
By far one of the best golf courses I have played in Europe, Monte Rei’s awardwinning
Jack Nicklaus signature course is a quality, championship course. Practice facilities are of an equally high standard offering grassed practice range and great putting
and chipping facilities; all maintained to the same standard as the golf course, giving a true reflection of the round ahead. When playing the course, you rarely see other golfers and so it plays like millionaire’s golf. The course keeps you on your toes – every hole is unique – and so you would want to play at least three times during a five-night
stay. You are never required to play with other groups and so if you prefer to play as
a two or three ball, this is guaranteed.
The sumptuous villa accommodation was exceptional (the Four Bedroom Villa with Pool makes a perfect choice for a large family or group of friends), as were the seamless levels of superior service throughout the resort and the excellent quality of dining. Breakfast
in the clubhouse was enjoyed on a large terrace area with spectacular views over the golf course and the Tapas-style lunch was superb – exactly what you need after a round of golf.
There is a lovely bar and restaurant at the resort pool where the often host BBQs and themed cuisine evening and I’d also highly recommend a meal at the resort’s Michelin-starred restaurant. Away from the resort, don’t miss the local village of Cacela Velha and its stunning beach.
All in all, Monte Rei is a golf resort at the very top of its game.
From a young age, golf has been my love and passion. After a successful amateur career representing Wales for 10 years, I turned professional in 2009 and played on the Ladies
European Tour for three years until injury ended my career. After being a touring professional, creating bespoke golf holidays around the world and getting the
opportunity to experience the courses first-hand is the best job in golf!