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The host of the season ending Volvo Masters for many years, so some of the vistas are sure to seem familiar (the 18th Tee shot being the classic). The course runs through established woodland in the hills around the hotel. It is fairly clear that villas were planned to be built - this has not yet happened. Consequently there are cleared plots for sale around the golf course and access roads to cross (albeit no traffic!). This is unfortunate as it lends Montecastillo an unfinished feel. Ignoring that, the holes themselves are in the classic Jack Nicklaus style: hazards obvious form the Tees, sand being teh main one with water here and there as well. Intelligent use has been made of the elevations changes, which are considerable in places, so a buggy may well be useful.Arcos Gardens Architect: 18 holes: m: par 72.
The course occupies the gentle hillside above and around the Clubhouse and hotel, fairly open terrain dotted with stumpy olive trees and cork oaks, with holes that run predominantly crossways, so some gently sloping Fairways. All around the countryside is wide open farmalnd, with the little white cluster of Arcos de la Frontera in the distance perched on its hill away to the West. Holes are not overly taxing, although there is quite a loy of water to negotiate. In general, the course is well thought-out with hazards in view from the Tee. A quiet location for a peaceful game.
27 holes of straightforward seaside golf. Originally quite marshy, the land was drained and trees planted (palms and olives mainly) to create the course. As you might expect, the course is absolutely flat so easy walking. Single rows of palms or olives separate most Fairways with the odd drop of water added as a variation to this theme. A busy holiday course, but three loops of nine helps to spread the load. Extensive training facility too, room for 200 simultaneous swings on the (grass) range, with short game aea to match. Gentle, relaxing fun in the seaside sun.
5 nights at 5-star Montecastillo with 5 days of unlimited golf -
4 nights for four people in a Townhouse at Arcos Gardens with 2 rounds at Arcos Gardens, 1 at Montecastillo and 1 at Costa Ballena, plus a hire-car between four -