Photo of Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course)

Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

Sitio do Pocinho, Sesmarias, Aptdo 118,

Vila Nova De Cacela, Algarve 8901-907

  • Office

    +351 281 950 950
  • Pro shop

    +351 281 950 960
  • Golf pro

    Darren Griffiths (Director of Golf)
  • Academy

    Monte Rei Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb (golf cart compulsory).

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside and rolling hills.

  • Designer:

    A Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.

SSS or slope






How to get there:

45 km NE of Faro

Head east from Faro on the A22, direction Spain. Take the Tavira exit and head south, direction Tavira. At roundabout turn left onto the EN125, direction Vila Real de Santo António. After approx 11 km turn left at small roadside building with a large blue sign "Monte Rei". Follow directions to golf.

Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course)

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.

Est. 2007

Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course): The masterplan for Monte Rei envisaged two Jack Nicklaus signature designs. The first, Monte Rei North opened in 2007 to great acclaim. It is recognised by many as Portugal's top layout - and one of the very best in Europe. The planned Monte Rei South layout has yet to be built.

Set in the picturesque foothills of the Eastern Algarve, Monte Rei offers sweeping views of the Serra do Caldeirão mountains to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. From the higher elevations Spain and the Guadiana River also get into the picture. Many tee shots are played from commandingly elevated tees.

This classically challenging Nicklaus design, brings water into play on eleven of the eighteen holes. A picturesque mix of native grasses, bushes and trees line the holes, without detracting from the generally open and pleasantly undulating character of the course.

Laid out in two nine-hole loops, the course features an enjoyable series of eight par-4s, five par-3s and five par-5s in a testing and distinctive layout. Each hole is excellently crafted, effortlessly blending into this natural canvas. Good as the front-nine is, it is possibly eclipsed by the greater variety of holes on the back-nine, with the par-4 13th, par-3 14th and water-flanked par-4 15th providing a particularly natural stretch.

Several fairways and greens are bordered by lakes as well as the indigenous flora. The water hazards are complemented by ingeniously shaped and sculpted bunkers. Impressive presentation and attention to detail are clear to see (provided drought conditions in high summer are not impacting the water supply to the course).

Stay&Play at Monte Rei: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

List of courses: Algarve, Portugal
  • Photo of Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course)
  • Photo of Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course)
  • Photo of Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course)
  • Photo of Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course)
  • Photo of Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course)
  • Photo of Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course)
  • Photo of Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course)
  • Photo of Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course)
  • Photo of Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course)
  • Photo of Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course)
  • Photo of Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course)
  • Photo of Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (North course)


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required. Recommended handicap limits for visitors: men 24, women 32.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (mid-March thru' mid-Nov): €220, includes shared golf cart.

Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2024].

Other information

Soft spikes only. Golf cart compulsory.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

The entrepreneurial Spanish owner of Monte Rei envisions two championship golf courses here. The existing Monte Rei North will be joined at some time in the future by a second Jack Nicklaus signature layout, Monte Rei South.

Published ranking

Portugal's No.1 course (Golf World, 2022).
Continental Europe's 14th best course (Golf World, 2023).


  • Monte Rei Golf Villas

    Sesmarias, Apartado 118, 8901-907 Vila Nova de Cacela

    +351 281 950 950

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    Monte Rei Golf & Country Club offers visitors a choice of villas for short term rentals. A combination of twin villas and linked villas, inspired by traditional Portuguese architecture, provides guests with relaxed village living.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Monte Rei

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Quinta da Ria; Quinta de Cima

    • Golf within 30 km:


  • Octant Praia Verde Hotel4-star

    Rua de Real Village, Praia Verde, 8950 Algarve.

    +351 281 530 600

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    Surrounded by thick pine forest overlooking the sea, the Octant Praia Verde is a place where Mediterranean inspiration is all about taking your time and enjoying the pure state of nature and the people, the flavours and uniqueness of this region. The hotel is is located 16 km from the town of Tavira and 57 km away from Faro Airport. The Spanish border is just 12 km away.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:

      Quinta da Ria; Quinta de Cima; Monte Rei; Castro Marim.

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Quinta do Vale; Benamor.

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