We spent 5 days at Monte Rei last spring and played the course 4 times. It has stuck in my mind ever since, not just for the quality of the course (amongst the best of the Jack Nicklaus fleet) but for the luxury of everything about the place. Excellent pro shop and caddymaster staff, 15 minute tee times so no one needs feel pressured, practice facilities with a snack bar (which serves as the halfway hut) and a quality hotel.
The facility is owned by a Portuguese family who are insisting on maintaining quality throughout and who do not want the course flooded with players (hence the 15 minute tee intervals and premium green fee price). A second 18 is being constructed, again designed by Jack Nicklaus.
This is a premium facility and any golfer appreciating quality should try and play it.
Date: February 02, 2020