Barcelo Montecastillo golf course

Home of the Volvo Masters 1997 -2001, Montecastillo is "Golden Bear" Jack Nicklaus's only golf course design in Andalucia.

A tough, testing course with considerable distances from green to tee Montecastillo keeps to Nicklaus's family held belief that, "a golfer should see what he's getting".

There are some spectacular holes whit water coming into play often. The 18th is the most famous and most photographed hole. From the very high tee one looks down on the Montecastillo Hotel and the lake just before the final green.

From this spot Sandy Lyle hit a driver in the 1994 Turespaña Masters. His ball disappeared into the hotel swimming pool but he didn't have the heart to ask his caddie to dive in - there were three balls at the bottom of the deep end - so he took a drop under penalty. Later his ball was fished out. It transpired that had he done this within the five minutes permissible search time he'd have had a free drop.

Useful information

Address: Ctra. de Arcos, s/n Km. 9,6 11406 Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz.

How to get there: The golf course is located 10 kilometres from Jerez on the road towards Arcos (N-342). Right beside Montecastillo is the Jerez car race track which can be partially seen from the highway.

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