Monte Rei Reviews

Edith from United States
on Mon, 13th May 2024
Very disappointed!!! Dry conditions! We should have been informed of such poor conditions since we booked in February!
Walter from Switzerland
on Sat, 11th May 2024
Top service
Jens Christian from Norway
on Sun, 28th Apr 2024
Very dissapointing
Terrible fairways, which should have been informed beforehand, very dissapointing for the price they charge
mandy byrne from United Kingdom
on Fri, 29th Mar 2024
A Star from arrival to departure
Steve from Portugal
on Tue, 27th Feb 2024
Not the course it once was
Monte Rei remains a stunning golf course and one that I never cease to enjoy playing. This said, the course is way off its best and the yesteryear lush and green fairways have given way to brown bare lies unbefitting of the course. Even the greens are suffering and the course is in desperate need of some tlc and investment. The staff remain excellent and attentive as always.
Andy Richardson from United Kingdom
on Sat, 2nd Dec 2023
Over priced, poor condition.
This was to be our treat for our month in the Algarve. But we were so disappointed! For the most expensive course we have played in the algarve, this was a poor golf experience. Which is a shame because all the staff we met from start to finish were first class but the cousre condition did not deserve paying €170 each. The front nine particularly was terrible: fairways were bare in so many places and the greens were poor, presumably because of the drought conditions in the Algarve. It was the worst kept 9 holes we have played this year. However the back 9 for some reason was in better condition. It also has a more 'natural' feel to it. Will not be going back
Andrew from United Kingdom
on Thu, 16th Nov 2023
Superb service, course condition didn't matc
This place is all about the service. When we played the course was in fairly average condition with scrappy fairways and greens having been fertilised. It is a great golf course though, but not the best in Portugal. Such a shame the surrounding foliage has been damaged by wildfires in recent years. The service though is un-paralleled in Europe. From the bag drop, free buggies, plenty of visits from the buggy bar, to the superb pro-shop, friendly staff and excellent bar, you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend paying €5 extra for the post round tapas, which is basically a 3 course meal!
Peter from United Kingdom
on Sat, 30th Sep 2023
Top place unfortunately not in the best condition but enjoyed our day
James from United Kingdom
on Sun, 13th Aug 2023
Great course. Fairways burnt owing to drought but it’s a worldy. Good setup and staff were excellent.
Dougie from United Kingdom
on Thu, 15th Jun 2023
This was my 3rd visit to Monte Rei and would have to say that the condition of the course was slightly disappointing. The welcome and attitude of the staff was, as usual, first class. The practice facilities were excellent but I feel there has been a definite decline in the condition of the course. The fairways are very dry, the greens a bit bumpy in places with some showing signs of disease and the bunkers were inconsistent with signs of grass growing through the sand. This course has always been the pinnacle of my visits to the Algarve but I think it may be my last as it is increasingly difficult to justify the undeniably high fees for an disappointing experience. If you do play the course, pay the extra €5 for the tapas. It is outstanding value.
Mike Humbles from United Kingdom
on Sun, 28th May 2023
Stunning course!
Superb experience from start to finish. Service was first class and the course was nothing short of sensational. Every hole was interesting and a joy to play. A fantastic experience and worth every penny to play. Can't wait to return.
John Robertson from Portugal
on Tue, 9th May 2023
I played Monte Rei for about the 6th time last week and for the first time I was disappointed.

The service and organisation was excellent, as usual, but the course!!

Greens very good,

Fairways, poor,

Bunkers, the worst I've seen them. The water from the watering system which gathered in the bottom of them, turned them rock hard.

None of our group were complimentary of the course.

I won't hurry back.

Sylvia from Netherlands
on Mon, 27th Mar 2023
Still one of the very best :)
My third time at Monte Rei and I love everything about the course: it's challenging, especially yesterday when the wind was giving us a hard time (although that's fun as well) but still fair and you get to enjoy marvellous views. The greens still are difficult and at times you have to think about your course management, or simply 'go big or go home / no guts no glory' :)

Hence, when we arrived in the morning, at 11.15, there was no possibility to order some breakfast and the way that message was delivered, could have been more friendly. Having said that, at the end of the day, we had the most friendly gentleman serving us for dinner and making us special mocktails :)

So, all in all, looking forward to visit again!

Romanita from Canada
on Sun, 5th Mar 2023
Magnificent Monte Rei
Beautiful course, well organized staff. Cart exits too far away from the greens. Many times brought along the wrong clubs.
Ann from United States
on Sat, 11th Feb 2023
Spectacular course. Interesting holes. Challenging.
Erwin from Austria
on Fri, 27th Jan 2023
Toller, schwerer Platz mit ausgezeichnetem Service
Absolutes Highlight an der Algarve. Sehr schwerer Platz in einem ausgezeichnetem Zustand. Kaum ein Loch ist flach und die Grüns sind sehr schnell und schwer anzuspielen. Die relativ harten Fairways erleichtern das Spiel auch nicht gerade. Mittlere und höhere Handicaper sollten ein paar Bälle mitnehmen. Der Empfang ist sehr freundlich. Abschlagzeiten alle 12 Minuten und Buggy, Bälle auf der Drivingrange sind im Greenfee inkludiert.
on Fri, 18th Nov 2022
great course, very friendly and helpful staff. Every hole is different. We played with very strong wind, which makes the course even more difficult. A challenge everytime.
Brian Mccluskey from United Kingdom
on Sat, 12th Nov 2022
Great challenge
Lovey course up in the hills . Long par 4s, heavily bunkered greens, great golfing challenge. The, greens and fairways are excellent but a lot of the surrounding trees and shrubs have been destroyed in the forest fires. Its a shame as some of the holes not touched by fire show how beautiful this course has been.
Walter Schärer from Switzerland
on Mon, 24th Oct 2022
Poor value for money - not commendable
Very disappointing experience. While the weather was not the best during our round, the course didn't live up to Monte Rei's marketing promises and our expectations, given the ultra-high green fees.

The staff is very friendly and helpful, but too many details like a slow buggy, not well-maintained bunkers, and rusty steel rakes (!) made for a poor experience. We're not coming back to Monte Rei.

Roddy Finlay from United States
on Mon, 24th Oct 2022
Apparently I am at fault
Abysmal customer service ! My bag was 'secured' to the cart by a member of staff. It fell off having been driven about 250 meters and the driver shaft snapped on the tarmac cart path,. Monte Rei denied any liabilitysaying that it was impossible for their staff to make a mistake in fixing the bag, and it must have been my fault ! Truly shocking
Alexis Zaranis from United Kingdom
on Fri, 21st Oct 2022
What a day!
Number 1 course in Portugal? 100% yes. Don’t get me wrong, others (Quinta, OC, Val) are brilliant, but this one blew our mind. Will be back!
RACHEL from United Kingdom
on Fri, 7th Oct 2022
Monte Rei
Stunning course. Absolutely beautiful. Nowhere else like it. The staff all have massive smiles on their faces and literally can’t do enough to help. Very rare to get such amazing customer service and all credit must go to the management.
Dave from Italy
on Fri, 7th Oct 2022
The most amazing course in Portugal
Lives up to its #1 ranking in Portugal. Huge bunkers, water and challenging course. A great course to play with your favorite golfing buddies. Super nice staff, practice faculties and clubhouse.
Tony from United Kingdom
on Mon, 26th Sep 2022
Monte Rei
Superb course and staff as always
Jeff from Portugal
on Sun, 11th Sep 2022
Beautiful course
Incredible course. Greens and tee boxes could use a bit of tidying up but overall a thoroughly enjoyable round of golf.
Stuart from United Kingdom
on Wed, 7th Sep 2022
Stu shearer
Such a fun course. Very scenic and excellent condition. The customer service upon arrival to leaving was 5 star.

They even clean clubs after!!

Mark from United Kingdom
on Fri, 26th Aug 2022
Great experience, great course!
One of best courses I’ve played anywhere in the world, and probably the best I’ve played in Portugal. The service from arrival to after the round was excellent. I’ll definitely go back next time.
Lynda from United Kingdom
on Thu, 19th May 2022
Monte Rei
Absolutely stunning course with incredible service from meet and greet as we arrived to similar as we came off the 18th.
Lesley from Portugal
on Wed, 11th May 2022
Monte Rei Review
Lots of left to right holes around water.

Lots of 2nd shots and approaches to greens over bunkers or and water.

Very difficult.

But, wouldn't expect anything else!

Did enjoy hospitality and facilities.

However, it was a one-off because of the price.

Thank you

Peter from Netherlands
on Fri, 25th Mar 2022
Course was extremely wet...they should have closed it...now we feel we paid a lot of money for a nearly unplayable course..very frustrating.

Restaurant very basic....needs some upgrading...definitely not the no1 course in Portugal

Gerlinde from Austria
on Tue, 28th Dec 2021
We love it!!!
Exzellent and extraordinary golf course, quote challenging, nice viels,. Top service at the clubhouse. We had the Tapas Menu after the rund - very recommendable!
Michael from United Kingdom
on Sat, 16th Oct 2021
Fantastic layout & excellent service
An absolutely fantastic layout the best of 4 Nicklaus designs I have played. It will test your golf brain! Excellent service from all members of staff who are very welcoming, and the standard of food was first class too. Don’t be put off by the fire a few months ago, the current discounts on offer more than make up for it. I shall play it again it was that good.
Jean-Patrick from Belgium
on Wed, 22nd Sep 2021
The fire destroyed everything
We were very excited to play on this mythical course but unfortunately the course is no longer in perfect condition. Everything around the fairways and greens has burnt down and the result is really catastrophic. Not only is the scenery not very nice, but the fairways and greens are no longer in 'competition' condition. In short, our advice is not to go to Monte Rei while waiting for the vegetation to grow back and for the gardeners to take over.
David from Portugal
on Tue, 21st Sep 2021
Disappointing Monte Rei... sadly.
With a stellar reputation, the course at Monte Rei was unfortunately, very disappointing. Due to some recent terrible bush fires in the area, the course was protected by the staff by utilising the irrigation system extensively. Although the course was saved, the measures taken severly damaged the overall condition of the course. The staff, however, were excellent and we have been offered a complimentary return visit next year. The most disappointing aspect though is not being told of the condition prior to booking and being charged the full amount (€220 per person). Travelling to Monte Rei expecting a wonderful experience to be then greeted with a 5/10 course in terms of condition, is very annoying and extremely disappointing. Although I applaud the efforts of the staff in saving the course in what must have been very difficult circumstances, the facts should have been communicated to agents and individuals allowing a choice of whether to play at this time.
Stefan from Germany
on Fri, 27th Aug 2021
Jack did it
Great Nicklaus design, the best on the Algarve. Great holes, very scenic and demanding. Only the conditions are disappointing, very slow greens and dry fairways. They had a wildfire a week before, but the declining conditions are a issue for my last visit 2020 as well. For me a 4,5 star course in 3 star condition
Nicholas from United States
on Mon, 2nd Aug 2021
Monte Rei
The best course in Southern Portugal (must be in the top 3 in the whole country). Premium service with wonderful individual holes.

Disappointing to note, however, that the greens were notably slow and many had inherent diseased grasses.

For the high cost of playing, the greens really ought to be in better condition (as they invariably have been in the past when we’ve played there previously).

Richard from Spain
on Mon, 12th Oct 2020
Excellent . I have been lucky enough to play all over the world and this is in my top 10. Not for the high handicapper but a real test and what a facility
Juergen B. from Portugal
on Mon, 5th Oct 2020
Exzellenter Kurs. Perfekte Organisation. Hoher Preis, aber einmaliges Erlebnis.
Joaquim Vilà from Spain
on Thu, 27th Aug 2020
No question the best course that we have played this week. Greens were high but, still the course is beautiful. We will come back.
Jochen from Germany
on Fri, 6th Mar 2020
The best
raymond from Portugal
on Wed, 4th Mar 2020
Monte REI tough but fair
A very tough but fair golf course. The condition of the golf course was superb with exceptionally challenging bunkers. The greens were very fast with lots of borrows. We had a very friendly welcome & we found the staff very helpful & charming. We bought the Tapas package & would highly recommend this as the variety of food plus the amount was spectacular value for money
Olivier from France
on Thu, 30th Jan 2020
Parcours magnifique, varié, difficile mais amusant à jouer.

Qualité parfaite

Service excellent

Gerlinde from Austria
on Thu, 26th Dec 2019
One of our Algarve favorits
Very beautiful course, well maintained, lots of water and bunkers, great seevice
midas touch from United Kingdom
on Thu, 29th Aug 2019
Great 70 the birthday present
We live, part year, in Castro Marim, Algarve. We have played golf in many places including the Algarve, USA, Tunisia, Morocco, Spain, UK (including The Belfry), Ireland (Lahinch...fantastic in itself).

I'm not sure if the layout, course condition, customer service, scenery, quality of course, greens, attention to detail could be bettered ANYWHERE on this planet. Every hole is in its own environment, and you do not see anyone else playing at the same time.

William from Portugal
on Sat, 29th Jun 2019
#1 visitor experiences in Algarve
Tremendous course in perfect condition, helpful, friendly staff, pampered for a day.

Without a doubt #1 visitor experiences in Algarve, try it 👍👍👍⛳🇵🇹

on Tue, 14th May 2019
Monte Rei review
what an experience, brilliant, great service from start to finish, stupidly expensive but worth every penny in my opinion, all the staff made us feel very special and the condition of the whole package was first class
Chris from United Kingdom
on Fri, 10th May 2019
Montei Rei
The best course in the Algarve. A magical experience, if you get the chance you need to play this course. Exceptional service and a stunning golf course that is a great challenge
Philip Bocking from Germany
on Sat, 27th Apr 2019
Simply stunning. There is not a single hole that does not inspire.
Marc Mommen from Portugal
on Wed, 10th Apr 2019
een baan die je moet gedaan hebben!!
Super vriendelijke ontvangst en bediening.

Baan was in perfecte staat.

Buggies met gps

Marc Mommen from Portugal
on Wed, 10th Apr 2019
Een baan die je moet gedaan heb e
Ongelofelijke ontvangst, super vriendelijke mensen.

Baan lag er perfect bij.

Buggies met gps

Valerie from France
on Sat, 22nd Dec 2018
Go for it ! this is a must !

Service 5/5 course 5/5 price 5/5 it seems expensive but when compared to other courses where you have to pay additional buggy, it is really worth.

Fernando from Portugal
on Thu, 16th Aug 2018
Perfect, you need only to think about playing, all other thinks are with them, they give you a gift when you arrive and when you end!

Each hole is isolate for the others, the feeling is very nice.

You need to test it.


philip from United Kingdom
on Sat, 4th Aug 2018
Spoil yourself at Monte Rei
Absolutely fantastic, from the course to the service from all the staff....superb experience..a must for every golfer
Peter from Germany
on Sun, 15th Apr 2018
Absolutely spectacular. One scenic hole after the other. Expensive but worth the money.
Nigel from United Kingdom
on Sun, 4th Mar 2018
Really friendly staff, brilliant course. Hole 13 fantastic.
johnnie from United Kingdom
on Mon, 16th Oct 2017
One of the best
Fabulous experience. Wonderful views from every tee with challenging holes and greens. Long walks from green to tee so must take a buggy. If you like Nicklaus courses, this is the place to go. Expensive but a cut above and worth it.
John from United States
on Wed, 4th Oct 2017
Best course we played in the Algarve. Superb
Colette Stapleton from United Kingdom
on Mon, 25th Sep 2017
Simply Stunning
Been coming back to Monte Rei for several years and it only gets better. Staff and facilities are second to none. Well done Monte Rei !!!
Christopher from United Kingdom
on Wed, 20th Sep 2017
To be honest the course could do with a drink but other than that show me a better course and I'll show you a liar
Kevin from Canada
on Mon, 28th Aug 2017
service , clubhouse , course conditions and course layout were outstanding , best course we played in Portugal
on Sun, 2nd Jul 2017
As soon as we arrived we were made to feel special. From the valet and club drop through the pro shop with the welcome gift, out to the terrace for some lunch and then out on to the course. Every member of staff was polite and made you feel extremely welcome. Cannot speak highly enough of everyone involved. Now the course.....simply stunning. Every hole is picturesque and grabs your attention. Difficult but not too difficult and a great test of all aspects of your game! Hole 13 definitely goes down as my favorite. This will be on the rota every year from now on!
Stuart from United Kingdom
on Tue, 13th Jun 2017
Comments on the day
Hi. Although the course was in good condition the greens had just had yearly maintenance and many had more sand on them than grass !! If we had known that this was going to be the case we probably would not of booked, as 150 euros each is very high for this condition? Last September when we played they were perfect?
Stan Mack from United Kingdom
on Sun, 21st May 2017
Great Course
Wat a course!

Lower handicap players will enjoy the difficult challange, high handicap players will enjoy working out the best way to play this course.

I have a high handicapand and it was a joy to play, the par 3's are very difficult but you just have to 'manage; your way round.

The club house and staff were also outstanding - well worth a visist

Stuart Gardiner from United Kingdom
on Mon, 6th Mar 2017
Monte rei
Amazing course

Looked after by staff from arrival to departure

Great value given buggy is included vs 50-60euro elsewhere

Will return

Michael from Austria
on Wed, 4th Jan 2017
Must play
Great course - excellent service!
Howard from United Kingdom
on Wed, 26th Oct 2016
Unbeatable in Portugal
Undoubtably the best golfing Venue in Europe
Michael from Australia
on Sun, 19th Jun 2016
Monte Rei - a Silver Service Experience
Superb. From the moment we were greeted the feeling was silver service

The staff were super friendly and hospitable and could not do enough to help.

11/10 to the staff

The course was amazing. So well maintained and such a challenging layout. It well deserved its rating of #1 in Portugal

Congratulations to all connected with Monte Rei Golf and Country Club

A truly magnificent experience!!

Vickie from United States
on Thu, 16th Jun 2016
Dorseys from Atlanta
This is a stunning course, but the vast amount of natural habitat with dense vegetation makes losing balls an issue for the recreational golfer. The facilities are lovely, and the condition of the course is superb. The staff is most accommodating. This is not a course that can be walked as a practical matter due to the distance between some holes, so it is cart only for good reason.
Phil from Portugal
on Sat, 11th Jun 2016
Good but.........
Fabulous Jack Nicklaus lay out. Wonderful scenery. The staff couldn't have been more helpful.

Course condition however was a bit scruffy. Recent work on the greens has not grown out and it would have been nice to know this in advance.

Paulwatson from United Kingdom
on Mon, 16th May 2016
Fellow golfers, I doubt you play many better golf courses in Europe, never mind Portugal, a wonderful experience from arrival at the clubhouse, playing the course and the facilities of the club.
Paulwatson from United Kingdom
on Mon, 16th May 2016
Golfers, I doubt you will play a better golf course in Europe, never mind Portugal, a truly memorable experience from the minute you arrive at the club house to playing the course and all facilities
Jim from United Kingdom
on Mon, 2nd May 2016
Monte Rei
Couldn't do enough for you, was absolutely fantastic
on Wed, 27th Apr 2016

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