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Porto Santo Golf Club is located in the Island of Porto Santo North east of Madeira, Portugal; a picturesque island 11 km long and 6 km wide with a charming 9 km sandy beach. Designed by Seve Ballesteros the club opened October 1st 2004 offering an 18-holes par 72 course plus a 9-hole par 3 circuit (Pitch and Putt) with lights. In addition there are fine tennis courts and horse riding facilities.
The course stretches all the way across the island from dune-rolling beach to dramatic basalt cliffs. It offers that ideal combination – natural beauty and a challenging game. The layout was designed to blend in with the natural landscape, and immense care was taken to minimize impact on the environment. But wait, there’s more
Palheiro Golf Course has a unique open plan design, which is both spacious and welcoming and has one of the best views on the island, the Funchal harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Perched 500 meters above Funchal, Madeira’s capital, in the 200-year-old country estate and parkland of the Quinta do Palheiro, the course and Clubhouse’s panoramic terrace enjoy stunning views over the Bay and the city of Funchal, and the Desertas Islands.
Designed by Cabell Robinson this 18-hole par 72 golf course is famous for its pine forests, centennial trees, flowering shrubs and lush vegetation and for the wonderful view over the Atlantic Ocean. In 2003 the course was renovated, two holes were replaced, and a 6 hole academy course was created. This stunning 18 hole challenge has made part of the Golf World’s 2009 list of Europe’s top 100 golf courses; surely that the characteristics that contributed to this honorable mention were its breathtaking views, the excellent Bermuda fairways, fast undulating greens, well placed bunkers and tight fairways that reward accurate play.
Overlooking the bay of Machico, where the Portuguese navigators first landed on Madeira Island, Portugal, the Santo da Serra golf course was originally built in 1937; redesigned in 1991 by the famous golf architect Robert Trent Jones who created a completely new and spectacular 27 hole golf course in one of the most beautiful landscapes that nature may offer.
Consisting of three 9-hole courses named Machico, Desertas and Campo Serras, this stunning golf course is regarded as one of the most picturesque European mountain courses. The 2nd and 4th holes of the Machico Course are particularly memorable. Pine, mimosa, eucalyptus trees and exotic flowering shrubs add to the beauty of the steeply undulating course, which also boasts difficult, demanding greens.
The Machico and the Desertas courses are the ones that are usually played on the Madeira Island Open, while the Serras Course slightly plain, maintains the same game level. The 2nd and 4th holes of the Machico Course remain unforgettable in the memories of those who play there. With four optional tees at each hole, the player encounters different game levels which may either lead to a simple relaxing game or to a more challenging test. But wait, there’s more
The Archipelago of Madeira is around 300 miles from the African coast and about 600 miles from the European continent, known to the Ancient Romans as the Purple Islands, were discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th Century. The archipelago is made up of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo and the uninhabited islands of Selvagens and Desertas.
A popular year-round resort, Madeira is visited every year by about one million tourists, noted for its Madeira wine, flowers, landscapes and embroidery artisans, as well for its annual New Year’s celebrations that feature the largest fireworks show in the world. The main harbor in Funchal is the leading Portuguese port in cruise liner dockings, being an important stopover for commercial and trans-Atlantic passenger cruises between Europe, the Caribbean and North America.
The Islands have two airports, Funchal Airport on the Island of Madeira and the other in the island of Porto Santo. Flights to the islands are mostly made from Lisbon and Porto, but there are also direct flights just 3 to 4 hours from most European capitals. Transport between the two main islands is by plane or ferries, the latter also carrying vehicles; modern roads reach all points of interest on the islands. But wait, there’s more
Palheiro Golf is situated on Madeira Island, Portugal, some 10 km east of Funchal, the 18-hole par 72 course was designed by Cabell Robinson in 1993 and is skillfully set in the estate and parkland of the Quinta do Palheiro, with magnificent views overlooking the town and bay.
Palheiro is famous for its pine forests, centennial trees, flowering shrubs and lush vegetation and for the wonderful view over the Atlantic Ocean. The course was changed in 2003, two holes were replaced, and a 6 hole academy course was created. The result is a stunning 18 hole challenging course with breathtaking views, fast undulating greens, well placed bunkers and tight fairways that reward accurate play.
The Palheiro Golf clubhouse, perched 500 meters above sea level, boasts a panoramic terrace which commands unlimited views of the Funchal harbor and the sea. The stylish Palheiro Golf clubhouse is further complemented by the superb restaurant, managed by the award winning Relais and Châteaux hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro.