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Palheiro Golf Course 

The course offers beautiful views over Funchal Bay and out to sea and the Ilhas Desertas and only some minutes drive from the town of Funchal. Due to the steepness of the land on Madeira Island there is very little space available in which to construct golf courses. This course has achieved the impossible and has been carved between thick exotic vegetation and a pine forest. The architect of the course takes the player through spectacular vegetation with beautiful sea views and at the same time providing an exciting round of golf.

Porto Santo Golf Course 

This course is located on a nearby island, the Porto Santo Golf Course has been designed by the champion golfer, Severiano Ballesteros. The course comprises of two circuits with of 9 holes making a par-72. There is also a Pitch and Put par-3 holes with night lighting. This combination offers a golfer the option to play one and a half hour circuits.

Spectacular views, the breeze of the ocean, contact with untouched nature, great weather throughout the year, friendly inhabitants, great Portuguese food, all these factors and much more, make of this golf course a must during the whole year.

A second phase is in construction which will include a further complete 18-hole course. It is being developed on land to the north of Ana Ferreira Peak and will also comprise 8 Tennis Courts and a Horse Riding Centre.

Santo da Serra Golf Course 

With the settlement in Madeira of British families over the centuries it is natural that they should introduce to the Island one of their favourite sports. In 1937 Clube de Golfe Santo da Serra was born when the Miles brothers designed a 9 hole course which encouraged the locals to eventually construct in 1991 the present 18 hole course at Santo da Serra and designed by Trent Jones.

There are three 9 hole circuits; the Machico which is 3.014 mts; the Desertas which is 3.078 mts; the Serras which is 2.911 mts. Due to the high location at its 500 metres the views for the players are panoramic. It is has a very demanding layout and the 4th of a par-3 is over 200 metres in length and played over a deep ravine. The player is also subject to a variable wind that can play havoc with the final total on the scorecard.

In 1993 the first Madeira Open was included in the European PGA Tour and was won by Mark James with 4 under par. This course continues to host this Open PGA competition.


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