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Golfing in Madeira

The lush island of Madeira is a Mecca for sporty types, keen golfers and sunshine seekers. It’s also a top choice for holidaymakers with a hankering for an exquisite afternoon tea. Spend mornings by the lido or exploring hillside towns, then hit the golf course and expect enviable views as you play. After all, Madeira’s the ‘World’s Best Emerging Golf Destination 2019’, as voted for by the prestigious World Golf Awards™!

Year-round golf

One of the greatest things about Madeira is that it stays warm throughout the year. In summer, practising your swing won’t be too hot to bear, thanks to temperatures around the 25°C mark. And for golf with a bit of breezy respite, winter’s wonderful at a moderate 19°C.

Grab your walking boots

Between dense laurissilva forests and banana plantations, Madeira’s acclaimed levada walks will take you on remarkable journeys. Ditch the clubs and don your comfiest walking boots – it’s time to check out this island’s superb scenery on foot! Don’t forget your camera, because holiday snaps don’t get much prettier.

From the fairways to Funchal

A whole day of discovery awaits in the cool capital, Funchal. From incredible botanical gardens to a medley of museums, seafood restaurants to chequerboard squares, there’s all sorts to be revealed. Planning to stay out in the evening? Chic cocktail bars won’t be hard to find.

Madeira golf hotels

  • Palheiro Golf
  • Clube de Golf Santo da Serra – Machico & Desertas Course
  • Porto Santo Golfe

Palheiro Golf

Par: 72

Length: 5,859m

Designer: Cabell Robinson

Course Type: Parkland

Putting/practice green: Y

Driving range: Y

Handicap limit: Green card

The area: The forested area makes this parkland course a natural beauty. You’ll spy various species of plants among the gardens as you play a full round, with the Atlantic Ocean peeping out between the trees at a number of holes. Afterwards, head to the clubhouse to take the load off. You’ll soon see how it’s made the past two top 80 ‘Best European golf resort’ lists.

Holes: The 16th hole is a fun one – it’s a short tee shot with fab Atlantic views. Position yourself right and you’ll line the flag up nicely.

Facilities: Clubhouse, restaurant, six-hole academy course, pro shop, club hire

Clube de Golf Santo da Serra – Machico & Desertas Course

Par: 72

Length: 9,003m

Designer: Robert Trent Jones

Course Type: Parkland

Putting/practice green: Y

Driving range: Y

Handicap limit: M 28 / F 36

The area: Santo da Serra comprises three courses, but Machico & Desertas is the original. It’s set within a leafy landscape that creates a mix of terrain, utilising lakes and sandy bunkers around the fairways. There’s a putting green, driving range and choice of bars for refuelling too.

Holes: On the Machico & Desertas Course, each of the holes are a joy in their tropical-style surroundings. You’ll play an interesting shot beside a ravine too!

Facilities: Snack bar, clubhouse, bar, pro shop, club hire, locker room

Porto Santo Golfe

Par: 72

Length: 6,434m

Designer: Seve Ballesteros

Course Type: Hillside

Putting/practice green: Y

Driving range: Y

Handicap limit: M 36 / F 36

The area: You know you’re onto a winner when you’re golfing on a Ballesteros-designed course. Among landscaped lakes and wraparound cliffs, the holes are arranged so that you can soak up the natural scenery as you take a swing. Nine-hole pitch and putt and the clubhouse’s relaxing amenities are among the fantastic features.

Holes: You’ll have a fair few challenges among the lot, but hole 13 in particular is a bobby-dazzler. Impressive sea views stretch past a gorge!

Facilities: Snack bar, restaurant, clubhouse, pro shop, academy, club hire, sauna and whirlpool (in clubhouse)

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