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Reids Palace, Madeira

Golf in Madeira

Although Madeira may not seem ideally suited for golf due to its mountainous terrain - it does in fact boast 45 holes of championship standard and is host to the PGA European Tour for the Madeira Island Open. Two courses set in beautiful surroundings allow golfers of any standard to improve their game in the favourable Madeiran climate.

Quinta do Palheiro and Santo da Serra golf clubs are fully equipped with professional tuition, golf equipment for purchase or hire, buggies and caddies. Both golf courses have scheduled shuttle services.

Each spring the island receives the prestigious PGA European Tour when the Madeira Island Open is hosted by the Santo da Serra Golf Club.

Palheiro Golf Club

This beautiful course is situated in woodland in the hills to the east of Funchal, just 15 minutes from both Funchal and the airport. Boasting fantastic views over the bay and the city, this 18-hole, at 500 metres above sea level course was designed in 1993 by Cabel Robinson, and is skillfully set within the gracious parkland of the Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro.

Due to its high altitude in the mountains, golfers are not handicapped by summer heat, often experienced on the mainland.

The course combines natural geographical features with modern construction methods to produce a unique course of international reputation. Remarkable for tight fairways, fast greens and judicious use of the beautiful trees that cover the hillside, it is a worthy challenge for all handicap levels. (No certificates required). For more information please visit Reid's Palace Hotel guests are entitled to a 30% discount at Palheiro Golf Course. Golf tuition is also available.

Santo da Serra Golf Club

The Santo da Serra Golf Club is situated close to the picturesque village of Santo da Serra, east of Funchal, and is the home of the Madeira Island Open.

Situated high on a plateau, and at times above the cloud line, the views from the course of the sea below and mountains above are literally breathtaking. This, combined with the technically challenging design by Robert Trent Jones, elevates Santo da Serra to one of the most reputable courses in Europe and one of the most impressive in the world.

The PGA European Tour visits annually and the course has 27 formidable holes. Play is characterised by generous fairways, tight, undulating greens and a choice of tee positions to suit all abilities.

Both courses are highly in demand, so prior booking is usually essential, especially in high season.

Handicaps are 36 for ladies and 28 for men. Please note that no jeans are allowed but otherwise there is no dress code.


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