Europe's Elite Golf Resorts

Palheiro Golf cements position among Europe's Elite Golf Resorts.

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Palheiro Golf has given a further boost to the reputation of Madeira as a world-class golf destination after strengthening its place in an influential new list of Europe’s elite golf resorts.

The resort, just a 10-minute drive from the island’s capital, Funchal, scored strongly across the four categories that venues were assessed on – golf courses, accommodation, setting and non-golf amenities – to be placed 79th in Golf World magazine’s updated rankings of the ‘Top 100 Resorts in Continental Europe.’

At nearly 1,640ft above sea level, Palheiro Golf enjoys dramatic views of Madeira’s mountainous skyline and the ocean, while its par-72, 6,656-yard (6,086m) course was designed by renowned golf architect Cabell Robinson and is situated within the magnificent Palheiro Nature Estate, which is more than 200 years old.

Announcing its verdict, the magazine’s Top 100 panel said: “The course offers expansive views over Madeira’s capital and the Atlantic from fairways set among the hills. Colourful native flora makes the quirky course a scenic delight. The wonderful cosy hotel mixes super service and excellent food with unobtrusive luxurious touches.”

Palheiro Golf and the other two-18 hole courses in Madeira and her islands, Santo da Serra and Porto Santo Golf, have enjoyed a steady increase in overseas bookings this autumn with growing numbers of European golfers eager to experience the many benefits of playing first-class golf in a safe and secure environment.

Located approximately 1,000km from the European mainland – and just 500km from the African continent – the island destination enjoys an amazingly mild climate, ranging from 25°c in the summer to 17°c in the winter, with very mild average temperatures and moderate humidity, making it the perfect year-round location for a golf break.

In addition, unlike some of the travel restrictions in place on other destinations, Madeira benefits from its exempt status on many countries’ Covid-19 travel quarantine list, while there are stringent rules in place for everyone flying into Madeira airport to maintain utmost safety.

Safety is paramount as, prior to arrival, all passengers must complete the Regional Health Authority’s (IASAÚDE) epidemiological survey and will need to submit a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure. If they have not performed a test in advance, they will be required to take one upon arrival at the airport – although this is free.

Incoming visitors will also be subject to thermal screening, even if they carry a negative test for Covid-19. Discover Madeira, the consumer-facing brand of the Madeira Promotion Bureau, has been working with the local and Portuguese authorities to put plans in place for all holidaymakers to visit safely, with the Madeira Safe to Discover” guidelines being stringently followed across the islands to control and prevent the spread of Coronavirus and other possible infections.

Hotels, restaurants, bars, golf clubs and other tourist activities across the islands have also adopted the “Clean and Safe” stamp, created by VisitPortugal, which distinguishes tourist activities which are compliant with certain hygiene and cleaning requirements.

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About Discover Madeira

 

  • Discover Madeira is the consumer-facing brand of the Madeira Promotion Bureau, which aims to promote Madeira as a tourist destination to consumers and the travel trade. 
  • Madeira, otherwise known as ‘the islands of eternal spring’, is just a short, three-and-a-half-hour flight from London. It covers 740km2 and has a population of only 260,000. On the same latitude as Morocco, the Atlantic archipelago has a sub-tropical climate, a rich volcanic soil and a unique eco-system. It is one of the only places in the planet where banana trees grow next to vineyards. 
  • Located approximately 1,000km from the European mainland – and just 500km from the African continent – Madeira enjoys an amazingly mild climate, ranging from 25°c in the summer to 17°c in the winter, with very mild average temperatures and moderate humidity.
  • In 1999 the archipelago was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and five areas have been declared nature reserves. The Madeira Nature Reserve covers a substantial two-thirds of the main island, where development is prohibited. 
  • The Madeira Golf Passport costs €360 and offers five rounds of golf at either Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra or Palheiro Golf. Plus, the courses will supply free transfers to and from the hotel. 
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  • For more information on Madeira visit www.madeiraallyear.com

About Madeira Safe to Discover

Unlike some of the travel restrictions in place on other destinations, Madeira benefits from its exempt status on many countries’ Covid-19 travel quarantine list, while there are stringent rules in place for everyone flying into Madeira airport to maintain utmost safety.

Safety is paramount as, prior to arrival, all passengers must complete the Regional Health Authority’s (IASAÚDE) epidemiological survey and will need to submit a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure. If they have not performed a test in advance, they will be required to take one upon arrival at the airport – although this is free.
Incoming visitors will also be subject to thermal screening, even if they carry a negative test for Covid-19.
Discover Madeira, the consumer-facing brand of the Madeira Promotion Bureau, has been working with the local and Portuguese authorities to put plans in place for all holidaymakers to visit safely, with the Madeira Safe to Discover” guidelines being stringently followed across the islands to control and prevent the spread of Coronavirus and other possible infections.
Hotels, restaurants, bars, golf clubs and other tourist activities across the islands are also adopting the “Clean and Safe” stamp, created by VisitPortugal, which distinguishes tourist activities which are compliant with certain hygiene and cleaning requirements.

For media enquiries, please contact Daniel Chidley on +44 (0)1730 711925 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Due to the increase in cases of COVID-19 during the past few weeks, the Portuguese government requires most businesses, including Palheiro Golf to temporarily close. The restrictions should be lifted soon and we hope to re-open if full by the 4th of March. The Clubhouse Restaurant will remain open.

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