A walk along the edge of the gardens brings you to the eighth tee, set in a grove of persimmon trees. Suddenly out in the open for the next 5 or 6 holes, the course takes on a different character. At 525 metres, this is an honest par 5, reachable in two. Play off the hillside on the drive and then down towards the bunkers on the right. The large green is surrounded by a hillside of proteas, the spectacular flower seen so often for sale in funchal.