Palheiro - Madeira & Porto Santo - Portugal

Palheiro Golfe,
29 Rua do Balancal,
9060-414 Funchal,
Madeira,
Portugal


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Madeira – “the pearl of the north Atlantic” – is a popular holiday choice for many and visiting golfers make full use of the two top golf complexes on the island; the 27-hole Santo da Serra layout that Robert Trent Jones designed and the wonderful 18-hole course here at Palheiro, where the tree-lined fairways are routed in a figure of eight from an impressive clubhouse that overlooks the layout.

Laid out by Cabell Robinson, the course is set within a beautiful 200-year old property that sits a few miles to the east of Funchal, overlooking the sparkling waters of the bay and the distant uninhabited Desertas Islands. Holes wind through pine forest and around botanical gardens in the Palheiro Estate where frequent changes in elevation offer great ocean views.

Four of the five par five holes are played on the back nine so it’s not surprising to learn that the inward half plays more than 700 yards longer than the front nine. The 140-yard 13th is the only one of the five par threes that plays uphill and it heralds a tricky run for home that ends with a pair of stout par fours and a downhill par five at the 18th.

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Description: Palheiro is set magically within a pine forest and is bordered by glorious botanical woodlands. Factor in its elevated location, high above the town of Funchal and you have the recipe for perfect golf. Rating: 5.4 out of 10 Reviews: 5
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Marcus Bacon

This was my first experience of golf on the island of Madeira, and it was most certainly an unforgettable one. The rolling hills surrounding Funchal offer spectacular scenes as you battle the slopes of Palheiro Golf Club.

We teed off at the crack of dawn, and even with the 30 degree midday temperatures, we had to wrap up as the sea breeze hit hard and the dew was still fresh on the fairways to give us a brisk welcome. It's a constant battle with club selection here with the wind coming in hard and severe elevation changes on every hole - a real test of golfing ability!

The highlights of the round for me came for me during the front 9 on holes 3 and 6. The 3rd is a severely downhill par 3 offering a panoramic view over the city played 180 yards from the Whites but only needed a 9 iron - truly one to take in. The 6th is a long but reachable par 5 with a green that's heavily guarded with bunkers. It was a tester that rewarded those who went after it.

The course was a joy to play - admittedly, conditions could be better, and if you can only play one round, be sure to try Santo de Serra, but it was a really enjoyable round. I'd definitely recommend stopping by here if you get the chance to play twice on your break!

** A note on the club - if you are staying in a hotel in Funchal, the chances are you can get a hefty discount from them, so be sure to book before playing!

October 12, 2019
6 / 10
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charles williams
exspensive, fairways shaved. bad tees, terrible bunkers,overall a lousy experience, not worth the money, and whats more the management dont seem to care.
March 31, 2012
1 / 10
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Hugh
April 01, 2012
When did you play here. I stayed at the hotel in Jan 2012 and played here and at Santo da Serra and Palheiro was in great condition. I'm very dubious about this review. I'd give the course a solid 4 rating.
Tim Wilkie
December 02, 2015
One of the most stunning set out courses, brilliant views, challenging.
Richard Sims
A good course located in the hills overlooking Funchal. Played on a very wet day and the course was still in great condition, although our group found that most of the holes were very samey, needing straight, but not long, tee shots. We played all three Madeira courses on our trip and this course is rightly ranked the lowest of the three, but that certainly does not mean it is one to miss.
April 14, 2010
6 / 10
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Patrick Skakel
Palheiro is a wonderful course set in the madierian hills. The views from the clubhouse are outstanding over Funchal(the capital). The course is tree-lined and has many changes in elavation and is a tough test. It is a much nicer course than the one used for the european tour event(madeiran open) which is a nice layout but is not well kept at all. I struggle to see why the european tour does not use this course instead. The members make you feel very welcome and it is a great day out. Played here 3 times whilst on holiday and would definately play here again if i come back.
February 12, 2008
8 / 10
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Keith Baxter
Played Palheiro a couple of times when visiting Madeira a few years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the course which sits next to the Botanic Gardens. The first time I played it I could only manage a few holes as the course was shrouded in low cloud. But when I returned the following day it was bathed in warm sunshine such are the vaiaries of the Madeiran weather. Well worth playing if in the area. For me it has similarities to the West course at La Manga.
December 18, 2007
6 / 10
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