Palheiro Golf

4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Palheiro Golf Est. 1993

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Palheiro Golf: set within the magnificent Palheiro Estate and adjacent to the 5-star Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel, this 18-hole championship golf course meanders through a pristine environment of maritime pine, botanical woodland and lush, sub-tropical vegetation. At nearly 500 m above sea level, the location is blessed with spectacular views of Madeira’s mountainous skyline, the country's capital city of Funchal, and the vast Atlantic Ocean.

Designed by renowned golf architect Cabell B. Robinson, the picturesque layout reflects Madeira’s hilly terrain, with sharp ridges and deep valleys providing a challenge for high and low handicappers alike. There's not too much room for error, with the contoured and at times not overly wide fairways, reinforced by strategically placed bunkers that guard fast, undulating greens.

Teeing off here is to walk through a verdant and tranquil 200-year-old country estate, with its ever-present abundance of fragrant, exotic flora. With water in play on 11 of the 18 holes, and five par-3s complementing the five par-5s, Palheiro will certainly test your golfing skills ... and at the same time, offer up some truly spectacular views.

Stay & Play at Palheiro Golf: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

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Making Contact

Palheiro Golf
Rua do Balancal nº 29,
Funchal, Madeira 9060-414
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Office   +351 291 790 120
Pro Shop  

  +351 291 792 456

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Golf Pro
Edgar Rodrigues (Head Professional)
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Palheiro Golf Academy
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Woodland.
Designer: Cabell B. Robinson
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 6085 5448 4452
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 72.2 69.5 69.0
At the Same Location:
6-hole Academy course.
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How2Get There?

6 km E of Funchal.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, day ticket (incl use of Academy course): €110. Credit cards accepted. Reduced rates available for guests staying at the following hotels: Casa Velha, Cliff Bay, Eden Mar, Reid's Palace, Madeira Carlton, Quinta do Sol. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 28; women 36.
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Other Information
Soft spikes only. Walking permitted. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

Set under the 18th green at Palheiro Golf, the clubhouse restaurant sits high above the city of Funchal and affords a stunning panorama of the bay, the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. If you're playing the course, ensure you leave plenty of time to enjoy the terrace, some excellent Mediterranean cuisine, and those fabulous vistas.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: among the second 100 best courses in continental Europe.
2018 Golf World rating: 80th best Stay&Play golf resort in continental Europe.
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Latitude: (32.653152)
Longitude: (-16.872307)
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Casa Velha do Palheiro 5-star
29 Rua do Balancal, 9060-414 Funchal, Madeira
+351 291 790 120

Nestling in rolling hills above Funchal, the Casa Velha do Palheiro is a charming country house hotel that enjoys a privileged location within the Palheiro Estate next to the celebrated Palheiro Gardens, originally created by the 1st Count of Carvalhal. The 37-room boutique property, recognised by Relais & Châteaux, offers guests direct access to the Palheiro Golf Course, with privileged tee offs from near the halfway house, or Tea House, a short stroll from the gate.

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