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Palheiro Golf Madeira Island is one of Europe's most beautiful golf courses.

Set within the magnificent Palheiro Estate and lying adjacent to the five-star Madeira Island Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro - a Relais & Châteaux property - the 18-hole, par 72 Championship golf course meanders through a pristine environment of maritime pine and botanical woodland embroidered with lush, sub-tropical vegetation.

At nearly 500 m (1640 ft) above sea level, the location is blessed with dramatic views of Madeira's mountainous skyline and the vast Atlantic Ocean. Nestling below just 10 minutes away is Funchal, the island's capital.

Designed by renowned golf architect Cabell B. Robinson, this picturesque layout with year-round appeal takes full advantage of Madeira's hilly terrain, with abrupt ridges and deep valleys providing a compelling challenge for even the most seasoned golfer.

Teeing off here is to walk through a verdant and tranquil 200-year-old country estate, and an abundance of fragrant, exotic flora lends the course a unique and singular quality. Melodic birdsong enriches the experience.

Play calls for a fair degree of accuracy - the contoured fairways and strategically placed bunkers guarding fast, undulating greens mean there's little room for error. A halfway house, The Tea House, offers refreshments and a chance to pause and assess scorecards.

Indeed, a round of golf at Palheiro engages all the senses and rewards those of all abilities with an enjoyable and memorable experience. And remember, Casa Velha hotel guests have privileged access to the course and its facilities.

Palheiro Golf Academy and Clubhouse

At Palheiro Golf Madeira Island there's also the prestigious Palheiro Golf Academy that features a 6-hole short course layout, short game practice area, driving range, putting green and chipping green with bunkers.

Providing expert advice on all aspects of the game is a resident PGA golf professional and a team of knowledgeable and helpful staff.

Fully equipped and professionally run, Palheiro Golf Academy is ideal for novice and intermediary-level players to hone skills and improve technique.

The neighbouring Clubhouse - the social hub of Palheiro Golf - invites players to relax before or after their game.

Constructed using local building materials and styled to reflect the traditional architecture of the island and the Palheiro Estate, its attractive interior benefits from a spacious, open-plan format that is refreshingly bright and informal.

Incorporated into the floorspace is a fashionably designed Pro Shop that stocks quality branded apparel and a comprehensive range of equipment and ancillary merchandise for the lady and gentleman golfer.

The mood in the Clubhouse is casual and familiar; it's a place to engage in good conversation over a round of drinks, or perhaps something to eat.

The Palheiro Golf Clubhouse Restaurant offers a superbly crafted lunch and dinner menu of Portuguese cuisine infused with Mediterranean and oriental flavours.

Managed by the award-winning Madeira Island Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro, the restaurant can offer anything from a Club Sandwich to a full à la carte meal. The menu also lists an exceptional range of wines.

Outside, the terrace provides an unrivalled scenic panorama of Funchal harbour and the mountains beyond and it's a view that makes visitors feel on top of the world.

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