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Santo da Serra Golf Club looks over the bay of Machico, where the Portuguese navigators first landed on Madeira Island.
The original course was built-in 1937 and changed historically numerous times before being redesigned in 1991 by the famous golf architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. who created a completely new and spectacular 27 hole golf course in one of the most beautiful natural landscapes.
The 3rd and 4th holes of the Machico Course are the signature holes of the course, unforgettable to any golfer who plays them. The Machico and Desertas course is the Championship course where the Madeira island Open is played, part of the PGA European Tour. The Serras course is a delightful alternative with lakes, mountain views, and flatter terrain.
There are four optional tees on each hole, a player can choose different game levels - enjoying a simple relaxing game or testing yourself against the course as the professionals do.
Golf stars, including many Ryder Cup players, have attested to the excellent quality of the fairways and greens. The semi-roughs and roughs show meticulous care and attention to the conditions of the course. The course is a true botanical garden, ornamented with four beautiful lakes and scenic views.
Santo da Serra Golf Club offers a complete range of facilities to its players and guests, including a comfortable clubhouse with a panoramic restaurant, lounge, bar, and terrace with stunning sea views. "Una Clubhouse muy Bonita" was how Seve Ballesteros described it in 2001 when he took part in Madeira Island Open.
The course is fully equipped with a practice area, that has two putting greens, a chipping green, bunker green, and a driving range with three different tee positions, one of them covered. The pro-shop offers the latest golf clothes and club merchandise, and if you need rental clubs they are available onsite as well as trolleys and buggies.
The Golf Academy offers technical training with a qualified golf professional and may be booked for individual or group lessons.
Located five minutes away from the modern motorway that connects Funchal to the airport, the capital city is just 15 minutes away.
Santo da Serra is ranked as the 23rd Best Golf Course in Portugal and the best course in the Portuguese Archipelago in 2021 amongst the 75 existing today in Portugal.