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Palheiro Golf

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Address: Rua do Balancal n 29, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
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+351 291 790 120
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Set within the magnificent Palheiro Estate and lying adjacent to the...

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.

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Nice round of golf

As some others we were a bit unsure after some of the reviews here, but decided to give the course the benefit of the doupt. And we were glad we did. Maybe we were lucky since we... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 November 2016
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Oslo, Norway
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Oslo, Norway
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

As some others we were a bit unsure after some of the reviews here, but decided to give the course the benefit of the doupt. And we were glad we did. Maybe we were lucky since we were playing in november (22/11) and the worst of the droughts of summer was "washed" away - but anyway, the course was in... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Slowest round ever, 5 hours 10 minutes for 2 ball with a buggy, 3 ball in front taking upto 20 minutes a hole. Course in very poor condition. Considering the cost £70 for transportation of clubs (jet 2) from Leeds/Bradford, £80 green fee, £40 buggy hire not to mention 2 20 euro taxi fares, thought it was worth a complaint.... More 

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Daventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the Carlton and Ee almost didn't visit because of the reviews but I am glad we did. Some greens are recovering but overall experience was great. Stunning views and great design.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We booked the golf from our hotel Porto Mare and free transport was included for the price. It was disappointing that the course was in such poor condition. Bunkers were unplayable and treated as GUR and greens were in very poor condition. Fairways were full of weeds and uncared for. The view from the 19th though was stunning!!

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Reigate, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

So there's not so much grass as mud on the greens. The driving range is short irons only. My lawn is in far better nick than the fairways. Sandwich at lunch was by far the high point of the day. Avoid. Pricing is a rip off.

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Thank mgmsurrey
Luton, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Have played the course several times in the past, and do not recognise the course now. It is the worst course I have ever played. A lot of the greens have got large patches with no grass, work had been done on the fairways but looked like it had been done with a plough. Tee boxes were poor Cart paths... More 

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Thank Tracie A
Godalming, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

The course is about 20 minutes outside of Funchal and provides courtesy buses if booked. We walked it carrying pencil bags which was fine until the 16th which was a steep climb and which, on top of the previous walking, nearly finished me off! I'd definitely use a buggy next time. The course is pleasant but the greens were pretty... More 

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Thank Alison S
Wrexham
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

The course isn't in great condition, with large bare patches on quite a few of the greens. The tees also could do with some TLC, as could some of the bunkers. That said, the layout of the course is good, with a lot of very interesting and very challenging holes. The scenery is spectacular, with beautiful views of the coastline,... More 

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PalheiroGolf, General Manager at Palheiro Golf, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback - due to the extreme temperatures and other issues during the summer some areas of the greens were damaged and we are now working hard to get them in top shape for the winter season. Limited water supply during the summer months has delayed recovery. We also started an ecological approach to golf, whereby, local... More 

Mersea Island, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

The staff are lovely, Gloria is very helpful as are the ground staff. Can't use woods on the driving range. There was a great deal of tree debris on the course and it was challenging up and down hills, definitely needed the buggy.

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Namur, Belgium
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

The first impression of Palheiro Golf Club is the kindness and warm welcome of the staff at reception and Club House. They really want you to feel ar ease and to enjoy your golf round. I played Palheiro at the end of a exceptionally warm and dry summer, and with a few fires around, which obviously does not give justice... More 

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