Golf in Madeira is preparing to fulfil a dream with Sir Nick Faldo’s support

Thanks to multiple champion Sir Nick Faldo, golf in Madeira has been reinvented once again with the resurgence of the Ponta do Pargo Golf Course. Fifteen years after the project fell victim to the global financial crisis in 2009, this masterpiece will materialise on the “Hawaii of Europe” in 2026.

The site of Sir Nick Faldo’s new European project is located on the western cliffs of the famous Portuguese island. With more than 200 meters of elevation change, from the green of the 16th hole, hidden next to the famous lighthouse that guards the coast, to the tee of the 7th hole that rises above 400-foot cliffs towards the Atlantic. The 7th, 8th and 9th greens are at the world’s edge, clinging to the cliff’s border.


Golf in Madeira is special

Faldo commented in an interview published by Destination Golf: “We have something special in Madeira; being able to sculpt the course on the site itself is exciting. We believe this will be a dream course that every golfer will want to play. The scale of the place is difficult to explain; the cliffs are massive.”

Faldo Design has worked closely with local authorities to reactivate this golf project in Madeira fully. They are currently selecting the design team, which is expected to be on-site in early 2024, as the major groundwork on the front nine holes is almost complete.

Sustainable golf course design has been a core principle for Faldo Design for decades. After reviewing the original 2007 design, they have adjusted some holes and reduced the irrigated areas, using a local grass (Kikuya) that will reduce water requirements and allow a smooth transition between the field and the native flora that overlooks Ponta do Pargo its majestic beauty.

For a long time, at Tee Times Golf Agency, we have been offering the best golf packages in Madeira with a high-level offer. When Ponta do Pargo is completed, it will join a list that includes Santo Da Serra Golf, the Palheiro Golf Course, and Porto Santo Golfe for those looking for the best Madeira golf breaks and relaxing experiences.

The project promises to be the best golf in Madeira experience and is expected to be playable even in challenging weather conditions. Fans are already preparing to enjoy the best golf in Portugal on the Atlantic Ocean.

Portugal Golf Holidays – Madeira with occupancy of 88% in Easter

Madeira Island. Madeira expects a busy Easter period

Madeira will have a busy Easter period

According to Eduardo Jesus, Madeira’s Secretary of Tourism and Culture, demand is “very strong” across the region, so the island’s hotels should see an Easter weekend occupancy rate of around 88%.

“It appears that demand maintains a very strong trend for Madeira and that the occupancy numbers are all of this relevance, both in Funchal and outside Funchal”, said Eduardo Jesus.

Eduardo Jesus stated that the region presently has 34,000 beds in conventional hotels and around 23,000 in local accommodations, meaning that the occupancy rate of the tourism sector at Easter should be around 88%.

It was not indicated which are the main tourism emitting markets during the Easter period, but in the region, throughout the year, the German, British, French and national ones stand out.

Tourism seems to be recovering in the Madeiran region. For context, one of the region’s major industries is tourism, which brought in a record 528.8 million euros and saw a record-breaking 9.6 million overnight stays in 2022. This year is off to a promising start as well.

Golf tourism is also growing in Madeira, with the region offering 3 outstanding golf courses ready to give you a challenge, 2 on Madeira Island and 1 in Porto Santo.

Besides the brilliant golf courses and the glamorous hotels, you’ll find amazing gastronomy, stunning natural landscapes, nice weather, and tranquillity. The region has everything you need to provide you with the golf holidays of your dreams.

Book your golf holidays in Madeira with Tee Times Golf Agency and play on some of the best golf courses in Portugal.

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Portugal Golf – 8th Madeira Golf Trophy registers record number of entries

Madeira Golf Trophy 2023. Santo da Serra will host the 8th Madeira Golf Trophy.

Santo da Serra will host the 8th Madeira Golf Trophy

Clube de Golf Santo da Serra, who is hosting the eighth annual Madeira Golf Trophy on June 10th, has announced a new record number of registrations for the tournament.

The organization estimates “the presence of around 300 people”, which, it adds, “will lead for the first time to the use of the 27 holes of the Santo da Serra golf course, simultaneously, to guarantee the dignified and high participation of all players, regional, national and international”.

“There are many influential individuals from the political and commercial worlds who go to Madeira just for the tournament, and this has a positive effect on the island’s profile”, as noted by the same source.

“All of this is possible thanks to the commitment of the Regional Government, the personal commitment of the management of the Santo da Serra Golf Club and all of its staff, and Gilda Paredes Alves, a media person that has collaborated with the organisation since 2008”, says the same source.

Santo da Serra board believes that 2023 will be a year with excellent prospects for growth, thanks to the excellent quality of the course, which continues to prove that golf is vital for the regional economy.

The golf club remembers that it was “the first in this idyllic destination to apply a totally eco-friendly system, by carrying out a series of upgrades on the course in order to make the golf experience even more memorable and distinctive for all its members and guests”.

The Madeira Golf Trophy is modelled after the Funchal City Tournament, which was first organised in 2008 to celebrate Funchal’s 500th anniversary, an initiative of Miguel Albuquerque, former Mayor of Funchal and current Regional President of Madeira.

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