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“Excellent golf course!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Palheiro Golf

Palheiro Golf
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Owner description: 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.
London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent golf course!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

June 2010
Fantastic golf course with breath taking views! even for the occasional player like myself it was thoroughly enjoyable. We also used the tennis courts available, along with the outdoor pool. If feeling like a pamper you can have one in the treatment rooms located just alongside the pool...lovely!. We have not eaten in the golf cafe yet but have eaten in the golf Hotel restaurant for lunch as well as dinner, and both times was mouth wateringly good!. Dinner was i may add on the more formal side "posher" if you like but did not detract from being a wonderful meal!. I may add the staff were very attentive to our needs. Would recommend for all!. Hence why we are fortunate enough to be going again next week! 2012 hooray!.

Visited December 2011
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Hexham, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Keeping up appearances”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

This is one of those golf courses that people like to be seen. Everything seems perfect, at least on the surface - the course is set in a magnificent location, in the hills overlooking the ocean, and every blade of grass, bush and flower bed is manicured within an inch of its life. And that´s the problem with this place; it´s just too artificial. Try out the hotel or cafe and you´ll soon find that the staff are rude and most of the golfers even ruder. Don´t bother. There are plenty of better courses where you are made to feel welcome.

Visited October 2012
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Kent
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful golf with astonishing views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

The course is one of the best I have ever played on. Not over demanding for the high handicapper from the forward tees but a real test for anyone from the back tees.
Sad to see that they suffered earlier this year with a serious fire which destroyed numerous trees around the course but even this does not diminish the pleasure of playing here
Friendly and helpful staff in the clubhouse and although the green fees and buggy charges are a little on the high side, a package for 5 or 7 rounds gives a reasonable discount. You will also get 30% discount if you stay at Casa Velha hotel or the Palheiro Village apartments (also highly recommended)

Visited October 2012
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Lovely course, poor condition”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

We have played here many times but the dry weather has taken its toll savagely on the condition of every aspect of the course. When one pays a green fee this high, one expects better. If they are to continue to attract golfers, they should discount when quality cannot be offered.

Visited October 2012
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Funchal, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Golf while enjoying the views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is my favorite golfing spot, here you can golf and at the same time enjoy the wonderful views. I also enjoyed the food here and the panoramic views at the esplanade, incredible.

Visited August 2012
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