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“Always welcoming”
Review of Palheiro Golf

Palheiro Golf
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
Great Missenden, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Always welcoming”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

Coming to play golf at Palheiro is like coming to your home course. The staff here are so welcoming and helpful. They do their best to ensure your golfing experience is enhanced and the staff in the clubhouse make sure you are well watered following your game.
Whilst you can go to other golf courses on the island, you will not get the kind of friendly welcome you get at Palheiro. Thanks again everyone for making our golfing vacation really enjoyable.

Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Cheryl M
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MO9020FNC, Director of Sales at Palheiro Golf, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Dear Cheryl,
thank you for your feedback which I passed on to all our staff. We are trying to do a good job, and your kind words shows that we are on the right track. We look forward seeing you again soon.
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Rainham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Somewhat disappointing!”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

My husband and I arranged to play Palheiro while on holiday in Funchal. We paid a discounted green fee at our hotel of 88 euros (ex buggy 33 euros) and on arrival at the course hired a buggy and clubs. The clubs we rented were very old (Wilson prostaff), certainly not of the standard we have previously rented from similar priced courses abroad. The bags did not contain a golf towel and had only a handful of used balls for us to play with.

On arrival for our tee time, there was a queue, no starter and people were teeing off as they pleased. It took us nearly 5 hours to complete 18 holes as most of the games in front of us were 4 balls with a mix of pull trollies and buggies. We did mention the slow play to the Marshall who said that there wasn't anything he could do as the course was busy!! The bunkers were filled with either mud or water, this we mentioned when we arrived back to the club house to be shown a small notice apologising for the poor condition of the bunkers (following rain) - this should have surely been pointed out prior to our booking/teeing off.

All in all, in comparison to courses charging similar amounts in Dubai, Portugal, USA, Spain, Cyprus etc the geography and greens were good but overall experience was poor and we pointed these shortcomings out to the shop/reception staff who offered us a complimentary golfball (say no more!). No notes were taken so presumably nothing will change

Visited April 2014
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2 Thank Annette C
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MO9020FNC, Director of Sales at Palheiro Golf, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Dear Annette C,
Thank you for taking the time to review our facilities. We are very sorry that your experience did not live up to your expectations. We would like to clarify a few points and hopefully win you back as loyal customers!
Clubs – we have Premium and Standard sets for hire. On this particular day all our Premium sets had been reserved and hired out, which only left us with the Standard sets. We do apologize if these were not satisfactory. May we suggest that next time you reserve a set before you arrive, in order to avoid disappointment.
Starter - when you started your game there should have been a starter present…our apologies for his absence.
Time of round – due to the dramatic nature of the course and surroundings it does perhaps play longer than a traditional round of golf on flat land. Also as our greens are tricky people tend to take longer to line up their putts.
Bunkers – unfortunately when you played we were recovering from a bad storm that had washed out all the bunkers. This unfortunately takes time to put back in proper shape though understandably detracted from your overall experience.
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Great Britiain
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“Golf”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

I contacted the course by email to book and they were very helpful in arranging three tee times. The course is in the mountains with good views and is quite challenging but well worth playing.

Visited March 2014
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MO9020FNC, Director of Sales at Palheiro Golf, responded to this review, April 12, 2014
thank you very much for your review. We are happy to hear that everything was to your satisfaction and that you enjoyed your golf in Palheiro.
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Paris, France
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“Golf with a view”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

The view over Funchal and the surrounding sea is breathtaking. And the course is very much worth the climb. Be prepared for a challenge if you decide to walk as it is very hilly, especially the first and the 16-17 holes. The design of the course is very interesting, each of the holes bringing a different style. Most often you need to leave the driver in the bag even on the longest par 5 as the maintenance is not at its best: when we played in march, the grass was extremely dry, resulting in very long shots, somehow uncontrollable. Excellent food at the club house to celebrate your achievements with a lovely view over the city.

Visited March 2014
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1 Thank YML92
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MO9020FNC, Director of Sales at Palheiro Golf, responded to this review, April 12, 2014
thank you for sharing your experience with everyone here on TA.
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zurich
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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“Demanding Golf Course”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

The Golfcourse is interesting, in good shape and quite demanding.
We were glad to have a cart every time we played.

Visited November 2013
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MO9020FNC, Director of Sales at Palheiro Golf, responded to this review, March 22, 2014
Thank you for your posivitve feedback and for sharing your experience on TA
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