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Madeira is perfect year-round golfing destination

7.01am 17th December 2008 - Travel

Madeira has the perfect climate for golf with warm weather throughout the year and minimal rainfall. Two new golf courses are planned on the Portuguese island of Madeira, bringing the total number of courses on the island to four.

Nick Faldo is designing the two new courses. The first will be a challenging 18-hole signature championship course and the second will be an 18-hole park course spanning 5,878 metres.

Located in the Ponta do Pargo region on the western tip of Madeira, the courses will include a golf academy training facility for players of all ages, and are expected to be completed by 2011.

Seve Ballesteros has already created an 18-hole course on nearby Porto Santo Island, just two hours ferry ride from Madeira or a short 15 minute flight, and it is rumoured that he will design a further 18-hole golf course in the Sao Vicente municipal area of Madeira, although this is yet to be confirmed.

The current two golf courses are a Robert Trent Jones Senior designed 27-hole course at Santo da Serra and Palheiro Golf’s 18-hole course designed by Cabell Robinson, which also has a 6-hole golf academy.

Azulara, a newly launched property development, presents the perfect opportunity to capitalise on the island’s increased investment in golf as it is centrally located in the capital of Funchal and all four golf courses are within a 30 minute drive. The Azulara concierges will be able to arrange tee times at all of Madeira’s golf courses.

Bernard Hornung, Azulara sales manager, says, “Madeira is the perfect European golf destination with an enviable year round average temperature of 22 degrees Celsius.

“Low rainfall on the courses makes for enjoyable playing conditions, while ‘levada’ irrigation channels carry rain from the island’s interior, maintaining the greens and fairways in optimum condition for play.

“Acute water shortages in many popular golf destinations highlight the benefits of locations like Madeira, where the natural micro-climate ensures a continual and abundant water supply.”

Madeira has attracted Europe’s elite for more than 200 years and offers a range of other leisure activities including some of the best game fishing in the world, miles of levada walks and sailing.

Around one million people visited Madeira in 2007 but an increase in the number of airlines flying to Funchal means tourism numbers are on the rise.


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