Overlooking the bay of Machico, where the Portuguese navigators first landed on Madeira Island, Portugal, the Santo da Serra golf course was originally built in 1937; redesigned in 1991 by the famous golf architect Robert Trent Jones who created a completely new and spectacular 27 hole golf course in one of the most beautiful landscapes that nature may offer.
Consisting of three 9-hole courses named Machico, Desertas and Campo Serras, this stunning golf course is regarded as one of the most picturesque European mountain courses. The 2nd and 4th holes of the Machico Course are particularly memorable. Pine, mimosa, eucalyptus trees and exotic flowering shrubs add to the beauty of the steeply undulating course, which also boasts difficult, demanding greens.
The Machico and the Desertas courses are the ones that are usually played on the Madeira Island Open, while the Serras Course slightly plain, maintains the same game level. The 2nd and 4th holes of the Machico Course remain unforgettable in the memories of those who play there. With four optional tees at each hole, the player encounters different game levels which may either lead to a simple relaxing game or to a more challenging test.
Golf stars, many of them Ryder’s Cup players, are witnesses of the excellent quality of its fairways and greens. Semi-roughs and roughs provide evidence of the meticulous care given to the courses conditions. A true botanical garden, ornamented with four beautiful lakes, full of trees that give shade from the brilliant Atlantic sun, Santo da Serra golf course is worth a visit on your visit to the Madeira Islands.
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