The idyllic island destination of Madeira is set to host a fourth golf course with a new layout designed by Sir Nick Faldo set to open in Ponta do Pargo in 2026.

  • Madeira: Ponta Do Pargo the next course of Faldo
    Ponta Do Pargo in 2026 a new route by Sir Nick Faldo ©Azalea

Work on the first phase of construction of the course, which began in 2009 before being interrupted three years later, resumed in May and should be completed next summer. The second phase of the project should then last another 18 months.

In keeping with Madeira's sustainable credentials and to preserve the natural charm of the course and its surroundings, Ponta do Pargo Golf Course - owned by Ponta do Oeste SA - will adopt a number of measures to reduce the environmental impact on the 120 acres site including installation of state of the art irrigation system.

Located on the westernmost point of Madeira Island in the Ponta do Pargo area, the par-72 layout, the first new course in Madeira for 22 years when it opened, has been designed in a location of unparalleled natural beauty on a hill surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.

In addition to the 18-hole golf course, Ponta da Pargo will also include practice facilities including a driving range and chipping and putting green; a nine-hole pitch-and-putt course; a clubhouse and restaurant and hotel when fully completed.

Miguel Albuquerque, President of the Regional Government of Madeira, said: “We will now move forward with one of the most beautiful courses in Europe – I am not afraid to say it – which will be located in a parish in the west of the island, next to a promontory on the sea.

“It will be one of the emblematic courses at European level and an ancho project for the whole region. »

Madeira currently offers three first-class 18-hole golf courses – Palheiro Golf, Clube de Golfe Santo da Serra and Porto Santo Golfe – as well as an array of exceptional historical, cultural and lifestyle experiences.

Located around 1 km from the European continent – ​​and only 000 km from the African continent – ​​the island destination enjoys a surprisingly mild climate, ranging from 500°c in summer to 25°c in winter, with very mild average temperatures and moderate. humidity, making it the perfect year-round location for a golf vacation.

The best way to enjoy island golf is with a Madeira Golf Passport which, providing holders with an unparalleled golfing experience, is available for individuals and groups and can be booked on a three or five round basis.

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