• Overview

    The Pestana Mirimar hotel, Funchal, Madeira

    The Pestana Miramar Hotel has evolved from what was the elegant Miramar Hotel, a Manor House of the 1920s. Today the hotel combines modern and classical elements, creating a unique environment in which to stay. The new buildings were constructed in a rustic style, using terracotta tiles and each with their own balconies. There are five restaurants with varied cuisines and themes, and three bars; hence plenty of choice in the evenings if we decide to dine in. The rooms at the hotel are also various, spacious and well equipped, as each is a studio flat, equipped with kitchenette, air conditioning and private bath with bath tub. The hotel is also surrounded by 5,000 square metres of tropical gardens, which won the Funchal ‘City of Flowers’ award.

    Pestana Miramar HotelDue to the hotels proximity to other hotels in the Pestana group, particularly the Pestana Village and the Pestana Carlton Madeira, there are shared services between the hotels. Access to the beach is from the Pestana Carlton swimming pool, and guests may use the health club of the Pestana Village Hotel, with its gymnasium, sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi. There are also two outdoor swimming pools with fantastic views of the sea and island, which should certainly be experienced. The Pestana Miramar Hotel is a wonderful hotel in a sublime setting, and is the ideal choice for our week in Madeira.

    The Golf Courses

    Palheiro Golf Club

    The Palheiro golf course is one of Europe’s most beautiful golf courses. Set within the magnificent Palheiro Estate and lying adjacent to the 5 star Casa Velha do Palheiro Hotel, a Relais & Chateaux 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 metres above sea level, the location is blessed with dramatic views of Madeira’s mountainous skyline and the vast Atlantic Ocean, and nestling below 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, with an abundance of fragrant, exotic flora which provides the course with its unique and singular quality. Melodic birdsong enriches the experience too. Play calls for a fair degree of accuracy; the contoured fairways and strategically placed bunkers guarding fast, undulating greens, means there is little room for error. A halfway house, The Tea House, offers refreshments and a chance to pause and assess scorecards.
    Indeed, a round of golf at Palheiro engages all the senses and rewards those of all abilities with an enjoyable and memorable experience.

    Santo da Serra Golf Club

    Keith Waters, The European Tour’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “The Madeira Islands Open has become an established stop on the Tour Schedule, and provide a welcome opportunity for all of members to play and earn valuable Race to Dubai and World Ranking points. The beauty and ambience of the Island makes the week all the more enjoyable. We are grateful for the continued support of the Government and the members of Club de Golf Santo da Serra.”   Indeed Mats Lanner, the only player to have won the Madeira Islands Open twice, relishes every opportunity to return to the picturesque island and he has been impressed by the improvements on the course since his glory days. “It has really improved since I was playing here. The greens are looking great, the rough is so much better now than it has ever been and the views are inspirational too.” On a clear day, the panorama from the course is simply breathtaking. The origins of golf in Madeira can be traced to Santo da Serra in the twenties. The nine-hole Serras course was opened in 1937 and in 1991 Robert Trent Jones Sr. created the 18 Championship holes. The golf course has gone from strength to strength ever since.

    Porto Santo Golf Club

    Porto Santo’s a relatively new golf course, which was designed by the late Severiano Ballesteros, stretches all the way across the island from the dune rolling beach to the dramatic basalt cliffs. It offers that ideal combination of natural beauty and a challenging game. The layout was designed to blend in with the natural landscape, and immense care was taken to minimize impact on the environment. The course comprises 18 holes over 6,434 metres, with a par of 72. It features two distinct zones, a South course in the American tradition, dotted with lakes and demanding a long, precise game, and a North course played along spectacular cliff tops. The clubhouse is also a triumph of modern design, but blends harmoniously into the landscape, with its dry-stone walling, natural wood and hip wicker furniture. Facilities include a sauna and Jacuzzi, and there’s a good pro shop. The Golf Club bar and restaurant command a splendid view over the island and out to sea. The round at Porto Santo is certainly a full days experience as we take the ferry from Funchal in the morning to reach the island before heading back later in the afternoon.

    David Short

  • Itinerary

    Saturday 7th November:

    – Arrive at Madeira Airport

    – Transfer to Funchal

    – Check in to the Pestana Miramar Hotel, Funchal

    Sunday 8th November:

    – Breakfast

    – 18 holes Palheiro Golf Club

    Monday 9th November:

    – Breakfast

    – 18 holes Santo da Serra Golf Club

    Tuesday 10th November:

    – Breakfast

    – Non Golfing Day

    Wednesday 11th November:

    – Breakfast

    – Ferry to Porto Santo Island

    – 18 holes Porto Santo Golf Club

    – Ferry to Madeira

     Thursday 12th November:

    – Breakfast

    – 18 holes Santo da Serra Golf Club

    Friday 13th November:

    – Breakfast

    – 18 holes Palheiro Golf Club

    Saturday 14th November:

    – Breakfast

    – Check out and departures

  • Booking Procedure

    To book a place or places on any of the David Short Golf events, please just use the Enquire Now button and complete the Online Enquiry form.

    Iain and his team will then book your place(s) and send your confirmation details within 24 hours. With the initial confirmation details, will come a request for a deposit, which is £50.00 per person for UK events, £150.00 per person for European overseas events and £250.00 per person for longer haul holidays.

    Two months prior to the commencement of each event, you will be sent an invoice for the balance of your booking, with an acknowledgement of the payment once received. Two weeks prior to commencement of the event itself, you will be sent a Travel Pack, which will include the contact details for David or Barney, the transport arrangements where applicable, the itinerary for the event, contact details for the accommodation, as well as the names of the other members attending the event.

    David or Barney will then meet you on the day of arrival.

    Please feel free to contact Iain at any time with any queries or amendments that you may have.

Price Per Person

Price Per Golfer: £ 1,200.00

Price per non golfer: £650.00


Single Room Supplement(per night): £26.00

Notes on the Prices:

Price includes:

– Services of your Tour Host, Barney Puttick

– Daily transfers

– Accommodation

– Daily breakfast

– Five rounds of golf

– Return ferry crossings to Porto Santo Island


Price Excludes:

– International airfares

– Meals unless stated

– Drinks