|This course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr and inaugurated in September 1991, offers fantastic panoramic views over the ocean and is one of the most breathtaking mountain courses in Europe. It has hosted the Madeira Open since 1993 and has received fulsome praise from European Tour professionals and the specialist press.
Because it is built on very irregular terrain at an altitude of 670 metres above sea level and in an area of profuse vegetation, the realisation of this project required a huge effort in every sense. Nonetheless, Trent Jones succeeded in giving the 27 holes, (the third nine-hole loop was opened in October 1998) a logical, interdependent design. One of the most spectacular holes is hole number 4 (on the Machico course), a par 3, where the drive to the green is played over a ravine filled with very dense vegetation. The whole course provides players with most extraordinary views.