Originally built in 1937, Santo da Serra Golf Course was 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 with spectacular views of the coastline and mountains.
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. 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.