Travelling to sunnier climes for a weekend of golf has just got easier and cheaper, as Jet2.com introduces a special golfing deal for its flights to Portugal and Madeira, Spain, Turkey and Cyprus.
Players eager to explore overseas courses can book direct flights with Jet2.com for travel between September 2021 and April 2022 and include a set of golf clubs for just £1. With regular prices starting from £30 per flight, that represents a saving of at least £58 for a return journey.
Jet2.com’s destinations include 14 Spanish airports, four in Turkey, three Portuguese locations and two on the island of Cyprus…
As the world opens up over the summer and autumn, it’ll be a good opportunity to get in a golf weekend or two. Ideal destinations on Jet2.com’s list include Funchal, Maderia, where the islands’ three golf courses (including one on the nearby island of Porto Santo) are ready to welcome you.
On the same latitude as Morocco, the Atlantic archipelago has a sub-tropical climate, rich volcanic soil and a unique eco-system. It is one of a handful of places on the planet where banana trees grow next to vineyards, so you’ll have the opportunity to get an energy-boosting smoothie before enjoying the wine later.
Hotels, restaurants, bars, golf clubs and other tourist activities across the islands have also adopted the “Clean and Safe” stamp, created by VisitPortugal, which distinguishes tourist activities that are compliant with hygiene and cleaning requirements.
Visitors can enhance their experience by downloading the islands’ new ‘Madeira Safe to Discover’ app, which has been created to help ensure tourists get the most from their visit safely and securely.
Madeira’s Golf Courses
Madeira is home to three stunning golf courses. Trent Jones’ redesign of Santo da Serra – which dates originally from 1937 – created a spectacular 27-hole complex in a beautiful natural landscape, with views of Porto Santo and the bay of Machico, where Portuguese navigators first landed in 1419.
The Machico and Desertas nines form the 6,825-yard championship course, with the third and fourth on the Machico regarded as the signature holes, sitting atop cliffs more than 2,200ft above the Atlantic.
The Cabell Robinson-designed Palheiro Golf opened in 1993 and sits within the magnificent Palheiro Estate, which is more than 200 years old. The par-72, 6,656-yard course borders the five-star Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro and meanders through a pristine environment of maritime pine and botanical woodland, garnished with lush, sub-tropical vegetation.
And, at nearly 1,640ft above sea level, the location enjoys dramatic views of Madeira’s mountainous skyline and the vast Atlantic Ocean, as well as – nestling below, just 10 minutes away – the island’s capital, Funchal.
A Madeira Golf Passport entitles the bearer to five rounds of golf across the two mainland courses, Santo da Serra and Palheiro Golf. The €360 (£315) passport is available from most hotels and, of course, the golf clubs.
Take a 27-mile ferry ride between Madeira and the archipelago’s eastern-most island, Porto Santo, and you’ll also find Porto Santo Golfe. Ballesteros’ 7,036-yard course, which opened in 2004 and was built to environmentally conscious standards, comprises two distinct nine-hole loops, spanning an area from sand dunes to basalt cliffs.
The US-style southern route is dotted with lakes, requiring a long, precise game; while the northern route is atop yet more fantastic cliffs, near a stunning beach, also called Porto Santo. The signature hole is undoubtedly the 200-yard, par-three 13th, which requires a shot over a gorge to reach a cliff-top green.
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