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you please inform me about golf in Madeira.
There are two golf courses on Madeira, the Madeira Golf Club which
is only 3km from the airport but if you have ever been to Madeira,
you will know that this involves a vertical upward drive up a
mountainside. It is described as being 25km east of Funchal with
green fees of 8,000 Escudos. The telephone number is Madeira (091)
552345 / 552356. The length is 6040 metres. It is a Robert Trent
Jones course and very enjoyable to play. The other course is called
Palheiro, which is some 5km from Funchal, turning off the road
to the airport. Again you have to negotiate a number of hairpin
bends to reach the course but it has magnificent views over Funchal
which on a clear day are quite breathtaking. The course opened
in 1993, visitors are welcome all year round, though during October-April
it is advisable to book in advance. Green fees are shown as £40
but I am not sure whether that is for the day or a round. The
telephone number for bookings is (091) 792 116 / 794411. Both
courses are just over 6,000 metres in length and quite hilly.
I'm going on
holiday in July to Vilamoura in Portugal and the course there looks
great. Could you give me any info on this course, prices etc and
I don't particuarly want to take my clubs, is it possible to hire
I can't answer your question directly. I'd suggest you contact
Vilamoura direct. Their telephone number is 089 380 724. That
is for Vilamoura Laguna, Vilamoura Old is 089 322 650. In the
case of Vilamoura Old, softspikes only are permitted.
thinking about a golfing trip abroad, but don't really know when
the high/low travel seasons are around the world. Please send me
this info for USA East Coast, Southern Europe, S Africa & anywhere
else you would recommend.
Many thanks. Sam Owens
It depends very much where you go on the USA/East Coast, ie. Florida
has its high season January-April, whereas I guess in somewhere
like New England you would be talking May-September. Southern
Europe again you are talking of such a large area with varying
popular times. In somewhere like the South of France the most
popular golfing dates would probably be April-June and September-October,
where is Southern Spain, the most popular golfing times are October-April.
South Africa - October-January is a good time around Cape Town
and golf is relatively inexpensive. Australia / New Zealand have
their seasons in exact reverse to the UK. Hope this helps.
Can you advise
me of any golf course's in Boston, Massachusetts, USA?
Thank you. Michelle Head
We are based in the UK, so don't have a comprehensive list of
golf courses in and around Boston, however check out www.golfboston.com
which seems to have quite a comprehensive list of golf courses
in and around Boston.
to Moliets (nr Biarritz) in the Gascony region of France
in August this year for a golfing break with a friend. I've read
that a "golf pass" is available allowing reduced rates at many of
the regions courses. I'm interested to know whether anyone who has
been to the Gascony has used the golf pass and whether it will allow
me to buy daytickets at reduced rates. It seems that no-one in France
has heard of a dayticket (I've e-mailed most of the courses and
tourist boards in the area already) Also, I don't possess an official
handicap certificate, and some of the courses stress that handicaps
of 24 or under are required. Since I usually play of about 10 this
should not be a problem, but I'm eager to know how strict the courses
are in enforcing the certificate rules. Thanks for any help firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can help Michael email him at the above address.