Both the Severiano Ballesteros-designed Porto Santo Golfe, at nine, and 10th-placed Santo da Serra - redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Snr in 1991 - are listed in the magazine’s ‘Best Golf Courses In Every Country’ feature.
Last year saw Madeira hailed as the ‘world’s best emerging golf destination’ at the World Golf Awards, and as Europe’s ‘leading island destination’ for the fourth successive year, and the world’s ‘leading island destination’ for a staggering fifth year running, in the 2019 World Travel Awards.
The excellent performance of the courses did not come as a surprise to those working at Discover Madeira, the consumer-facing brand of the Madeira Promotion Bureau.
A spokesman said: “When you look at the number of fine courses in Portugal - indeed the number that have been built in recent years - to have two of our three included in the top 10, by arguably the world’s leading golf title, is quite an achievement.
“But we have known for some time that the quality of golf in Madeira is exceptional for its size and it is heartening that people are beginning to sit up and take notice. In boxing parlance, I think it’s fair to say we are punching above our weight. But it doesn’t seem fair to keep such a fabulous trio of golf courses all to ourselves.”