If the only Santa Cruz that you've heard about is the beach town in Northern California and the only golf region in Portugal that you've heard about is the Algarve, this article will open your mind.
Santa Cruz is situated on the eastern shores of the island of Madeira. While Madeira is officially part of Portugal, it is actually closer to Morocco than Lisbon (360 and 540 miles respectively). To term Madeira "an island" is a misnomer the area is actually a collection of islands with only Madeira and Porto Santo inhabited.
The Gulf Stream passes through Madeira and leaves warm, comfortable summers (unlike the Algarve which can be blisteringly hot) and mild winters. Madeira's mountainous topography, and regular rainfall create an all come together to form a climate perfect for all kinds of plants and vegetation.
The nearest airport to Santa Cruz is Santa Catarina Aiport which you can get to from many European capitals in three or four hours - enough time to watch two films on the flight.
Once you get out of the airport, a quick 2.5 kilometers (10 minute) drive from will get you to the costal town of Santa Cruz.
Golfing options in Santa Cruz are concentrated to two areas: Santo Antonio Da Serra and Sao Goncalo.
Here are some golf courses and accommodation options in the Sao Goncalo area:
If you want to play golf in the San Antionio Da Serra region, check out some of the following courses and accommodation:
Of course, Madeira has so much more to offer than high-quality golf. Some would say that it beats the Algarve hands down for historical sites and natural beauty. Join one of the many guided tours along the coast of the island.