more than just classic golf course design
Cameron Powell & Associates are international golf course designers & golf consultants who have been involved in the design, development, project management and operation of golf, hotel & leisure projects since the 1980's.
Cameron Powell & Associates specialise in golf course design and architecture, and golf course project management. We  have a very broad-based and practical hands-on experience of the entire golf & leisure development and operation well as golf course design and development, we have also previously managed golf club, golf course, golf resort, leisure and hotel projects.

We can work independently or as an integral part of the client's team or in association with a panel of established golf experts and consultants, who specialise in all aspects of design, construction, development, management and operation. Together, we can offer the full range of expertise, experience and enthusiasm needed to meet and develop virtually any project objective or requirement.

Cameron Powell....classic golf course design for the 21st Century. of the world's most beautiful golf courses....
campo de golf vidago palace portugal Campo de Golfe Vidago Palace, Vidago, Portugal
Architectural Digest magazine rates Vidago Palace - our second Mackenzie Ross project - as one of eight of the world's most beautiful golf courses. The 1936 9 hole par 32 short course has been completely remodelled into 6 upgraded holes, with 12 new holes added on adjoining land. This is part of the major leisure project by Unicer Turismo to renovate and upgrade the beautiful belle epoch Vidago Palace hotel into a 5 star hotel, spa & golf resort.....which has already described as one of the five of the best European golf resorts...[more
....the best golf course in spain & portugal....
furnas golf course san miguel azores
Furnas, SÔo Miguel, Ašores
The 'Pocket Guide to Golf Courses' rates this as the joint best course in Spain & Portugal. When we upgraded & extended the 1939 Mackenzie Ross 9 hole course into an international 18 hole course, we  strived to retain the integrity of the original and reflect the aesthetics, playability & spirit of the original....and judging by the reaction of those who have seen & played the course, it is difficult to spot the join.....[more of europe's finest golf courses
batalha golf course san miguel azores Batalha, SÔo Miguel, Ašores
This 27 hole course sits within an extraordinary landscape and has the most beautiful views over the Atlantic Ocean. It has hosted PGA EuroTour & PGA Seniors Tour events and, according to the PGA EuroPro Tour MD, is "one of Europe's finest golf courses".
Batalha & Furnas are the only courses on San Miguel island and it says much for their quality & presentation that at the 2007 IAGTO awards, a panel of travel journalists rated the Azores as " of the best undiscovered golfing destinations in the world..."....[more
design philosophy
Our golf course design philosophy is simple: we aim to produce the best possible golf course within the constraints of the site conditions and the project resources. A good golf course should be....
  practical to build, play & maintain
in harmony with its surroundings
aesthetically pleasing
ecologically sound and environmentally friendly
challenging but not punitive
playable at all levels
We are always extremely careful to avoid imposing alien design characteristics onto naturally beautiful sites or classic golf courses. When remodelling and extending classic vintage golf courses -- such as the Mackenzie Ross courses at Furnas in the Azores and Campo de Golfe Vidago Palace in Northern Portugal -- we strive to retain the integrity of the original design and to reflect the aesthetics, playability, spirit & character of the site or course.

What really gives us a buzz at Furnas is when people say they can’t spot the join - that they have difficulty deciding where the old course finishes and where the new course begins. That’s when we know we really got it right.  And this is exactly what we hope we have achieved with our course at Vidago....that careful blending of classic golf course design within a 21st century context.
"Raised, bunkered and seemingly frighteningly small undulating greens are the key feature at this gem of a natural golf course, whose rolling fairways are framed by phalanxes of Japanese cedars, mystical in the mists.   But it is more forgiving than it looks and a joy for players of all standards"
Furnas Golf Course - The Pocket Guide to Golf Courses: Spain & Portugal
site visit & preliminary project appraisal
It is never too early to get us involved in the project development process -- and our preliminary project appraisal can potentially save time, trouble and expense in the longer term.
8 of the World's Most Beautiful Golf Courses
#5 Vidago Palace Golf Course
Best Golf Courses in Portugal
Number 2: Furnas Golf Course

Vidago Palace - Special Sustainability Award
"Vidago Palace has been selected due to its outstanding and inspiring work as a minimal impact golf course, in harmony with its natural environment"
Portugal's Best Golf Hotel
Vidago Palace

Furnas Golf Course
"....the joint best golf course
in the whole of Spain & Portugal...."
5 of the Best European Golf Resorts
Vidago Palace Golf Course
(the golf course is)....the crowning glory of  a hotel built for a king..."
David Sayers
Furnas Golf Course
" of the world's most intimate
&  exquisitely beautiful courses...."
Europe's Top Luxury Golf Resorts:
Vidago Palace
"While the hotel itself can utterly impress even the most discerning and critical guest, the gem of the property sits among its expansive greens...."
Furnas Golf Course
"...You need to fly to the middle of the Atlantic
but to play this course only once is worth the trip .....Cameron Powell did a truly remarkable job...."
Batalha Golf Course
"....a stunning venue & the golf course is fantastic -
a true test...."
MD Eddie Hearne
Batalha Golf Course
" of Europe's finest golf courses...."
Vidago Palace Golf Course
"Cameron Powell have built something of a reputation for breathing life into old, fallow Mackenzie Ross golf courses. Make no mistake, Vidago Palace is a truly remarkable property and the newly remodeled course is the perfect golfing complement to this luxurious five-star resort"
TAP Air Portugal 'UP' Magazine
Furnas & Batalha Golf Courses
" impressed by....the meticulously designed beauty of the golf courses...."
Robert Sidorsky
"March  19....Furnas...."
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