Golf Course Design

Classic Golf Course Designs for the 21st Century

The Azores & Portugal

Furnas Golf Course, Azores
Located on São Miguel Island in the Azores Archipelago, Furnas Golf Course has been described as 'one of the world's most intimate & exquisitely beautiful golf courses' and has been rated by The Pocket Guide to Golf Courses, as the joint best golf course in the whole of Portugal & Spain. The course features raised, bunkered & small fiendishly contoured greens and rolling fairways framed by phalanxes of Japanese cedars. It is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of São Miguel Island, set above the Furnas Valley and close to the atmospheric volcanic crater of Furnas Lake, with its famous hot springs and adjacent Terra Nostra Gardens.

Vidago Palace Golf Course, Portugal
The 18 hole Vidago Palace Golf Course is a course of striking contrasts, designed with considered & particular respect for the natural surroundings and featuring a number of distinctive features, including: the extensive use of the local pink granite in all of the tee surrounds, ribeira walls and golf course boundary walls; the preservation of virtually all the century-old trees in the parque; and the integration of spectacular Victorian Mineral Water Pavilions. The influential & highly regarded American style magazine Architectural Digest, rates it as 'one of the eight most beautiful golf courses in the world.''

Batalha Golf Course, Azores
Situated on north coast of São Miguel, Batalha has a magnificent setting with a backdrop of tree-covered hills and sweeping views to the ocean. The 27 holes are laid out in 3 x 9 hole loops, within a 120 hectare site of typically Azorean landscape. With large flowing greens, generous tree-lined fairways and sinuously contoured bunkers, it has hosted PGA EuroTour & PGA Seniors Tour events. PGA EuroPro Tour MD, Eddie Hearne, rates it as 'one of Europe's finest golf courses.' The name of the golf course is taken from a historic battle that occurred in the 19th century when opposing Portuguese armies fought control of the island.


About Cameron Powell Golf Course Design

Christopher Jackson Powell

Christopher Jackson Powell is a golf course designer and golf consultant, based on the glorious Jurassic Coast of East Devon.

The Cameron Powell Golf Consultancy was originally set up in partnership with the late Bob Cameron, a Fellow of the PGA and an ex-European Tour player, but our genesis goes back to the world-renowned golf course architects Cotton, Pennick & Lawrie, who were responsible for the design of some 300 golf courses in more than 30 countries around the world and who were headed by the legendary amateur golfer Sir Michael Bonallack.

Since then we have undertaken golf consultancy projects throughout the UK & Europe, covering everything from Golf Evaluation Studies in the Faroe Islands to Golf Course Design in the Azores; from Golf Course Construction Project Supervision in Portugal to Golf Resort Development & Management in the UK.

Our philosophy is to produce classic golf course design for the 21st century; to create the best possible golf course within the constraints of the site conditions and the project resources; and to avoid imposing alien design characteristics onto naturally beautiful landscapes or classic golf course sites in order to properly reflect their aesthetics, playability, spirit and character.

A prime example of this can be seen at Vidago Palace Golf Course in Northern Portugal, which has been rated as 'one of the eight most beautiful golf courses in the world' by Architectural Digest, the highly regarded & influential American style magazine.

Other Vidago Palace accolades include:
Conde Nast Traveller magazine: 'one of the five best golf resorts in Europe'; Golf Monthly: 'a luxury hotel that just happens to have one of the best golf courses in Portugal attached'; World Golf Awards 2014: 'Portugal's best golf hotel'; Lonely Planet: 'Vidago Palace in Tras-os-Montes has become one of the premier golfing destinations in Portugal'; Golf Monthly: 'a final four holes that rank among the best closing stretches anywhere'

Furnas Golf Course is described as 'one of the world's most intimate and exquisitely beautiful golf courses' by Brandt Travel Guides. The Pocket Guide to Golf Courses rate it as 'the joint best golf course in the whole of Portugal & Spain'. Golf Digest magazine rate it as 'the #2 golf course in Portugal'. make the comment that 'You need to fly to the middle of the Atlantic but to play this course just once is worth the trip'

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