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.
"One of the eight most beautiful golf courses in the world"
"One of the world's most intimate and exquisitely beautiful golf courses"
"The golf course is fantastic...one of Europe's finest golf courses"
"One of the five best golf resorts in Europe"
"The joint best golf course in the whole of Spain & Portugal"
"...a luxury hotel that also happens to have one of the best golf courses in Portugal attached"
"The perfect setting for unforgettable golf in an environment of pure nature"
Portugal's Best Golf Hotel
"You need to fly to the middle of the Atlantic but to play this course just once is worth the trip"
"Awesome Golf Course...Almost perfect golf”
"The course enchants & challenges the most experienced player with its unique qualities"
"Be impressed by the meticulously designed beauty of the golf courses"
"Beautiful course with fantastic views...The greens are immaculate"
"Extraordinary golf course and wonderful surroundings. It's a must play!"
"One of Europe's Golfing Secrets...One of the best courses we have ever played"
"The Par five 5th is a design gem...Golf doesn’t get much better than this!"
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In a ballot of the world's best courses, voted the #2 golf course in Portugal
"A great and challenging golf course...The course and surroundings are beautiful"
"Vidago Palace in Tras-os-Montes has become one of the premier golfing destinations in Portugal"
"...a final four holes that rank among the best closing stretches anywhere"
Christopher Jackson Powell is a golf course designer based on the glorious Jurassic Coast of East Devon. Cameron Powell was originally set up in partnership with the late Bob Cameron, Fellow of the PGA and ex-European Tour player. 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 genesis goes back to the world-renowned golf course architects Cotton, Pennick & Lawrie, headed by the legendary amateur golfer Sir Michael Bonallack. 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 carefully 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.
This philosophy has been demonstrated particularly well at the 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 - and at Furnas Golf Course in the Azores, which has been described as 'one of the world's most intimate and exquisitely beautiful golf courses' by Brandt Travel Guides and rated 'the joint best golf course in the whole of Spain & Portugal' by the Pocket Guide to Golf Courses.