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.
Christopher Jackson Powell is a golf course designer and principal of Cameron Powell Golf Course Design, which was founded in the 1980's in partnership with the late Bob Cameron, Fellow of the PGA and ex-European Tour player. He has undertaken numerous 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 and Management in the UK.
The philosophy of our UK based golf consultancy has always been simply 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 Furnas Golf Course in the Azores, which has been described as 'one of the world's most intimate and exquisitely beautiful golf courses' and 'the joint best golf course in the whole of Spain & Portugal'.