Batalha - Azores - Portugal

Batalha Golf,
Rua do Bom Jesus,
9545-234 Fenais da Luz,
São Miguel,

  • +351 296 498559

  • Pilar Melo Antunes

  • Bob Cameron and Chris Powell

  • Ruí Índio and Andre Medeiros

Largely overshadowed by the reputation of the Furnas golf course on the Azorean island of San Miguel, Batalha deserves greater recognition as a top class golf facility. Many of the greens are heavily protected by sizeable bunkers and a number of old stone walls have been incorporated into the design, affording the layout a very rustic, natural feel.

The Azores Golf Islands company now promotes both Furnas and Batalha in a bid to raise the sporting profile of the Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean as a prime golfing destination and there are ambitious plans to construct more courses on the islands of Pico and Faial with big names such as Faldo and Hurdzan & Fry mentioned as potential architects.

Bob Cameron and Chris Powell constructed the 27-hole Batalha complex in the late 1980s and its three loops of nine holes were opened to the public in 1993. Laid out on a hilly 300-acre site with many of the tight, tree-lined fairways offering only glimpses of the nearby Atlantic Ocean, the course was used by the European Tour in 2008 for the Azores Seniors Open, an event Australian Stewart Ginn won by two strokes.

The 8th hole on the "A" circuit is a lengthy par three played to a well defended green whilst the left doglegged 7th on the "B" loop is a fine par four that leads to a tricky, sloping green. The uphill par five 2nd hole comes in for criticism due to the blind nature of its routing but there are no complaints about the closing, par five 9th on this circuit, a 579-yard hole that doglegs severely right from tee to green.

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Description: Largely overshadowed by the reputation of the Furnas golf course on the Azorean island of San Miguel, Batalha deserves greater recognition as a top class golf facility. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 1
I really enjoyed the first impression of the club. The welcome in the pro-shop was as warm as it gets, everybody was helpful and friendly by heart and not by order, as it is often found in golf clubs in Germany. Furthermore I found out that a special offer was currently in place so I could play the course, hire a set of clubs and a buggy or a trolley for only 93 €, which was a very good deal indeed. I was told that the C-course is the most technical one, while B and A where more Batalha Golf Course - Photo by reviewerrelaxing. Since I had already relaxed for a few days then I chose to play C and A. All in all I really enjoyed playing the course since the views are simply breath taking from time to time and the course was more or less for me alone, which felt very luxurious. But on the other hand I think, that the quality of the course was not as good as I expected it to be. Especially the greens where in a mediocre condition at best. Even when they are quite interesting to play due to their subtle breaks there a lot of holes on the surface. In my opinion those holes are the result of not repaired pitching marks – what a surprise when there are no pitchforks to buy in the pro-shop. But to be not too captious: When you are on the Azores to have a wonderful holiday in the most beautiful environment you can think of, then do not hesitate to play Batalha - at least when you have enough time to play Furnas as well, since that is definitely the better golf course.
September 19, 2015
6 / 10
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