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Clube de Golfe da Ilha Terceira, Portugal

Situated on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese islands of The Azores, the golf course forms not only an important tourism attraction, but also is a key part of the local community.

Originated by the golf-loving Americans at the local air-base, this course has developed dramatically with the maturing trees.  Extensive planting of the dense evergreen Cryptomeria japonica, (Japanese Cedar, or Sugi tree in Japan, related to the Giant Redwood) as a windbreak on this gusty Atlantic island, has now given the course a wonderful enclosed, tree-lined set of fairways.

A strategic overview of the course was carried out by David Hemstock to assess options for improvement, and to add a family short course next to the iconic design of the new Clubhouse.  Bunkers in particular are to be re-formed with better faces and shaping, adjusted in position where necessary to match the requirements of the modern golfer, tees adjusted, and the course lengthened through layout adjustments.

As a golfing destination, the Azores may be limited in choice, but are certainly fascinating to visit. A strange combination of Scottish highland, Pennine stone-walled grazing land, and Portuguese architecture, with a dash of sub-tropical flora, a holiday with golf rather than golfing holiday may be the better option, but very well worthwhile.

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