Blue Canyon Country Club – Lakes Course

Course Data
LocationPhuket, Thailand
Yardage7129 yards Par 72
Course Rating74.0
Playing Date12 Feb. 2004
DesingnerYoshikazu Kato
Opened1999
CaddyYes
Golf CartYes
Rating
Overall Rating
4.80
Course Layout
5
Difficulty Level
5
Greens Conditions
4
Fairways Conditions
5
Landscaping & Views
5
   
 

It has two 18-holes championship courses, Canyon and Lakes Course. Developed from an old tin mine and rubber plantations, both courses are molded around the existing canyons and rubber plantations, with minimal disruption to the natural landscape. For the Lakes Course, the water hazards come into play on 17 out of 18 holes. It is a mixture of water-filled canyons created by open cut mining with its natural land flow left relatively unchanged. Its front 9 holes run through a landscape of lakes and natural canyons, whilst the back 9 weaves its way through scenic lakes and woodlands of rubber trees.



A View

A view

A view

 
 
2nd Par 3 195 yards
 

2nd Par 3 195 yards (2)

2nd Par 3 195 yards (1)
A par 3 over the water. Water comes in to play not only in front of the green but also on its left. The green is 60 yards long from the right front to the left back.
   
 
4th Par 4 434 yards
  A difficult par 4 with 2 fairways, upper and lower on the left and right. The second shot is over a valley lying 70 yards short of the green.
 

 

4th Par 4 434 yards (3)

4th Par 4 434 yards (2)

4th Par 4 434 yards (1)
   
 
7th Par 4 415 yards
 

7th Par 4 415 yards (2)

7th Par 4 415 yards (1)
A dogleg to the left par 4. Both sides of the fairway face water hazards. The second shot needs to carry over the water, and the bunkers in front of the green are in play. The green is a little elevated.
   
 
8th Par 3 219 yards
 

8th Par 3 219 yards (2)

8th Par 3 219 yards (1)
A beautiful par 3 over water. It is long and challenging as the water and a bunker in front of green and another bunker behind come into play. Both accuracy and distance are required.
   
 
9th Par 5 591 yards
  A long par 5 with a dogleg to the right for the remaining 150 yards to teh green. The approach shot is over a ravine. The palcement of the second shot is crucial on this hole to hit the third shot from a good angle.
 

 

9th Par 5 591 yards (3)

9th Par 5 591 yards (2)

9th Par 5 591 yards (1)
   
 
13th Par 5 514 yards
  You start with slightly uphill tee shot. Driving to the left of the tall trees in the center of the fairway is the best route. The lake is at the front, right of the green and the fairway slopes from left to right, so the second shot must not hit the right side.
   
 

13th Par 5 514 yards (3)

13th Par 5 514 yards (2)

13th Par 5 514 yards (1)
   
 
14th Par 4 416 yards
  A straight par 4. A drive on the left side is better in order to have clear view for the second shot. The green is elevated and the bunker on the front left of the green is 2.5 meters (8 ft.) deep.

 

14th Par 4 416 yards (3)

14th Par 4 416 yards (2)

14th Par 4 416 yards (1)
   
 
18th Par 4 471 yards
 

18th hole seen from the green

A very long and very difficult par 4. There two fairways, upper and lower. A long hitter can hit the green in regulation if the demanding second shot over the water is successful. If you decide to lay up, the landing area is very tight due to the lake on the left, so an accurate second shot is needed.
The green is relatively small and saving par on this hole is as tough as making a birdie on many other holes. When the course was opened in 1999, there was a bunker at the back of the small green, too. But it made the hole too tough with water in the front and the bunker at the back, so it was removed.

 
 

18th Par 4 471 yards (3)

18th Par 4 471 yards (2)

18th Par 4 471 yards (1)
   
 
19th hole
 

Restaurant

Need to be accompanied by a member or to apply for a golf tour sponsored by an airline company in order to play here. The meals at the restaurant were good and the club has Jacuzzis, steam room, sauna and massage facilities. It takes only 5 minutes from the Phuket Airport by car. The hotel is adjacent to the golf club and the room with the golf course view is recommendable, although a little more expensive.

 

Hotel

Hotel

A view from the room

The Canyon Course that is another 18 holes is the one of the best among the courses designed by Japanese who has done oversee works. The other courses of the designer Yoshikazu Kato are Treasure Hill G&CC in Thailand and The Southern Links GC in Okinawa, Japan. I have heard that he was worried by the maintenances keeping the course as great as the current conditions, so he decided to live in Thailand from Japan. He is still an advisor of the golf club.

According to the top100golfcourses.co.uk site,Blue Canyon CC (Lakes) was ranked 12th out of the 270 (as of 2015) courses in all of Thailand during its 2015 evaluation.