Golf lovers will find Phuket a veritable golfing paradise. With some of the best golf courses and facilities at your disposal, fans of one of the oldest sports on the planet will think they?ve died and gone to heaven. Last time out we informed you about the best value-for-money Phuket golfing hotspots. Today we are going to focus on two of the island?s best championship courses.
Blue Canyon Country Club
The Canyon Course at the Blue Canyon Country Club is so famous that the popular EA Sports computer game, Tiger Woods Golf, used it as one of their courses. Besides the 18-hole Canyon Course, there is also the 18-hole Lakes Course as well. Both courses have majestically grown into their surroundings over time and matured like a fine wine. The club is situated within a sand iron of Phuket International Airport in the north of the island.
- Canyon Course
Surrounded by freshwater lakes and in harmony with the earth, the Canyon Course brilliantly features natural hazards, towering trees, rolling fairways, long carries, narrow landing areas and well-guarded slick Bermuda Tiffdwarf greens. As its name (Canyon) suggests, the holes are built along canyon edges with undulating fairways and greens. The course has hosted numerous Asian tour events over the years, with the Johnnie Walker Classic as its most famous event, showcasing the skills of famous golfers such as Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Freddie Couples. Hole 17, the longest par-3 in Thailand, and awarded “Top 500 Best Holes in the World”, is a quiet beauty that seldom yields to a golfer’s game, but occasionally allows for a hole-in-one. This is one of Asia?s finest courses and a must play for golfing fanatics.
- Lakes Course
Established in 1999, the Lakes Course has water hazards coming into play on 17 out of 18 holes. The course is a mixture of water-filled canyons created by open cast mining with its natural land flow left relatively unchanged. Its front 9 holes run through a landscape of lakes and original canyons, whilst the back 9 weaves around more scenic lakes and soft whispering woodlands of rubber trees. Although not as challenging as the Canyon Course, the Lakes is still top notch, and any golfer worth their salt will attribute to that.