Challenge your golf round at the best par four in Asia
Established in 1999, the Lakes Course has water hazards coming in to 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.
Architect Yoshikazu Kato masterfully provided an inspiring alternative to Blue Canyon’s myriad of golfing challenges. From the championship tees, this is a 7,129-yard challenge with target-driving areas set at 270 yards to accommodate today’s long hitting professionals. With a range of five sets of tees to choose from, it is capable of challenging the best players in the world, although even modest players can enjoy this course with wide fairways and generous greens.
Asian Golf Monthly
Best Par Four in Asia
Lakes Course Hole 18 in 2003
Hole : 18 Par : 72
Rating : 74.0 Yardage : 7,129
HANDICAP : 9
1st Pros Play :
Fairway wood hugging the left side of the fairway from the tee and be sure of your yardage to the pin due to surrounding lakes.
HANDICAP : 13
2nd Pros Play :
All about playing the correct yardage and a 3 here is never a bad score.
HANDICAP : 5
3rd Pros Play :
Squeeze every yard from your driver over the canyon to set up a good birdie chance. Avoid going over this green with your 2nd as will make for a very difficult par!
HANDICAP : 1
4th Pros Play :
A left to right tee shot required to leave a mid-iron over the canyon to the green. Longer hitters will only need a fairway wood from the tee.
5th Pros Play :
The risk of taking on this dogleg is very high, so a fairway wood straight down is the play to leave an iron to the long green. Try to keep your 2nd shot below the hole.
HANDICAP : 15
6th Pros Play :
An accurate tee shot required with a draw off the bunkers to the right of the fairway recommended. Leave your ball under the hole for an easier uphill putt.
HANDICAP : 7
7th Pros Play :
Play straight down from the tee then go across to green with your 2nd and consider 1 club more with your uphill approach to this green.
HANDICAP : 17
8th Pros Play :
If a tricky pin, center of the green could be your best option depending on your confidence at the time.
HANDICAP : 3
9th Pros Play :
A long drive hugging the left side will open this green in two, if not lay up to the bunker so your 2nd goes past the tree or lay it up short of the tree for a clear 3rd shot.
HANDICAP : 4
10th Pros Play :
A draw off the bunker on the right will open up the green if you have the length & accuracy to get home in two, but leave your ball under the hole on this severe sloping green!
HANDICAP : 14
11th Pros Play :
Cut the corner with a driver in a bid to drive the green or play an iron down the fairway and wedge on. The choice is yours.
12th Pros Play :
With often tricky pin placements on this green, club selection is vital to ensure your par.
HANDICAP : 10
13th Pros Play :
A good drive left of the tree will set up the green in 2 shots but no bail out left or right as bunkers and the lake await.
HANDICAP : 6
14th Pros Play :
Driver hugging the left side of the fairway to leave a clear 2nd shot to the green. Leave your 2nd shot below the hole for uphill putts.
HANDICAP : 8
15th Pros Play :
A good drive will definitely give a chance of going for it in two, but plenty of hazards waiting if you are not accurate.
HANDICAP : 12
16th Pros Play :
A draw from the tee is best suited for this dogleg left and to leave the shortest yardage for your 2nd shot before finding another tricky green.
HANDICAP : 18
17th Pros Play :
The two front bunkers are popular locations so ensure you have enough club to set up a regulation par.
HANDICAP : 2
From the championship tee, perhaps the most difficult natural par 4 finishing hole in golf! A single tree separates fairway options. The high left side allows a beautiful view of a small green slotted healthy between high rust tinted canyon walls, step grassed mounds and a vegetation fringed water filled canyon. A single bunker provides “relief” for slightly pulled second shots. The right side of the fairway allows longer drives, but the partly hidden view of the green psychologically takes back the advantage. Over safe long second shots find rough slopes, awkward to chip from. There is nowhere to hide on one of golf’s most testing holes.
18th Pros Play :
A long and straight drive right of the tree will still leave a long iron over the canyon to this undulating green. A par 4 here on this stimulating hole will always leave a sweet taste.
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