Play at one of the best championship courses in Thailand
Surrounded by freshwater lakes and in harmony with the earth, the Canyon Course brilliantly features natural hazards, towering trees, multiple tees, rolling fairways, long carries, narrow landing areas and well-guarded slick Bermuda Tiff dwarf greens. As its name “Canyon” suggests the holes are built along canyon edges with undulating fairways and greens.
The course also has an intriguing mix of narrow tree-lined fairways requiring accurate tee shots and a number of doglegs demand precise shot making together with a selection of demanding Par 3s and large, fast, and very true greens. Players have found that each and every one of the 18 holes has its own characteristic which makes it memorable for them.
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Best Championship Course in Asia
No. 1 since ranking began in
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005
Hole : 18 Par : 72
Rating : 74.8 Yardage : 7,179
HANDICAP : 16
A relatively gentle opening – until you reach the green! A well-executed tee shot of about 220 yards (from the blue tee) will avoid the large traps on the left and palm trees beyond the fairway. Uphill approach to the green should be kept short and right of the hole, as putts from the back left can be extremely fast.
1st Pros Play :
Resist temptation to hit driver and place your ball in the fairway to set up a regulation par and treat the pin position with respect.
HANDICAP : 8
A demanding Par 3. A water hazard runs the length of the hole on the left, with large sand traps surrounding the green. Many players come up short or fail to judge the direction of crosswinds – look at the tops of the trees and the water surface! Again, extremely fast from the middle of the green to the front. A lofted wood will generally be more forgiving than a long iron for most golfers.
2nd Pros Play :
Take enough club to get past the bunker, but keep your ball under the hole to avoid fast downhill putt.
HANDICAP : 2
The fairway is narrow, tree lined and uphill all the way on this longest Par 4 on the course. The giant Calabash tree dictates play. Accurate drivers will select a right or left route up the fairway as second shots from the centre will require shaping round the tree. The length of the green makes checking the pin position essential in club selection.
3rd Pros Play :
Long straight drive required, avoid the tree in the center of fairway with 2nd shot and 4 here is a good score.
HANDICAP : 18
The tee shot must carry the mounds (over 200 yards from the blue tee) to avoid a blind shot to well bunkered green. Longer hitters should favour the right side. Except at the front of the green, this is one of the few holes where putts break less than you think!
4th Pros Play :
Good birdie chance, left to right shaped drive will set up a short wedge shot to the green.
HANDICAP : 4
Accuracy from the tee is vital. OB runs from tee to green on the left. The fairway slopes towards a deep hollow on the right so a right-to–left tee shot is ideal. Approach shots to the front to back sloping, two-level green, tend to bounce forward and right. Downhill putts to or on the lower level are some of the fastest on the course.
5th Pros Play :
From the tee a draw with a 3 wood avoids hidden hollow on the right. With approach avoid being left of the pin as a downhill putt here is not recommended.
HANDICAP : 12
Drive between the Flame tree and the towering coconut palms on the left, then hit over the water, taking careful note of the distance to and over the bunkers. The two-level green is very fast from back to front.
6th Pros Play :
Risk outweighs reward of going for it in 2. Play for the green in 3 and rely on a good short game to make birdie.
HANDICAP : 6
There is a blind bunker guarding the green on the front left and another deep bunker at front right. The green slopes steeply from the left to right so getting up and down from the left side is almost impossible! From the front, putts will be fast with more break than you think.
7th Pros Play :
Leave your tee shot short of the pin to provide uphill birdie putt.
HANDICAP : 10
Only a long and well placed drive favoring the right side will give a clear view of this well guarded three-level green. Do not attempt to carry the trap on the left from the tee – there is another lurking behind it! Check the pin position and yardage carefully to land your approach on the correct level.
8th Pros Play :
A good drive will leave a short iron to the downhill green, but this 2nd shot always plays longer than it looks.
HANDICAP : 14
Take care with the tee shot. There are two more traps behind the one you can see on the right of the fairway. Conservative play produces many pars and some birdies. Only try to carry the water if you are sure you can hit the target. The green is very undulating and fast from back to front.
9th Pros Play :
A good drive will open up this green in 2 if you’re feeling brave. Try and leave your ball below the hole for an uphill putt.
HANDICAP : 11
A drive down the right is safest. If bunkered from the tee, make sure the next shot is from grass, or this easy looking hole could turn nasty!
10th Pros Play :
No need to cut the corner here, straight tee shot will leave a wedge to set up a good birdie chance.
HANDICAP : 1
The water crossing the fairway is reachable for the longer hitter on this slightly downhill tee shot. The ideal position is as close to the water as possible favoring the right side. This opens up the second shot landing area, well-guarded by bunkers on the left and by palm trees over the fairway. Club selection and accuracy are critical on the approach to the long narrow green, with sand and then water on both sides. Check yardages carefully for all shots on this demanding Par 5.
11th Pros Play :
Fairway/long iron from the tee for placement will allow a 2nd shot of your choice to leave preferred yardage for your 3rd shot. Back pins on this long green play every yard.
HANDICAP : 5
OB right may be a factor for the short hitter. Longer drives erring right will run out of fairway or even reach the water. A well-struck drive down the “fast lane” on the left will gain extra roll. If laying up short of water with your second shot, keep left as the landing area slopes towards the lake on the right. If the hole is cut at the front of the green, a conservative approach shot beyond the flag will leave a very fast downhill putt.
12th Pros Play :
A right to left drive will set up a short iron for your 2nd shot which plays its yardage and, with water short, be sure to commit.
HANDICAP : 15
From the tee, check the yardage very carefully. Select a tee shot line within your capabilities! For the big hitter, the line is just left of the far right bunker over the canyon. For others, aim at the bunker to the left of the trees at the corner of the canyon. For extra carry, tee the ball up and follow through to a long, high finish. Easy to miss this shallow green long, which then makes the up and down almost impossible. Putts from above the hole are extremely fast and break more than you expect toward the fairway.
13th Pros Play :
Unless you’re super long resist going for the green and play to leave yourself a pitch for your 2nd to set up a good birdie chance.
HANDICAP : 13
Correct club selection is critical! Take one and a half clubs less, or even two from the black tee, to account for the drop to the green. You may not feel the crosswinds so look at the flag and the surface of the water to determine strength and direction. Enjoy one of the most spectacular shots in golf!
14th Pros Play :
Don’t look at it too long, pick your club and trust it. Plays 1/2 clubs short of the yardage.
HANDICAP : 7
A double dogleg, left then right. The tee shot needs to avoid the bunker on the left and OB on the right. If the drive is short, it may be better to lay up to the water hazard that crosses the fairway. If attempting the carry, unseen traps on the right must also be avoided. In both cases, slightly left of the tallest tree beyond the fairway will be the best line. The green, guarded on the left by a large wood-faced bunker, slopes mainly from left to right.
15th Pros Play :
Long hitters can take on bunker with a draw to set up the green in 2, or play right of bunker from tee to find green in regulation.
HANDICAP : 17
A good drive up the right side and a well-executed short to medium iron will allow a putt for birdie. However, the approach shot over the front bunker must be soft landing, as putts level with or above the hole can be very awkward.
16th Pros Play :
A good birdie chance with a pitch or short iron left for your 2nd from a good tee shot.
HANDICAP : 3
Described by Fred Couples as “one of the best Par 3’s anywhere in the world”, a bogey is nothing to be ashamed of here and a par will feel like a birdie.
17th Pros Play :
No bail out here, aim for the center of the green and commit to your shot.
HANDICAP : 9
From the black tee, a 260-yard drive is required to carry the lake on the line over the flowers. Even from the forward tees, most players opt for the sound strategy of keeping left. Flirt with the water only if the hole is cut left and you need a birdie! Do not attack the flag too hard. Bogey or worse is almost certain from behind the green. PRO TIP: Tee up your ball as near as possible to the water to give the best angle to the fairway.
18th Pros Play :
Full commitment to your driver is needed here to find a long and straight drive to leave a mid-iron to a very undulating green. Try to leave your 2nd shot under the pin for an uphill putt.
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