Country Club the Lakes is a very popular golf course in Ibaraki and certainly lives up to its name as you will encounter numerous water hazards and ponds as you negotiate the course. There are 27-holes and the “new” nine is the obviously the most recent addition.
The challenges start immediately as your opening tee shot is across a lake with some respite on the next hole which has no water. From here on you will have to cope with water on every hole – and on many of the holes, particularly the par 3’s there are large ponds guarding the green. The par 4, forth is worth a special mention with water all along the right from tee to green and around the back of the green creating an island. The approach is especially challenging – play safe and you are in the water and over club and you will meet the same fate.
Not much respite on the inward nine with water on most holes and some wicked doglegs where you have no choice but to flirt with the water to get in position on the fairway. The 18th is particularly memorable – a banana-shaped hole requiring a carry over water both off the tee and into the green. More of the same on the “New” nine with water in play on every hole except two.