One of the most established golf courses in the Inabe district of Mie Prefecture in Japan is Three Lakes Country Club. This golf course was designed by Peter Thomson and opened for play in 1977. Thomson was a fantastic golfer, winning the Open Championship 5 times and produced some of the best golf courses currently on the planet, including Three Lakes Country Club in Japan.
Three Lakes Country Club is an 18 hole, par-72 golf course which plays to 6,945 yards from the back tees. However, Thomson clearly wanted the golf course to appeal to players of all abilities and there is a choice of 5 tee positions on every hole. Therefore, it is possible to play the golf course to anything between 6,945 yards and 5,530 yards.
As one would expect by the name of the golf course, Three Lakes Country Club features plenty of water throughout the 18 holes. While there are three significant bodies of water on the golf course, there are plenty of other water hazards situated on the course but many do not significantly come into play during a round.
It is not until the 7th hole where the water really becomes a threat from the tee. The 183 yard par-3 has a pond on the fairway although it is tucked slightly to the right side and should not come into play for the majority of players. The main issue when playing the 7th hole is the green and there are three bunkers surrounding the putting surface, the largest of which is situated to the front right of the green.
From the 7th hole onwards, you can expect to see water on several holes but it is not always a direct threat. A good example is the 9th hole and this par-4 has water on both the right and left side of the fairway but unless you are very wayward off the tee, it should not cause a problem. The main issue to look out for here is once again the bunkering. There are three fairway bunkers which have potential to cause problems.
However, one hole on which you cannot avoid playing a shot over water is the par-4 17th hole. The fairway narrows between two sets of trees and beyond this point you will find water on the left side of the fairway and between the fairway and the green. You are left with no choice but to play your second shot over the water to the green. The same applies to the final hole, which again requires an approach shot over water.
Following a splendid round of golf at Three Lakes Country Club, you can treat yourself to a meal in the clubhouse restaurant, which is the perfect way to relax.