Lao Country Club located on the KM14 road between Friendship Bridge and Vientiane is an 18 hole par 71 golf course. It is a relatively short course by today’s standards however you will not be disappointed with the quality of the course or the test of golf that you will encounter.
The course uses the layout of the original golf course that was on the site of this recently refurbished golf course resort. The Youth Garden Golf Course was one of the oldest courses in Laos.
The “old” course was redesigned and renovated to create a very gently undulating course that has very little elevation change throughout the layout.
The fairways are generous and you will generally find yourself with a flat lie making Lao an easier course than others of the area.
But don´t be fooled by the lack of rise and fall, the designers have come up with a solution to that by creating plenty of water hazards to catch any errant shots.
You are immediately faced with a stern test of nerve and shot making on the first hole. At 379 yards from the back tees you look down to a fairway flanked on the left by water that runs from the teeing ground to the green and yet more water encroaching on the right some 75 yards short of the green.
The first offers a taste of what is to come, with many of the hole requiring short yet daunting carries over water from the tee. But keep your focus and this course is a course that can offer up a good score to many golfers.
But the real genius of the course design is the strategic placement of bunkers which require more thought than that of the water hazards.
A real bonus at Lao Country Club is the tee times, with the number of groups being limited to a maximum of 60 which coupled with the well-spaced tee times allows for a good rhythm throughout the round.
Lao Country Clubs greens are immaculately manicured and provide a putting surface that is true. Generally, the greens are not cut too short resulting in a comfortable speed that helps the golfer to manage them.
The facilities are superb with a hi-spec clubhouse offering examples of typical Laos cuisine and offering high quality meals. A caddy service and buggy hire are offered and the local knowledge of the caddies is more than useful to the point where it is almost necessary if you want to post a good score on your first visit here.
A well-equipped driving range allows the golfer to have the perfect chance to warm up and fine tune their game before heading out to the golf course.