The Blue Canyon Golf course winds its way through a former rubber plantation interspersed with lakes left by the abandoned tin mine and after a fairly easy start you are faced with a long par 3 which will have you reaching for your driver if the pin is at the back. This is followed by a very long par 4 with a strategically placed tree blocking your shot into the green – unless you are a very good golfer this hole is best played as a par-5. The uphill par-4 5th is a particularly dangerous hole which requires a very accurate drive if you are to avoid trouble and have a chance of reaching the two-tier green. The 6th is a great driving hole but if you are a very long hitter then you may need to keep your driver in the bag as there is a pond waiting to catch the very long drive. Your second is slightly uphill with a water carry and two bunkers lying in wait for any pulled shots – if you can find the right position on the fairway you have a relatively straightforward shot to the green. Then after a welcome stop at the drinks hut it’s onto the par-3 7th which is downhill to a very fast green sloping left to right and a huge pot bunker guarding the right side of the green. The 8th is a fairly straightforward par-4 with an uphill tee shot to quite a narrow landing area between two bunkers on the left and the rubber trees on the right. The green slopes from back to front and is well-guarded by several bunkers. The final hole on the front nine is a real birdie chance for the long hitters but most of us will have to play up for our second and then it’s a shot across water to a raised green and providing you can stay on the fairway this is a great scoring opportunity.
If you are going to post a score on the Blue Canyon Golf course then you need to do it on the front nine as the back nine and in particular the stretch of holes from 11 thru 14 are very challenging.
The 10th is a dogleg with a line of bunkers protecting the tiger line – go anywhere left on this hole and you are in double bogey territory – if you keep out a trouble then it’s a pretty easy hole. The 11th is a long and difficult par 5 with trouble everywhere and you will be happy to walk off with a bogey here and the 12th involves a long approach to the green over water. As you arrive on the 13th tee a plaque tells you that it is here where Tiger drove the green. If you’re easily intimidated then perhaps you shouldn’t look at the plaque. What the plaque does not tell you is that a member recently holed out in one - a feat unlikely to be repeated even by Tiger. The canyon is probably home to many daring shots, with a graveyard of golf balls, each with their own story to tell.
The 14th is one of the prettiest and scary par-3’s to be found anywhere and requires a shot of around 160 yards from an elevated tee box to an island green – no room for error here – you are either on the green or in the water. Then it’s another challenging par 5 with a tricky second shot over water to a narrow landing area guarded by two bunkers. You have a bit of a respite on the easy par-4 16th before the long par 3 17th which was once described by Gary Player as the “Best par-3 he had ever seen” which is almost impossible if it’s a back pin.
Blue Canyon Golf Club used to be the premier club in Asia and the new owners have vowed to return it to its former glory so this great course can only get better. If you would like to stay overnight here then you can find more information here.
Tee Time Bookings at Blue Canyon Country Club
Golfsavers can help you book a tee time at Blue Canyon Golf Club using our very inexpensive green fees. You should always include Blue Canyon Country Club golf course on any golf holiday in Phuket.