Following a major renovation and remodelling programme the Lakes Course at Blue Canyon Country Club is in great condition with newly built greens and more bunkers. There are numerous lakes and canyons which you need to avoid if you want any chance of shooting a low score but most holes offer a chance to go around the hazard if you don’t feel confident to carry the water or canyon.
The first four holes are extremely challenging and you can easily find yourself several over par if you do not negotiate them safely. The first has a very daunting approach to a virtual island green – take too little club and you end up in the water hazard in front and over club and it’s easy to catch the cart path at the back of the green and bounce into the lake behind it. The 2nd is a par-3 with water all the way to the green and club selection is difficult if the wind is blowing. The 3rd is a shortlist par-4 but there is a very narrow entrance to the fairway and water left and right. If you decide to carry the hazard then anything slightly mishit will probably end up in the water but the really big hitters can actually reach the front edge of the green with a solidly struck drive.
You are faced with another dogleg on the 4th with trees encroaching on the right and if your go too far left then you are faced with a long shot over a canyon into the green. Yet another canyon lies in wait off the 5th tee and it’s probably better not to take it on unless you are very confident – reach the fairway and the approach is quite straightforward. The 6th is a downhill par-4 with a very narrow landing area between two water hazards so best not to take out your driver and play safely to the middle of the fairway. The 7th is a sharp dogleg left with a water hazard to the left with a tree that can sometimes block out your approach to a very well-guarded green with bunkers to the right and water to the left. The 8th is a pretty downhill par-3 with a tee shot over water. The finishing hole on the Lakes Course at Blue Canyon Country Club is a par-5 with a wide open fairway which will allow the really big hitters to open their shoulders but it’s the second shot which is critical to a good score on this hole with a very strategically placed tree on the edge of a water hazard which can easily block out your approach if you pick the wrong club.
The back nine on the Lakes Course at Blue Canyon Country Club rather unusually starts with another par-5 with a tricky drive across water to a narrow landing area followed by a relatively easy second to a landing area just in front of a ditch. The approach is uphill to a green sloping sharply from back to front - end up above the flag and it’s impossible to stop your ball and I have seen many downhill puts end up off the green at the front. The 11th is a fun and quite short downhill par-4 with a green totally protected by trees which is very reachable for the big hitters. The 12th is probably the easiest par-5 on the course and a real birdie opportunity and the 13th which looks simple as you stand on the tee box has a treacherous three-tier green and if you end up on the wrong tier then a double bogey or worse is possible. The 14th is another easy par-5 but the high handicappers might find the approach over water to the green a bit intimidating. The 15th is an uphill dogleg left with bunkers protecting the tiger line but if you can get on the fairway then you should walk off with a par. The par-3 17th is rated as the easiest on the course but it’s easy to get caught out especially if the pin is behind the bunker protecting the left side of the green.
The last hole on this magnificent course is one of the best finishing holes to be found anywhere. Your target off the green is a large tree that sits in the centre of your line of vision and a good drive will still leave you a long shot over water into a slightly elevated green.
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