The younger sibling to the more famous Canyon course, the Lakes Course at Blue Canyon Country Club has emerged from big brother's shadow to become an excellent course in its own right thanks to rebuilt TifEagle greens and additional bunkers. Sweeping through dramatic scenery and peppered with lakes and canyons, it’s a demanding course with enough leeway that an off-day isn't too heavily punished if you can avoid the creeks and bunkers that intrude upon many of the fairways.
After a fairly straightforward opening shot, things toughen up immediately with a tough-to-judge approach to a green set behind water, a carry over more water on the par-3 2nd, and a tee shot on the 3rd that must avoid the massive canyon that makes it a dog-leg. It's a great introduction to a course where the challenges keep coming at you and errant shot-making creates a small cottage industry for those prepared to retrieve the endless balls that find water.
The 4th is a challenging dogleg with trees encroaching on the right, requiring a long approach over a canyon if you want to be two-putting for par. Yet another canyon lies in wait off down the left of the 5th fairway, the 6th is a short downhill par-4 with a very narrow landing area between two water hazards, and 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.
After a pretty downhill par-3 with a tee shot over water and a long par-5 with an inviting tee shot to a wide open fairway but a tough approach that needs to avoid a strategically placed tree, it’s time to grab a drink at the on-course kiosk before tackling the tough back nine.
The 10th is a 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 that slopes sharply from back to front, so try to end up below the hole unless you want to risk your putt ending up off the front of the lightning-fast green. The 11th is a short downhill par-4 with a green that’s reachable in one for big hitters - although if you fall short you’ll find yourself with numerous trees blocking your route to the green.
After a tee shot over water to the green of the par-3 12th, the straightforward par-5 13th offers a birdie chance. If you can make up a shot here, you’ll have to work hard to avoid giving it straight back on the long par-4 13th, where a treacherous three-tier green makes two-putting a real achievement.
The 15th is another easy par-5 but the high handicappers might find the approach over water to the green a bit intimidating. The 16th 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 standout hole is probably the last one, up there with the best in Thailand. From the tee, a large tree some 180 yards away in the centre of your view signals the start of a huge canyon that splits the fairway in two. The conventional line is to go right, leaving a long approach to an elevated green that must cross the canyon, but you can go for the narrower, more direct option to the left, where the perfect tee shot leaves you on an elevated part of the fairway from which your second shot is no less challenging though hopefully somewhat shorter. Whichever you choose, if you can make the green in two you deserve some sort of medal.
The clubhouse features a restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Canyon Course, a well-stocked pro-shop offering club and shoe hire, and there’s even on-site accommodation with an attached spa (although we wouldn’t recommend staying as there’s not much to do in the area after dark). While the locker rooms have seen better days, that’s no reason not to include a round at the Lakes Course at Blue Canyon Country Club on any Thailand golf holiday.
Golfsavers can help you book a tee time at Blue Canyon Golf Club using our very low green fee rates. You should alwaystry to include Blue Canyon Country Club Lakes golf course on any golf holiday in Phuket.
The green fees at Blue Canyon are divided into High & Low or Green Season. High season rates are valid from 1st November through until the end of March and Low Season rates are valid from Ist April until end of October each year. You can see the latets rates on this page. Other costs include the caddie fee at Baht 350 and the compulsory cart fee of Baht 700. Caddie tips are extra nd Baht 300-500 is usually expected.