They have reversed the nines so the opening hole is now a medium length par 4 which is all about the tee shot with water reachable off the tee and coming into play again as you approach the green. Then it’s on to a very pretty par 3 with water all along the right side but with a generous bail-out area to the left. The 4th hole is a classic “Risk & Reward” hole and you need to decide how much of the water hazard to take on and the more you play safe then the more difficult your second shot becomes. Then it’s on to a very pretty par 3 with water off the tee but at least you can enjoy the natural wetlands – club selection is critical and if you miscue then you are likely to end up in the large bunker. The 5th hole on Laguna Phuket Golf Club offers two routes to the green and if you decide to take the shorter option you can get stuck behind a large tree – with a bunker in front of the green and water behind the approach is quite daunting. The next hole which is an uphill par-4 features no less than five bunkers including one large one guarding the right side of the green. The 7th is the shortest par 5 on the course and offers a great scoring opportunity if you can avoid the water. The short par- 8th is one of the most visually attractive holes on the course but the two-tier green requires an accurate tee shot to avoid the dreaded three putt. The finishing hole on the front nine throws everything at you with water, trees, bunkers and uneven lies all and you need to play carefully to get correctly positioned for your approach.
A dangerous start to the back nine with a short Par 4 with undulating fairway and trees partially blocking the landing area which is also made smaller by the large fairway bunker. With water behind the green club careful club selection for your approach is essential. The Par 5 11th is a great golf hole and if you can carry the fairway bunker then you have a chance of getting up in two – if you play safe then the route to the green is partially blocked and a bogey beckons. The 12th is a short par 3 with trees lining the fairway and framing the green but keep away from the deep bunkers that surround the green. The 13th has water all the way down the left hand side and you need to flirt with it to get the best view of the two tier green – at least there are no bunkers on this hole. The 14th is a long uphill par 5 and you either need to carry the fairway bunker or play close to the water to get positioned for your second shot – if you decide to keep away from the water then the trees can come into play. The 15th is one of the best par 4s on the course and you need to be accurate off the tee to reach the elevated fairway – better to over club for your approach as two huge bunkers guard the front of the green. The 16th is a long downhill par 3 with water encroaching on the right side of the heavily contoured green. The 17th is a slight dogleg with bunkers in the middle of the fairway – if you are not long enough to carry them then you may need to play close to the water hazard to the left of the fairway – the green is again heavily contoured. The final hole is also the longest par 4 on the course which can be considerably shortened if you take the tiger line but OB is waiting for the slightly pulled tee shot.
The new Laguna Phuket Golf Club is a great improvement over its predecessor. Previously all of the greens were very flat but this has changed quite dramatically and most of the greens are heavily shaped making putting quite a challenge. Some of the fairways have bene widened but with the cleverly placed bunkers and bumps and hollows this course places a premium on careful and thoughtful course management and club selection.
The Laguna Phuket Golf Club offers superb facilities, with a well-stocked shop and a friendly and relaxed approach from staff. The lockers contain high quality sumptuous towels giving the visitor a 5 star experience. There’s a 4 hour spa and massage treatment on site, so you and your partner can indulge together once you’ve finished playing. When that’s over, make your way to the restaurant for a drink and some excellent cuisine.
Tee Time Bookings at Laguna Golf Phuket
Golfsavers make it really simple to book a tee time at Laguna Golf Phuket. With just a few clicks you can display and book the best green fees. The Laguna area is also an excellent choice as a base for a golf holiday in Phuket which means you can enjoy several rounds of golf at Laguna Phuket Golf Club.