Blue Canyon Country Club- Canyon Course
Once the flag bearer for Thai, if not Asian golf, The Canyon course at Blue Canyon opened in a blaze of glory in 1991.
The course hosted the Honda Invitational event and two Johnnie Walker Classics in the 1990's, so it is no stranger to championship golf.
Blue Canyon is located just 7 minutes from Phuket International airport, and close to all tourist destinations on the west side of the island.
Designed by Mr Yoshi Kato the course plays through a terrain that includes significant elevation change, thick jungle, tight fairways, water on 14 holes, some 80 bunkers, and a big finish that involves hitting over and around the gorges.
At one stage the Canyon course was considered the best course in Thailand, but newer layouts like Black Mountain & Red Mountain have thrown down the gauntlet, challenging Blue Canyon's reign.
Although it struggles sometimes with conditioning, the bones of the course are are very good.
And it is a challenge for any level of golfer!
The course has a championship feel.
The back nine in particular has real spectator appeal with the canyon holes and water in play- it is brilliant theatre!
While the front nine is 'quieter' each hole demands your attention.
I particularly liked the long par 4 third hole with a giant Calabash tree guarding the shot to the green.
The twisting, turning par 5 sixth hole was also a favourite.
On the back nine things get even more interesting with a number of gorges and water carries to challenge you.
Twelve is a super hole, with water in play down the right and in front of the picturesque green.
Thirteen is know as 'The Tiger hole' as Tiger Woods drove the green.
For mere mortals it is a terrifying prospect with a sharp dogleg offering fairway beyond a rather imposing gorge.
Of course one is given the option of playing safely left, but no one surely would travel all that way to play Blue Canyon and take the safe option, would they?
Hole 14 is a drop dead gorgeous par 3, with a tee shot from an elevated tee to a spectacular curved green surrounded almost entirely by water..
Another memorable hole is the par 3 seventeenth- described by Fred Couples as 'one of the best par 3's anywhere in the world'.
It is a long par 3 with water carry and water all the way down the right hand side.
The left to right sliding green is partially hidden by the gorge wall.
It is a pretty hole with a hell of a sting in the tail!
Blue Canyon's Canyon course offers a dramatic golfing experience.
Combine it with golf at Red Mountain, a warm sunny climate, golden beaches and some magnificent accommodation..
It makes Phuket a compelling golfing destination.
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