[Yasuko’s Let’s Enjoy! Thailand – Phuket Special!] #01 Blue Canyon Country Club
Blue Canyon Country Club is rated as “the most difficult and most beautiful golf course in Asia” and is a mecca for golfers who would like to experience the course at least once.
This course has received a great number of prestigious awards, including “Thailand’s Best Golf Course”, “Asia’s Best Golf Course”, “Best Championship Course in Asia”, and “Top 500 Holes in the World (17th Hole of Canyon Course)”. As such, this course deserves to be the first stop for those who come to Phuket to play.
I learned about the Blue Canyon Country Club when the course hosted the European tour “Jonnie Walker Classics Tournament” in 1998. During this tournament, Tiger Woods defeated Ernie Els in a playoff with a dramatic come-from-behind victory.
I was surprised that such a beautiful, strategic course, which demands the best of elite professionals, existed in Thailand, and I became determined to play here one day.
A 10-minute drive from Phuket International Airport, this resort is home to the “Canyon Course”, completed in 1991, and the “Lake Course”, which was added in 1999, for a total of 36 holes.
Maintaining a healthy sense of pressure, you finish each hole smoothly… or so you would hope.
This course, which flows blissfully as if to symbolize the wonder of Thailand, will show its teeth at Hole 9. Creeks from the large pond that dominates the left side splits the fairway twice, while a mound stands before the green and banks right at a 90-degree angle. My legs stiffen with fear as I hit straight into the traps. Losing all confidence, I face the back nine with a sense of sorrow.
A different beast altogether from the front nine, don’t be surprised if you’re battered and bruised as you approach the signature Hole 14.
Even though you fell for the trap and hit the ball into the water, the astounding beauty keeps your spirits high. But the drop zone is no walk in the park, so stay sharp.
Before I knew it, I was at the 18th hole. The beautiful hole that I viewed from the club house seemed like a distant memory. The only thing on my mind was avoiding the lake that prominently sat to my right, as I hit my driver.
This is where we come to the emotional finale, and for this, I’d like you to watch the video. All I will say is, “The golf gods were on my side that day.”
After a 6-hour and 20-minute flight from Haneda International Airport to Bangkok, transfer to a 1.5-hour flight bound for Phuket, then take a 15-minute taxi ride to arrive at Blue Canyon Country Club.
165 Moo 1, Thepkasattri Road, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand