Less famous but no less exciting than its sister course; dramatic scenery and exciting holes make for a hugely satisfying experience.
The younger sibling to the more famous Canyon course on the opposite side of the clubhouse, 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 greens and additional bunkers.
Sweeping through dramatic scenery and peppered with lakes and canyons, it is a demanding course with enough leeway that an off day isn't too heavily punished. Having said that, good scoring requires finding the fairway as approach shots can prove tough even from position A thanks to 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 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. Like the sound of this course?
Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Blue Canyon Lake Course to your Phuket golf holiday package.