Best course I've played in south-east Asia. I had to edit that opening - originally I had "best I'd played in Asia", but I'd forgotten about Kau Sai Chau in Hong Kong - that was just too spectacular) Although way overpriced, as seems the norm in Asian golf, at least this course left me feeling that I'd got something special back in return for the significant fees. The piece of land is perfect for golf with a sand base and plenty of
undulations and the layout takes great advantage of these. It's visually stunning; well kept by an obvious army of staff (but not manicured to within an inch of it's life like so many other resort courses!!! Big tick for that); and the design is a great mix of short and long holes. I especially loved the stretch from the 13th to the 17th. The long par 4 13th (index 1 and with good reason - good luck getting on for two), is followed by the two short par 4's at 14 and 15 (do you take driver on 14 and try to clear the bunker in the middle of the fairway or throttle down to 3w, but then 3w might reach the bunker as well, so can you aim left or right of it, or do you go down to hybrid or iron and then try to get close with a short iron??? so many choices; this is what makes golf fun!) then the feature hole par 3 16th looking at the ocean and then another long par 4 at 17 that is easier only if you have the right angle into the flag, but that makes the hole longer... Great stuff. I want to go back and play it again right now! Compulsory caddie again (personal hatred of mine) and yet
again someone who could only offer the barest of useful golf info. And this time there was complaining and dawdling (I try to walk whenever possible) due to the normal daytime heat and humidity. Should I have just pulled my clubs around by myself: I've done it hundreds of times before??? Also annoyed by the extreme mark-ups on everything (bottle of water for 10 times the price outside the course) and the nickel and diming nature of it. Why can't companies see that patrons are ALWAYS happier when they under-promise and then over-deliver, rather than the other way around. When I've paid well over USD100 for the green fee, why don't you surprise me by providing free range balls and a couple of bottles of water that probably only cost you 20c each? Clubhouse and staff all very nice and the cold shower in the locker room after the game was welcome. But for me, it's all about the golf and this course delivers. Much better than Montgomerie Links next door (which I'd played the previous day).