Pattaya

#1 KHAO KHEOW COUNTRY CLUB

The 27-hole course of the Khao Kheow Country Club is located in an enchanting valley, around 45 minutes from Pattaya and one hour from Bangkok. The golf facilities stretch out over a very hilly terrain, which is characterized by its elevation differences. The course itself was designed by Perry and Peter Dye, and it features numerous ponds, bunkers, and hills. This above all requires skill and accuracy, instead of long shots. The greens are also quite undulating. All in all, the facilities give off a very well-manicured impression, ranking among the best the Pattaya region has to offer in terms of golf. The Khao Kheow Country Club offers all golfers, beginners and pros alike, a diverse round, and the hilly course offers a challenge to players of all handicaps. While the first 18 holes are of championship difficulty, the newer 9 holes are designed for all golfers who above all enjoy reveling in the beautiful surroundings, elevation differences, and vistas while playing a round. Khao Kheow Country Club is excellently tended year-round, and the clubhouse, which offers its guests delicious dishes, is of an equally high standard. The club opened its doors in 1992, and can be reached easily by the Pattaya Highway, The Khao Kheow Country Club is one of the top golf spots in the Pattaya region: well-tended and diverse, with a perfect design.

#2 Bangpra Golf Club

Bangpra Golf Club was originally built in 1958 and was one of the first golf courses in the Pattaya area.This challenging golf course is nestled amongst attractive parkland, full of tall mature trees with many holes overlooking Bangpra reservoir. The course is laid out over undulating land in a gently sloping valley surrounded by densely wooded forests. There are lots of tropical flora of all colours on every hole, making Bangp ra one of Pattayas prettiest courses.

The more interesting holes at Bangpra Golf Club are to found on the front nine, which is laid out across the foot of small tree-clad hills. The par-3 2nd across in water and long par-4 3rd are attractive highlights on the outward nine, where excellent bunkering and dangerous water hazards combine to good effect. The relatively tight and well-bunkered short par-4 6th makes a gentle move up the wooded hillside, only for the monstrously long par-5 7th (622 yards from the tips) to bring you gently back down the slope.The back-nine doesn’t quite live up to the expectations created by the excellent front nine. The holes are not however without their challenges . The mature course at Bangpra is a nice change from the newer and more heavily promoted Pattaya golf courses and is an excellent choice for Pattaya golfers who like well-established golf courses.

#3 Burapha Golf Clubb

Burapha Golf Club, previously a members-only course, has hosted several professional tournaments including the 2010 Thailand Open and several Singha Thailand Championships. The 36 holes at Burapha have been designed to take full advantage of the beauty of the land and its natural features – lakes, hills, palms trees and tropical vegetation, all skillfully landscaped.

Designed by Americans Gary Panks and David Graham; Burapha Golf Club is laid out on hilly terrain. The East (A-B) Course features wide fairways and is perfect for the up & coming golfer. The West (C-D) Course is a challenge for more advanced and professional golfers. The golf courses maintenance is adequate, and the holes are well placed.

#4 Chatrium Golf Resort

Related imageChatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao Chanthaburi (former Soi Dao Highland) is a country golf course off the beaten track from the main tourist areas of Thailand. The 18-hole Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao Chanthaburi is located in Khao Soi Dao Mountains and near to the border with Cambodia. It takes around 2 hours to reach the golf course from Pattaya or Bangkok.

The highlight of Soi Dao is the award-winning 18-hole golf course, created by renowned course designer Denis Griffiths. Stretching over 395 acres of lush, tropical mountainside beauty, the undulating course is both a challenge to the seasoned golfer yet equally enjoyable for those seeking a relaxing round of golf. With multiple water hazards, challenging bunkers and a signature par 3 third hole, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable course to take on and adds the perfect element your stay. Not only is the golf course itself a treat to play, but the refreshing, natural beauty of Soi Dao Mountain provides a well-deserved escape, with clear blue skies and fresh air for an all-round sensorial delight.

#5 Chee Chan Golf Resort

Image result for chee chan golf resortChee Chan Golf Resort offers golfers the chance to play on one of the most beautiful modern courses in Asia. Located in the shadows of the famed Khao Chee Chan Buddha and providing views of the nearby resort city of Pattaya and the Gulf of Thailand,  Chee Chan is as visually stunning as it is a golfing challenge.

The land and the surrounding environment are gently rolling hills and provide more of links experience than most other Pattaya golf courses. David Dale from Golf Plan has designed some excellent bunker work, with intricate design and facing. These areas are a highlight of the course.

Long uphill par-4’s provide challenge often not seen at public golf facilities. In fact, some holes seem misdesigned; they are so long.

The clubhouse is modern and functional without being overbearing. Full practice facilities include driving range, putting area and chipping green. Golf carts drive on the path at all times are mandatory. Chee Chan has an international feel to it with service levels rivaling 5-star golf facilities.

#6 Crystal Bay Golf Club

The Crystal Bay Golf Club (Formerly Natural Park Hills) is 45 minutes from Pattaya and is a 27 hole course. Perhaps it has seen better days, this mature course is sometimes compared to a Hawaiian style course, and it has added extra palm trees to increase the parkland course feel to it. 

Water is featured on the perimeter of the holes; the course has lush fairways, plenty of well placed bunkers on the hilly fairways. The greens while quite large are undulated, but are not really dramatic. 

This course is a delight for every golfer, and isn’t a difficult challege. There are more birdie opportunities than normal, enabling you to play your handicap or even better! Testing Par 3’s are a characteristic of this course.

#7 Eastern Star Country Club & Resort

The links-style course at the Eastern Star Country Club and Resort is one of only five courses in Thailand designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. 

Located around 40 minutes east of Pattaya and next to U Tapao International airport, this 18 hole golf course is set on 530 acres of land, and meanders through lovely residential areas of Eastern Star Country Club & Resort.

The course has fairly generous fairways surrounded by hundreds of coconut palm trees, and uniquely also has a lot of topiary on and close to the course. A nice touch here are the bird aviaries that are used as markers around the course!

The gently undulating fairways and greens feature 65 bunkers,11 lakes and more than 2,200 coconut palm trees. The golf resort is also just 2 kilometers from the sea, ensuring players a constant cooling breeze. Like a true links course, it is only slightly above sea level in altitude.

This Pattaya golf course is a “thinking man’s course” that can be successfully navigated with a little strategy and well-positioned shots. Tall mature coconut trees and some mango trees define the holes, enhanced by areas rich in flowers. There are numerous dog legs and a lot of water along the 18 fairways of Eastern Star.

Their signature hole is the picturesque par 3 thirteenth, which lulls players into admiring the scenery. An accurate tee shot over water is required to avoid the deep bunker or the lake on the right of the green.

#8 Emerald Golf Club

Emerald Golf Club has done a good job improving the course and playing conditions to its former international standard. Originally named Ban Chang and then Rayong Century Golf Club the course is set into the mountains just outside Rayong.

Nestled in amongst meandering hills and is laid out in a jungle setting. This golf course has some of the most beautifully designed holes on the Eastern Seaboard. The 18-hole course is carved through a virgin forest of full-grown trees that make for excellent playing under mature conditions.

#9 Greenwood Golf & Resort

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Greenwood Golf Club in Pattaya is a 27-hole layout and one of the most picturesque golf courses in Pattaya with beautiful landscaping.  The course will provide a satisfying challenge for all golfers and the relatively flay layout is made more interesting by the man-made elevation change. Designed by multiple Open Champion Peter Thomson it is no surprise that he has used sand to protect the course rather than water and many of the sand traps are quite deep.

On course A the 8th is the a classic dogleg with a wide fairway but the hole narrows as you approach the green and a stream which crosses the fairway in front of the green will have you in two minds on whether to go for the green or layup.

On course B we have chosen the par 5, 4th which at 550 yards is pretty long but the lack of hazards off the tee means you can go for it and the long hitters have a chance of getting on in two.  Most of the trouble starts as you get near the well protected green meaning that a good position for your approach is essential.

#10 Khao Kheow Country Club

This 27-hole golf course is situated along route 36 heading towards Pattaya and takes about 80 minutes to reach from central Bangkok. Like so many of the Eastern Seaboard’s courses the Khao Kheow Country club catches a strong sea breeze thus players have to plan their shots carefully on account of the numerous large ponds, bunkers and hills that surround the greens and fairways. The course really has something for everyone. In particular, watch out for the par-three seventeen, it’s a killer for both amateurs and professionals and relies on the golfer having a certain amount of luck on his/her side. The first 18 have been designed with a stadium championship course, while the back 18 are definitely more geared towards a resort course. Those daring enough to do the whole lot in one day can look forward to relaxing at the lush clubhouse afterwards, which incorporates a sports club, swimming pools, hotel accommodation and tennis courts in its design.

#11 Laem Chabang Country Club

Laem Chabang International Country Club is a Jack Nicklaus designed championship course and is one of Thailand’s finest. Laem Chabang is made up of 27 holes on 700 acres and makes use of 3 different types of features which characterize each of the 9 holes. This unique usage of the land is lovely as well as functional. Each terrain type corresponds to a 9-hole course named Mountain, Lake and Valley.

The rolling hills of the surrounding countryside have been used to great effect, and hazards to stop you reaching green. Not only does the course have a lot of bunkers, sand traps and water hazards, there are also a lot of natural hazards in the shape of exposed rock formations, lakes, ponds and creeks. Cleverly shaped holes skirt water hazards and tall coconut trees. Every tee is signed with a board describing a distinctive tree or shrub to give the course a unique floral emphasis, not unlike Augusta.

The Mountain 9 is 3,446 yards in length. The opening hole on the Mountain-nine requires you to squeeze the ball through a lush “canyon” of vegetation, but there’s more space out there than you at first think. The second, a wonderfully water-fronted downhill par-3, is just about as good as short holes get. From there on, you will be challenged by the course’s natural undulations, occasional water hazards and excellent sprawling bunkers that protect the front and sides of many nicely elevated greens.

This course offers the golfer a challenging golf course in a variety of terrains. Beautifully maintained and presented, this is a golf course that effortlessly combines the man-made features and rich planting of flowers and shrubs, with the natural splendor of the surroundings hills, rocky outcrops and jungle vegetation.

#12 Mountain Shadow Golf Club

 

 

Image result for Mountain Shadow Golf Club pattayaThe Mountain Shadow Golf Club is located approx 40 minutes from Pattaya. The course was opened in 1993 and was designed by Ronald Fream. The course measures 6,807-yard from the plates and is a visual beauty. The course was designed in an existing mango plantation which still today provides hazards for the wayward golfer. Formerly Natural Park Hill, the course was closed for several months and has undergone management changes and a great deal of improvements. Now the course is an excellent test of golf for both the beginner and professionals alike. Positioned behind many of the greens are large trees and a variety of flora that blooms at different times of the year. It has tight fairways and straight driving is quite important here. The golf course usually plays longer than it looks, so checking your yardage with the caddy is important. Its fast greens can be terrifying, featuring many multiple slopes and levels. Landing your ball at the correct part of the green is essential; otherwise you will find yourself in three-putt territory. When the par 3 signature hole, the 17th, is in full bloom, it is visually one of the most stunning holes in all of Thailand. You must carry the tranquil lotus flowered pond -which itself is bordered by multi coloured flowering shrubbery- to find the deeply bunkered green. Putt well on this golf course and you will know that you have played great golf.

#13 Parichat Golf Club

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The Parichat Golf Club is located just a 30-minute drive outside of Pattaya and is one of the most unique and intriguing courses in the region. If you are looking for a relatively short but challenging golf course that is ideal for low and mid-level handicappers, this is the perfect option.

First established in 2014, Parichat international Golf Links is one of the newest courses in the region. The course enjoys 18-holes, is set over 6,600 yards and has a varied amount of tee locations on many holes giving it a different look and difficulty depending on your level.

The course is quite flat and enjoys lightly rolling fairways that give the course a links feel. With lots of large ravines that come into play on many holes, water is the course’s main defense system. The holes can be quite the challenge. The course’s designers have created something different that will not only be a challenge, but also a colorful golfing experience.

There are some very exciting holes on the course such as the par-4 17th hole, and at 400 yards is the longest par-4 on the course. Many holes have narrow passageways to greens, which makes the approach shots very important.

#14 Pattana Golf Club & Resort

Related imageThe Pattana Golf Club & Resort is situated in Sriracha, only around 40 kilometers from the city of Pattaya. It is one of the few golf facilities in Thailand that boasts a 27-hole layout.  The course spans flat terrain; however, there are elevated greens and deep bunkers. Each 9-hole course (Andreas, Brookei, Calypso) is different, with unique layouts that pose their own individual challenges. Gently sloping fairways and splendid panoramic views of the gorgeous landscape characterize the Pattana Golf Club & Resort. There are even two par-6 holes: the 5th hole of the A course (663 yards) as well as the 9th hole of the B course (626 yards). These two extra-long holes are highlights for longhitters.

#15 Pattavia Century Golf Club

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Pattavia Century Golf Club is lost in the middle of pineapple fields, that is why this course is not very crowded even the weekend. The course is developed on a hilly country and nicely laid out. Good greens and recently renovated. It is probably the best value for money on the Eastern Seaboard. This par 72 course is 6991 yards from the champ’s tee and it is still 6571 yards from the white tee and 5703 from the red tee.

Rolling hills in scenic countryside make for an excellent golf course site. The holes at Pattavia are cleverly routed through jungle and up-and-down ravines. There are many doglegs including the best hole on the golf course. Hole 18 is the signature hole and besides having to skirt water and mange to hit the green with an accurately struck fairway wood, the green is severely sloped left to right. A par here is a good as it gets. Otherwise, settle for a bogey and call it a day. It could have been a lot worse.

#16 Pattaya Country Club & Resort

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Pattaya Country Club & Resort has 18 holes and was designed by the PGA of Thailand and opened in 1994. This par 72 course is 6,775 yards from the championship tee, 6,341 yards from the white tee and 5,473 yards from the red tee. The course is located approx 25 km from Pattaya and takes around 30 minutes to get there.

The golf course is laid out on a hilly country side and uses a vast area of land, so many holes are situated on the course boundary and are single track. This course has a good layout with a mix of doglegs with water carries and is a good course for beginners to mid handicapper. Several the holes feature dual fairways making for more challenging as well as for safer routes to the greens. The greens are usually well guarded by bunkers and many are quite undulating. Unlike many other Pattaya area courses, water comes into play on only one hole, the 17th par 4, at Pattaya Country Club. On the other hand, with the vast land area many of the holes are located far away from one another. This not only makes for long walks from greens to the next tees and but also gives rise to the OB areas found on many of the holes.

#17 Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club

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The spacious Phoenix Golf and Country Club’s clubhouse with its sunshine-colored, tiled roof has become famous as an inviting landmark for both local and international golfers. It can be readily seen just a short distance inland from Thailand’s eastern seaboard 25 minutes south of Pattaya in Baan Umpur area.

Denis Griffiths, a world renowned golf course designer, planned the total 27 holes in 1993. Extending over 1,000 rai, its three courses are nestled on rolling fairways that are often lined with a large variety of young and mature trees, shrubbery, lakes, ponds, and of course bunkers to add spice and challenge to all golfers’ skills.

#18 Pleasant Valley Golf & Country Club

Image result for pleasant valley golf country club pattayaPleasant Valley Golf & Country Club is situated at the base of the mountains south of Chonburi and around 50 minutes north of Pattaya, close to Khao Kheow. Cool breezes prevail much of the time making this course comfortable when others might be a bit hot for visiting golfers. The Khao Kheow National Park is just a few minutes by car from the Pleasant Valley clubhouse and offers a relaxing way to take in lake and waterfall scenery.

Guests appreciate the well-maintained tee boxes, fairways, and greens that truly make playing here “pleasant” as the name suggests. Golf East designed the layout to be a little more challenging than a lot of other Pattaya golf courses. Several holes play alongside and through natural reed-filled swamps and ponds that cross the fairways. Poorly hit golf balls often end up in these waste areas and are gone forever, or at least until the pro shop divers harvest them.

#19 Plutaluang Royal Thai Navy Golf Course

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Plutaluang Navy Golf Course was designed by a Thai Royal Navy committee and opened in 1969 to take full advantage of the natural beauty of the landscape. Set in a wooded valley with mature trees of all types, Plutaluang is a must play for nature lovers.

It is built around a huge natural reservoir, surrounded by dazzling flowers, singing birds, and scampering forest creatures. You may see legions of monkeys working their way through the fruits and seeds that come and go with the seasons.

Unlike modern Thai golf courses, that typically have a professional golfer design the course and then employ a construction firm to excavate the terrain, Plutaluang Royal Thai Navy Golf Course is an old school natural golf course offering some of the best Asian golf available anywhere. The Zoysia fairways and greens help conserve water, which is more typical of courses in Phuket and Malaysia.

#20 Rayong Green Valley Country Club

The Rayong Green Valley Country Club was designed by Peter Thomson, and opened its doors in 1992. The golf facilities are located close to the Gulf of Thailand, stretching out over a hilly terrain close to Ban Chang, in the direction of Rayong. The Rayong Green Valley Country Club boasts an 18-hole, par-72 course, and ranks among the most beautiful golf facilities in Pattaya. The parkland course is integrated harmoniously in the hilly landscape; all the same, it can be traversed by foot, and without a caddy. Crags, a slew of cactuses, and various endemic plants characterize the layout. The differently sized greens are undulating, and sometimes elevated. The well-tended course is very popular with local golfers. From the fairways and greens, the golfers have delightful views of the surrounding wooded hills. At Rayong, guests can also visit the spaciously designed clubhouse and one of three restaurants. Golfers can look forward to a refreshing beer in the German-style restaurant after playing a round. The course is bordered by a manicured residential community as well as a golf resort with accommodation options. The handsome country club facility is rounded off by a polo club and equestrian trails. The drive from Pattaya to the Rayong Green Valley Country Club takes around 45 minutes.

#21 Siam Country Club, Old Course

Siam Country Club Pattaya, Old CourseSiam Country Club Pattaya Old Course is the first privately owned golf club in Thailand, founded by the late Dr. Thaworn Phornprapha, originally designed by I. Izumi. The golf course opened in 1971, and had hosted the Thailand Open 4 times together with many Asian Golf Circuits, and most recently after the renovation in 2007, becomes home of the LPGA in Thailand since 2007.

Lee Schmidt of Schmidt & Curley Design Inc. took on the redesign the Old Course but kept the original routing of I. Izumi and many of the old characters. Bunkers are added for a modern esthetic look, feel and landscape. Seashore Paspalum is chosen for fairway grass, and Novotek for greens. Despite a new look, the Old Course remains a classic traditional tree line with many fond memories of the past. Classic, beauty, and challenge are what the Old Course is known for today in Thailand.

#22 Siam Country Club Pattaya, Plantation Course

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The Siam Country Club Plantation Course is simply an amazing golf course. Home to the 2009 US LGPA and the 2015 Thailand Open, the Pattaya course plays as difficult as any golf course in Thailand. Nothing was spared by designers Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley.

This 27-hole layout is routed through rolling terrain, with distant panoramic views of Pattaya Beach and Laem Chabang Port. Formerly a tapioca and pineapple plantation, the property’s geological and natural characteristics include rugged ravines bisecting its Paspalum fairways and mature trees augmented by landscape ground cover and plantings. The Plantation Course also features significant elevation changes that result in breathtaking sea views of Gulf of Thailand 11 kilometers away.

The course has one difficult hole after another. Long carries, blind shots, elevated greens, undulating fairways and greens, giant high-lipped bunkers, and shaved fringes on every hole are in play to challenge all golfers. The distance from the tips, depending on which of the 3 nines are played, is a long 7,404 or 7,495 yards, which makes the Siam Country Club Plantation Course one of the longest golf courses in Thailand.

#23 Siam Country Club, Waterside Course

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Environmental waste areas and straightforward holes are the emphases of most holes at the Waterside Course. Course design is strategic with several lakes and creeks in play.  At over 7,400 yards the back tees will challenge the best golfers.  At the same time, other tees down to 5,000 yards are available and offer enjoyment for players at any level.

Fairways are grassed with the latest variety of Paspalum grass while greens are an ultra-dwarf Bermuda grass. Water frames the last three holes of each nine. All of the greens are flush with the fairways making getting up and down a realistic strategy for most players.

Some of the most notable holes include the 17th which is a long 600 yard par-5 that gives big hitters the option to cut across a dogleg left over water to reach the green in two or shorter hitters a layup but still challenging shot over a deep ravine to make the green in regulation. The lone tree is well left of the green and a good target if playing a layup shot.

#24 Silky Oak Country Club

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Located in Rayong, about 40 minutes from Pattaya and 2 hours from Bangkok. The course is in a rural setting near  Rayong and is surrounded by hills. On-site golf lodge with recreational facilities makes it a good choice for those wanting to overnight at the course. Silky Oak shares the same location with the St Andrews 2000 Golf Club and the Rayong Green Valley Country Club.

The native Australian tree that resembles a pine shares the same name as the golf course and is the main tree planted throughout the golf course. The backside of the leaf has the color of silver gray that looks attractive in the wind.

Silky Oak is a regulation par-72 layout. The local layout and design plays to 7,041 yards in length and is the shortest of the three courses in the same complex. However, it is conceptually different as the fairways are wide and greens very accessible. Silky Oak is ideal for golfers with medium to high handicaps and those looking for an enjoyable day out on the fairway. With a beautiful design and the stunning scenery surrounding the course, Silky Oak layout is a feast of beauty.

#25 St. Andrews 2000 Golf Club

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St. Andrews 2000 doesn’t quite emulate its namesake but this Desmond Muirhead design is a monster par 74 measuring 7,700 yards from the back tees which includes two huge par 6’s.  This is not one for the hacker!

This course requires both power and accuracy to score well and even the lower handicappers will find it quite challenging with the cleverly placed water hazards, numerous fairways bunkers, elevated tees and greens and split level fairways.

Some would say the course is a bit “gimmicky”, especially the two 800 yards par 6’s but this is a remarkable course with some very special design touches.  The 15th is a good example as you play from a 3-tiered tee box, with great views all around, towards an unusual split-level fairway and beware of the rocky outcrop on 18 which can send your ball in any direction if you are unfortunate enough to hit it.

You will probably need every club in your bag, even those long irons you hate, as you need to be very accurate to navigate the many hazards.  Even if you don’t score as well as you would like this course will leave a lasting impression and plenty of anecdotes to share with your friends.

#26 Treasure Hill Golf & Country Club

Image result for Treasure Hill Golf & Country ClubTreasure Hill Golf & Country Club has some smallish occasional water hazards to negotiate and fewer than usual bunkers that are a bit larger than normal, and there are several dogleg holes demanding that you position your tee shots carefully. This membership golf course which opened in 1996, sits on foothill terrain that makes it quite challenging, with sloping fairways and greens. Even the avid golfer may find it challenging to play their normal shots on this course and this is part of the charm and substance of an enjoyable round of golf.

A visit to this scenic venue is well worth your time, especially when you are in the Pattaya area already. Being nestled in tropical jungle forests at the base of an isolated mountain adds drama and aids perspective in judging distances for most golfers. You will find Treasure Hill’s course and facilities, although on the oldish side, still in excellent condition, making you glad you added it to your itinerary or package.

#27 Wangjuntr Golf & Nature Park

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Wangjuntr is unique and with its three courses has all the challenges you could dream of. Around 70 minutes drive from Pattaya it is well worth the trip. This environmentally friendly Pattaya golf resort property consists of natural terrain combined with mature rubber trees, pineapple plantations, sugarcane fields, and cassava farms.

Their Valley Course has recently been upgraded and is close to the large club house and hotel. It features double greens so in the morning you may be playing on the left greens and for a different challenge in the afternoon or next day you would play the right greens. It plays at 7,100 yards with five par five holes and five par three holes, the longest of which is 245 yards. The interesting par three 15th hole plays to a sloped green with a pond lurking on the right side.

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