The Blue Canyon Country Club where the Johnnie Walker Classic is played is cradled in a secluded, verdant valley.
The Blue Canyon Country Club where the Johnnie Walker Classic is played is cradled in a secluded, verdant valley against a magnificent backdrop of the majestic Phang Nga Mountains and the Andaman Sea and is one of the most sought after golfing destinations in all of Asia.
Carved out on an old tin mine and rubber plantation, the Canyon Course, which will be used for the Johnnie Walker Classic, was designed by Yoshikazo Kato and opened in 1991 with the Lakes Course added in 1999.
The Canyon Course has twice hosted the Johnnie Walker Classic, the first time in 1994 when Greg Norman triumphed and again in 1998 when Tiger Woods beat Ernie Els in a play-off, but significant upgrades have been made to ensure the course will once again be a stern test for the modern professional.
The Canyon Course Summary:
– Designed by Yoshikazo Kato
– Opened in 1991
– Total Yardage: Black 7179, Blue 6664, White 6330
– Fairways – Zosyia Matrelia grass
– Greens – Bermuda Tiff Dwarf Grass
– Use of natural canyons and rubber plantations.
– Each hole designed with its own uniqueness
– Manicured landscaping, blending naturally into the environment.
– Large, fast undulating greens.
– 4 Tee layout catering for professionals & amateurs alike
– 87 Bunkers covering key landing areas and green surrounds
The clubhhouse offers:
– Thai, Japanese and International cuisine
– Opulently-designed changing facilities, Jacuzzis, a steam room, a sauna and massage facilities that are without equal in the Asia
– A golf School and practice facilities
– A pro Shop
– Tennis Courts and swimming pools
– Asian & Pacific Golf Resort of the Year – made at Hertz International Golf Travel Awards in London 1999 and 2000 –
– Member of ‘The Finest Golf Clubs of the World’.
– Included in Top 500 Best Holes in the World for its par 3, 17th hole on the Canyon Course
International events hosted:
– The Johnnie Walker Classic in 1994 and 1998
– The Honda Invitational in 1996
For 18 holes at the Canyon Course: 4,850 Baht (£72.8/$143) per person
Caddy per person mandatory: 230 Baht (£3.45/$6.78) each
NOTE: Special accommodation and green fee packages are available.
Clubs (Left-hand sets): 600-800 Baht (£9.01/17.07)-(£12.02/$23.59)
Clubs (Right-hand sets): 800-1800 Baht ((£12.02/$23.59)- (£27.04/$53.09)
Shoes: 200 Baht (£3.00/$5.90)
Umbrella: 100 Baht (£1.50/$2.95)
Chair: 100 Baht (£1.50/$2.95)
Recent changes to the Canyon championship course have stretched it from the 7,099 yards played off the back tees in 1998, when the winning score was nine under par 279, to 7,189 yards this year
The changes will be evident from the opening drive for the first hole has a new tee which toughens the angle of the tee shot without adding any length. The third hole also has a new tee adding about 15 yards to the hole.
Some 20 yards have been added to the fifth v new tee, while the eighth has been extended by 36 yards, bringing the existing bunkering back into play.
The championship tee was not used in 1998 on the feature 14th hole as the tee was too low for a proper view of the green and the surrounding lake. This tee has now been elevated and will be used for the first time.
But at 194 yards this will be a very tough hole that will no doubt generate some drama and tension on the final day.
On the 17th hole, another dramatic par three over water at 221 yards, the back tee has again been elevated to afford a better view of the green.
Many other tees, such as at the fourth, sixth, ninth, 13th, and 18th, have been reconstructed in an effort to enhance the overall presentation of the course.
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