Blue Canyon Country Club - The Canyon Course
The legendary Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, Thailand is ranked by international media as one of the most prestigious golfing establishments in the region. Cradled in a 720-acre verdant valley against a magnificent backdrop of the majestic Phang Nga mountains and the Andaman Sea, Blue Canyon offers two award-winning championship golf courses, ‘The Canyon’ built in 1991 and ‘The Lakes’ in 1999, complete with boutique spa resort and luxurious clubhouse facilities.
In 1988, Yoshikazu Kato, one of Japan's most prolific golf course architects started developing the site, originally an abandoned tin mine flanked by rubber plantations. Both courses were created around existing canyons and woodlands, with minimal interruption to the natural landscape and wildlife. The property is a masterpiece of design characterised by spectacular and daunting natural hazards including numerous water features accentuated by towering trees to challenge golfers of all levels.
The Blue Canyon Country Club rose to fame when the Canyon Course was selected for the 1994 Johnnie Walker Classic. This was followed by the 1996 Honda Invitational Tournament of the Omega Tour. The Canyon Course's reputation as Asia's best was reaffirmed in 1998 and again in 2007, when the Johnnie Walker Classic returned, making it the first golf course to ever host the tournament thrice in the JWC’s history.
Surrounded by freshwater lakes and in harmony with the earth, the Canyon Course brilliantly features natural hazards, towering trees, multiple tees, rolling fairways, long carries, narrow landing areas and well-guarded slick Bermuda Tiffdwarf greens. As its name ‘Canyon’ suggests, the holes are built along canyon edges with undulating fairways and greens. The course also has an intriguing mix of narrow tree-lined fairways requiring accurate tee shots, a selection of demanding Par 3s and large, fast, and very true greens. Players have found that each and every one of the 18 holes has its own characteristic which makes it memorable for them.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES:
Johnnie Walker Classic - 2007, 1998 & 1994
Best Golf Course in Asia - FinanceAsia, 2009, 2008, 2006 & 2003
Asia’s Best Golf Course - Asiamoney, 2007, 2005 & 2004
Best Golf & Spa Destination - SpaAsia, 2005
Best Championship Course in Asia (Canyon Course) - Asian Golf Monthly, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 & 2000
Most Popular Course in Asia - Golf Vacations, 2004
Best Course in Thailand - US Golf Digest, 2003
Best Par Four in Asia (Lakes Course Hole 18) - Asian Golf Monthly, 2003
Asian & Pacific Golf Resort of the Year - Hertz International Golf Travel Awards, 2000
Asian & Pacific Golf Course of the Year - Hertz International Golf Travel Awards, 1999
Top 500 Best Holes in the World (Canyon Course Hole 17 - Par 3) - Golf Magazine
Course Designer: Yoshikazu Kato
Slope: black 141/blue 137/white 134/red 134
Course Rating: black 74.8/blue 73.0/white 71.5/red 75.2
Type of Grass (fairway and green): Zoysia Materella (fairway); Bermuda Tiffdwarf (green)
Practice facilities available:
The Blue Canyon Golf Academy has state-of-the-art driving range facilities on the island of Phuket. Originally set up for the 2007 Johnnie Walker Classic, indoor swing analysis centre includes:
2 swing stations, each equipped with 4 cameras
G.A.S.P. coaching software
S.A.M. putt lab
Outdoor facilities include:
17 covered bays with natural or artificial turf
World-class grass-hitting area
Over 350-yard outfield
Four practice putting greens located on both the Canyon and Lakes courses. Each practice green simulates actual course greens
Instructors available and any awards they have won: BLAKE ELLISON
Blake is a member of the British PGA and has been with Blue Canyon since May 2009. He comes from Hull, England and previous Clubs include the prestigious Moortown Golf Club in Leeds and historic Royal Blackheath Golf Club in London. Blake is an experienced coach who enjoys working with all golfers, from the beginner looking to gain some understanding of the game, through to the experienced player in need of some fine tuning. Blake likes to coach in a relaxed manner and strives to provide an interesting and enjoyable experience to all those who visit the Blue Canyon Golf Academy.
Blake’s best round at Blue Canyon is an 8 under par 64 played from the Blue Tee’s on the Lakes Course and he reached the British Open Final Qualifying in 2008.
Bearing the proud signature of natural canyons, holes 13, 14, and 17 are significant as they are built on existing canyon structures that suddenly plunge into deep waters. Hole 13, christened "The Tiger Hole" after Tiger Woods' supreme "one-on" shot across 270 yards, past the great canyon from the black tee to the green, is the hole of legends. The supermodel of a hole, number 14, has won the hearts of many players and been the dramatic backdrop to many ecstatic holes-in-one. Hole 17, the longest par 3 in Thailand, and awarded "Top 500 Best Holes in the World", is a quiet beauty that seldom yields to a golfer's game, but occasionally allows for a hole-in-one.
Located on the island of Phuket, Blue Canyon is as close to an airport as a golf club can possibly get. A mere seven minute drive (approx. 5 km) takes you from Phuket International Airport to the club. If you are driving from the mainland, The Club is on Highway 402 about 20 minutes after Sarasin Bridge, which links the island to the mainland.
Phuket is approximately an hour's flight from Bangkok, just over an hour from Singapore and less than eight hours from other major Asian cities.
BLUE CANYON COUNTRY CLUB
165, Moo 1, Thepkasattri Road, Thalang
Phuket 83110, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0)76 328 088
Fax: +66 (0)76 328 068
Reservations Hotline: +66 (0)86 279 8886
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