| This course is flat. There are
36 holes in total, the Classic Course and the
Masters Course that the professional tournaments are often held on. The Classic
Course has gentler mounds, fewer water hazards and is shorter, so it is easier.
It emphases the all-important approach shots as the greens are strategically guarded.
The official course rating is 73.4 and the official length is 7164 yards but players
are not allowed to play from the pro tees except for professional tournaments.
So the overall length is reduced to 6693 yards and the course rating drops to
71.2, which, I am afraid, does not satisfy advanced players. However, there are
many very long fairway bunkers that are used as the substitutes of creeks, which
are peculiar to the Pete Dye design and help to make the course make the course
more challenging. The 12th and 13th holes are very impressive layouts making good
use of rivers. |
It takes 10 minutes from Singapore Airport
by taxi. There are golf carts equipped with rain covers, the first time I had
seen them. When I played, there was a rainsquall and the rain cover was very handy.
The clubhouse has a comfortable open-air restaurant with a Japanese style
bath and a sauna. I had an opportunity to take a look at the rooms in the hotel
next to the clubhouse and they were excellent. It seems that the swimming pool
and beauty salon have good reputations.
The works of Pete Dye, Andy Dye or Dye Design Inc. in Asia are as follows:
West Coast GC in
China, Khao Kheow CC,
Beach G&M, The Kao Cha-Ngok G&CC in Thailand, Woo
Jeong Hills CC, Castlex GC in Korea, Orna G&CC, Poresia CC in
Ridge G&CC - Andy Dye Course in the Philippines , and St. Lakes
GC, Maple Point GC, Kannami Springs CC, White Bachi CC, Golden Lakes CC,
Olympics Staff – Toga Course, Village Club – Taiko Course, The CC Glenmoore,
Iwase Royal GC – Iwase Course, Kimisarazu GL, Mission Hills CC, Sapporo
Bay GC in Japan.