Laguna National Golf and Country Club – Masters Course

Course Data
LocationSingapore
Yardage6622 yards (officially 7113 yards) Par 72
Course Rating71.0 (officially 73.1)
Playing Date26 Nov. 2005
DesingnerPete Dye
Opened1991
CaddyNo
Golf CartYes (Compulsory and can be driven on the fairways)
Rating
Overall Rating
4.05
Course Layout
4
Difficulty Level
3
Greens Conditions
5
Fairways Conditions
4
Landscaping & Views
4
 
This is a flat course with a lot of water hazards. There are 36 holes, made up of the Master Course where professional tournaments are often held and the Classic Course. The Masters Course is a Scottish links style one with rolling fairways, while The Classic course is easier thanks to the smaller number of holes where water comes into play. The Masters Course is in fact 7113 yards long with a course rating of 73.1 but the black tees are opened only for professional tournaments so that usually the course is just 6622 yards long with a course rating of 71.0, which is much easier. All par 3s have their own characters. However, few par 4s are over 400 yards, so advanced players may find the course not so challenging. Strategically placed water hazards demand precise shots as water comes into play on 6 out of the front 9 and 5 out of the back 9 and the water not only faces the front side of greens but also one or even both sides of them.


A view from the clubhouse

A view

14th green

 
4th Par 4 331 yards

4th Par 4 331 yards (2)

4th Par 4 331 yards (1)
A slight dogleg to the right, very short par 4. Although short, it calls for strategy and accuracy. The lake lines and bunker line together give you a clear vision of where to set up and aim your tee shot. To play safe, you should use a 3 iron or fairway wood. A carry of 240 yards is needed to clear a long waste bunker on the right.
 
7th Par 4 408 yards

7th Par 4 408 yards (2)

7th Par 4 408 yards (1)
A slight dogleg to the left with a tight fairway. You need your drive to carry 240 yards to clear a bunker on the left corner. The green is elevated, so an accurate second shot is required.
 
8th Par 3 186 yards

8th Par 3 186 yards (2)

8th Par 3 186 yards (1)
A difficult par 3 with water bordering the front and right sides of the green. If you avoid the water on the right and hit onto the left, a chip shot from a bunker or rough on the left is not easy. The green is long and narrow, which makes your shot more demanding.
 
11th Par 5 554 yards
An “S” shaped par 5 with a slight dogleg to the right followed by a slight dogleg to the left. A lake on the right off the tee and another lake on the left on the second and third shots come into play. The green is guarded by water on the left and bunkers on the right.
 

11th Par 5 554 yards (3)

11th Par 5 554 yards (2)

11th Par 5 554 yards (1)


17th Par 3 166 yards

17th Par 3 166 yards
A par 3 over water. The wide and not deep green is a peninsula shape surrounded by the water except for the ”‘bailout” on the right. The green is double-tiered right and left.

18th Par 4 384 yards
A slight dogleg to the left with water and a waste bunker on the right. The highly undulating green is surrounded by bunkers and the water.
 

18th green seen from behind

18th Par 4 384 yards (2)

18th Par 4 384 yards (1)

 
19th hole
It takes 5 minutes from Singapore Airport and 20 minutes from Central Singapore by taxi. You can watch a lot of airplanes nearby during your play. Visitors need an introduction from a member to play on weekdays and need to be accompanied by a member on weekends.

The clubhouse has a comfortable open-air restaurant with a big bath overlooking the course 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.




Hotel

Hotel

An airplane flying over a course


The works of Pete Dye, Andy Dye or Dye Design Inc. in Asia are as follows: West Coast GC in China, Khao Kheow CC, Subhapruek CC, Thai Muang 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 Malaysia, Eagle 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.