Black Mountain Golf Club is a 27-hole championship layout. The East and North nines were ranked #59 in the 2018 issue of Golf Digest’s World Top 100. This is first golf course in Thailand to be nominated with such a prestigious honour. Golf Digest also just ranked Black Mountain as the third ‘Best Golf Resort in Asia’.
Built at the base of a large dormant volcano, the scenery here is spectacular with a rolling terrain and plenty of elevation changes as you meander through the valley of the mountains. There are eight lakes and two streams to content with. Water is evident on 14 holes, but the fairways are wider and easily accessible. The greens are fast, and the sand is deep and soft.
The East/North combination can be stretched out to 7,591 yards but the Pro tees are 7,253 yards with a course rating of 75.5 and an enormous slope of 146. Make sure you pick the proper set of six tee blocks that will be best suit your ability or else you will be in for a long day.
Some of the more memorable holes begin with #2 of the East Course. This par-5 starts off with a downhill drive and then plays uphill the remainder of the way. A large pond and two bunkers can come into play off the tee while a creek in front will deter you from trying to reach this in two. The putting surface has an amphitheatre-type stone wall forming the backdrop with two enormous bunkers guarding it. Very picturesque.
The 4th is a short but difficult dogleg left, par-4 where you need to layup your tee shot before the water, leaving you with a short approach shot to an island green featuring two large bunkers.
The 6th hole plays all downhill. Your second shot needs to stay right to avoid the pond that is about 50 yards short of the green on this button hook par-5.
With all of these accolades you know you are in for a great day of golf.
Dave Finn is a 5-time award winning golf travel writer and photographer from Canada. To follow his adventures, visit www.golftravelandleisure.com
Date: September 16, 2020