Neil Coles designed the Lakes course at the gargantuan Five Lakes Hotel, Golf & Country Club. It officially opened in 1991 with the televised Nick Faldo Challenge, a Texas Scramble exhibition against Nigel Mansell, Ian Botham and Daley Thompson. Sir Nick was comfortably beaten.
Very much of its type, this would be your choice of the last day's golf on a stay and play society trip. Nice enough, and you'll get a worthy weekend winner who can avoid water and out of bounds. The round times works be unamusing if you were just turning up for a havie at the weekend.
I have to agree with the previous review on a number of points. Given the pedigree of this course (hosting tournaments etc.), I was rather disappointed with Five Lakes. It was good but really, nothing special. It is flat and uninspiring in a lot of places and the introduction of a number of lakes throughout the property doesn’t do enough to make this a great course.
I did, however, enjoy the back 9 a lot more than the front 9 (where we are taken away from the main “lakes” and head towards much more interesting terrain). 11 is a great par 3 over a small pond and the the range of holes 12-15 were very enjoyable. The par 4 17th was my favourite hole - a slight dogleg to the left with some mature trees and a large bunker in the corner of the dogleg which makes you think twice before trying to cut too much of the corner.
Overall this is a fun course but there are quite a few in the area that I’d rather play if given the choice.
Five Lakes opened in the early 1990’s and has two courses The Links and The Lakes. The Lakes is seen to be the better of the two courses and has held a number of prestigious events including European Tour Qualifying and PGA Europro Tour tournaments. The course is set on rather uninspiring flat terrain and can get rather windy but there are a few good holes that will interest the golfer. Hole 1, a short par 4 eases the player into the round and the 2nd is a nice hole with water left and a stream that runs across the fairway at 260 yards which makes the player deliberate before choosing the club from the tee. The 5th is a tough long par 4 which again has water running all the way down the left of the hole. The front 9 finishes with yet another strong par 4 where water comes into play this time it guards the right side of the hole running up to the green. The 11th is a tricky short par 3 over water to a narrow green, it is shame that the water could not have been more of a feature. Five Lakes closes with a good par 5 that dog legs slightly from right to left with water waiting for the pulled or hooked approach shot. Like a number of courses Five Lakes is in need of investment but for a day out it will cater for golfers of all abilities.