270 Qiuchang Road,
- +886 7 370 1101
5 kms NE of downtown Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung Golf Club or Cheng Ching Lake Golf Club is located on the north western shore of Chencing Lake and it was the first golf club to be established in southern Taiwan, dating back to 1961.
Since its expansion to 18 holes in the early 1970s, Kaohsiung has proudly hosted a number of important events, including the Republic of China Open in 1976 and the Professional Golf Championship of the Republic of China in 1983. “Clear Lake”, as the club is also known, has played host to the Kaohsiung Club Open since 1977.
Measuring a testing 7,000 yards from the tips, Kaohsiung is certainly long enough to examine the best golfers, but forward tees allow comfortable play for most levels. Six par fours stretch out beyond 400 yards from the back markers, but the par four 3rd (330 yards) offers up a birdie chance.
The terrain is certainly not flat. Exciting elevation changes, numerous doglegs and a few water holes provide for a fun round. There’s even an unusual photo opportunity when the 10th hole is reached where a tall pagoda-like tower dominates the skyline.
The second oldest course in Taiwan flies quietly under the radar due to its location at the south of the island, but it’s well worth making the trip to this rather beautiful and undiscovered part of the country.
Kaohsiung Golf Club is located in Kaohsiung City, it takes only 15 min drive from downtown. The club opened in 1961 and it’s the oldest golf club in the southern part of Taiwan and the second oldest club in Taiwan.
This course is mountainous, with elevations. Fairways have lots of undulations and some holes are very tight, and tee shots are challenging, having to be directed carefully.
When I played here last week, the greens were very fast (among the best in Taiwan) and some greens are small but very fun to play.
Only two holes with a water hazard but, there are many shot options – it’s a very strategic course.
The par 4 7th at 440 yards is tough with a blind tee shot, left side fairway is wider but right side has an out of bounds area – you need to hit a careful tee shot. There’s an uphill approach to the green which slopes from back to front, if you land at the back, it’s a very hard chip or putt.
The par 3 190 yards 12th has one big tree in front of the green 50 yards out, so you have to shoot a high ball or hit a fade. The green is raised and you can't hit too big, you need an accurate tee shot to find the green.
The par 4 415 yards 18th has a very narrow fairway, but both sides are elevated so you can hit to a fairly generous landing area. The green is well protected by bunkers testing your distance control for approach shots.