The 27-hole golf complex at Ta Shee Golf & Country Club was renovated by Robert Trent Jones Jnr when the master architect addressed drainage issues by installing drain lines and sand capping fairways. The layout was also rejuvenated in a number of other ways: reworking lakes and other water hazards, adding new bunkers and removing others, and renewing green complexes.
All this work was carried out in preparation for the club hosting the 1999 version of the now defunct Johnnie Walker Classic, an event won by Michael Campbell. Defending champion Tiger Woods – who claimed the title the previous year in Thailand – finished in 6th place, five shots behind the winner.
Ta Shee’s capability of holding major professional golf tournaments was further demonstrated when the first two editions of the short-lived BMW Asian Open were held at the club in 2001 and 2002, with Jarmo Sandelin then Padraig Harrington claiming victory.The championship combination of Kingfisher (East) and Egret (Center) nines – along with a shorter, floodlit 9-hole circuit named Thrush (West) – are set out within a generous 250-acre property where mature camphor and ficus trees line many of the fairways as they wind their way around a rather undulating landscape.
Ta Shee Golf & Country Club is a hilly and forested course that’s located in naturally beautiful terrain surrounded by mountains. With a total of 27 holes, the course consists of three loops: East, Center, and West Course. The West is the shortest nine and relatively flat, and the East and Center usually becomes the main 18-hole course that represents the club. The ponds and the various deep bunkers are strategically placed, making the course challenging. Overall, this course is not only very well maintained, but is also enjoyable to play. It is regrettable that the greens are usually slow although the greens condition is not bad.
The par 5 601-yard 5th is a signature hole in which an OB line runs along the right side. The landing area, after driving over a pond, is protected by bunkers left and right. The green is blind on the approach due to the uphill slope.
The par 3 182-yard 16th plays over a lake and it’s astonishingly beautiful. Players should watch out for the three green-side bunkers skillfully placed. To read more about Ta Shee Golf & Country Club, click here to visit my website.