The course at Taiwan Golf & Country Club is laid out in undulating woodland. The century-old dense forest is positioned on both sides of the fairways. This oldest course in Taiwan is popular as its nickname,
Old Tamusoi Course as the golf club is located at Tamusoi.
Established in 1914 with only 3 holes, it finally developed into 18 holes in 1929. It wasn’t until a Japanese course architect, Shiro Akaboshi redesigned and overhauled in 1936 that it became a full-fledged championship course. Accurate iron shots are necessary throughout the course as the greens are generally small and severely guarded by bunkers. Taking the strong sea winds into consideration, sweeping from the Taiwan Strait and the river mouth, solid course management is also required for a good score. All four par 5s are well designed.
The par 5 580-yard 6th is straight, downhill, and a signature hole. Players will have to be careful when approaching the green at this hole as play is severely affected by sea winds as Tamusoi River estuary is just located behind the green. The players will hit the approach shot from the downhill lie onto the green heavily guarded by bunkers.
Another par 5 554-yard 5th is a slightly right dogleg with an OB line on the entire left side. The landing area for the tee shot and the approach shot are small due to the tight fairway flanked by trees and three narrow bunkers surround the flat green. To read more about Taiwan Golf & Country Club, click here to visit my website.
Date: November 23, 2017