MACAU GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB -
A Little Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll
Perched on a small hill in Coloane Island amidst cliffs and flora
and fauna with the choppy waters of the South China Sea forming
the backdrop, lies Macaus only golfing sanctuary Macau
Golf and Country Club.
With the 208 room Westin Resorts architecture sloping towards
the sea at a 20-degree angle sharing the same property and owners,
it truly is a breath-taking sight. Just over 12 years old this target
style golf course has all the trappings of a resort course with
an attitude. The sculptured fairways lined with cart tracks, picturesque
vistas and gentle bunkering that protect the strategically shaped
greens characterize this user-friendly yet challenging layout.
Playing a little over 6,800 yards from the back tee and 5,700 yards
off the resort tees, it requires more brains than brawns from golfers
in targeting shots that not many resort courses require - the tenth
tee is actually built on the roof of the hotel!
(For a hole by hole summary of the course and its challenges, click
Designed by Hiroshi Ikeda, the course begins slowly with two relatively
tame par 4s sandwiching the reachable par 5 498 yard second hole.
Then comes a par 3, one of five in total, making the course a par
71, ranging between 140 and 238 yards, with some unpredictable humps
and hollows which will require accuracy and good swings off the
Sharp doglegs and a pair of brutal par 5s the 12th and 13th
- determine the tone of play for the rest of the day. Precision
striking is a must when the wind blows, lest the golfers get blown
away with high scores. The challenge of the signature 17th so aptly
reverberates when you are on the tee that is cut into the side of
a cliff with a 140 foot drop to the green.
This club offers visiting golfers a cozy ambience and clubby atmosphere,
despite its private status.
This article is reproduced with the kind permission
of the Ladies Asian Golf Tour
MACAU GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Hole 1 Par 4 394 Yds.
This pleasant opening hole requires a straight drive to avoid well-placed
fairway bunkers. The second shot to a well-bunkered large green
plays further than it looks, so ensure you have enough club.
Hole 2 Par 5 498 Yds.
A left to right dog-leg par 5 requiring a long straight drive to
get to the dog-leg and avoid the bunkers. Big hitters may reach
the green in two. A well placed second shot is needed to open up
the green for a short iron third.
Hole 3 Par 4 332 Yds.
This very tight, rising par 4 needs an accurate tee shot to place
the ball between the out of bounds and three bunkers. The elevated
green makes club selection for the second shot very tricky.
Hole 4 Par 3 152 Yds.
This is a straightforward par 3 made awkward by swirling winds around
the green. A definite birdie chance for any good iron player.
Hole 5 Par 4 474 Yds.
An elevated tee gives the player a view of all the trouble to be
negotiated. This hole requires a good long drive to allow the opportunity
to try for the green tucked in a hazard protected hollow. Hole 5
is the toughest par 4 on the course, a real card wrecker.
Hole 6 Par 3 140 Yds.
Out of bounds on the left and water behind on the right makes this
relatively simple hole harder to play than it should be.
Hole 7 Par 4 317 Yds.
Out of bounds, ravines, a narrow fairway, and elevation changes
make this short par 4 quite daunting. The sensible play is a long
iron to the centre of fairway, which sets up a mid to short iron
blind second shot to a well-bunkered elevated green.
Hole 8 Par 4 370 Yds.
A definite birdie chance if you can avoid the fairway bunkers from
the picturesque elevated tee. A small, very undulating green places
a premium on pinpoint accuracy for the short iron second shot.
Hole 9 Par 4 405 Yds.
A straight away down hill par 4. If you can thread your tee shot
through the fairway bunkers you find yourself with a mid to short
iron down hill shot to a heavily bunkered sloping green.
Hole 10 Par 4 396 Yds.
An intimidating tee shot that requires a fade to put the ball on
the right side of the fairway. This sets up a mid-iron to a raised
upturned saucer shaped green. Make par or better on this hole and
you deserve a pat on the back.
Hole 11 Par 3 230 Yds.
This is a tough par 3. Pinpoint accuracy with a long iron or fairway
wood is your only chance of hitting this punishing green.
Hole 12 Par 5 574 Yds.
This classic par 5 rises from tee to green and is a genuine three
shotter. A booming drive is needed to carry the water, followed
by an accurate fairway wood which will set up a mid iron third to
a violently sloping two-tier green.
Hole 13 Par 5 536 Yds.
Trouble all the way down the right side makes accuracy rather than
length the requirement for this hole. A good short iron third shot
to the elevated green will set up a birdie chance if you can negotiate
the swirling winds around the green.
Hole 14 Par 3 201 Yds.
Trouble down the right, bunkers on the left and a small sloping
green make this the toughest par 3 on the course.
Hole 15 Par 4 339 Yds.
A long iron or fairway wood off the tee will set up a short iron
over water to the sunken green. This pretty hole is a definite birdie
Hole 16 Par 4 410 Yds.
Anything but a perfect drive will leave a second shot off an upward
sloping lie to a long two-tier green with hazards behind and to
the right. This seemingly simple hole can be a real card wrecker.
Hole 17 Par 3 225 Yds.
This spectacular par 3 has an elevated tee 140 feet above a big
green surrounded by cliffs and shrub land to the right and the South
China Sea to the left. Anything other than the perfect tee shot
will result in disaster.
Hole 18 Par 5 564 Yds.
Big hitters may risk going for this green in two, but sea, lakes,
deep greenside bunkers and out of bounds usually forces a lay up
second shot. This leaves a mid to short iron third over water to
a sloping elevated green with out of bounds just over the back.