Discover Golf : August 2015
24 discovergolf.com.au bomb away and go for the green, but it requires a long carry over a creek. The safer option is to lay up onto the fairway that is protected on three sides by the creek and then play a short-iron on to the green. Black Mountain enjoys a beautiful set of par-3s. The 11th and 14th are the best picks. Both holes are fantastic short holes that require a well-struck mid-iron over water to reach well- guarded greens. The 11th includes a stunning waterfall left of the half- island green. The 14th features large greenside bunkers and the picturesque red fountain grass backdrop. Without question, Black Mountain is an exceptional golf course. It is beautifully presented, challenging (but fair for all golfers) and offers excellent amenities (clubhouse, dining & change rooms). The caddie service is first class too. Thailand is renowned for providing excellent caddie services. And Black Mountain prides itself on having the best in the country. My caddie, Pim, was superb. She was spot on with distances to greens, water carries and layups. And, she gave me true reads on the greens. What an asset! As a golfing experience, playing Black Mountain was memorable. If you’re looking to encounter one of Asia’s most exciting layouts, I recommend you add this Thai classic to your ‘must play’ list—that is if you hadn’t already penciled it in. Here’s a look at some of Black Mountain’s feature holes.