|Address||1918 Estrada de Hac Sa
Ilha de Coloane
|No. of course||One 18 hole|
|Par/Back Tee||71 / 6,624 yards|
|Course Index||Champ’ 71.7/131, Gold 71.7/131, Blue 70.4/129, white 69/126 & Red 71.8 /127|
|Course transport||E. Cart or walk|
|Transport||Shun Tak Terminal, Central, Hong Kong – Macau Terminal (Approx. 1 hour ferry)
Macau Terminal – Club (Approx. 20″ by car)
The club is right next to the well equipped Westin Hotel and has held many International golf events such as the yearly Macau Open.
Ferry service from Hong Kong to Macau is extremely good with frequent service, every 15″ intervals at most hours. You can either take the club’s shuttle bus or a taxi to club by the ferry pier.
Club Facilities & Service
Fairway & Green maintenance
Both fairways & greens were well maintained.
Caddy Service & knowledge
They have about 30 or so mainland Chinese & Filipino caddies, prebook early to make sure you have one, if you are English speaking, the Filipino caddies will be better as they speak better English & tend to have better course knowledge as they have been in the club for longer.
Being a Links style course, the view is very nice all round, its layout and play is similar to Clearwater GC and Kai Sai Chau in Hong Kong… built along the shoreline and is very much open to weather condition. Fairways are tight and some with big undulations.To have a good score here requires good club selection and course management.
This opening hole is a fairly straight foward uphill par 4.
An uphill par 4 dogleg right, the landing looks tight but if you can carry the bunkers in front…there is a bit more room behind.
A dangerous looking uphill par 4, a nice drive will set you up for an easy approach.
A downhill short par 3.
Downhill long par 4, big swing to the left, tough approach to a narrow green.
Short downslope par 3 with water on the right.
A short par 4, the approach is back up the hill.
A gentle dowslope par 4, trouble is on the right, lean to the left for more safety on the teeshot.
A straight forward par 4, the approach is downhill.
Tee shot is downhill & go back up. Lean to the right if you can (left has no room to the green)
A tough uphill par 3.
Need to carry a small creek in front, uphill all the way to the green.
Dogleg right, the view from the teebox is quite intimating, in fact, there is a bit of room on the left….the 2nd & approach is uphill.
A long par 3, need to carry at least 150 yeards or so to clear the valley in front.
The fairway ends about 200 yards out from the blue, lay up short and approach the green below.
A dogleg left, upslope all the way.
The view & angle of championship tee is very different and on the top of a small hill (give it a try if you can); the blue and other tees are comparatively boring… and on the same level of the green.
This par 5 has been producing some great & dramatic playoffs during the Macau open, the most critical shot I think will be the approach to the elevated green.
I like the club’s facilities, service, the view and enjoy the design of the course, despite the shorter length of the course (Championship tee is 6,624, gold tee is 6,263 and blue is only at 5,989 yards), it is fun to play todue to its interesting design & layout, to have a decent round, the difficulty is its elevation changes, blind shots to the green & wind will also plays a big part of your score.
One thing worth mentioning is the club is fairly strict on the pace of play, so be prepared to play at the decent speed or you will get a friendly warning by the marshal. All in all, this is a must play if you visit Macau.
Course Difficulty (Gold Tee):