|Address||9, Shiah-Fu Rd, Lin-Kou Hsiang, Taipei Hsien, Taiwan.|
|007 booking hotline||+852 2180 2963 or book-on-line|
|No. of holes||36 as course A & B|
|Par/Back tee||Course A 72/6,835 yards, Course B 72/6,777 yards|
Always wanted to check out Taiwan for its golf courses & well known snacks from the street vendors but for some reasons never made it….. but this time a good Taiwanese friend specially arranged 2 golf courses for me to test play….. so here we go!
According to my friend, Miramar opened for business in 1994 and is regarded the best golf course in Taiwan, it is only around 45 minutes drive from Taipei and 30 minutes from the international airport.
Club Facilities & Service
May be I was expecting a lot from one of the best clubs of Taiwan….I was a little disappointed when I arrived & found the club a ‘bit’ old & dated, fortunately, everything else were nice & clean and the service of the staff were really friendly. Here are some photos of the restaurant, reception, proshop & the locker room(1, 2, 3).
Fairway & Green maintenance
Both fairways & green were in decent shape.
Caddy Service & knowledge
Unlike mainland China, most Taiwanese courses offer 1 caddie serving 4 players basic service, (players may need to rake bunkers & replace divots), the one we had was really efficient & very knowledgeable about the course.
Take a look at the familiar bunkering, you can almost tell this is another Jack Nicklaus design.
The B course is a mountain course with lots of elevation changes so you can enjoy some breathtaking views of the scenery, the fairways are separated by mature trees & lakes and vary with some exciting right & left doglegs, the more short par 3 B2 andthe par 5 B8 are quite challenging but fun to play.
Due to the fairly generous fairways and shorter distance off the blue tee scorecard (front nine 3,149 & back 3,173, a total of only 6,322 yards), it was not too tough even for a weekend hacker like me.
The 1st hole is uphill all the way.
The 2nd is an uphill par 3, bunkers on the front left are hugh & fairly deep….try your best not to go in.
There is fairway & greenside bunker on the left.
A nice & fun par 5, right of the green is water.
This is a slightly upslope par 4, need to have a solid hit to carry the hazard in front.
A ‘C’ shape fairway, the approach to the green requires a carry.
The 7th is down slope with a shallow green, troubles are all on the front & left.
The 8th is a pretty hole, a gentle dogleg to the right, the tee shot is downhill and back up to the green.
The 9 is a straight forward and slightly down slope par 4.
The 10th is an uphill dogleg right.
The 11th, uphill par 4.
The 12 is a short par 5 dogleg left.
The 13th is a dogleg right, going uphill all the way….a tough hole.
The 14 is an uphill par 3 with bunker on the front left.
The 15th is a down hill par 4 with water on the left.
The 16th is a shorter hole but going slightly upslope.
The 17th is a little uphill par 3.
The last hole is a short par 5, going downhill. Water is on the left all the way to the green.
Very happy with the maintenance, landscaping and service of the staff were excellent, as said, the clubhouse can do with some renovation but as far as golf is concerned, I had a good game & really enjoyed the day, wish I had time to play the A course too…..may be next time. Eagle。6/09