From 1st July the resort course at Laguna closed 9 holes at the start of a major renovation that will take 18 months. This has been planned since the club hosted the 2009 Thailand Open, but other projects such as Angsana Hotel have taken preference over the golf course. Over the years the combination of age, drainage, soil structure and the contamination of grasses has affected the overall quality of the playing surfaces. The project will see significant investment to improve tee box areas, bunkers, green complexes, practice facilities, irrigation and all playing surfaces.
The renovation will be in three parts, the first three months all the grass has to be killed off and 450 trees will be chopped down. The next three months they will redesign and shape the golf course. The final three months will be the planting of the new zoysia grass. The biggest change from a course point of view, will be changing the 9 holes around, so the old 10th will be the new 1st. This will be good for two reasons, the first will be closer to the practice ground and the 18th hole will be directly in front of the clubhouse.
The practice facility will remain open with limited disruption and the golf academy will be open for lessons as usual. The golf prefessionals will still be giving playing lessons on the nine holes that will be open. I have always found Laguna a real pleasure to play and for holiday golf it gives a good alternative to the challenging Blue Canyon Courses and Red Mountain. The course features a wealth of scenic lagoons, coconut groves and undulating fairways, set against a back drop of the surrounding mountains and the nearby sea and holes are played through some of the finest real estate on the Island. The Laguna Resort itself has some of the best 5 star properties on the island including the recently renovated Angsana Phuket and world renown Banyan Tree Villas & Spa.
I dont want to wish my time away, but from January 2015 i am looking forward to playing the new Laguna golf club!