Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Black Mountain

Black mountain CG is one of Hua Hin's best courses, with its undulating fairways. sloping dog legs and ultra fast greens, make sure you take some extra balls in your golf bag. A must to play while in Hua Hin.Green fee = THB 3000.
Black Mountain Golf Club was opened in 2007, just fourteen months after construction first started. The golf course is only a ten minutes drive from Hua Hin, but the setting is tranquil and secluded with beautiful views into the distance. The course has been carved out of jungle and pineapple plantations and the designer, Phil Ryan, has incorporated all the natural creeks, large rocks and trees into a visually stunning golf course.

The aim of the designer was to create a golf course that looks as natural as possible and maintains many of the features of the site. The most important features are the natural creeks that run throughout the course and the natural rocks that have been used as design features on many of the holes. As many of the original trees as possible have been kept and new trees have been planted to frame the holes. Very important in the design concept, was to create a course that could be a test for the top golfers in the world but also very playable and enjoyable to the average golfer. All the holes provide the golfer with a sate route but for the more adventurous player there is a higher risk option with a potential greater reward. The design offers generous fairways for the shorter hitter but becoming narrower for the longer hitter. The greens are large with many pin positions, with different degrees of difficulty, and the course is well protected by beautifully sculptured bunkers. Much thought went into the choice of grass, and it was decided to use seashore paspalum for the tees, fairways and rough. This grass gives a wonderful playing surface and a beautiful emerald green colour. It was decided to use tifeagle bermuda grass on the greens. This hybrid bermuda grass is now recognized as the best putting surface in tropical areas.

No expense has been spared to make the golf course as good as possible and the same is true of the clubhouse. The view from the clubhouse is truly stunning, and gives a panoramic view over the whole course. The clubhouse facilities on offer include fine dining in the restaurant, a well stocked pro shop and luxurious locker rooms. Black Mountain Golf Club offers service and dining to a standard that is normally only found in the finest hotels.

The course yardage from the black tees is 7345 yards, blue tees 6502 yards and from the red tees 5652 yards.