Every hole offers its own challenge, affording either a safe route to the green for par or a more risky route for a birdie opportunity.
"It was a real pleasure for me working with the Owners and Turf Pro Golf's team on the upgrade at Lotus Valley.
The Player Group left an excellent routing and basic lay out, but the game of golf has changed so much since
Player's initial work, the old course needed a face lift. Turf Pro's team of Craig Bertram and Robert Barnes
have shaped some wonderful new green complexes and produced playing conditions second to none.
I was delighted with the results. Lotus Valley remains at heart a Gary Player design. It is a
Golf Course which is challenging, strategic and visually stunning.
Most of all, it is great fun to play."
- Jon Morrow
The course was redesigned by Jon Morrow and Turf Pro Golf’s Craig Bertram about four years ago, keeping the original routing, enhanced by Bertram’s re-shaping of the green complexes.
Lotus Valley re-opened to rave reviews and has gained in popularity for those wanting to take the journey from Bangkok to the resort.
The golf course continues to mature, offers a memorable challenge and is in great shape. The complementary countryside atmosphere adds to the pleasure of playing here.
The club house and facilities are first class and the golf course is very playable for golfers of all skill levels. This is a good addition to an extended golf holiday in Thailand.
Lotus Valley's creative layout is a perfect balance of long established golf challenge, modern golf course preparation and quality maintenance. Lotus Valley offers all golfers the chance to experience all that is celebrated about luxury boutique golf.
|Slope / Rating:||Grass||Course Length|
|Tees||Slope||Rating||Tees||Seashore Paspalum||Black Tees||7,015|
|Black||133||73.11||Fairways||Seashore Paspalum||Blue Tees||6,527|
|Blue||129||71.3||Greens||Sea Isle 2000||White Tees||6,147|
|White||124||69.4||Rough||Bermuda 419||Red Tees||5,506|
Take a hole-by-hole tour of Lotus Valley.
If you can’t be here, the next best thing is to take a hole-by-hole online tour of the course. Click here whet your appetite to play Lotus Valley!
Rolling fairways, and strategic bunkering around the greens provides for many exciting hole locations. Friendly approach areas at the front of each green will accept a lower ball flight, making it fair for everyone.
Lotus Valley continues to offer terrific play even in the fall and winter months, when the Bangkok weather is typically dry and the course is firm. In the spring and summer rain seasons the course plays a bit more lush.
Play Lotus Valley with advice from Derek Schade, General Manager.
The best advice for playing any golf course should come from someone with an intimate knowledge of the course, and in that vein, Derek Schade, General Manager offers these tips for playing Lotus Valley:
1. How should I approach the opening hole?
For the better player the first hole might call for a position shot off the first tee with a three wood, leaving a short iron approach shot to the smallish green which slopes severely from back to front and is guarded by bunkers front right and left.
For the average golfer Number One is an opportunity to hit the driver, avoiding the lake left.
The approach shot is fairly demanding, over a little canal to a small green. If you end up in trouble off the tee it’s best to play the hole cautiously and lay up short of the canal — not challenging the hazard or taking on the bunkers with a long approach shot!
The golf course forces you to make choices to either challenge the course or play to what suits your ability. The designer should be commended on this point and for putting together such an interesting combination of holes.
2. What is the best par-5 on the course?
Number 18 is a long (599 yard) par-5 which makes for a memorable finishing hole. However the 7th hole is probably considered a better hole. There’s the danger of water right and OB left from the tee. The green slopes severely and is guarded by a deep bunker front right. Number 7 plays 587 from the back tee, however most players play it from the blues or whites at about 560 yards.
3. What is the best par-3 on the course?
The best par-3 has to be the eighth hole, which can play up to 212 yards from the pro tees or as short as 113 from the forward (red) tees. Either location demands a solid shot to carry the water. The green is long front to back which makes club selection important. The hole plays like an island green with water left, right and center.
4. What is the toughest hole on the golf course?
The number 1 handicap hole at Lotus Valley is hole number 6, a par-4 that plays 437 yards.
It follows a par-3 and two short par fours, where most players will have used a long iron or fairway wood for their tee shots, so it’s often the first driver hole since the par-5 second.
In addition, number 6 often plays with a strong breeze coming off the water left of the fairway narrowing the target area.
The second half of the hole doglegs to the left and calls for a high shot into the elevated green, a green complex several meters above the level of the fairway from where most second shots are played. Your caddy will likely recommend at least one or maybe even two more clubs for the approach shot.
Player’s not heeding their caddy’s advice may find themselves in the pot bunker situated about 40 yards from the green in the center of the approach area.
The front half of the long, large green slopes towards the fairway, but the second half slopes slightly away adding further challenge to the approach shot depending on the hole location.Number 6 is a hole for the thinking golfer and is the first of four very challenging holes to finish the front nine.
5. What is the “Signature” hole at Lotus Valley?
The Gary Player signature hole is the par-5 18th hole. The finishing hole has a lake running parallel left the entire length of the hole. Eventhough the course has been remodelled we have kept that as the signature hole. Because of its length and setting the 18th is one of many memorable holes Lotus Valley has to offer.
Further tips from golfguidethailand.com:
The 3rd, 158 yards par-3 is the first of a very good set of par 3s. Although short, with water right and front and bunkers either side of the neck of the green this hole is not a “gimme” par; there’s very little bail out area here too.
The green angles away from you left to right and depending on the pin position, it will take a solid shot to go straight for it. With a couple of tiers on the green, the slope will take some negotiating.
The 10th, 328 yards par 4 poses an interesting challenge to the bigger hitters; risk it and draw a big hit into the green or sink below the waves. It's a dog-leg left with a lake all down the left and bunkers straight ahead to catch the long straight drive, so either be brave or hit a little wood for placement.
The green is thin and quite tough just to prove that a hole does not need to be long to have a bit of sting in the tail.
The 16th 392 yards par 4 is another dog-leg left with water all down the left side. A well placed bunker guards the bail out shot to the right, so positive thinking is required to get a good drive off down the middle.
A beautiful rockery edges the water left of the green and bunkers sit left and right to ensnare a loose approach, so a slight cut short of the hole will do the business and get you set up for a birdie.
“The greens are not generally elevated but slope upwards away from the player,
putting a premium on pitching below the hole – but good shots will hold.
Each par-3 needs different club selection and shot-making, as each
holeis a dissimilar distance; a couple of reachable par-5s always
makes for a fun day out.”
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