Aqualine Golf Club in Chiba

Aqualine Golf Club


Playing impression
The course is kept in pristine condition and all the fairways are double cut making it not only pleasing to the eye, but also gives you a feel for the lie of the land and undulations. The fairways are Japanese No-shiba or Korai grass which will turn yellow in winters, but is lush and green during the regular season. The course has an all Bent grass one green configuration and all the greens are in great condition and true. The approach areas, bunkers and greens are all well kept providing a fair test of your approach, sand and putting ability.

The Front Nine ( Out Course )
Hole 1 sets a challenging tone with a slight dog leg and a big tree on the right side that seems to come into play on your second shot. Both hole 1 and 2 (a short par 3) let you leave your sand wedge in the bag (where it should be!) as the only bunkers you may find are grass! Number 6 is a thin monster of a par 5 at 575yards and you might want to play conservatively until your third shot as the green and approach area are the widest part of the hole! Number 7 is a 90 degree left hand par 4 that will catch the long hitters of guard if they try to cut the corner as the left side is quite un forgiving leaving you a difficult partial swing "finesse shot" yardage to a raised green with death lurking over the back. Number 8 is a longer par 3 with a beautiful bamboo forest as a back drop. You might want hit an extra club of the tee as shots short of the green won't kick up and the back side of the green is quite friendly and relatively safe.

The Back Nine ( In Course )
Hole 10 starts you of with a par 5 that favors the shorter, straighter hitters as the left side closes in to penalize the long hitters. Most of the holes are quite challenging with control off the tee being a must unless you plan to lighten your golf bag for the trip home (less balls)! The 15th is a good example of this with a tight tee shot and an even tighter second...however if you avoid the right side and stay left with your second you will see the kinder side of this par 4. Don't forget to enjoy the park like scenery and try to think less about your score on this one!
The back nine changes personality quickly on the two best finishing holes you'll find anywhere in the world. The 17th greets you with shimmering water in front and down the left side with a great beach bunker guarding the front and left side of the green. The water in front is 250 yards out so most players can let loose with their drivers and not get wet. The 18th is an absolute pleasure to play with water down the left but plenty of room to work with on the right. You really get a feel for what the designer can create, given room, and it bears a resemblance to Taiheyo Gotemba's finishing 18th or even the "Blue Monster" at Doral Golf resort in Florida.

A great course to play more than once as local knowledge is key to scoring well. You really get a feeling that the designer wanted a little more room to work with but created a masterpiece with what he had. With Accordia at the helm it is guaranteed to continue to be kept to the highest international standards providing a good balance between value and course quality. Recommended course.

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