Hole-by-Hole Guide to Amata Spring

One of the greatest championship tests in Asian golf, Amata Spring has won the prestigious Asian Tour Best Golf Course award for three straight years (2011-2014).
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Hole #1

The first is a relatively easy starting hole with a generous landing area. The ideal tee shot would leave an approach of approximately 115 yards. The green has very little movement with the exception of the middle right and back right corners.

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A shot that misses the green on the left side most likely presents a challenging recovery from the collection area. The first would be considered a scoring hole if a player’s tee shot finds the fairway.

Hole #2

The meandering river which extends the entire left side of the hole comes into play from tee to green on this exciting par-five. The fairway is of average width and has strategically placed bunkers in the tee shot and second shot landing zones.

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A wall of trees defines the right side of play and creates various challenges and different type of recovery shots for those who are out of position. The green is narrow in the front and is guarded by one massive bunker on the left side. The prudent play is to favour the right side of the entire length of the hole.

Hole #3

The first of two long back to back par 4a��s. The third has a waste area just off of the tee and is well bunkered in the landing area on both the right and left side. The ideal tee shot would be from right to left which would help take advantage of the rolling fairway.

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The green is elevated with a huge bunker on the front right side. There is a large collection area on the left side of the green which gathers approach shots that are not well struck. Consider a job well done if you walk away from this hole with par or better.

Hole #4

The fourth is one of the most scenic holes in the region. This dog leg right is protected by large bunkers and river down the right side.

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A long narrow undulating green with a false front and which is protected by a deep bunker on the left side is a daunting target for a playera��s approach which also must carry a small river which lies 60 yards short of the green. Par is great score on this hole.

Hole #5

This medium-length par-three is heavily protected with bunkers and grass hollows on all sides of the green. Pin location primarily determines the difficulty of the hole.

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Hole #6

A small bunker in the middle of the fairway will give second thoughts to those thinking of using a driver from the tee. The elevated green is surrounded on all sides by bunkers of varying degrees of difficulty.

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The three distinct levels of possible pin positions on the putting surface add to the array of shots needed to nestle onea��s approach shot close to the hole.

Hole #7

Sculptured bunkers define the right edge of the fairway of this intimidating and the longest of the par-five holes on the course. Cross bunkers located in the second landing area will add to the many decisions on how to play the third shot into the green.

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The approach shot is framed by the large pristine lake in the backdrop. The rear pin position, also the lowest tier on the green, will require an excellent approach shot if a birdie is to be achieved.

Hole #8

The longest of the par 3a��s on the course will require a full carry over water to reach the putting surface. The green is large with undulating contours and will test both the putting nerves and ability of all players.

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Depending on the season, a playera��s club selection can vary up to as many as four clubs because of the different challenges from which the wind presents.

Hole #9

This long par four provides a great finish to the outgoing nine holes. From the elevated tee, the player can view the entire fairway paralleled on the left byA�the enormous 40-hectare lake.

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From the landing area, the second shot will be played back uphill to an undulating green bunkered on the right and to the rear. A par or better here will be truly earned.

Hole #10

Two bunkers guard the left side of the fairway while a deep hollow and high grass mound provide a good deterrent for taking a short cut down the right side of this hole.

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A well-played drive will be rewarded with a short iron to a soft contoured green protected by a single bunker on the right side.

Hole #11

This is the shortest of the par 5 holes on the course. The hole bends hard left from the tee with three threatening bunkers daring every golfer to attempt an aggressive route of play.

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A menacing bunker guards the front of the putting surface and undulating lies around the green make the decision to reach the green in two shots even more difficult. This is a true risk-reward hole.

Hole #12

One of the shorter par 4 holes on the course, the 12th is challenged by water paralleling the entire left side of the hole. The fairway slopes from right to left which makes the short iron approach shortA�quite difficult.

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Bunkers positioned in the front left and behind the green protect the most difficult and testing back left pin position. Wind direction is very important when considering plotting a successful strategy for this hole.

Hole #13

Framed on all sides by sculptured bunkers and deep hollows, this hole requires both accuracy and length from the tee.

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This long and undulating green is surrounded by a variety of trees adding to the beauty of this picturesque par 3.

Hole #14

A drive played to the saddled fairway will leave a medium to long iron approach to one of the most difficult greens on the course. The approach is played from a downhill lie to a green that is elevated in the front and on the left side.

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Any shot missing the green will require an excellent chip in order for the player to save his par. This is clearly one of the most difficult holes on the course.

Hole #15

This long par 5 is a true three shot hole which requires both accuracy and length to avoid the strategically placed bunkers throughout the hole.

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The green is two tiered which slopes from left to right. Any errant approach shot will be faced with a very tricky chip to a challenging green.

Hole #16

Arguably the toughest of the par 4a��s on the back nine. The newly remodelled hole has a sea of bunkers and waste area down the entire right side of the hole. Two new bunkers have also been placed on the left side of the fairway in the landing zone.

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The preferred route of play is down the right side of the fairway where there are more level lies and the angles of approach to the green are more receptive. The green is very long and narrow and requires strategic club selection.

Hole #17

This is the signature hole at Amata Spring CC which has true floating island green. Proper club selection and being able to judge the ever-changing wind are prerequisites for mastering this unique and intimidating par three.

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A wide range of scores will be made on this short but thrilling hole.

Hole #18

The closing par 4 is one of the best closing holes in Asia. Water comes into play down the entire left side of this extremely demanding hole from tee to green.

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Long approach shots must avoid the cascading waterfalls that shield the left side of this three-tiered green. All players will be happy walking off of this hole.