Hole No. 1
The course sets the scene with a teaser. A well placed tee-shot will leave you a relatively straightforward pitch. Anything pushed right into the waste, however, will likely have you playing catch up from the off.
While pure enjoyment will come easily, you’ll need all your wits about you to score well at Sea Links. That’s a consequence of both the stiff challenge presented by this Golfplan-design course, and the seriously diversionary, panoramic views over the East Sea from many holes. Built on sand dunes that sit 80 metres above sea level, the distractions are plentiful. The coastal scenery is a visual feast unmatched in Southeast Asia. The sheer quality of the layout will focus wandering minds, however. Arguments rage to whether any course outside golf’s traditional heartlands in northern Europe can call itself a true links, but the heavily undulating fairways and greens here will certainly ring bells with connoisseurs of the classics. The course subscribes to the ‘challenging-but-fair’ school of design. Roller-coaster fairways present a host of shot-making posers, while a back-tee length of 7,700 yards will challenge the very best. It could never be described as a pussycat, but Sea Links appeals to golfers of all stripes for it scenery and playability. A wide range of tee box options allows all to enjoy the routing, more or less equally, regardless of how far one hits the ball, while the sterling condition of the fairways and greens means that touring these “high” links is always a pleasure.