Sometimes you have to tip your hat. Having seen well over a thousand golf courses worldwide it takes something unique to make you stop in your tracks and shake your head. Andy Dye achieved such a feat at Laguna National in Singapore, with the redesign of the World Classic course.
Arguably Asia's hardest track, and likely as tough as anything worldwide, the World Classic Course is the most heavily shaped, artificially designed layout imaginable. Dye’s hope here was perhaps that his daring, nonsensical design and sheer audacity would add up to make this a pretty compelling place to play. For many that is likely to be the case.
Don't expect to shoot your handicap, or even enjoy what you are doing here, but if you can play with a sense of humor and carefree then World Classic might be a fun round of golf. Matchplay would be interesting here, as there are unlikely to be many halved holes regardless of how good the golfers are. Our guess is that golfers finish fewer holes on average on this course than anywhere else in Asia.
The most entertaining aspect of the Laguna National World Classic experience is reading Dye's hole-by-hole comment notes in the essential course guide, which showcase either his twisted sense of humor or complete lack of understanding about global design. Holes are said to be inspired by famous holes worldwide they look/play nothing like – including Postage Stamp par FOUR at Royal Troon, and others like Shinnecock Hills 16, TPC Sawgrass 17, Oakmont and others. Those who have played the originals will find the ‘imitations’ amusing.