Nikanti - Central Thailand - Thailand

Nikanti Golf Club,
333 Moo 2 T.Dhammasala,
Nakhon Pathom 73000,

  • +66 34 965 666

  • Kelly Cherkowski

  • Pirapon Namatra

  • Brad Revill

Configured with three returning 6-hole circuits, the 18-hole course at Nikanti Golf Club is a 2014 Pirapon Namatra design that’s set among former rice paddies to the west of Bangkok.

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Description: Configured with three returning 6-hole circuits, the 18-hole course at Nikanti Golf Club is a 2014 Pirapon Namatra design that’s set among former rice paddies to the west of Bangkok. Rating: 7.3 out of 10 Reviews: 3
Peter Wood

Located an hour from central Bangkok, Nikanti GC opened for play at the end of 2014, and its owners are clearly not afraid to be different.

The business model is for a high end public access course which will give golfers "a member's experience" for the day.

The green fee package includes golf, carts, caddies, tips, water, full use of the locker room, and a gourmet dining experience. The only thing a golfer has to pay for is his alcohol.

It is a bold plan, and it appears to be working as the course is busy... The business plan is matched by a bold course design by Pirapon Namatra from Golf East who also designed Banyan GC at Hua Hin.

He takes no prisoners with this design, having started with flat ricefields, and has produced a course that will challenge golfers of all levels.

This course wants to be different and has three loops of six holes, all with a slightly different look, and all starting and finishing at the clubhouse.

For instance the lake edges are naturally grassed on one loop, boarded on another and have stone walls on the third. The rough grasses are also different for each loop.

And the design moves from water feature holes, to links style, and then holes that would not look out of place in Arizona. And of course the routing includes 6 par 3's, 6 par 4's, and 6 par 5's... Nikanti is proudly eclectic!

We loved the mature trees that have been planted through the course- it would appear that a lot of effort has gone into choosing trees with character, and positioning them on the course. And is each is propped up elaborately (presumably) until they settle in.

The course is very nicely manicured and visually appealing, but the penal style architecture will not appeal to everybody.

Nikanti is relatively short, but the design is not altogether forgiving- and for the most part green approaches dictate the shot required.

Rarely are there bail out areas or safe sides to miss- water on one side will see the other side heavily bunkered. The fairways have plenty of roll, so flat lies will be rare.

In time perhaps the course will be softened a little with a few tweaks to contours around pin positions on greens, and bail out areas around them, but for the moment some nearly good shots will be severely treated!

Nikanti demands your attention, and requires you to produce quality golf shots to hit greens. It is a course that will no doubt reveal it's secrets slowly to the golfers lucky enough to make return visits

Personally, I cannot wait for my next encounter with Nikanti, and I commend it to you.

Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.

October 30, 2021
7 / 10
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Dave Finn

Nikanti Golf Club opened in 2014 and has already been ranked the third best ‘Best Golf Club Experience in Asia Pacific’ at the 2018 and 2019 Asian Golf Awards. Architect Khun Pirapon (Ope) Namatra of GolfEast conceived a 6-6-6 concept based on Nikanti’s brand philosophy - the six senses in Buddhism (sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and mind).

This is the first golf course in Asia that has been designed with two par 3’s, two par 4’s and two par 5’s in three loops that all return to the clubhouse. In my mind, this is the way of the future.

The layout may not be long (6789 yards from the black tees) but the fairways are narrow with plenty of bunkers making it a shot-makers course that justifies its course rating of 72.2 and a slope of 140. Even though the local topography is relative flat, since it was built on former rice paddies, they have moved a lot of earth to make the elevation changes that incorporates seven ponds.

The opening hole is a difficult double dogleg par-5 that will get your attention right out of the gate. If you are playing from the black or blue tees, your drive needs to cover the pond on the right. Your second shot should stay right of the next pond that runs the remainder of this hole to a narrow green. Par is a great start if you can avoid all the danger.

The 3rd hole is a long dogleg par-4 where you need a big drive to be able to see the green or else you will be blocked out by the trees on the left. From there it is up hill to a huge kidney-shaped green with water on the right and three bunkers protecting the front left of this narrow but elongated green.

#4 is a driveable par-4 but the green is well protected and raised severely making it a tough reach. The prudent move is to hit a long iron or utility club to the left and take your chances with a short wedge.

The 6th maybe their signature hole. Your intimidating drive is through a shoot of toddy palms on this dogleg left par-5 and the shallow green is protected by six bunkers.

Most of the par-5’s are reachable in two but are usually well-protected by bunkers or water. The prudent play is to layup and avoid most of the danger.

Overall, I found the course to be in excellent shape with deep soft sand. When I played, they were in the midst of removing some of the bunkers to increase pace of play. The fast greens are severe and well guarded. #15 is the toughest green on the course with huge mounts and swales. The rough is short but your ball sits down and a little sticky.

Nikanti is located about and hour drive west of Bangkok and 1 ½ hours from Wah Hen. There are no nearby accommodations, but they have partnered with ‘Limousine Express” to pick you up and drop off from either city.

The golf package 4500 to 5500 Bhat for package (about US$145-175 or EURO 121-148) and included is your golf, power cart with GPS technology, food, caddy and two meals. There are also kiosks at every three holes, serving free snacks. Caddies have been trained for at least two months before they can work so they are very capable. 500 Bhat (US$16) is the suggested tip but not required. 1000 Bhat for older rentals or 2000 for new Titleist clubs.

Dave Finn is a golf travel writer and photographer from Canada. To follow his adventures visit

September 16, 2020
8 / 10
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It takes a while ( an hour and fifteen) to get to Nikanti from Bangkok city centre. But it is quite a layout, perhaps a tad overdone. Yet it is a lot of fun, considering that many other golf courses in Bangkok tend to be a little flat. No such thing at Nikanti. Obviously there has been a great deal of earth movement to deliver such a layout, hence the sense of it being slightly unnatural. One distinct aspect of the golf course is the 3 sets of 6 holes - each set with 2 par 4s, 2 par 3s and 2 par 5s. This allows for a 3 way start on the golf course and helps a great deal with traffic management on the course. Each of the 3 sets of six holes starts with a par 5, with 2 of them quite memorable. Bunkers are very well placed and the golf course is in good condition all the time. Some of the greens are severely contoured, which is where you may feel penalized unfairly at times. But if playing in Bangkok, this course is in the top 5. To read more about Nikanti, visit my blog.

June 30, 2020
7 / 10
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