Carved from the dense jungle that prevails across much of southern Thailand, Rajjaprabha Dam Golf Course lies close to Khao Sok National Park, where this dramatic 18-hole layout was constructed by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.
I seem to be the first to review this course, although I know many people who have played it. Rajapraba Dam belongs to the Thai Electricity Company who presumably also built and own the Khao Sok lake and dam. It is an absolute must to visit the lake and stay in one of the floating hotels either before or after playing this course. They take your hotel in a long tail boat which take about 1 hour through this spectacular lake with limestone hills and cliffs. In the morning, you go out in a small boat at dawn to see and hear all kinds of wildlife.
The course itself is excellent and normally in good condition. This is a hilly course so don’t try to walk it in the heat unless you are really fit. Most of the par 4’s and 5’s give you a reasonably wide driving area but there are a couple of holes where it tightens up and you should think about playing a ladyboy (My Thai caddy taught me this name for a hybrid - it’s neither one nor the other)
The par 3’s are outstanding, smallish greens which are well protected and the 17th which is played from uphigh to a green over water.. The par 4’s and 5’s are very varied, every hole is different. Make sure that you ask your caddy where to aim in order to avoid the various burns and ponds that are around the course and also to get you in position on the doglegs to have a clear second shot. The only hole which I don’t like is the last which seems to be fitted in somehow without really being one thing or another, which is disappointing as the rest of the course is so good.
This course is a really good test which every level of golfer can enjoy. Stop for something to eat after the tenth hole. The greenfee is reasonable and the drink stops on the way round are cheap and charming.
Sawasdeekap DAVID LAIRD