The Thai Country Club just outside of Bangkok was a very new course when it hosted the Asian Honda Classic in 1997. The extensive remodelling of a 20-year-old course that had previously existed on the site had just been completed. Almost to script, Tiger Woods won the tournament by 10 shots setting a course record of 64 on the way.
The club operates principally as a members’ club but will take visitors on weekdays. Visitors can also play at weekends provided they are guests of the Peninsula Hotel in Bangkok. The clubhouse is the most luxurious in Asia more akin to a luxury hotel.
The course feels very modern and North American – an impression backed up by the presence of large irregular shaped bunkers, fairways that sweep with large variations in width, the presence of mounds just off the fairways and uniquely shaped greens.
Re-produced with kind permission from The Finest Golf Courses of Asia & Australasia by James Spence.
The facility provides first rate care and attention to those who are members and their guests. Unfortunately, the layout is primarily vanilla in its architectural pedigree. The holes are mainly flat and water is used as a constant hazard because of the lack of ground movement. Shotmaking prowess is lacking and the hole differentiation is simply not evident. There are a number of courses in the Bangkok area that equate the non-golf elements as no less important than the actual golf course experience. I have no issue with that but the real reason core golfers go to a given facility is the special characteristics tied to the design of the layout. There's no question the course was in fine shape when I played it -- although I am not a fan of the turf grass since the wherewithal for the ball to roll is fairly limited. But the headliner for any facility needs to be the course and the benchmark I subscribe to is that the design must have elements that truly stand apart on their own merits. That's not the case here.
by M. James Ward
I played Thai Country Club in December 2016 and I was not a member and I was not staying at the Peninsula Hotel. I played as a bog standard green fee player albeit with the manager of the Duchess Hotel in Bangkok, but he is a member of Amata Springs. The course is good but nothing special. I cannot remember any of the holes but the Clubhouse was luxurious and welcoming. Worth playing but a bit overpriced. As one the reviewers said there are better courses in Thailand.