Set between the Siam Country Club’s Old and Plantation courses, the facility’s latest Waterside golf course opened in 2014 and was laid out by IMG Golf Course Design. The Waterside’s finishing stretch is sparkling.
The championship course at Suwan Golf & Country Club opened for play in 2005 and can be stretched out beyond 7,100 yards. Built by the Thai company Weeyos Design, Suwan hosted the 2011 Thailand Open won by Australian Andre Stolz.
Mountain Creek Golf Resort & Residences boasts a 27-hole golf complex which was fashioned by Seve Ballesteros and his Trajectory Design company. The Highland and Creek nines combine to form the main 18-hole layout with the 9-hole Valley circuit in reserve.
The owners of Dragon Hills Golf and Country Club plan to develop three 18-hole layouts at their 1500-acre site in Ratchaburi and the first of these courses was established by American architect Jim Engh in the early 1990s.
The East course is the championship layout at the 36-hole Lam Luk Ka Golf & Country Club. Host to the Thailand PGA Championship in 2002, the East course is located just a short drive by car from Bangkok’s vibrant metropolis.
The American architect Denis Griffiths designed the 7,162-yard mountainside course at Soi Dao Highland Golf Club. Some assert that Griffiths holds the distinction of being the only American architect to design a golf course in St Andrews.
Originally designed for Bangna Country Club by Pete and Perry Dye in the early 1990s, the course at Subhapruek Golf Club emerged from a flat, marshy landscape dominated by rice fields. Unsurprisingly, water now features at almost every hole on the scorecard.
Laid out in two separate 9-hole circuits, a number of the fairways at Royal Ratchaburi Golf Club hug the contours of two mountains – Khao Rang and Khao Chonglao – while others wind their way around several sparkling lakes.
One of Gary Player’s rare Asian designs, the course at Lotus Valley Golf Resort lies 50 miles to the east of Bangkok, with water featuring to a greater or lesser extent on every hole.
Local Thai architect, Pirapon Namatra (of Banyan, Hua Hin fame), designed all 27 holes at Bangsai Country Club in an open country landscape amid paddy fields. If Scotty beamed you down to the tee, you’d never think you were standing only an hour or so to the north of Bangkok.