By Mark Siegel
Thai Country Club is a prestigious member’s course managed by the Peninsula Hotel, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Thai County is often considered the best in Bangkok setting the standard for service excellence. Designed under USPGA international standards by Denis Griffiths, Thai County opened in December 1996. The design adapts from everyday member use up to a very tough challenge for major international tournaments.
The 7,157-yard course was the venue for the 1997 Asian Honda Classic, where Tiger Woods cruised to a comfortable 10-stroke victory after shooting a final round of 68 for a 20 under-par total of 268. One year later the second round of the 1998 Johnnie Walker Super Tour was also played in ideal conditions at Thai Country Club, won in style by Vijay Singh, who carded a magnificent score of 66 – two strokes ahead of Ernie Els and Jesper Parnevik. More recently Thai Country Club hosted the 2007 and 2008 Volvo Masters.
The Thai golf course, as expected, is well-maintained year-round, features a great variety from hole to hole, and an abundance of water hazards and sand bunkers. With its immaculate presentation and conditioning, coupled with a very strong and classic parkland layout, Thai Country Club is regularly voted as a Top 5 course in Asia.
Thi Country Club is a layout that requires good course management. It’s hard to imagine the terrain here was originally flat, especially when looking across the pleasantly rolling earth mounds, contoured fairways and often elevated greens. The fairway and greenside bunkering is superb, almost like a work of art. Anything wayward from the tee will usually be findable, but is also likely to be sitting down in clinging semi-rough, making your next shots just that more difficult.
The undulating greens make for many interesting pin placements and are a constant test of one’s golfing proficiency. There are several really top-class holes among this very strong 18. The 6th measuring 218 from the back tees is as tough as they get with water guarding the right side and bunkers in front and behind the green. In fact, according to competition statistics, this deceiving hole is the most difficult on the course, with a stroke average of 3.38 for the professionals! The par-5 14th is as handsome as they come.
Discerning golfers will appreciate this truly world-class golfing experience. Thai Country Club’s caddies are amongst the best trained in Thailand. The award-winning clubhouse, which stands surrounded by water between the 1st tee and 18th green, is regularly voted the best in Asia and caters to every need. Once there, you’ll find the friendliest staff of golf professionals in the Kingdom, committed to making your golf experience a memorable one.
As expected with a club as exclusive as this, the facilities are second to none and The Gallery restaurant’s ever-changing menus feature Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisine as well as daily buffets. The golfer’s lounge area is the perfect place to meet and reflect on your round.
With spectacular views over the course, golf in Thailand doesn’t get any better than the Thai Country Club. A true total golfing experience!
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