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.