Hole 1 – Par 4
The water that is visible on nearly every hole frames the first fairway, although most players will be able to navigate the opening tee shot of this short dog leg leaving a short pitch to a long narrow green. Good distance control for your second is important and should leave most golfers with a birdie chance as the green is only 18 yards wide at its widest point.
Hole 2 – Par 3
A mid to short iron Par 3 guarded front right and left by 2 large bunkers catching anything hit left or weakly. Anything long or right may find the water so accurate iron play is important on this hole to make par or better.
Hole 3 – Par 5
This hole favours a long fade off the tee giving golfers a choice of being able to go at the green in 2 or lay up to the right for an easy pitch. Those choosing to go for the green with a longer club will have to carry a series of bunkers that begin about 50 yards from the front of the green and be careful not to hook the shot as there is water to the left of these bunkers. The 3 shot play may be preferred here leaving a 50 yard pitch to a very fast green.
Hole 4 – Par 4
One of the hardest holes on the course with water carry required from the tee to a fairway protected by bunkers left and right sides and mature trees impacting anything hit to the right. Once you have found the fairway a short iron to another fast green protected by 2 bunkers at the front shouldn’t present too much trouble, but be wary this green can get very fast.
Hole 5 – Par 3
Bangkok Golf Club’s Signature Hole and the first of two Par 3’s that are all water carry to the green. Just a short iron is required, but it is all water carry and anything not hit well will end up in the water or the small solitary pot bunker if you are lucky.
It is a good idea to check the pin position on the 7th hole that is to the right of the cart path as you make your way onto this green.
Hole 6 – Par 4
A mid length Par 4 to a wide fairway with 2 large fairway bunkers strategically placed to catch anything hit right. Players in these bunkers may find themselves blocked out from going straight at the green by large trees. The second shot from the fairway a small well bunkered green is required and although this hole is not short it can yield birdies with 2 good shots.
Hole 7 – Par 4
A short Par 4 over water that presents no trouble in terms of length but the fairway is less than 20 yards wide in some areas. Hopefully you checked the pin position from the 5th as this green is very long and is protected on both sides by bunkers that are very close to the putting surface.
Hole 8 – Par 4
A straight tee is needed to avoid water on the left and the bunkers on right and find another narrow fairway. Second shots to an undulating green that has some difficult pin positions should not present much trouble and the run-off areas allow for chipping. Be wary though this green is one of the most undulating on the course.
Hole 9 – Par 5
One of Bangkok Golf Club’s best holes, the 9th winds its way back to the clubhouse. A feature bunker that runs some 170 yards presents no real threat off the tee but the water on the left and the two large bunkers on the right will catch any drive that doesn’t find the fairway. Having found the fairway, the approach shot presents golfers a choice – 220 yards all water carry to a well bunkered green or a mid iron to a very narrow landing area made even more difficult as there is water all along the second fairway of this hole. Another fast and undulating green sits inside 3 large bunkers making the 9th hole one of the best par 5’s in Thailand.
Hole 10 – Par 4
A short dog-leg Par 4 that allows golfers to go for the green by taking on the 220 yard water off the front tee. Be careful though as you may need to proceed under Rule 26-1 and drop a ball behind the hazard, no closer to the hole, keeping the point at which the ball entered the hazard between the drop area and the hole leaving a long shot over the water to reach green. Far better to aim at the bunkers at the far end of the fairway effectively making the fairway 90 yards wide and leaving a simple pitch to a well-guarded flat green.
Hole 11 – Par 3
Our second Par 3 with all water-carry to a green protected by a front bunker as wide as the green. Anything not hitting the green will almost undoubtedly catch the slope and end up in the water. This is a wide green so expect long putts of anything not hit to the right section of the green.
Hole 12 – Par 4
The 11th fairway slopes from left to right and the ideal line is over the edge of the fairway bunker on the left with a fade. Once you have found this narrow fairway the green is broken into 2 sections. The front section is easily accessible but the raised back section is surrounded by bunkers on 3 sides and is only 15 x 15 yards so precise pitching is required.
Hole 13 – Par 5
A long straight drive with a fade is required out of this tee set back from the fairway down a narrow chute. With a bunker on the left and water on the right at the ideal driving distance, finding the fairway here is essential if par is to be achieved. Golfers are then presented with a shot around a large palm tree with water all the way along the left of the second part of this dog-leg Par 5. A tricky green front to back sloping green that is well bunkered ensures par is a good score here.
Hole 14 – Par 3
Another Par 3 that is almost entirely water-carry to a green that is very narrow at the front. For the safer play hit to the back of the green as anything hit weakly will find the bunker or run back into the water.
Hole 15 – Par 4
A right angle dog-leg Par 4 where hitting over the OOB is forbidden. The best strategy is to hit over the bunker on the corner of the dogleg from the tee leaving a pitch into a big flat green that should yield a birdie for anyone managing to hit an accurate second.
Hole 16 – Par 4
A wide fairway flanked by 2 large bunkers that must be avoided in order to have a mid to short iron avoiding the palm tree that sits directly in front of this wide but shallow green.
Hole 17 – Par 5
A definite birdie chance as the hole plays much shorter than its 511 yards. A long straight drive from a raised tee avoiding the bunkers on the right and the water on the left is required from this tee. The perfect drive is down the left as the ball will run a little further on this side. From here a mid or long iron to an undulating green should yield par or better for most competanty players. Just make sure to avoid the water along the left side.
Hole 18 – Par 4
A great finishing hole, especially under lights with a large lake menacing the left side of the fairway catching any tee shots that head left off the tee. With water all down the left and 2 bunkers guarding the right side, hitting this narrow fairway is paramount to make par. If you do go left then taking a line from the entry point and the pin may mean you are a long way back facing all water-carry to a large green guarded by a front bunker. Find the fairway and a simple pitch to a large green remains.