Thai Country Club, Bangkok
Owned and operated by Peninsula Hotels and the only golf course in the Peninsula portfolio, Thai Country Club on Bangkok’s outskirts opened in 1996 and has hosted six Asian tour events including the Asian Honda Classic in 1997 (won by Tiger Woods), the Johnnie Walker Championship in 1998 (won by Vijay Singh) and four Volvo Masters Championships between 2005 and 2008. Tiger’s 1997 win was especially memorable as it was his first professional win in his mother’s home country.
The Peninsula brand's influence can be seen in the high level of customer service. Rated the number one course in Thailand for seven of the past eight years, Thai Country Club is best characterized as a palm tree lined championship course. The Bangkok golf course has many intricate design features including plenty of water, strategic mounds on the side of many fairways, and undulating and very fast greens. Thai Country Club also has the best clubhouse facilities in Thailand, if not all Asia.
Playing 7097 yards from the back tees, it is slope rated 74.2 at its longest and 71.6 from the (6520 yards) blue tees. Its signature par-3 sixth hole is one of the most difficult in Thailand. The pros averaged a 3.3 the last time they were at Thai Country Club in 2008. There are many other memorable holes on the course including the 401 yard par-4 tenth. As the signboard next to the tee off area proclaims, “Golfers not sure about club selection can try to match Tiger’s winning form by driving the green in one.”
The Peninsula brand's influence can be seen in the high level of customer service. Conditioning is as well is always excellent throughout the year. A member of Golf In A Kingdom, Thai Country Club is rightly regarded as a must-play course for visiting golfers to Thailand.