Author: Miklos

What makes Nikanti Golf Club an unusual golf course?

What makes Nikanti Golf Club an unusual golf course?

It seems like the golf architect Pirapon Namatra (Ope) of Golf East listened quite a lot to Tina Turner’s famous song ‘Break every rule’ when he designed Nikanti Golf Club, Asia’s first 18 hole, par 72 golf course comprising three six-hole layouts each with two par-threes, two par-fours and two par-fives. Thailand’s 291st golf course was opened in May 2014. The Nikanti Golf Club is almost adjacent to Suwan Golf Club.

When Pirapon Namatra (the designer of Banyan Club and part of the construction company responsible for Siam Country Club’s new Siam Waterside) invented and implemented his ‘triple-six’ concept, he introduced a new distribution of par-3, par-4 and par-5 holes. Rather than having traditional front and back nines, here there are three loops of six, each one returning to the stylish and soon-to-be sumptuously appointed clubhouse. The reason, flexibility. Don’t have time for a full 18? Just play 12. Want to have another go at the reachable but dangerous par-5 18th? Why not squeeze in that final loop of six?

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Nikanti is comprised of three six-hole layouts each with two par-threes, two par-fours and two par-fives. 6,789 yards from the back tees, each group of six holes is distinctive in look, design and play – offering several options of attack. Another example of uniqueness of the golf course is the focus on shot-making. This way, you will be able to test your ability to control the flight of the golf ball through adjusted swing paths.

Bangkok courses are often criticized for their lack of elevation change, but that’s not the case here. It seems like that the developer and the architect Pirapon Namatra of Golf East, had considered the 4 most important issues of golf course development during the evaluation of the property: acreage, topography, soil, and vegetation. A good example of topography is the incorporation of the area’s naturally rolling terrain. As well as this he did not neglect the environmental aspects. By incorporating the native vegetation, the course was given character and beauty.

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It is also interesting that Nikanti is a pay-to-play development; it does not offer memberships. The elegant clubhouse, modern and luxurious, feels sumptuous and classy.  The Nikanti team has paid attention to the details when instead of providing regular golf carts they selected Club Car’s GPS-equipped golf carts. You will love the Visage GPS technology that can not only manage your score, but also navigate easily on the golf course, order food and drink or simply book new tee-times via the touch-screen interface. Thanks to Nikanti’s all-inclusive philosophy guests not only get for their green fee and GPS-equipped golf cart but also the caddy and lunch.

What makes Asia’s 1st replica golf course unique?

What makes Asia’s 1st replica golf course unique?

The Gary Roger Baird-designed Royal Gems Golf City’s life and operations did not start smoothly (in the 1960s and early 1970s Baird worked as a senior architect with Robert Trent Jones). Right after the opening in 2011, it suffered significant flooding in December. However, they were able to reopen the golf club in 2012.

Royal Gems Golf City is Asia’s first replica golf course and combines 9 of the best holes in the world (see list below) like TPC Sawgrass, St Andrews and Oakmont. The back 9 of the golf course is the replica of Augusta National’s back 9 holes.

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Thus, you will be able to experience Amen Corner yourself.  Hopefully, when the hundreds of young trees mature and reach their full height then it will really be like at Augusta. What makes this golf course unique is that each hole has its own individuality and will challenge every player.

This is the list of holes:

1- Oakmont #3 (Church pew bunkers)
2- Bay Hill #16
3- TPC Sawgrass #17
4- Doral #18
5- Royal Troon #8 (postage stamp)
6- St Andrews #17 (road hole)
7- Bethpage Black #7
8- Winged Foot #10
9- The Belfry #10
10-18- Augusta National #10-18

In its current form, Royal Gems Golf City is a par-72, 18-hole, 7,075-yard golf course. Royal Gems offers a combination of American, Scottish and Thai characteristics. Where we can play golf now, once there was a thousand rai of paddy fields. The remains of the paddy fields you can still see adjacent to the golf course.

The golf club is situated in pleasant, natural parkland to the west of Bangkok. The course has a few lakes, fast greens, narrow fairways, deep rough and enormous bunkers. Use of the club is restricted to members and their guests only but Golfasian has managed to gain access for its clients.

Royal Gems Golf City is one of the very few golf courses in Thailand to be an official member of the United States Golf Association and is approved for professional championships.

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What is like an ultimate golf championship in Pattaya?

What is like an ultimate golf championship in Pattaya?

It seems like we are looking forward a very busy month in June. The next tournament, the Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort 2-Ball Golf Championship ,will be held between June 19-25.

Unlike the Centara World Masters Championship, the Pattaya event will be played in 2-ball format for each of 4 rounds, adding a new dimension to the concept. The championship will be held on 3 golf courses of the Siam Country Club and at the Laem Chabang International Country Club.

Shall we use all of our annual holiday days to be able to participate in these two Thai amateur golf tournaments?

At the same time, we should not forget that there will be in September (4th-10th) in Vietnam another great opportunity, the Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship.

Let’s see, what should we know about the 4 golf courses of the event!

Siam Country Club: Old Course

It is one of the more famous Thailand golf courses. The Siam Country Club, Old Course itself is one of the best in Pattaya. The golf course has hosted several international golf tournaments including the annual Honda LPGA Classic from 2010 onwards. The Honda LPGA Thailand celebrated its 10th anniversary in February 2016. The greens at Siam Country Club Old Course are large, roll fast, are excellently maintained, and extremely undulated.

Depending on which of the 3 nines are played is a long 7,404 or 7,495 yards, which makes the Siam Country Club Plantation Course one of the longest golf courses in Thailand. Where we play today golf there was a sugar cane, tapioca and pineapple plantation. This where the name of the golf course is coming from. The 27-hole layout is routed through rolling terrain, with distant panoramic views of Pattaya Beach and Laem Chabang Port. The golf course was designed by Lee Schmidt of Schmidt & Curley.

The Plantation Course has a decent experience in hosting top-notch golf events as well. It was the home of the 2009 US LPGA and the 2015 Thailand Open.

When you will be there, I can strongly recommend visiting the “Bird Wings” clubhouse that sits on top of the hills. From the front balcony, view of the only “Triple Greens,” in Asia, 3 greens of 3 golf holes occupying almost 3,000 square meters.

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Siam Country Club, Waterside Course

The 3rd golf course of the Siam Country Club was designed by IMG Golf. To make the golf course more challenging, we have to come over several lakes and creeks during the game. It is a par-72, 7,400 yards long golf course where you will not get bored and left unchallenged. To step to the challenge, on the fairways, we will find Paspalum grass while on the green ultra-dwarf Bermuda grass. All of the greens are basically flush with the fairways.

Laem Chabang International Country Club

Probably, this golf course has the most well-known golf course designer: Jack Nicklaus. Laem Chabang consists of 27 holes on 700 acres and each hole is different. The complex was opened in 1995. The Mountain 9 holes is 3446 yards in length around the beautiful hills of the property. The Lake 9 is 3419 yards, with a stream running through it and the Valley 9 is 3619 yards.

This club has also got experience in hosting leading golf tournaments like the 2001 Volvo Classic and the 2002 Thai Senior Open.

Packages

For the event are available with six nights’ accommodation, transfers, breakfast, four rounds of golf including caddies and carts, welcome and presentation dinners, lucky prize draws and other benefits at the Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort and Ibis Pattaya Hotel from THB33,625 (approx. USD930) twin share/THB43,760 (approx. USD1210) single.

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7 reasons to play on the Centara World Masters Championship

7 reasons to play on the Centara World Masters Championship

How do you decide on which amateur golf championship is worth to participate? Based on the positive responses from golfers from 23 countries who played in the first Centara World Masters Golf Championship in 2015, I can strongly recommend to you to come and play this year. The Centara World Masters Golf Championship is Asia’s largest and richest amateur week of golf.

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The Centara World Masters Golf Championship will be hosted in the royal city of Hua Hin (Thailand), between 12-18 June 2016. Entry is open to all the male and female golfers over the age of 35 with an official handicap. All golfers play a 72 hole single Stableford event while “A” grade golfers are eligible to compete for the best stroke / gross. Over US $30,000 in prizes and lucky draws will be given away at the gala presentation dinner.

The Centara World Masters Golf Championship will be held in 4 golf clubs:

  1. Banyan Golf Club: 18 holes par 72, 7361 yards;
  2. Black Mountain Club: 18 holes par 72, 7343 yards;
  3. Imperial Lake View Resort & Golf Club: 36 holes, par 72/72, 6915/7015 yards;
  4. Springfield Royal Country Club: 27 holes, par 72, 7043 yards.

As you can see from the list, the organizers are providing the opportunity to play on different kind of golf courses where the quality of green’s and fairways’ conditioning are out of the question.

I have collected 7 reasons why worth to play on the Centara World Masters Golf Championship:

  • Banyan Golf Club: in 2011 was named as the 3rd best course of Thailand at the annual Asian Golf Monthly awards. In 2012, the club received the Asian Golf Monthly awards for Best Clubhouse in Asia Pacific.
  • Black Mountain Golf Clubit is the only course in Thailand ever named in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses Outside the US. The club has hosted 3 Asian Tour events. They were the “Best Course in Asia Pacific” in 2014 and 2015. The par-5 18th makes for a dramatic closing hole.
  • Imperial Lake View Resort & Golf Club: The club offers 36 holes with 4 challenging golf courses: Mountain, Lake, Desert and Link, designed by Roger Packard and Ronald Fream.
  • Springfield Royal Country Club: a TOP 10 golf course in Thailand ranked by Golf Digest; Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.

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