Cascata Golf Club: Thailand’s Newest Golf Course

Cascata_golf_club_hole_1For Thailand’s golf new years first post I thought it appropriate to take a look at Thailand’s newest golf course, Cascata Golf Club. Opened only 2 months ago, this championship golf course is located in the Bangkok suburbs quite near the popular 36 hole Lam Luk Ka Country Club. Like its neighbor, driving to Cascata Golf Club takes around 80 minutes from Bangkok’s city center. Although a little further than most of the Bangkok golf courses those making the journey to Cascata will be well rewarded.

I was pleasantly surprised when entering through the Mediterranean gateway, driving over canals and through rice field to find this magnificent gem. Someone is doing something right for sure as the golf course has the makings to join the ranks of some of Bangkok’s other more well known championship golf venues, such as Thai Country Club and Alpine Golf and Sports Club. The local management has good experience as they also run the Jack Nicklaus designed Legacy Golf Club. The caddies are well trained coming from either the now closed World Trade Golf Club or neighboring Lam Luk Ka Country Club.

On the 7,047 yard course starting from the par 4, 392 yard 1st hole, a sharp dogleg right to an elevated and well guarded green, all the way through to the signature 12th, a par 5 520 yard hole with a huge waste bunker along the left side of the fairway, the course breathes of high quality and interesting design. The greens are large and generous without too many undulations. However, being constructed of well groomed modern turf over a well draining sandy base, they roll as fast of some of the Bangkok’s best. The fairways are wide and for the most part flat, making for good lies for all well stuck shots. On the other hand, many of the green side bunkers have very steep walls demanding skillful sand play if one is to get out in one attempt.

Currently the course has many young planted and staked trees, allowing for free relief from errant drives and ensures good scores for both low and high handicappers. In the future, as the course matures, so will the difficulty. Also, as the course is very new, there are not many players, so tee times, even on weekends are readily available. I also expect this to drastically change as the word gets out on Cascata Golf Club.

One point to note is while the course is situated on a relatively compact parcel of land, making the green to tee walking distance rather short, there is a compulsory golf cart policy, which I personally feel detracts from the natural setting of the course and unnecessarily drives up the playing costs. In time, I am sure the management will look into this and reconsider the mandatory buggy policy.

If anyone would like directions to or have any further questions about Cascata Golf Club, please let me know by posting a comment or if you prefer you can email me directly at my Thailand golf vacation company.

5 comments

  1. Sparky

    Dont you have to hold a championship before you can even consider calling yourself a “Championship Course” ? .
    It also beats me how the caddies can be “well trained” when they are used to working on other courses .
    T.i.T. I suppose.
    Best Regards
    Sparky

  2. Hi Sparky,
    You do not have to hold a championship to be called a championship course, only be of that caliber. For the caddies, all of them have been hand picked from those that used to work at Woirld Trade and Legacy and Lam Luk Ka, this is a good thing.
    I have played twice now at Casata and both times my caddies were excellent, knowing just what to do in all situations.
    The course GM is doing a good job keeping the standard of play and caddies at a good level. Let me know your experiences after you play Casata Golf Club.
    Mark

  3. Sparky

    Well Mark , thats a new one to me , but then again there is very little in the World of Golf nowadays that doesnt have this Scot ‘shacking his heid’ in astonishment.
    I just always thought the definition of a “championship” was a competition at which a champion is chosen ? .
    Not a word to be used as a marketing scam .
    So who then decides the caliber of this course ? . It certainly should not be the Owner/Developer/Designer in my opinion .
    Then again in Thailand , its easier to find a “Championship” course than an unpretenious , hacker friendly , joy to play course that your average golfer likes .
    T.i.T.
    Best Regards
    Sparky

  4. SBilly

    Mark,
    What’s all this rubbish about “signature” holes?? I mean to say, who the hell decided that it was the 12th, and who has the right to decide which hole is the “signature”, I do hope this has nothing to do with you??
    I’m amazed at all talk of such things, how two bit, tourist courses can have such things unless they’ve got some history behind them is totally beyond me!
    kindest regards
    S.Billy

  5. Billy,
    First of all, thanks for the comment. You raise a good question about signature holes in general and in particular at Cascata. I am not sure who decides this and what determines if a hole is signature or not. My assumption was that these holes are the “signature” of the golf course designer and represented what the designer felt was the hole(s) of most interest, challenge, beauty, or having some special design feature. Usually, this can be found out by reading the score card or in this case asking the club management.
    If you find out that some other hole(s) have been designated as being the signature hole(s), do let me know and I will be sure to post an update. In the meantime, keep the comments coming.
    Cheers,
    Mark

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