Last week I and two other American semi-professional golfers had the good fortune to again play Suwan Golf Club. Here is an updated golf course review.
Suwan is a two year old championship Bangkok golf course just west of town. It was designed by the Weeyos Group and although not a top designer name, this is a very well designed course.
The par 72 course measures 7125 yards from the tips, 6721 from the blues, and 6378 from the white tees. It consists of beautiful rolling terrain, some doglegs and plenty of water. The Seashore Paspalum fairway grass presents a nice lie but they were somewhat thin due to the newness of the course and recent verticutting. The lightning fast greens are Sea Isle 2000 Paspalum, an excellent surface. Despite the somewhat thin fairways, the entire course including tees and rough is in great condition.
The green surfaces are firm and roll very true and very very fast. Many greens have severe undulations, knolls and false fronts requiring golfers to focus on making an accurate approach shot, not merely hitting the green. Unlike many courses, a front pin placement here is of little benefit on a number of the holes as the ball will roll back downhill. Players will find it challenging to gauge not only the speed of their putts but also the speed of their chips.
Fairways are generally wide and the rough is not too severe. The young trees around the course are already large enough to be a factor and in several years time will definitely add to the challenge of this course. Players will find that on many of the holes, the most difficult challenge is the approach shot into the green due to the need to be on the proper part of the putting surface.
The sand bunkers are very large, numerous and definitely come into play. The sand quality is some of the best in Thailand, not soft and loose as on many other courses, and reminds me more of the TPC at Sawgrass.
Clubhouse facilities are top notch, sparkling clean, and the service is excellent, all added benefits for those who play at Suwan.The locker, shower, and sauna facilities are some of the cleanest in all Thailand and feel more being at a great golf resort like Pebble Beach instead of in the middle of rural Thai farm land.
Golfers will want to play a couple of rounds, working on their iron game before teeing off at Suwan but they will thoroughly enjoy this championship course. if you would like more information or need any assistance booking discounted tee times drop me a line at my Thailand golf vacation company and I will take care of all the arrangements.