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10 Best Thailand Golf Courses (6 of 10)

10 Best Thailand Golf Courses (6 of 10)

Laem Chabang Golf Club (2)Here is the sixth of my top 10 Thailand golf courses.

Laem Chabang International Country Club, Pattaya

Laem Chabang is the best of the six courses that golf legend Jack Nicklaus has designed in Thailand. This 27-hole complex offers three 9-hole courses (Lake, Valley and Mountain), each a close-to-nature experience that is visually appealing and, at times, quite challenging. The Pattaya golf course layout is a rewarding and challenging one with plenty of hazards, bunkers, sand traps and water hazards, along with the natural hazards, lakes, ponds creeks and rock formations.

The Mountain Course begins as a jungle-like experience, before opening up to wider fairways and excellent fast greens. It is the most requested of the three nines, albeit my favorite is the Lake and Valley combination.

The Valley Course in particular, which at 3619 yards is 200 yards longer than the Lake and Mountain Courses, features water on many holes and demands requires precision shot making off the tee and into greens that are well guarded by water and sand.

Laem Chabang has hosted numerous championship events, including the 2001 Volvo Classic, the 2002 Thai Senior Open and more recently the 2010 Thailand Open. Laem Chabang is a member of Golf In A Kingdom.

Insiders Tip: Try the night golf at Laem Chabang for a special Pattaya golf outing. Playing floodlight fairways has a appeal to many Pattaya golfers as it is generally cooler and less crowded. As an added bonus and for those on a limited budget night golf, which actually starts at 4:00 PM, is 500 baht less expensive weekdays and 1000 baht less expensive on weekends as compared to the price of day golf. So you play the first nine watching the sun set and then the second nine under the stars and save some baht for entertainment after your round!

Laem Chabang Golf Has New Grass

Laem Chabang Golf Has New Grass

Laem Chabang Golf August 2011 Last month I had the good fortune to play my favorite Pattaya golf course, Laem Chabang International Country Club. To my great surprise the Mountain Course, usually considered the best Laem Chabang golf course, and was closed for renovations, so we played the Lake Course and the Valley Course instead. About half way through the Lake nine I noticed something strange around the greens. The fringe areas seem to be brighter color than the fairways and greens. Upon closer inspection I realized that the fringes had new Paspalum sod on them.

Checking around some more the caddies confirmed this as well as went over the entire maintenance program of Laem Chabang International Country Club.

1.    Valley Course: All 9 holes completed with Paspalum grass fairways, tee, boxes, and fringe areas. New white golf sand in greenside bunkers.

2.    Lake Course: All 9 holes have new Paspalum tee-boxes. Hole 9 completed with new grass and sand. Other holes to follow, but schedule unknown.

3.    Mountain Course: Closed for 2-3 months for grassing of tee-boxes, and fringe areas. New concrete cart path being installed to eliminate high bank areas and tendency for carts to fall-over.

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