Yesterday I had another opportunity to play at the Thai Country Club. This is the course just 40 minutes South of Bangkok that run by the Peninsula hotel group and is home each year to the Asian Volvo Masters. It is constantly rated as one of the top 10 courses in Asia. If you have not played here, you need to try at least once. (Although I want you to know, once will not be enough!)
To summarize, playing at Thai Country Club is a total golfing experience. From the moment you drive up and are greeted by your caddie to the second you depart after enjoying a great meal in the club house you feel like you are at a 5 star hotel and golf resort. The service and quality are second to no other golf course.
In a previous post I mentioned that I thought the course was a bit over rated as I have always felt that the greens were a bit grainy. Well I am glad to report that this situation is no more! The greens are now in tip top condition and have matured to a point that they roll almost perfect. Speaking to always present and helpful the GM, Mr. JP Schneider, he mentioned that the greens are now rolling between 11 and 12 and they plan to have the greens at 13 or more for this years Asian Volvo Masters. I can confirm the current conditions and as it was pure joy to be putting on such fast and beautiful greens yesterday.
The rest of the course was, as usual, in spectacular condition. Perfectly groomed fairways and tee boxes are evident on every hole. Standing on the 10th tee box where Tiger Woods drove the 340 yards to the green in 1997 when he won the Asian Honda Classic, it really makes you appreciate the quality as well as the challenge of the course, plus get in a little golf dreaming at the same time. Once again, if you are in Bangkok put the Thai Country Club high on your MUST PLAY list.
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