Bangpakong Riverside Country Club
|Course Designer:||Chird Booyaratevej|
|Course Information:||18 Holes Par 72 - 6683 yards|
|Extras:||Golf Cart 600 bht|
|Location:||East Bangkok along Bangna-Trad Highway between Bangkok and Pattaya|
|Facilities:||Driving Range, Restaurants|
|Distance to Bangkok:||70 minutes from Bangkok|
Built with wide Fairways and limited hazards
Thailand’s first riverside course measures 6,683 yards with bunkers found around fairway landing areas and guarding all 18 greens. The river forms a ‘U’ and defines a peninsula where the course is located. A contiguous water hazard wends through the course much like a river and comes into play on 13 holes. Thick rough lies at the edges of broad fairways and the course can play longer than it measures due to prevailing winds from the Gulf of Thailand, five miles away at the mouth of the Bangpakong River. On two par three holes and on one par five and one par four, you have to contend with carries over water.
Bangpakong Riverside Country Club is about forty five minutes east of Bangkok’s city limits and 10 minutes off the highway to Pattaya. This Bangkok Golf Course is committed to “green” golf course maintenance and is one of the first ones built along the Bangkok-Pattaya golf corridor, now populated by so many golf courses. Once voted one of Asia’s most popular and one of Thailand’s best golf courses, the Bangpakong course is popular for its outstanding value. There is a decent practice area and driving range adjacent to the golf course.
Bangprakong Riverside places great emphasis on the local ecology by practicing 'green' golf course maintenance. The overall impact is refreshing environment for golf, with extensive local flora and fauna surrounding the golf course. The Bangpakong Riverside layout is mostly flat and among large paddy fields. Fairways are extremely wide, sometimes seemingly as wide as they are long, which makes the Bangpakong golf course well suited for beginners. There is some thick rough off the fairways, but the balls sit up high for the most part, again making it easy to advance.
The course plays long, especially on holes playing into the prevailing wind off the Bangpakong River. These strong winds can add extra yardage, particularly so on the par 3 holes where players also have to contend with water carries and 200 yard distances. Blind shots over trees and lakes are featured on a few of the holes and the river winds around the course and comes into play often.