Designed by James. R. Vaughn and established in 1997, Victory Park Golf and Country Club is not your typical Thai golf venue.
The facilities are very much geared towards the local golfer rather than the visiting tourist, with a small clubhouse offering basic amenities and restaurant services.
Located 17 kilometres from Nong Khai off Friendship Highway the course lies close to the Thai/Laos border, which makes it popular with tourists from Laos given its proximity.
Although it hasn't hosted any major professional tournaments the course has played host to the Heineken Amateur Thailand Championship and British Open Qualifying which displays its pedigree.
At just under 6900 yards the course is not particularly long considering todays modern standards but this is not a negative, in fact it makes it more of a strategic challenge than a “grip it and rip it” style of play.
A great mix of hole designs maintains interest throughout and keeps the golfer thinking about their game, which is a nice touch.
At Victory Park Golf and Country Club you are eased into the round with a straightforward couple of holes that present little in way of a challenge, but you are soon tested as you stand on the 3rd hole, an accurate well positioned tee shot will leave you with a chance of getting home in two, but beware the fairway narrows and anything that strays right of your intended target line could well find the large lake.
The hardest hole, according to the indexing is hole 7, another par 5, that is within range for some of the longer hitters, is fraught with danger. Water runs the length of the hole to the right and cuts in, in front of the green to leave a trick approach if you have strayed out of position.
Considered by many as the signature hole of the course, the par 3, 13th which will undoubtedly be unlucky for some, is a tough par three coming in at around 170 yards, played over water to a green that’s is wider than it is long the hole is challenging and often yields a card-wrecking number.
The fairways are in good condition and framed by large native trees that adds dimension to what is generally a flat course, the bunkering is aesthetically pleasing again adding to the image of the golf course.
Greens are consistent and run year-round at an average speed.
Clubhouse facilities are basic but offer food and drink options for golfers.
It is not the high end resort style welcome here, but you are going to be treated well by the staff and have a pleasant experience, well worth it.