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Kanchanaburi River Kwai golf courses

Thailand is full of beautiful places to visit and play golf, one of which is Kanchanaburi in the west of the country.

The town itself is modern and has become a popular spot for travellers.  It can be found where the Khwae Noi and Khwae Yai Rivers meet into the Mae Klong River.  If you believe you have heard of Kanchanaburi before but cannot quite place it, you may be thinking of the Bridge over the River Kwai.

Kanchanaburi can be reached by road in about three hours from Bangkok – it is also quite accessible from Hua Hin and it takes about the same time.  This makes quite an interesting two centre Thailand Golf Holiday. Also check out our 10 money saving tips for golfing in Thailand.

Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai combine to make this region of Thailand a great place to play golf.  In fact, you will often hear Kanchanaburi referred to as the River Kwai, so keep this in mind when travelling in Thailand.

The World War II memorials serve as a reminder of the dark events which took place in Kanchanaburi.  However, the town and province has worked through this period and while not forgotten, it is now a place full of enjoyment, especially for a golf holiday.

Getting to Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi is very each to reach from Bangkok, so if you are arriving into Thailand via a flight from a different country, this is the best place to start.  You can get a one of the many bus services which travel between Bangkok and Kanchanaburi, including a first-class bus which takes only 2 hours to reach the province.

You can also use the tourist minibus or if you are bringing your own clubs to play golf in Kanchanaburi you could book a taxi or hire a car, keeping your clubs safe in the boot of the vehicle as you travel.

You can also reach Kanchanaburi from other areas of Thailand such as Pattaya but the journey will take around 5 hours.

Weather in Kanchanaburi

When booking a golf holiday in Kanchanaburi, you must be aware of the climate and come prepared.  If you are travelling between November and January you will be in the cool season and this sees pleasant temperatures and dry playing conditions.  Between February and May the weather is warmer and you will find some days can be very hot, meaning you must be prepared with plenty of water on the golf course.

The months between July and September is the rainy season but don’t let this put you off booking a golf trip to Kanchanaburi.  There will be rain showers but these can be quite refreshing and don’t tend to last very long.  They are often followed by a spell of sunshine, which is perfect for playing golf.

If you have visited other popular regions of Thailand to play golf, you will probably find Kanchanaburi to be cooler over all but still nice and warm in comparison to northern hemisphere temperatures, especially in winter time.

If you like a good variety of golf courses, you will find Kanchanaburi is the perfect place for a golf holiday.  So, the question is, where do you start?

Consistently rated as not only of the best courses in Kanchanaburi but the whole of Thailand is Grand Prix Golf Club and being just 30 minutes from Kanchanaburi town, it is the perfect place to begin your golf adventure.

The course was designed by Mr Prayard Chinnaraj and Dr Prachin Eamlumnow and opened for play in 2012.  As you can perhaps guess from the name, this 18-hole par-72 golf course has links to the motoring world and each hole has been sponsored by a leading automobile company.

The course plays to 7,136 yards and offers panoramic views of the Burmese mountains in the distance.  The river which bisects the course adds to the overall beauty of this magnificent golf course.

The round at the Grand Prix Golf Club starts with a dramatic 50 metre drop from the raised tee box on the first hole and you can see each of the front nine holes before you, in addition to a large lake.  As you get into the round you will notice the undulations on the fairways and greens and there are several split fairways providing a choice of avenues to the green.

The signature hole is the par-5 5th hole, which is the longest on the course at 557 yards and features a large elevated green which is well protected by water on three sides.

In addition to the immaculately presented golf course, the clubhouse and resort at the Grand Prix Golf Club is first class and a great way to start your golf holiday in Kanchanaburi.

Also located just 30 minutes away from Kanchanaburi is Nichigo Golf Resort and Country Club.  This golf club and resort is arguably the most popular in this region of Thailand and is situated along the River Kwai Yai, the largest of the two Kwai rivers.

The 27-hole course is split into three sets of nine holes called the Lake, River and Mountain courses.  The course at Nichigo Golf Resort and Country Club is a lovely blend of a challenging round of golf and a peaceful, charming setting and that’s probably the reason why so many people rate it as being their top golf course in Kanchanaburi.

Playing alongside the river, with the tropical gardens and mountainous landscape is a tremendous experience but look out for the dog legs, undulating fairways and the bunkers surrounding the greens, which all add to the test of the course.

Between holes 5 and 6 you will cross a replica of the Bridge over the River Kwai, a spot where many visiting golfers pause for one of several photos during a round at Nichigo Golf Resort and Country Club.

The course is environmentally friendly thanks to the imported Noshiba grass from Korea that does not require any pesticides to maintain.  You can rest assured that the golf course is always in a fantastic condition and you cannot leave Kanchanaburi without playing a round of golf at Nichigo Golf Resort and Country Club.

Moving slightly further away from the River Kwai, you will find Mission Hills Golf Club Kanchanaburi, which is one of three Jack Nicklaus designed Mission Hills golf courses in Thailand.

As you would expect from a Nicklaus designed course, water and sand feature heavily throughout, not to forget the speciality waste bunkers.  The fairways are lined by mature palm trees and the course is set in natural surroundings, giving a strong rural feel to the venue.

While the course has a choice of tee boxes on each hole, this is not an easy course to master and you will need to play well to score low.  The greens are well protected by bunkers and the thick rough should be avoided if you want an easy path to the putting surface.  Several of the fairways offer more than one route to the green, which adds a strong element of strategy to the round at Mission Hills Golf Club Kanchanaburi.

The par-5’s are the standout holes on this course, varying in length and often featuring water, either running alongside the fairway, through the fairway or around the green.  Also, look out for the par-4 17th hole which has an island green.

Having played a Kanchanaburi course designed by one of the biggest names in the world of golf, why not try a hidden gem?

Royal Ratchaburi Golf Club is just an hour away from the town and was established in 1988, making it one of the oldest golf courses in this region of Thailand.  The spectacular and remote setting of this course is what makes it a great place to play golf and the views of Burmese mountain ranges are superb.

The greens here are very well kept which is not always the case when playing a rural golf course and the fairways follow the hilly terrain of the course, moving up and down as you progress through the 18 holes.

The back nine holes are probably the more difficult at Royal Ratchaburi Golf Club as the fairways tend to narrow the further you get into the round.  The par-3 holes are mostly short in length but require shots over deep canyons so you must be fully committed to your shot or face the possibility of lost balls.

The off-course facilities are what you would expect of a rural Thailand golf course and the fact they are basic is what keeps this course in the category of ‘hidden gem’.  People do not come to Royal Ratchaburi Golf Club for modern facilities, they come for a well-kept, remote golfing experience and that’s exactly what this golf course delivers.

One word of warning though, keep an eye on any balls which drop away from the fairway as there are a group of local monkeys who love nothing more than pinching the occasional stray golf ball.

If you would like to test yourself with the locals when playing golf in Kanchanaburi, you should head 25 kilometres west of Kanchanaburi to Mida Golf Club.

Many of the holes are flat and straight forward on this golf course so while it may not offer the same challenge as those highlighted above, it is a great place to start for beginner golfers and those wanting to get into the swing of things before tackling the other courses.

That’s not to say Mida Golf Club is not a good golf course because it is and the views of the mountains in addition to the pine tree landscape make it a lovely place to play golf in Kanchanaburi.  There is little in the way of undulations on the greens, so judging the pace of your putting correctly becomes even more important on this course.

Mida Golf Club is a great place for groups of golfers of varying ability and gives everyone the opportunity to score low in beautiful surroundings.

For those searching for a more challenging round of golf in Kanchanaburi you should try Dragon Hills Golf and Country Club.  This matches the rural setting of Mida Golf Club by being in a remote area between Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin but the holes, especially the back nine, provide a real test for even the best golfers.

The course is set in a hilly valley, with jungle as far as the eye can see on many of the holes.  Undulating fairways and greens coupled with carries over water, doglegs and strategically placed bunkers make this course a pleasure to play.

The back nine holes play through well preserved park lands, with long par 4 and par 5 holes in addition to three par 3 holes, which is unusual for a back nine.  The pick of the par-3 holes must be the 17th, which features a 170-yard downhill tee shot to an island green.

Adding to the excellent golf course is the rustic clubhouse and while not being up to the same standard as some other golf courses in Kanchanaburi, provides ample facilities for those who are not planning on staying overnight.

Your choice of golf courses in Kanchanaburi does not end there and you also have the Blue Sapphire Golf and Resort and the Evergreen Hills Golf and Country Club to add to your list.  The first is a 36-hole golf club, divided into two 18-hole courses called Canyon Course and Ocean Course.  Both courses are situated in a former open-cast Sapphire mine and are played through a small number of manmade lakes.

The latter course, Evergreen Hills Golf and Country Club, is located on a highland valley, close to the Burmese border.  This golf course has played host to several Thai professional golf tournaments and the fairways and greens are befitted of a professional golf event venue.  The temperatures tend to be mild on this course, especially compared to other areas of Thailand so if you want to escape the heat but still enjoy a quality round of golf, Evergreen Hills Golf and Country Club comes highly recommended.

When playing golf in Kanchanaburi you are spoilt for choice and will have a great time on whichever golf course you play.  The area is full of natural beauty and this transfers to the golf, with some stunning golf courses available to visitors.

 

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Blue Sapphire Golf Resort

฿1,050 (THB1,050)
1050 ฿
Steven Youdan & Art-anan Yomchinda
7000 yards | Parkland
Review Score: 2.2 out of 5
2.2 2

Golf is very popular across the whole of Thailand but golf in Kanchanaburi has really grown and the area offers a huge number of excellent golf courses.  Blue Sapphire Golf and Resort, is one such course and is located a short, 30-minute drive from Kanchanaburi town and 3 hours away from Bangkok.  The Blue Sapphire Golf and Resort is a 36-hole golf course and interestingly, the area in which it has been constructed, was formerly a Sapphire mine, hence the name.  The area of land left over from the mine, could easily house a large football stadium and it’s proved to be the perfect venue for a golf course. 

Dragon Hills Golf Country Club

Price on application
Jim Engh
6812 yards | Parkland

If you are a golfer, who enjoys the feel of being in a remote setting, Dragon Hills Golf and Country Club could be the perfect place for you.  The popularity of golf in Kanchanaburi has been growing year-on-year and this has drawn some of the leading golf courses designers to the area.  American, Jim Enge, who has great experience of working with Jack Nicklaus, was the man responsible for the great looking layout at Dragon Hills.  In truth, considering the beauty of the local area, Enge was on to a good thing, before he even started.

Evergreen Hills Golf Club

Price on application
At-anan Yochinda
6879 yards | Parkland

Evergreen Hills Golf Club and Resort, is located very close to the Burmese border, in the Kanchanaburi region of Thailand.  Kanchanaburi town is about 1 hour drive away and Hua Hin is another 30 minutes further, making Evergreen Hills a possibility, from either of these places, as a day trip or for a longer period.  One of a collection of park land courses in this region of Thailand, Evergreen Hills is frequented by many locals and expatriates but visitors are also made welcome and it’s certainly worth making the trip.

Grand Prix Golf Club

฿1,600 (THB1,600)
1600 ฿
Prayard Chinnaraj/Prachin Eamlumnow
7136 yards | Parkland
Review Score: 4.6 out of 5
4.5 4

The Grand Prix Golf Club, sounds like something from the world of Formula 1 and although things are little more relaxed than the F1 circuit, the course does have links to the automotive world.  Situated in the Kanchanaburi region of Thailand, which is the largest of western provinces in the country, the course is named after the company which owns it, Grand Prix International.  Their magazine is about motor vehicles but Dr. Prasad Jin Lmena moved in to cable television, before investing in the world of golf and the Grand Prix Golf Club has certainly proved to be a wise decision.

Mida Golf Club

฿1,000 (THB1,000)
1000 ฿
Golf Technology Co. Ltd.
6844 yards | Parkland
Review Score: 3.8 out of 5
3.8 1

Mida Golf Club boasts a central location in the Kanchanaburi region of Thailand, making it very easy to reach, from multiple destinations.  For those who are new to Mida Golf Club, this may be due to the fact it was re-named in 2010 and was previously known as Lion Hills Golf & Country Club.  However, the company which originally owned it, sold the golf club and the resort which surrounds the area.  Thankfully, Mida Golf Club are keen to ensure the golf course continues to grow and offers plenty to do, for the whole family.

Mission Hills Golf Club Kanchanaburi

Price on application
Jack Nicklaus
7046 yards | Parkland
Review Score: 1.0 out of 5
1 1

Situated just over 100 kilometres away from the Thailand capital, in the Kanchanaburi region of the country, is Mission Hills Golf Club.  This one of three Jack Nicklaus designed Mission Hills golf courses in Thailand, with the other two being in Phuket and Khao Yai.  The golf club has good road links, making it very easy to reach and is worth the journey, from either Kanchanaburi town or Bangkok.  Mission Hills was first open for play back in 1991 and provides a very good challenge, even for players on top of their game.

Nichigo Resort Country Club

฿800 (THB800)
800 ฿
Mitsuaki Kobayashi
7223 yards | Parkland
Review Score: 3.6 out of 5
3.6 1

Located 30 minutes north of Kanchanaburi town, is the Nichigo Golf Resort and Country Club.  Designed by Mitsuaki Kobayashi, the course was opened to the public in 1992 and features 27 holes, split in to three sets, of nine holes.  These have been named, the Lake Course, River Course and Mountain Course.  The course is about 2 hours 30 minutes away from Hua Hin and is rated as, not only one of the best golf courses in the Kanchanaburi region but one of the best in the whole of Thailand.

Royal Ratchaburi Golf Club

฿900 (THB900)
900 ฿
Artanan Yomchinda
6785 yards | Parkland
Review Score: 3.6 out of 5
3.6 1

Located just off Highway 4, leading south towards Hua-Hin and Cha-Am, is the Royal Ratchaburi Golf Club.  Designed by Artanan Yomchinda and opened in 1988, Royal Ratchaburi is regarded as one of the most spectacular golf courses in the Kachanaburi region and perhaps this is the reason why, it is considered to be one of the more popular golf courses among the local people.  Royal Ratchaburi is a par-72, 18-hole golf course, plays at 6785 yards and is about 1-hour drive from Kachanaburi town and 90 minutes dive from Hua-Hin.

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