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.
The course itself, nestles on gently sloping hillsides, close to the River Kwai and features something which is commonplace on many Jack Nicklaus signature courses, large waste bunkers. The fairways are lined by large palm trees and many of them come complete with water hazards.
Mission Hills, Kanchanaburi, is not a golf course to be messed with and only good players will find themselves playing to their handicaps. Having said that, the course does offer five sets of tees on each hole, so it’s certainly not a course only suited to the better player. Five of the holes have split fairways, presenting two options for reaching the green. However, approach shots to the green need to be precise because they are well bunkered and the rough around them, can be difficult to escape from cleanly.
The par 5 holes are often considered to be the best, especially with the water surrounding them and the countryside and jungle-clad hills in the distance. Yes, Mission Hills forces golfers to really concentrate on their play but there is still time to step back and soak up the splendour of the course and the views it provides. The pick of the holes has to be the long 12th and par-4 17th, which features an island green.
Although there is much to admire about the golf course at Mission Hills, the accommodation is somewhat lacking in comparison. The timber club house is certainly worth spending some time in, after a round of golf but better accommodation can be found nearby the golf course.
Additional facilities at Mission Hills, include an outdoor coffee shop, lounge, restaurant, meeting rooms, gym, sauna, swimming pool and driving range.
Mission Hills Golf Club provides one the more challenging golf courses in the Kanchanaburi Province. The surroundings are fantastic but get caught up in them and things could become difficult on the course. However, with a great design and idyllic views, Mission Hills Golf Club becomes a must play course, for anyone in the Kanchanaburi region.