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.
The course is situated close to edge of the River Kwai and there is small scale replica of the bridge, known as the bridge over the river Kwai. This has nothing to do with the fictional novel by Pierre Boulle but is instead a smaller version of the bridge, which is found in Kanchanaburi. Sitting between the river and the mountains of the border with Burma, Nichigo Golf Resort and Country Club boasts some lovely views of the surrounding area.
The majority of holes across the three, nine hole courses, are tree lined, some of which are very tall and there are small lakes dotted around, which also play a part. The River Course is considered to be the best out of the three and this is where the bridge can be found. In fact, there are two bridges on the River Course, with the other being a rope bridge and this connects the tee box of the par-3 third hole, with the green located below.
As the name suggests, the Lake Course is where the small lake comes in to play, namely on the par-4 third hole and the par-3 fourth hole. Other than that, water does not play a huge role on the Lake Course and it develops more in to a park land style course, with plenty of woodland.
The Mountain Course is the most undulating of the three at Nichigo Golf Resort and Country Club. Due to the sloping terrain of the Mountain Course, this is where the best views are to be seen and the limestone hills make for a tremendous sight.
All-in-all, the three courses represent their own challenge and with the well bunkered greens, many golfers will find Nichigo Golf Resort and Country Club, is a good test of ability. The off-course amenities are not great however, and many people often opt to stay somewhere near the course, which offers something a little more modern and luxurious.
That being said, Nichigo is a fantastic golf course and should be included when planning a golfing trip to the Kanchanaburi region of Thailand.