The course is close to the mouth of the Bangpakong River and many of the holes run beside the water and there is a large lake surrounding most of the course which you will encounter as you make your way around. Being so close to the ocean you can often enjoy cooling seas breezes which when they freshen can make club selection trickier. The greens are quite difficult with plenty of bumps and hollows and they are also extremely fast.
The fairways are pretty wide and forgiving and they tend to keep the rough manageable. Many of the fairways are edged with quite significant mounds with more close to the green. Another feature of the course are the many waste bunkers
The clubhouse and the facilities are outstanding with service to match and they serve great food in the air-conditioned restaurant and on the open-air terrace. The courses is very popular with the Japanese and also with locals who often block the course with 5 or 6 balls which can make for a very slow round.
Royal Lakeside Golf Club which is just outside Chonburi is a real hidden gem and probably one of the best golf courses on Thailand's Eastern Seaboard. It’s about one hour from Pattaya and about the same distance from Bangkok so a good course to play just after you land or on the way back to the airport from Pattaya. When it originally opened it must have been beautiful and although the course remains very attractive it has been slightly blighted by the surrounding industrial estates.