Thai Diamond Land Kaeng Krachan Resort Country Club Details
Year built: 1996
Architect(s): Cherd Bunyaratavej, Jack Niclause, Greg Norman
Season: Year round
Thai Diamond Land Kaeng Krachan Resort Country Club lies in neighboring Petchaburi, 1 hour inland from Hua Hin. It is located on the northern side of the mountain range right in the center of an estate surrounded by mountains, forests and lakes.
Thai Diamond Land Kaeng Krachan Resort Country Club has operated since 1994. The first 18 holes (Lake and Valley) were designed by Cherd Bunyaratavej, a popular Thai golf architect. These holes require accuracy off the tee to avoid losing balls amongst the many trees and bamboo forest which line the fairways. The fairways are beautiful to play off and the greens can be tricky even though not appearing to have a lot of movement in them. Several natural lakes form the basis for the water hazard that come into play on 6 holes. All in all, Kaeng Krachan is a test of skill at every level of the game.
The new Jack Nicklaus 9 hole Mountain course opened for play in March 2008, making Thai Diamond Land Kaeng Krachan Resort Country Club a 27 hole golf facility. From the Championship tees the par 36 Nicklaus course stretches over 3,600 yards and offers some of the most dramatic elevation changes in Thailand. Each hole presents risk versus reward options and is playable for golfers of all skill levels. The Nicklaus design team did a remarkable job of preserving the natural terrain, lakes and streams and did minimal earth works so the golf course doesn’t feel contrived in any way. Interestingly enough, four of the holes dog leg to the left which go against Nicklaus’ early designs in which he seemed to favor dog leg right holes for his patented fade. Hole 3 is a majestic par 5 that sweeps left through forest-bordered fairways on either side. It features a sprinkling of fairway and pot bunkers with a two-tiered green sloping from back to front.