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Lam Luk Ka Country Club. West Course
A one hour drive from Bangkok’s thriving metropolis, Lam Luk Ka Country Club’s 36 holes set the stage for a golf experience not easily forgotten.
Both courses meander through Bangkok’s wetlands, where over 10,000 trees and water ways provide homes to over 100 species of birds and wildlife.
The Championship East Course which places a premium on driving the ball long and straight is their longest course, at 7,012 yards from the blue tees or 5,517 from the red tees. It hosted the 2002 Thailand PGA Championship, and will punish errant golf shots, but make for an enjoyable round if played from the somewhat friendlier white tees.
The day we arrived the East Course was closed for maintenance, so they can keep all the greens and fairways in excellent condition. We played The West Course.
It is relatively short, but water comes into play on 15 holes making course management a key factor in scoring. A par 72 course playing 6605 from the Blue tees down to 5,335 yards from the red tees. Every hole provides several options, so longer hitters can still hit driver although it’s not necessary on most holes.
The West Course is a favourite of tourists and recreational golfers, and is home to a plethora of native birds and wildlife, and even though in the summer Bangkok experiences massive downpours, their drainage system is excellent and copes well.
It is great to be able to play a course with so much wildlife all around you and you really do get the feeling of playing in the country. Worth bringing your camera!
Before your round there is a 60,000 square foot, 30 Bay Grassed Driving Range, as well as chipping and putting green.
Chipping greens are individually designed for trouble play and regular short game shots.
The first hole is a par 4 and it pays to aim for the right of the dog leg so you have a clear view of the raised green. The 2nd is the longest on the course at 554 yards, but being straight is fairly tame.
Most of the front nine holes are interesting and hole 5 needs a bit of careful planning with a tree in the middle of the fairway. Ideal to aim right but beware of the water and then accuracy is required for the 2nd shot onto a green surrounded by grassy mounds.
The West course I think comes into its own on the back nine with a difficult par 4 to start you off. My favourite is the 13th a par 5 from a raised tee ending up with a green surrounded by water and several large and deep bunkers. I have never seen bunkers raked in such creative designs before!
A clever par 3 on 16 with a flattish green almost surrounded by water requires a high approach shot unless you want to slide off into the water. Their 18th finishes alongside a large lake with a small stream cutting across the fairway nearby the green. Reasonable birdie opportunity here!
After your round, you can relax and take a swim overlooking the 10th, or enjoy a range of Thai or international culinary delights in the clubhouse restaurant overlooking the 18th.
Lam Luk Ka’s club house may not be the most modern around, but they make up with very friendly staff both in the club’s restaurant and out on the course. Our caddies were very well trained and were able to give us all the yardage and tips on how to play each hole.
There is a fully equipped pro shop and out on the course there were numerous food and drink stations, very useful to escape the downpours.
I have now played both East and West courses and would recommend both as they offer you exciting challenges, played on a very well maintained 36 hole golf course close to Bangkok.
If you want to get away from the confines of central Bangkok, then Lam Luk Ka Country Club is a great day out playing on what is one of the city’s top courses.
Lam Luk Ka Country Club
Address: 29 Moo 7 Lamsai Lam Luk Ka Khlong 11, Pathum Thani 12150
Phone:02 995 2305