Get away from the crowds and the city at this great value course, with challenges to suit the pro and the weekend hacker alike.
Far from the hecticness of Bangkok, Lam Luk Ka Country Club is an oasis of rural charm with 36 holes that wind their way through Bangkok's wetlands, whose numerous trees and waterways are home to a plethora of wildlife.
The upside of its distance from the city is the relative ease of getting a tee time on at least one of the two quality courses, the Championship East Course (comprising the A & B nines) and the Resort West Course (C & D nines). Both are beautifully presented and maintained, and characterised by ever-present water hazards and probably the best putting surfaces in the region. The Championship East course, which hosted the 2002 Thailand PGA Championship, is the longer of the two, with straight drives necessary to avoid the hazards that will quickly punish errant shots. The long 7th and 8th are two of the best par-4s in Bangkok, and the course concludes with a dramatic par-5 which is reachable in two; boldness is either greatly rewarded by an eagle opportunity or harshly punished by the monstrous and greedy deep bunker in front of the green. The West course is shorter and a little less challenging, thereby suitable for a wider range of skill levels, but those looking to take advantage of that and shoot a low score would be well advised not to be complacent as there is water in play on 15 holes; we particularly enjoyed the fact that there are different ways to play many of the holes, so while a long drive is useful it is not necessary. Again it is the 18th that will stick in the memory, with a fairway bisected by a creek and an awkward sloping green.
What the caddies occasionally lack in English skills they make up for with course knowledge, always seeming to know their distances even from the undergrowth in which we sometimes found ourselves. The clubhouse offers everything from an Olympic size pool to quality Thai food in the restaurant that offers a great view of the course. With reasonable green fees, Lam Luk Ka Country Club definitely falls into the 'must play' category.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Lam Lukka Country Club to your Bangkok golf holiday package.