The flatness of the attractive garden-like course is enlivened by extensive bunkering and enough water hazards to keep you on your toes.
Open since 1993 and benefitting from the cooling sea breezes, the Royal Lakeside Golf Club and its impressive dome-topped clubhouse are a mainstay of the Bangkok golfing circuit. Although located just half a kilometre from the mouth of the Nang Pa Kong River, you sadly don't get to see anything of this mighty river on course. Instead, it's a lagoon that circles the course that provides opportunities for lost balls while acting as a buffer between the course and the villas on the opposite bank.
The surroundings are attractively garden-like, an attractive mix of palms, eucalyptus, flowers and shrubs not to mention the occasional stream criss-crossing a fairway here and there. A little earth-mounding does a reasonable job of breaking up the uniform flatness of the land, providing some awkward sloping lies for those who fail to find the generally generous fairways. With the rough cut fairly short, you're more likely to be troubled by the extensive bunkering, particularly on the par-3s whose greens are assiduously protected, or the occasional streams. The ever-present lagoon presents a few problems too.
Unusually, the club has its own marina, so you can arrive in style from Bangkok or Pattaya - you can see the small lighthouse that marks its entrance from the 9th tee. The aforementioned clubhouse, whose dome dominates the landscape from the fairway of the par-4 5th, is well appointed and boasts two excellent Japanese and Thai restaurants which are the perfect way to round of a day's golf at Royal Lakeside Golf Club.