A classic that has stood the test of time; for fans of island greens in particular. This Greg Norman design, host to such prestigious events as the 1993 Thailand Open and the final round of the 1996 Johnnie Walker Super Tour won by Ernie Els, has stood the test of time and is rightfully regarded as something of a classic.
Following extensive renovations in 2010 of both course and clubhouse, it is well placed to compete with the best that the Bangkok region has to offer. Using plain grasses, reeds and abundant sand to create a convincing illusion of seaside golf, a facet enhanced by the natural streams and well positioned bunker traps, Thana City is quite simply a quality course. If you can avoid the abundant high-lipped bunkers and problematic rough, you will find greens that are well maintained and lightning quick, in part thanks to the good drainage that ensures the course is playable all year round. There are plenty of island greens to test your nerve, especially at the standout 18th, where a nervy tee shot down a fairway bordered by water and peppered by awkward bunkers must be followed by a tough long-iron approach to yet another island green. There are many holes where you are happy to walk away with a bogey.
The course can be busy which makes for slow rounds, and occasionally tee times are not strictly enforced which can be annoying. The only other downside is that it is in the flight path of the nearby Suvanabhumi airport; on the other hand, it makes it the ideal place for one final round before your flight home.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Thana City Golf & Country Club to your Bangkok golf holiday package.