A course in need of some TLC before it can stand a chance of living up to the hype. Any course which optimistically claims to test 'your mind, swing, spirit and soul' is going to have a tough time living up to its bold claim, and while Mission Hills Kanchanaburi does provide an appealing challenge it inevitably fails to live up to its own hype despite being the work of the legendary Mr. Nicklaus. There's plenty of water and sand (in the form of the waste bunkers for which Nicklaus-designed courses are known) to catch you out, and the thick bermuda rough is best avoided. Unusually, five of the holes offer double fairways allowing a choice of routes to the green. Playing to par here is tough; at the 8th, for example, a long hole is made harder by having substantial bunkering down the left and water down the right from tee to green, and the wide creek that splits the 12th fairway will claim more than its fair share of victims. The standout hole is probably the the 3rd, a medium length par-3 with water to the left and an epic bunker to the right. Swirling winds make landing on the green something of an achievement. Despite all this however, it’s probably the weakest of the numerous Nicklaus-designed courses in Thailand, an impression reinforced by somewhat slipshod maintenance which has led to parched fairways and bald patches on the dry greens. Also, the onsite resort is still under construction so accommodation is not yet on offer. While all this means that the course is not as popular as it once was, on the upside you'll get round quickly, but that's just clutching at straws and to be honest there are probably better options available for a round of golf in the area. Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Mission Hills Golf Club to your River Kwai golf holiday package.