A creative layout and some spectacular scenery more than compensate for a lack of upkeep.About 25km north of Kanchanaburi lies Nichigo Golf Resort & Country Club, home of three distinctive nine hole layouts (Lake, River and Mountain) each with their own appeal. With the rocky hills near the border with Burma on one side and the river Kwai of movie legend on the other, there is some breathtaking scenery to be enjoyed as you navigate this tricky course which places a premium on accuracy, in part thanks to the maturing trees. While the fairways are environmentally friendly thanks to the use of imported Noshiba grass that doesn't require pesticides, getting to play off them isn't all that easy as they are narrow with plenty of elevation changes. Although some of the dog-legs offer the chance to cut the odd corner, more often than not you need to be hitting perfect tee shots to stand a chance to make the green in regulation. This is especially the case on the standout 5th, a long par-4 with a dog-leg left green, where the mature trees mean that keeping right is your only chance to reach the green in two. After the hole, take a moment to enjoy the replica of the famous 'Bridge over the River Kwai' before taking on the 6th. Thanks to the excellent layout of the course you will be less inclined to complain about the lack of upkeep on the tee boxes and fairways, which results from the financial strains of too few guests; on the plus side, there is the chance to get in a quick round away form the tourist hordes at what really should be a more popular course. Likewise, the off-course facilities aren't up to much, with small changing rooms and a sparsely stocked pro shop; it is recommended that you eat elsewhere after your round and definitely avoid the on-site resort which has seen better days. Despite all this, the quality of the course itself and the value for money green fees at Nichigo Resort & Country Club mean that we are still happy to recommend a round here. Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Nichigo Golf Resort & Country Club to your Kanchanaburi golf holiday package.