You'll need GPS to find it, but the quality of golf on offer means it is well worth the adventure.
In the hills to the west of Ratchaburi lies the hidden gem that is Royal Ratchaburi Golf Club. And when we say hidden, we aren't kidding - a distinct lack of signposting means that this is a hard course to find, but well worth the effort. Despite the imposing rocks that lie to your right from the first tee, the front nine is fairly straightforward thanks to the wide, flat fairways that mean that any dog-legs aren't too tricky to negotiate. It's easy to get lulled into a false sense of security only enhanced by the pleasing surroundings and allow the back nine to bite you. All of a sudden the fairways contract and there are trees where you'd least like them.
Shots you got away with on the front nine are harshly punished and you suddenly need to drive that little bit further to set up your second shot. Indicative of this is the eye-catching 16th, a par 4 with a massive lake that splits the fairway and offers two tricky routes to the green. Going right is longer but with the promise of an easier approach, while the left route requires precision play and a second shot over water to a green that seems reluctant to hold the ball. Whichever route you take, there is little room for error.
While the course is in generally good shape, the odd bunker apart, the course plays too short and so unless you are an absolute beginner we'd recommend that you play from one tee further back than you ordinarily would. If you take advantage of the superb knowledge of the caddies then playing from further back shouldn't prove too much of a handicap. The clubhouse has seen better days and most of the facilities are functional rather than sumptuous, but the course itself more than makes up for this, so a round at Royal Ratchaburi Golf Club has much to recommend it.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Royal Ratchaburi Golf Club to your Kanchanaburi golf holiday package.