Nicklaus was really on his game when he designed this stunner. Highly recommended. Deservedly rated as the best course in the area and one of the top 3 Nicklaus designs in Asia, Kirimaya Golf Resort & Spa is an oasis of tranquility set within lush jungle of Khao Yai National Park. The thick vegetation allows you to feel totally cut off from the world and focussed on a round of golf that will involve negotiating hilly terrain whilst trying to feel your way round a course that is, at first look, fairly daunting. With an emphasis on using the natural surroundings to the full, you'll find wetland areas encroaching onto fairways and small ponds ready to ensnare misdirected balls. The impenetrable jungle that borders many of the holes is not technically out of bounds, but might as well be as you aren't finding your ball in there. However, we don't mean to make this course sound more difficult than it is - even high handicappers should be able to put in a reasonable score and if you listen to the advice of your caddy then shots that look intimidating from the tee can often be fairly simply negotiated. The signature par-4 16th is up there with the best holes Nicklaus has designed: as it dog-legs past a huge tree towards a green heavily guarded by water it's easy to forget you are here mainly for the golf rather than the view. The standout hole is probably the par-5 3rd, where you must avoid water on the left before attempting to reach a tiny green which sits behind a cleverly positioned lily-strewn pond. With holes cleverly bordered by trees or shrubs, you rarely get a glimpse of holes to come before you get there and it is easy to get the impression that you are the only ones on the course, and since the course is rarely that busy anyway you should be able to get round in good time. Warm hospitality, good caddies and excellent clubhouse facilities add to the overall experience, and you can even stay overnight in the 5-star resort which includes unique tented accommodation (much better than it sounds!). Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Kirimaya Golf Resort & Spa to your Khao Yai golf holiday package.