Your scorecard may be the only ugly sight you encounter all day on this beautiful but challenging course.
Embedded in the picturesque mountains north of Pattaya lies Pleasant Valley Golf & Country Club, a Golf East creation which is lucky to share the natural beauty of nearby Khao Kheow National Park. While the excellent course maintenance adds to the feeling of serenity, you can still find your pulse racing in this relaxing environment thanks to the course itself, which was successfully designed to be more challenging than most others in the region. Much of this gently undulating course runs alongside natural reed-filled swamps from which no ball will escape, and the ponds that often encroach on the fairways are a picturesque barrier to low scores. As soon as you pick up a club, this is no walk in the park. The 3rd is a double dog-leg par-5 with water all the way down one side; you can try cutting the first kink but a bunker awaits those that fall short, but unless you are a particular long hitter it's not worth it as you can't realistically make the water protected green in two anyway.
Further challenges await with your drive off the 12th having to carry 200 yards over water, and at the excellent finishing hole, a short par-4, it's easy to be tempted to cut dog-leg out of the equation and go straight for a water protected green. If you play more conservatively, you can't go too far or you risk running into the water; it's either a big drive to the green or play short off the tee and delay the challenge. Up-to-date facilities and excellent changing rooms are features of a clubhouse that boasts some excellent views over the course, particularly from the reasonably priced restaurant. The caddies are a bit green but their hearts are in the right place.
Overall, a brilliant choice for your golf holiday, and if you can avoid getting too wound up by the inevitable dropped shots you're in for a very pleasant day out. Like the sound of this course?
Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Pleasant Valley Golf Club to your Pattaya golf holiday package.