Kaeng Krachan Country Club and Golf Resort
Kaeng Krachan Country Club and Golf Resort has been in operation since 1994 and is one of the more remote courses in the Hua Hin area, a one-hour drive inland in neighboring Petchaburi province.
The course lies on the northern side of a mountain range and is surrounded by hills, forests and lakes.
The first 18 holes (Lake and Valley) were designed by Cherd Bunyaratavej, a popular Thai golf course architect. They require accuracy off the tee to avoid losing balls amongst the many trees and bamboo forests which line the fairways.
While the greens are rather flat, natural lakes form water hazards that come into play on six holes. This course is by no means easy.
Kaeng Krachan was extended with the Jack Nicklaus 9 hole Mountain course in 2008, making Kaeng Krachan a 27 hole golf course. The course has a very natural feel as Nicklaus design team succeeded in preserving the natural environment to an exemplary extent. Lakes and streams were left largely untouched and earch movement was kept to a minimum. This led to an unusual Nicklaus designs as four of the holes dog leg to the left which goes against Nicklaus' earlier designs in which he seemed to favor dog leg right holes for his trademark fade.
From the Championship tees, the par 36 Nicklaus course stretches over a generous 3,600 yards.
Not only do these nine holes offer some of the most dramatic elevation changes in Thailand, each hole also presents a variety of risk versus reward options. The course is interesting and playable for golfers of all skill levels.
When out in Kaeng Krachan, the Nicklaus Mountain nine is a must play as it was built to international standards and is one the best conditioned 9 holes in the Hua Hin area. In 2010 the Asian Tour chose to hold its qualifying event at Kaeng Krachan.
The course is 51 kilometers from Hua Hin and gets very little play, especially in the low season, making it a perfect getaway for golfers looking for a quiet round away from the crowds.