Kanchanaburi River Kwai Golf
Playing golf in River Kwai is another fantastic experience to be had on your Thailand golf tour. Located in Kanchanaburi, this is Thailand's fourth largest province and borders Burma to the west of Bangkok. Set in the foot drop of mountainous terrain, this provides a wonderfully scenic setting playing golf in River Kwai. It is the site of the world famous Bridge Over the River Kwai, immortalised in books and movies, and is noted for rugged natural beauty where mountains and river valleys have inspired development of golf courses. Dam reservoirs provide further scenic beauty with waterfalls, caves, national parks and tranquil riverine settings, providing plenty of options during your Thailand golf holiday.
Kanchanaburi River Kwai Golfing Information
Golf in the world-famous River Kwai Valley has been something of a well-kept secret. Those lucky few who have discovered it, have found a new dimension to the game - that only River Kwai, Thailand's premier golfing destination can produce. There are now a number of top quality Thailand golf courses to be found in this region, so variety is not a problem for your River Kwai golf tour. With Golforient, River Kwai golf provides an ideal retreat during your custom Thailand golf vacation.
Kanchanaburi or River Kwai has been one of the most surprising golf destinations to our clients. We have recommended golf in Kanchanaburi to many tourists and they are all amazed at the variety, quality, and superb golf values in the area.
In the Kanchanaburi / River Kwai Valley region itself there are around ten golf courses of varying quality. Our recommendations: The best golfing in River Kwai is by and far the 27 - hole Nichigo Resort and Country Club championship course, designed by Mitsuaki Kobayashi who has more than 90 golf courses around the world to his credit. Idyllically nestled in between the mountains and the legendary Kwai River, this club is set in a picturesque valley in a peaceful setting. The fairways are of imported Noshiba grass that needs no insecticides to remain healthy all year round. Nichigo's Clubhouse is an ideal venue for you to admire scenic views of landscaped gardens and a sparkling lake, whilst enjoying international specialties and local dishes. There is an interesting miniature replica of the bridge over the River Kwai.
Mission Hills Golf Club is another challenging Jack Nicklaus designed golf course in beautiful natural surroundings. Set on a sloping hill, mature palms line the fairways of this outstanding course that relies on water, sand, trees and, Nicklaus’ specialty, waste bunkers, for its hazards. The course has a choice of five well-spaced tees for you to choose from according to your abilities (or how many beers you consumed the evening before). A number of holes have "alternative fairways", with different routes to the greens. The big timber clad clubhouse is nice to relax in after your round.
Evergreen Hills Golf Club is set in a valley between round-topped hills covered with jungle, with fine views over crystal clear lakes. From the standard men's tees you will find the course, designed by Artanan Yomchinda, not too long but still a fair test of golf. Water comes into play on the 3rd, 4th and 6th holes on the outward nine and on the inward nine at the 15th, 16th and 17th. At the 17th signature hole water encroaches on both sides of the fairway, and you need to play straight if you are not to hear the caddie call a plunger.
Dragon Hills Golf and Country Club is one of our favorites, designed by Jack Nicklaus, Isao Aoki and Jim Engh. It is located in a remote area, seemingly in the middle of pineapple plantations, and is set in beautiful rolling hills and valleys, with large, undulating greens and well-placed hazards. Royal Ratchaburi Golf Club, near to Ratchaburi City and designed by well-known local architect Artanan Yomchinda, is a hilly course set in pretty countryside. Sloping greens and rolling fairways provide challenging golf.
About Kanchanaburi River Kwai
Kanchanaburi, often referred to as River Kwai due to the famous river and bridge, is Thailand´s third largest of 76 provinces. It is located 130 km west of Bangkok and covers an area of about 19,480 km². About 735,000 inhabitant are living in Kanchanaburi province which borders Myanmar (formerly Burma) at the north-west side.
Kanchanaburi town has a population of 54,000 and was originally established by King Rama I as a first line of defence against the Burmese, who might use the old invasion route through the Three Pagodas Pass on the Thai-Myanmar border. It is situated on the River Kwai and the home of the famous Bridge on the River Kwai, immortalized in Pierre Boulle´s novel and David Lean's movie. Every year in late November and early December the River Kwai Bridge Festival is held at the bridge with a spectacular Sound & Light Show. This event reminds to the history of the Death Railway and the bombardments during World War II. The Province itself captivates beautiful nature and friendly people with their native charm.
Other major attractions include several waterfalls, mountains, caves (that were once inhabited by neolithic man), national parks and last, but not least, the River Kwai. Erawan Waterfalls The unique Erawan Waterfalls with its seven levels set amongst rough jungle in the Erawan National Park are worth a visit and rank among the most beautiful falls in Asia. Kanchanaburi features also 3 war museums, 2 war cemeteries, a national museum, a historical park, hot springs, some worth seeing Thai and Chinese temples and the one and only Death Railway going through the hellfire pass, which is definitely worth a visit.