Springfield Royal Country Club

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The traditional Jack Nicklaus-designed Springfield Royal Country Club, located off the Hua Hin bypass road, is a top-tier Hua Hin golf course and an excellent cost-effective alternative to Banyan and Black Mountain.

Springfield has been crafted to meet the high demands of a championship golf course, yet it remains an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Each hole features five tees to play from, but only golf professionals should attempt the back Jack tees. Water hazards periodically come into play, and each hole presents its unique challenge, requiring shot-making finesse. Accuracy is essential, as the rough comprises a series of hillocks and holes lined by a forest of mature trees.

Nicklaus’s designs are known for catching players out who hit a poor weak fade, and the back nine, when tiredness begins to set in, can punish with either a massive waste bunker or water down the right-hand side of the fairways. However, keep it straight, and this course will reward you, as it is not exceptionally long.

The first hole is a gentle 389-yard par-4. It looks quite simple at first, but hopes can quickly fade as the well-protected green proves difficult and requires accuracy. The finishing par-5 18th, Springfield’s signature hole, needs one last perfect shot to an island green. The green is reachable in two by longer hitters and those with an ego. A good drive over the trees of the dogleg left will reveal the green for the second shot. It’s tempting, but use caution; this shot is longer than it looks!

Springfield opened an additional nine holes (Course C) for play in 2005, designed by the award-winning golf course architect Lee Schmidt. These nine contrast the Nicklaus 18 (Course A & B) and are even more challenging than the original 18.

Springfield Royal offers other facilities apart from the course. The clubhouse, once top class, is now due for a makeover, but what’s there is still of good quality. Located in an elevated position, the views from the top floor leave a lasting impression. The interior, mostly finished in polished marble and granite, portrays a feeling of opulence associated with grand palaces. The changing rooms are adequate, albeit aging. Experienced, well-trained caddies add to the enjoyment of playing at Springfield.