“Tadaharu’s Fineshot in Thailand” – Easy Access from Bangkok! Muang Kaew Golf Course

Social renown, levels of maintenance, course difficulty, cost… these are some of the criteria that we place at the top of our list when globetrotting for golf. Another one that makes the list is ease of access. The hotel you’ll be staying in as well as the city, along with accessibility to the nearest airport are all important factors to consider when choosing a golf course.

Muang Kaew Golf Course is so easy to access that I’ll start off by showing you the map.

Bangkok is the undisputed hub for Japanese golfers traveling to Thailand. This favorably located course is a 40-minute drive from downtown Bangkok, as well as a 20-minute drive from the gateway to the skies between Japan and Thailand – Suvarnabhumi Airport.

So what about the course, you ask? Not to worry! Opened in 2003, this course was designed by the world-renowned Lee Schmidt of Schmidt-Curley. The fusion of western course architecture and the craft for Thai maintenance are made apparent by the level of quality at which this course is kept.

Using checkerboard and stripe patterns are cut into the grass to increase the courses’ difficulty.

Vertical & Horizontal. Two different stripe patterns are used; not a sight you often see in Japan.

The above bears witness to just how much energy they put into maintenance. The fairway and rough are also clearly contrasted.

The fairway is pretty flat and relatively wide. Yet, where you setup your second shot can make or break your scoring, advanced and veteran golfers will find the layout to be plenty satisfying.

A flat and wide fairway.

Lee Schmidt’s ingenuity shows in the unique design of the bunkers.

Chiang Mai Highlands features similar bunkers.

On to the hole profiles. Be sure to refer to these profiles when you visit Muang Kaew!

Hole 2 is mid-length, and flanked by lakes on both sides, which seems to be a Thai custom. If you can put it in fairway left, you’ll be able to go for the green with a middle iron for your second shot.

Hole 4 is long but doesn’t reach 500 yards even from back tee, so long hitters can go for the birdie. Just watch out for the lake on the left when taking that full swing.

Hole 13 is long, and the target will be the bird sign at the top right (can you see it?). If you’re able to get past this area with a high trajectory shot, everything will get easier from your second shot.

Lastly, the crucial cuisine. When you’re in Thailand, it’s all about this hot dish!

Tom Yum Noodle Soup! The noodles are thin and spicy. They blended well with the soup and were delicious. Bangkok’s Tom Yum was distinctly spicier than Chiang Mai’s. There’s plenty of plump shrimp in there, too, so it’s quite filling!

Muang Kaew Golf Course
52 Moo 8 Bangna-Trad Rd. Km 7.7 Bangkaew Bangplee Samutprakarn Racha Thewa, Samut Prakan 10540
TEL. 052-081995

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