President Country Club

President Country Club
Location: South East Bangkok, near MinburiEstablished: 1993Holes: 18Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr.
President Country Club

President Country Club offers 36 holes of Trent Jones Jr. designed golf in an unspoiled rural setting. Extending beyond the course in virtually all directions is a very picturesque landscape of flat fields and open marshland, full of tall reeds and grasses, migratory birds, and many fish. Each hole was designed to be distinct in approach from all the others.

The North / East course is just a fraction shorter than the West / South combination, but makes up for this small length difference with some slightly more technical challenges - mainly based on a fine array of dog-legging holes, especially on the back-nine. The two out-and-back loops, North (1-9) and East (10-18) are flanked by open marshland. At times there is more of a parkland feel to the North / East course, with plenty of water to be negotiated on the dog-legging back-nine and very substantive greenside bunkering on most holes.

Despite the close proximity of many bunkers, the greens are not always overly large, which places a big premium on accurate approach play. A pleasant array of smallish trees and gentle earth mounding provides good separation and definition to each hole, while the plentiful supply of water creates many hazards which you'll need to negotiate.  The final hole is a good-length par-4 , which shares a small lake and the final green with a hole from the 18th on the West / South course.

In true links fashion the West (1-9) and South (10-18) has outward holes arranged adjacent to the inward holes. At first sight the fairways may appear wide, but placing your drive in the correct position to attack the flag is a major factor to scoring well here. A good-width band of semi-rough separates the parallel holes. This tough wiry Bermuda rough, when found, often forces the golfer to play a lay-up shot. Most greens are well protected by deep greenside bunkers and getting up and down is no simple task. Greens run fast and true, but the player must be aware not to miss the subtle borrows.

The terrain on the West is a shade more undulating than on the South, making it the best of the President's four out-and-back loops. Not only is marshland frequently in play, but from time to time small lakes also need to be avoided. The excellent par-5 18th, bringing you back to the clubhouse.

The President Country Club's elegantly appointed, spacious Mediterranean style clubhouse was thoughtfully designed to accommodate a broad range of activities. It caters to most golfers needs with a well-stocked pro shop and adequate ‘hole-in-one’ coffee shop serving both Thai and International dishes. Here you can also enjoy Jacuzzi & sauna and an outdoor swimming pool.

The facilities are generally good, although it is the excellence of the course layout and the naturalness of the surroundings that make President Country Club a special place for Bangkok golf visitors.
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