Well, I didn’t think it could get any better than Bang Pra, but this matched up to it. Again travelling with The Haven boys, it was a mere 25 minutes from Pattaya. The clubhouse was ultimately the best I’ve come across, It was grand, overwhelming, facilities that beat Bang pra. A lovely day here in Chonburi as always, I’ve only come across rain once in the daytime at Eastern Star and this was rainy season and I have played about 20 different times around here. I was partnered up with some great boys again, a group I didn’t know but ultimately very relaxed blokes, Andy a great player he drew the ball in ways I could only dream about. Phoenix is the host of several touring events, as were visible with gateways that made you feel like a pro. There were 3 9’s on the course we played the Lakes and the Ocean which I was told were the best two. Like no other course around here, there was little water around the course but the beautifully cut greens and fairways were magnificent on the eye. Its starts with a lovely 1st, slightly rising up to a green the rolling fairway was majestic as the way it was cut it seemed like a kind of a diamond formation on the fairway, and the second par 3 was a lovely reachable dipping green. It starts with a nice relaxing two holes that set the game up nicely (we started with the lakes 9 by the way). Most of the water is obviously on the lakes course but there are mere ponds but as you get to the beautiful 8th it’s a tricky par 4 that needs two very accurate shots to reach the green in regulation. As you are playing this beautifully crafted course there is the majestic site of a golden giant buddha crafted into the rock face of a cliff in the background.
The ocean course is where it’s at though, unbelievable scenery of the gulf of Thailand, tricky par 5’s and long par 4’s just what you can imagine from a championship course, and once you get to the 9th the high tee box allows you to really take a deep breath of the ocean air and makes you happy that you took this hobby up. Again like Bang Pra this is a must if you are in this area, a haven for avid golfers like myself. Of all of the golf courses around here I find it very difficult to critique many of them but this and Bang Pra are the ultimate two to play but then I have had no experience of the highly publicised Siam Country Club nor Laem Chabang that I hear is stunning also.
A beautiful clubhouse, and the fairways were in complete tip top order, practise putting areas good enough for Tiger and the beautiful par 3 7th (Lakes course).