Located 15 minutes from the city of Khon Kaen is the wonderful Dancoon Golf Club. A par 72, measuring almost 7000 yards, Dancoon Golf Club is one of 4 18-hole courses in the Issan region of north-east Thailand.
Established in 2008 it was arguable the first course built to cater for the increasing number of golf tourists visiting the area looking for a more “rustic” approach to golf and to get away from the busier courses of the Bangkok region.
Built on what was originally farmland the course is quite open and flat. The fairways are generous and of a reasonable standard with some bare patches. The rough is fairly light with such sort grass that it may be difficult to determine where the fairway ends and the rough begins. The greens are of average size, reasonable quality, consistent, with undulations and slopes. Bunkers have plenty of sand in them. Water hazards feature on ten holes, none more so than the signature hole, the 11th, a par-3 which plays to an island green. Overall, Dancoon is a nice course to play.
A major player on the Asian Professional Golf Tour, the superb Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club is an absolute must play if you are visiting Thailand. Located in the province of Khon Kaen, some 400 kilometres from the Thai capital of Bangkok, the golf course has been built on what was a waste area for the Singha beer brewery, as the area became unsuitable for purpose, the owners quickly turned the land into truly remarkable golf course.
The par-72 course, set amidst reads and local red grass, measures 7,502 yards from the championship tees and provides a stern challenge for even the most talented golfers. Immediately after opening the Singha Park hosted the Asian Tour’s Kings Cup in 2009 and the same tournament has followed each year since to become a major fixture on the Asian professional golf circuit.
Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club is an 18-hole journey through 9 lakes with fairways that follow the natural line of the land, natural stones, large sand bunkers, and native trees and shrubs that also add to the beauty and golf challenge.
Singha Park features a wide range of holes. There are long and difficult par 3s, short and reachable par-5s and a mixture of both short and long par-4s. The relatively flat Khon Kaen golf course has fast Bermuda grass greens with subtle breaks. Water comes into play on sixteen holes. The par-3 13th is a particularly difficult hole where bogey is a good score. One of the best holes is the 7th, a relatively short par-5 reachable in two. However, on in two requires a very accurate shot to the green as water, sand, and trees protect the putting surface on all sides. Good course management, careful shot selection, and precise execution are favored over long brute force to score well on this Khon Kaen golf course.
Victory Park Golf & Country Club built in 1997 was the first 18-hole golf course in Nong Khai province and near the Thai border with Laos. The Issan golf course has a nice, albeit flat, layout, with well-maintained greens set in a natural environment.
Several regional golf tournaments played at Victory Park include the Heineken Amateur Thailand Championship, Singha Issan Championship, and Nivea Sun for British Open.
Designed by American golf course architect James R. Vaughn, the 6,888-yard golf course plays to a par-72 and features a range of holes from the short 172 yard par-3 13th to the longest hole on the golf course, the par-5 7th which plays to 599 yards from the back tees.
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