CLOSE TO RAYONG AND AROUND 50 MINUTES FROM PATTAYA, RAYONG GREEN VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB IS PART OF A MAMMOTH THREE COURSE RESORT
Apart from Rayong Green Valley the resort also comprises of St Andrew 2000, a 7,540 yard par 74 course , plus Silky Oaks Country Club currently 18 holes but soon to be extended to 36 holes.
The owners are investing heavily to upgrade holes and will build a separate clubhouse for St Andrews 2,000 and a new clubhouse for Silky Oaks. Eventually with 72 holes this will become the region’s largest golf resort.
Designed in 1992 by Peter Tompson, Rayong Green Valley has become a firm favorite with local players, which is always a good sign.
Not too long at 6,980 yards or 5,217 yards from the ladies tees, the course has a good layout with wide fairways up to relatively small undulating greens, allowing for some respectable scorecards.
It is a very peaceful environment, playing through natural countryside, with hills, rocky outcrops, creative bunkering, water features and sloping fairways. Rayong Green Valley has matured into
a very enjoyable old style golf experience.
The first hole has a great view over a lake up to a green guarded by some well placed bunkers. Tompson decided to create his hardest hole here, so you will need to be warmed up before you take on
By the 4th hole you should however be more relaxed and can enjoy a great par four involving a lake, huge bunkers and a green perched high on a hill surrounded by palm trees.
The 7th hole is the longest at 575 yards, down hill with a wide fairway and the hills as a backdrop. Te 9th looks inviting from the tee box, but watch out for the cunningly placed bunkers here.
The back nine kicks of with a par 5 of a raised tee box to a wide fairway, then finishing with a small sloping green guarded by bunkers and boulders. 11th looks tame with a sensational view across the countryside, but is actually listed as handicap four and this is followed by the picturesque 12th is a cunning par 3 uphill all the way.
15th is an uphill par 5, again with strategically placed bunkers same with the 17th. Peter Tompson has left his second most challenging hole until last. Te 18th is 415 yards sloping downhill to a well guarded undulating large green close to the clubhouse.
The large clubhouse is home to several eating establishments, including a Japanese restaurant plus Thai and European outlets. The locker rooms are large and the pro shop is always well stocked.
A truly enjoyable round of golf with low scores all around. No wonder they enjoy a lot of repeat visitors here!