WITH THE RECENT ANZAC ANNIVERSARY ON APRIL 25th, THE FOCUS FOR MANY AROUND THE WORLD HAS BEEN ON THOSE HEROIC MEN WHO BUILT THE DEATH RAILWAY BETWEEN THAILAND AND BURMA DURING WORLD WAR II.
Many expats and vacationers in Thailand have a side trip to the River Kwai on their bucket list too, so we decided to check out the region along with a spot of golf as well.
Kanchaburi the main city and home to that famous attraction, The Bridge over the River Kwai, is approximately a two and half drive West of Bangkok and around four hours from Pattaya.
Ideal to visit from October to May when the weather is cooler, best avoid the rainy season between June and September.
This region is famed for its breathtaking mountain ranges, superb agriculture, World War II memories, and now more recently for its golf too. After spending several years planning and creating his dream golf course, Dr. Prachin Eamlumnow the organizer of the Bangkok International Motor Show, opened two years ago the Grand Prix Golf Club.
Around 50 minutes north of Kanchaburi, and with breathtaking views of the mountains as the backdrop, this 18 hole course is described by many as one of the top courses in Thailand. 7,111 yards from the black tees and 5,334 yards from the red tees this par 72 course is a great challenge.
Perhaps unusually for a golf course deep in the countryside, the condition of the tees to greens is first class with elevations, water hazards, wide fairways and many bunkers to challenge all players.
The fairways are Bermuda, the rough Novotex and the undulating greens are Bumud. Starting from the 1st tee, you overlook the vast landscape with mountains as the backdrop and the front nine holes, with the first green 50 metres down hill. Pause for a picture time here!
I particularly liked their par 4 sixth hole, which offers risks and rewards for those long hitters, down to a small green with water on three sides.