Springfield golf course
A previous venue for The Thai Open, Springfield is a firm favourite with many local golfing residents, and one which simply has to be played at least once, by every touring golfer. Now 27 holes, the first 18 (A & B) were designed by Jack Nicklaus in typical fashion, with long fairway bunkers and numerous water hazards. There are some very long carries from the back tees providing a real challenge for the 'brave', while the average golfer playing off the white tees will experience a serious test of his skills.
C course, designed by Schmitt Curley was opened in 2005 and although it had initial teething problems through being over played too early, it is now well established and proving to be as challenging as the main A & B course.
As with a lot of Nicklaus designed courses, you are not rewarded by hitting to the right. There always seem to be waste bunkers and water to catch your ball. The signature 18th hole is a real test with approach shots to an island green. Longer hitters will be tempted to get there in two.
The whole golf set-up at Springfield is difficult to fault. The courses are always immaculately maintained and the caddies are excellent.
Additionally, the courses are professionally marshaled - a rare occurrence in Thailand. The clubhouse could be more "prestigious", but the changing rooms are excellent and good food is served. A luxurious hotel has recently been added to the golf complex for those wishing to stay and play.
Springfield golf course details:
||Jack Nicklaus - A & B courses. Schmitt Curley - C course.
||27 holes. A & B Course - par 72, 7,063 yards. C Course - n/a
||Driving range, chipping green, putting green, clubhouse restaurant, pro shop, professional coaching staff.
|Green Fee & Caddy:
||2,750 THB incl caddie
|Driving Distance from Hua Hin:
Golf course condition report:
All courses are normally in excellent condition with fast, true greens (JANUARY 2011).
Springfield golf course score card sample: