The first par-3 on our Thailand’s Top 18 Holes makes an appearance, and it takes us to Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin, Thailand. Hole 15 is the signature hole at Banyan and is one of the best and most aesthetic par-3s in Thailand, playing downhill towards the Gulf of Thailand, with magnificent views of the golf course to the left, the ocean straight ahead, and Singtoh Island in the distance.
The 15th plays around 140 yards downhill and has two bunkers protecting the front of the green, with the green running away from you so it’s very easy to go over the back while trying to avoid the two traps at the front. There is a collection area at the front of the green, which is a popular spot to leave the tee shot, but it leaves a tricky 2nd shot which is very difficult to stop. This means there is a great importance on the tee shot, to choose the right club after taking into account the prevailing wind from right to left, and the downhill nature of the hole. Pick a wide landing area on the green to avoid all the lurking trouble.
Once you have negotiated the tee shot, the green slopes right to left so a two putt is never easy. Speed and trust in the putt here is essential in getting down in two putts or less. The experienced caddies at Banyan will give you the line and pace, so as we always recommend, trust what the caddie gives you in order to avoid a bigger number! Normally a eight or nine iron will do the job, but be careful of the prevailing wind from right to left.
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All Holes in the Series
1. Hole 9B at Springfield Royal in Hua Hin, Thailand
2. Hole 18 at Nikanti Golf Club in Bangkok, Thailand
3. Hole 16 at Sea Pines Golf Course in Hua Hin, Thailand
4. Hole 5 on Sugar Cane at Siam Country Club – Plantation Course in Pattaya, Thailand
5. Hole 15 at Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin, Thailand
6. Hole 8 at Red Mountain Golf Club in Phuket, Thailand
7. Hole 11 at Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin, Thailand
8. Hole 15 at Chee Chan Golf Resort in Pattaya, Thailand
9. Hole 16 at Subhapruek Golf Club in Bangkok, Thailand
10. Hole 18 at Blue Canyon Country Club, Lakes Course in Phuket, Thailand
11. Hole 4B at Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand
12. Hole 8 at Riverdale Golf Club in Bangkok, Thailand
13. Hole 18 at Siam Country Club Old Course in Pattaya, Thailand
14. Hole 1 at Alpine Golf & Sports Club in Bangkok, Thailand
15. Hole 10 at Katathong Golf Resort & Spa in Phang Nga, Thailand
16. Hole 10 at Grand Prix Golf Club in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
17. Hole 14 at Blue Canyon Country Club, Canyon Course in Phuket, Thailand