Black Mountain

Alpine Golf & Sports Club

Thailand, Bangkok Area
5.7 (3)
Designer: Ron Garl
Course Opened: 1996

The Alpine Golf & Sports Club on the outskirts of Bangkok was established by a former Thai Prime Minister who used his wealth to create a golfing haven for his friends and associates, and then attracted major regional golfing events to ensure his was an internationally renowned tournament facility. The club has hosted several major tournaments in its short life, each helping add to the prestige of the Alpine brand and ensuring that Asian golf magazines continue to recognize the course in their 'best of' lists. Without much to beat in Thailand, Alpine is certainly one of the better courses but still a long way from the standard of golf one would expect at comparable tournament venues abroad.

 

The layout was designed by Ron Garl, and is noted for its big mounding, large sandy waste areas and artfully constructed green sites. There are quite a few decent holes here, as well as some that don't make any sense at all which helps explain why some find this the quintessential Asian golf experience. Hazards are often positioned to only impede the weaker hitters, the sand traps are randomly located and flowery in shape and the par threes mostly play across water. The 16th is example of what to expect at Alpine, a nice looking short par four it bends left but features a water hazard on the far right side of the fairway. Despite being anti-strategic in arrangement, this is a nice hole to play and about as good as the golf at Alpine gets.

 

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