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De­cem­ber 2014

Such is Thai­land’s pop­u­lar­ity among those who travel with their clubs in tow that the coun­try is ex­pected to over­take Spain as the most pop­u­lar golf­ing des­ti­na­tion within a decade. The vast ma­jor­ity of visi­tors spend at least a few days in Bangkok, and while there is cer­tainly a good se­lec­tion of ap­peal­ing lay­outs sit­u­ated within the cap­i­tal’s bound­aries, only a hand­ful can be con­sid­ered among the re­gion’s best. Nikanti, a rad­i­cal de­sign from lo­cal ar­chi­tect Pi­ra­porn Na­ma­tra, is one such course.

Lo­cated an hour’s drive to the west of Bangkok, Nikanti is al­most the com­plete an­tithe­sis of what has be­come the norm. For a start, it mea­sures less than 7,000 yards and, rather than hav­ing the tra­di­tional front and back nines, fea­tures in­stead three loops of six, each com­pris­ing two par-3s, two par-4s and two par-5s. Don’t have time for a full 18? Just play 12. Want to have an­other go at that reach­able but dan­ger­ous par-5 18th? Go ahead and play that fi­nal loop again. Nikanti’s flex­i­bil­ity aside, its gen­er­ous fair­ways,

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