There are golfers who would never drive thirty minutes from Phuket just to get beat up by a Pete Dye course, and such golfers should definitely stay away from Thai Muang, where all of Dye's tricks are on display: railroad ties built into mounds, greens with squared-off edges that fall into flat-bottomed bunkers, hundred-yard-long waste bunkers along fairways, false fronts to greens, hidden hazards. Over the course of 7,019 yards, Thai Muang can be exasperating. Take the par-five fourth. Please. At 530 yards from the blue tees, it plays along a lake to the left, and the two-hundred-yard second shot must negotiate a lakeside mound and more water on the left. Golfers know that architects give them signals, but in this case it's a sucker punch. Shots that carry the mound end up in a bunker that cannot be seen from the fairway. The 306-yard fifteenth requires a tee shot to carry a creek at the 240-yard mark, but the green is guarded by a series of high mounds--very British--for a ticklish pitch. The seventeenth is the signature hole, a par three of 167 yards whose greens sits between two inlets of the Andaman Sea.
Location: Highway 4, twenty miles north of Phuket
Thailand: The T&L Golf Guide