Khao Yai Golf Club is situated between 2 valleys in the mountains on a 450 rai land parcel just outside the Khao Yai National Park. There are the stunning views of the surrounding hills from everywhere on the golf course, especially the back nine.
Khao Yai Golf Club before that Mission Hills Khao Yai is worth a visit if only to experience another fine example of Jack Nicklaus design work. But don't expect the rest of the resort facilities to match the quality of the course layout. The resort has seen better days, with many of the outbuildings and condominiums now eerily empty and derelict. The resort does, however, remain popular with aficionados of well-designed golf layouts, and with large numbers of Koreans looking for low-cost golf packages.
This undulating fairways challenge, while the cliffs and rolling hills offer an immensely picturesque backdrop of the Khao Yai region. The natural contouring of the land gives good definition to the gently undulating holes, sometimes accentuated by additional earth mounding, and a light sprinkling of mature trees. Although the original bunkering seems rather modest for a Nicklaus design, some holes do exude a sterner bunker threat. The short par-4 7th is one such hole. The downhill 2nd is as good a par-5 as they come. From a wonderfully elevated tee box, play down onto the fairway, then risk as much water carry as possible to get close to the green in two.
Holes 10 and 11 play into one of the valleys and are 2 of the best back-to-back holes in the Khao Yai area. Large bunker arrays including both green side fairway locations, typical for a Nicklaus design, requires precise shot making for golfers to score well. For a long time now maintenance standards have varied from poor to adequate, but have not been at anything like the level you would normally expect from a well laid out Nicklaus design.