Navatanee Golf Course is an exclusive course. It was built in 1973 specifically to host the 23rd World Cup of Golf in 1975. The majestic layout was the result of the vision of its Founder, Sukum Navapan, being skillfully brought to life by world-renowned Architect, Robert Trent Jones Jr. s’ philosophy, which was to create a course that was tough for the professional golfers yet provided an enjoyable challenge for golfers of more modest talent. He transformed paddy fields into a 6,902-yard championship course of truly international standards, and his first masterpiece in Asia.
In 1975, the selection of Navatanee by the International Golf Federation to be host venue for the 23rd World Cup of Golf was the most fitting accolade. The event was won by the US team, represented by Johnny Miller, at the peak of his game, and Lou Graham. Navatanee also hosted the Kingdom’s National Open in 1999, in commemoration of His Majesty The King of Thailand’s 6th cycle birthday. In the same year, Navatanee was ranked among top courses in the mainland Thailand by Golf Digest USA.
Such rich history, coupled with the striking beauty of the ‘Flame of the Forest’ and Rosewood trees and vivid arrays of bougainvillea that adorn the fairways, creates a perfect harmony of serenity and challenge that enchants golfers from all over the world. The signature 6th hole is a daunting 445 yards par-4 that demands a draw-shaped shot from the tee in order to reach the green in regulation. However, with water guarding both the entire left side of the fairway and another lake fronting the green in a sweeping reverse ‘S’ shape, making par on this hole is a notable achievement!
Aside from its proximity to central Bangkok, the course’s prestigious nature means that it is possible to enjoy a round within 4 hours.
Navatanee has become a legendary course in Thailand that simply must be experienced.