Namatra to redevelop Lakes course at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club


Namatra to redevelop Lakes course at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Pirapon Namatra has been selected for the redevelopment of the Lakes course at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya, Thailand.

The nine-hole course was originally designed by Denis Griffiths and is one of three nine-hole courses at the club.

“Although the three courses were offering some great challenges, we felt the existing 27 holes needed to be brought up to date,” said Nathawat Aksornchat, the club’s general manager. “Therefore we were delighted when top Thai course designer Pirapon Namatra agreed to work with us to upgrade the courses.”

Namatra and a team from his GolfEast design firm has been working at the Phoenix Gold club over the past two years, making improvements to the club’s Mountain and Ocean courses.

“We worked on the bunkers, tee tops and some drainage and fairway work too, but it has not changed the look of these courses too much,” Namatra said. “Our company has now been awarded the contract to re design the Lakes course with new lakes, tee boxes and greens. The renovation of this Lakes course will be the most comprehensive renovation to date for our design team. We are re-routing a few holes, while also working on the bunkers and the greens, which as you know is the most important part of any golf course.”

Namatra has worked on a number of high-profile courses in Thailand, including the Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin and recently at the Waterside course at the Siam Country Club.