Phoenix Poised to Rise Once More

Chanya Swangchitr [centre] on site with Nathawat Aksornchat [left] and course designer Pirapon Namatra.
Chanya Swangchitr [centre] on site with Nathawat Aksornchat [left] and course designer Pirapon Namatra.
Pattaya, Thailand: Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club is to undergo a major redevelopment.
During at a press conference in Bangkok, Chanya Swangchitr, the club’s owner, signed an agreement with prominent Thai course designer Pirapon Namatra to completely renovate the existing Lakes Course.
She also announced that next year will see the launch of Phoenix Gold Real Estate with the development of luxury homes on 1,000 rai adjacent to the golf course.
Opened in 1993 the club’s three nine-hole layouts – Mountain, Lakes and Ocean – were originally designed by Denis Griffiths.
Over the past two years, Chanya has invested heavily on improving the golfing experience both on and off the course.
Nathawat Aksornchat, who took over as General Manager at Phoenix Gold late last year having previously worked at Thana City, said: “I am very excited that we are creating a world class facility here in Pattaya.
“Although the three courses were offering some great challenges, we felt the existing 27 holes needed to be brought up to date. Therefore, we were delighted when Pirapon agreed to work with us to upgrade the courses.”
Pirapon has created some of Thailand’s most original courses, including Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin, Nikanti in Bangkok and the Siam Country Club’s Waterside Course, in conjunction with IMG.
Pirapon said: “Our team at GolfEast has been at Phoenix Gold over the past two years, first working on the Ocean Course and more recently the Mountain Course. 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.
“Our company has now been awarded the contract to re-design the Lakes Course with new lakes, tee boxes and greens. It 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 – the most important part of any golf course.”
Nathawat said: “Apart from creating a world-class championship golf course and launching our real estate business, there are also plans to list Phoenix Gold on the Thai stock exchange.”

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