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Saudi-Backed LIV Tour Lands at Thai Billionaire's Golf Course

Sarath Ratanavadi is branching out from the business that made his fortune. Now his Stonehill Golf Club will host the only Asian stop on the lucrative new tour. 

Stonehill Golf Course in Pathum Thani, an hour’s drive north of Bangkok.

Stonehill Golf Course in Pathum Thani, an hour’s drive north of Bangkok.

Photographer: Andre Malerba/Bloomberg

On the inaugural schedule for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour, there’s only one stop in Asia: Thailand’s newly opened Stonehill Golf Club, a pet project of Sarath Ratanavadi, the country’s second-richest man. 

The club took five years to complete and opened this summer, with Sarath’s son Saris serving as executive director. An hour’s drive north of Bangkok, the neo-classical clubhouse overlooks more than 150 hectares and a course designed by Kyle Philips, best known for Scotland’s Kingsbarns. Cameron Smith and Dustin Johnson will get a crack at Stonehill starting Oct. 7, when the LIV event begins.