Thailand is easily one of the premier golf holiday destinations in the world. If you are a golf lover like myself, playing some of the best golf courses in your holiday destination is standard practice. The wife and kids love you for it. However, if you are currently in Pattaya, Phuket or Chaing Mai at this moment in time and want to play the best courses in the region, here are 5 Thailand golf course you need to play.
#1 – The Canyon Course @ Blue Canyon Country Club
The Canyon Course at Blue Canyon Country Club is famous for hosting major tournaments throughout the years, with many of the modern greats playing the course such as Tiger Woods, Freddie Couples, Ernie Els and many more in the Johnnie Walker Classic.
This impressive course weaves its way through tree-lined fairways and, as the name suggests, a natural canyon that creates some stunning backdrops and scary hazards. The course is set over 18-holes with a 72-par and a distance of over 7,000 yards form the back-tees, offering one of the most aesthetically-pleasing rounds of golf in Thailand.
Personified by its signature canyon holes on the 13th and 17th, make sure you bring your camera along to catch the views. The course is the home to some amazing natural canyons, rolling streams, sheer cliffs with massive drops and lots of tree-lined fairways and bunker defense systems.
Alongside the excellent layout of the course, Blue Canyon also offers world-class onsite amenities that include a large clubhouse, 3 restaurants, swimming pools, a spa, pro-shop, massage facilities and changing rooms.
Visiting Phuket to play golf without playing the Canyon Course at Blue Canyon Country Club would be sacrilegious.
Blue Canyon Country Club Phuket
Phone: 076 328 088
#2 – Red Mountain Phuket Golf Club
At one time not too long ago, the Canyon Course at Blue Canyon Country Club was considered the best course in Phuket, but over the past few years, a new contender has come into the fold. The Red Mountain Golf Club, located in Kathu next to Loch Palm, is now considered as the best course in Phuket by many, although the argument is still ongoing.
Red Mountain is the island’s newest Championship course, first opened in 2007 with almost 10 years now under its belt to mature and grow into its surroundings. Built on a disused tin-mine, which harks back to the island’s past, the stunning backdrops of the red mountains from which the course takes its name, are simply awe-inspiring.
This 72-par course is set over 7,000 yards from the back-tees and incorporates natural waste bunkers, tropical rainforests, mountainous backdrops, deep ravines, and flooded gullies, and much more to create a once-in-a-lifetime golf experience.
There are lots of long par-4s, with a handful of drivable par-4s and dramatic par-3 challenges, making Red Mountain one of the most memorable courses out there.
Red Mountain Phuket Golf Club
Phone: (0)76 322 000-1
#3 – The Old Course at Siam Country Club Pattaya
One of the highest-ranked golf courses in Thailand is The Old Course at Siam Country Club. This world-famous Pattaya golf club was first established in 1971 and was designed by I. Izumi, although the course was renovated in recent times by Lee Schmidt. Known as a host to numerous international tournaments, especially the LPGA Honda Classic, The Old course is a real challenge, but at the same time offers one of the most special rounds of golf in Thailand.
Due to its age, the course has really matured into its woodland surroundings and offers 18-holes of Pattaya golf with a par-72 layout over 7,162 yards from the back tees. The course is always in immaculate condition, as you would expect from such a world-class club, and with a total of 101 bunkers, it’s a real challenge, but a very rewarding one.
No expense has been spared in creating this stunning course, utilizing Seashore Paspalum grass for the fairways and Nonotek for the greens. The course is completely tree-lined, which gives it a special intimate feel, but you better make sure you are driving the ball straight or the approach shots can be extremely difficult.
Alongside the stunning conditions, the club also comes equipped with world-class onsite facilities, such as a 5-star clubhouse and restaurant, pro-shop and high-end changing and practice facilities. When you want to play one of the best courses in Thailand, The Old Course at Siam Country Club is the ultimate choice.
Old Course @ Siam Country Club
Phone: 038 909 700
#4 – Laem Chabang International Country Club Pattaya
Located just a 20-minute drive outside of Pattaya, Laem Chabang International Country Club is arguably the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing course in the region. Known for its beautiful flowers, immaculate playing conditions and holes that are named, as opposed to numbered, the course really is spectacular and quaint, all in the same breath.
Created by golf legend, Jack Nicklaus, this 27-hole championship course is set over 700 acres. From the perfectly maintained conditions on-course to the stylish and impressive clubhouse, everything about this club is 5-star.
The thing that makes Laem Chabang stand alone at the top of the food chain is how the holes seamlessly blend in with its exotic and jungle laden surroundings. Each hole seems to have a unique personality of its own with colorful flower beds at every turn, almost reminiscent of the Augusta National course where the Masters is hosted.
With the combination of flowers, exotic plant life and palm trees lining the fairways, playing Laem Chabang is more of a total experience than a round of golf. From tee to green, you feel like you are playing on someone’s immaculately pruned back garden; that’s how personal this course really is.
Laem Chabang International Country Club
Phone: 038 372273
Chiangmai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort
If you want to experience the most elevated course in the Chiang Mai region, Chiangmai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort has the most awe-inspiring mountain landscapes and really is memorable in every way. A 45-minute drive outside the city, situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Thailand, this course really is something special.
The course has 27-holes, constructed and designed by the world-famous golf course architect, Lee Schmidt. The course’s high elevation makes for a comfortable round of Thailand golf. Set amongst beautiful countryside, plantations and rice fields, this course is breathtaking.
The course has scooped many accolades over the years, such being voted as number-3 in the
“Best New Golf Course in Asia” category in Asian Monthly in 2007, and also for “Best Value for Money Golf Course in Asia” from the same publication.
Chiangmai Highlands is unique in many ways, offering 5 different tee boxes that give all the holes a totally different perspective. There are over 130 greenside bunkers on the course, with sloping and super-fast greens that rate approximately 10 on the Stimp-meter.
Catering to international golf parties and holidays, the onsite facilities are high-standard and include a stunning clubhouse with an international restaurant, a spa, a 300-yard driving range and lots of practice facilities such as putting and chipping areas. Merging a beautiful landscape at high altitude and a stunning golf course that will blow you away, Chiangmai Highlands is a must-play Thailand golf course.
Chiangmai Highlands Golf Resort & Spa
Phone: 081 961 0028