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. Your wife and kids would love you for it 🏆🥇
However, if you are currently in Pattaya, Phuket, or Chiang Mai at this moment in time and want to play the best courses in the region you can find many places to play golf at. Besides you try your hands at playing golf you can also enjoy other services provided by golf clubs.
Here are 10 Thailand golf courses you need to play and enjoy the world-class experience 🧔
The Katathong Golf Resort & Spa is situated north of Phuket, and it takes about an hour's drive from Phuket International Airport. The course layout is situated amidst idyllic views of lush palm trees, a large lake, verdant mountains, and a stunning landscape in Phang Nga 🥇 It's a challenging 18 hole championship golf course and is a treat for you whether you are a beginner or advanced golfer. First, you can experience the signature hole 10, which is surrounded by water. Then, you have to drive the ball over the enormous lake from an elevated tee down onto the wide green. At hole 17 that you will drive the ball over the invisible green. And hole 18, a tough finishing hole that you must hit tee off over 200 yards to cross over the water and be in a good position on the green.
Suppose you want to stay in or enjoy some leisure time here, then in that case, the Katathong Golf Resort and Spa offers 4-star accommodation with exceptional service. It ranges from an outdoor pool to free wifi, private parking, hot tub, air-conditioned rooms, and much more. The dining scene at this resort & spa is also unique, and breakfast and buffet are served every morning. Due to its convenient location, which is within reach of Phuket, the Katathong Golf Resort & Spa is number 10 on my list of world-class Thailand Golf courses 🧔.
Phone Number: +66 (0) 61 173 8338
The Eastern Star Country Club and Resort is located on the shore of the Gulf of Thailand in Royang with a 40-minute drive away from Pattaya. The Golf course is a par 72 on 7,134 yards over 520 acres of land and has wide open fairways. Its picture-perfect scenery makes it the most famous golf course around. It features 65 bunkers, 11 lakes, and more than 2000 coconut palms, and a cool breeze rolling from the sea 🏅 This Golf club has been a venue for many regional and local tournaments.
If you are a beginner or a pro golfer, this course will challenge you. Playing the 18 holes can take quite long. Still, you don't have to worry anyway because every hole has picturesque scenery that is to be admired 🧔 The resort and club have many other facilities such as a practice area and driving range. The clubhouse has all the amenities you can think of. The restaurant, however, is absolutely fantastic and serves a wide range of dishes at reasonable prices.
Phone Number: +66 (0) 86 377 6722
The Greenwood Golf and Resort is located amongst the tree-lined hills of Chonburi 🥇 on highway 331. It is a 27 hole 72 par course set across 7015 yards with extensive landscaping and lots of plants and flat-lining holes. This British-style course was designed by Peter Thompson, a five-time British Open champion and Micheal Wolverine. The three courses are A, B, and C, with A course having fewer water hazards and has clover leaf sand traps with a mix of pot bunkers. The B and C courses have characteristic pot bunkers and areas of native grass that require skill to exit through.
After a round of golf, you can enjoy the clubhouse and restaurant. The clubhouse overlooks courses A and B, where you can enjoy your drinks and postcard scenery in the backdrop. The Greenwood Golf and Resort is the 8th top golf course in Thailand due to its affordable green fee, scenic views, and quality service. When you are in Pattaya, make sure to visit this beautiful golf club 🧔
Phone Number: +66 (0) 89 833 8948
The North Hill Golf Club is one of the newer landmarks of Chiang Mai on Hang Dong road and 15 minutes drive from Chiang Mai airport. You can also enjoy a full range of amenities, i.e., North Hill's MIX Bar & Restaurant, spa, fitness, deluxe driving range, pro-shop, and North Hill City Resort 🏅 That makes North Hill Golf Club the place for meetings, parties, and any events in Chiang Mai. The golf course initially had a private 9 hole setup but was expanded to an 18 hole 72 par course in 2014. It is spread across over 6789 yards, with panoramic views of Doi Suthep in the backdrops.
The course is locally designed and is quite simple and not very challenging. So if you are a beginner, it's the perfect place for you to be. After playing all the holes, you can enjoy the clubhouse with a changing room, drinks, and more. The North Hill Golf Club has a restaurant, spa, and world-class accommodation services. The amount of services and ease of access makes North Hill Golf Club the 🧔 7th top world-class Thailand golf course.
Phone Number: +66 (0) 93 130 5470
Alpine Golf Resort, located 25 km east of Chiangmai's main town, is easily accessible. It takes only about 30 minutes by car from the city and the airport. The 27 hole par 72 courses are spread across 7541 yards, and another 9 hole course called the sanctuary 9 stretches 3652 yards. The Alpine Golf resort is surrounded by mountains and valleys with cold mornings in winter 🧔 This fantastic layout and a challenging course make it the 6th top golf course in Thailand.
Another design feature that makes this course unique is that it is blended with rice paddy fields around. This championship golf course is divided into three courses, A, B, and C, to meet the international gold standards; it is a mix of easy and difficult holes. Such as the par 4 ninth hole is both beautiful and difficult at the same time. It might prove challenging if you are a beginner, but it doesn't matter who is counting scores on holiday. You can also enjoy the full range of facilities such as a four-star resort, international restaurant, and spa 🥇
Phone Number: +66 (0) 53 880 880
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 as 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 altitudes and a stunning golf course that will blow you away which is why I ranked it fifth on my list 🧔 Chiangmai Highlands is a must-play Thailand golf course.
Phone Number: +66 (0) 81 961 0028
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 a number, 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.
Phone Number: +66 (0) 38 372 273
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.
Phone: +66 (0) 38 909 700
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 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 🧔.
Phone: +66 (0) 76 322 0001
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 from 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 which is why it takes the top spot on my top 10 golf courses in Thailand 🧔.
Phone Number: +66 (0) 76 328 088
There are around 250 golf courses all across Thailand and more than 70,000 tourists head for their golf holidays each year. Make sure you visit the top 10 world-class Thailand Golf courses to make your golf holidays more memorable 🧔
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