Golfers come from all over the world to enjoy the championship courses in Thailand. The weather is great, the fees are very reasonable and the first-rate courses can be quite challenging.
Thrilling courses staffed by knowledgeable caddies are the reasons why Thailand is a renowned choice for golf enthusiasts. With over 250 golf courses scattered around the country, most located close to major tourist destinations, golfers have the opportunity to enjoy golf and have a holiday at the same time.
Thailand offers a range of remarkable golfing locations set in a diverse landscapes to satisfy all kinds of preferences.
Golf courses in the northern and northeastern regions provide striking layouts with breathtaking views of the mountainous terrain. In the central region and the east coast, there are challenging links of world-class design set amidst forested hills or with picturesque sea views. The south is a paradise for golfers offering challenging courses with ocean views.
The tropical climate of Thailand allows visitors to play anywhere in the country all year round, but the most favorable time is during the cool, dry period between November and February.
TEEING UP IN THAILAND: THE WORLD OF WONDERFUL GOLF VACATIONS
Having embraced golf tourism longer than any country in Asia, Thailand offers every type of golfing experience for modern golf travelers.
Every year the country welcomes an increasing number of golfers who come to experience exceptional golf courses of diverse topographical challenges, equipped with facilities like well-designed clubhouses, restaurants, bars, or even sauna and massage in some premises.
Famous for its culinary culture, friendly people, shopping fun, and hedonistic retreats, the Land of Smiles has more than a series of holes and sandbanks for golf visitors. From the misty mountains in the north to sun-kissed tropical islands in the south, you can enjoy the outdoor sport in varied enticing environments.
Being the most popular golf destination in the Asia Pacific region for three decades, with an abundance of beautiful championship golf courses, Thailand boasts a unique golf experience that the holidaymakers and golfers could pair their tee time with other leisure experiences. Whether they are looking for golf and nightlife, golf and a tranquil getaway, golf and gourmet experiences, golf and shopping, or golf and spa, the country is an ideal destination to combine other leisure activities with golf. Thailand checks off all the boxes when it comes to the outdoor sport.
Hospitality Is Priority
Most golf travelers look for scenic golf courses to play. However, beautiful courses aren’t the primary reason casual golfers want to come, let alone to return. A country with enough money to spare can build the world’s most scenic golf course, but the money alone cannot make a carbon copy of Thai hospitality.
While most of the caddies focused on golf course management or reading putts, Thai loopers add hospitality as one of their priorities, taking golf course service to the next level. If you are sweating, you’ll have a waving hand fan and a cold towel, and when the sun is blazing, an umbrella goes up for you with a heart-warming Thai smile.
Playing and Exploring
Whether a golf visitor’s trip is formed purely on playing or one that combines their favorite attractions and activities, the golf capital of Asia can tend to all their needs.
Golf travelers want courses that have incredible vistas and are different from the courses they play at home. Thailand has more to share with traveling golfers when it’s time for teeing off. The country’s points of difference and competitive edge include award-winning golf courses, impeccable accommodations, and friendly Thai hospitality.
Boasting over 250 golf courses, Thailand is no doubt a prime destination for golf enthusiasts looking to spend a memorable vacation teeing off in South East Asia. The country promises to provide a collection of unique golf experiences throughout its breadth and length. Chiang Mai, the host for AGTC 2016, offers a golfing holiday with a beautiful cultural heritage. In Phuket and Samui Islands, visitors can indulge in an exotic golfing journey while having a blast in their island retreat at once.
Being one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, Thailand is known for its authentic food, temples, traditional massages, spa treatments, and beautiful tropical beaches. From the breathtaking coastline and relaxed lifestyle to the stunning mountainous ranges and adventure activities on offer, Thailand is more than ready to pamper all professional and casual golfers alike.
Located in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is renowned for its pleasant weather, culinary culture, and stunning natural grandeur. Exotic architectures and multiple urban retreats are the pride of the region. The charming city won an IAGTO Award as the top destination for golf within Asia and Australasia in 2017. Traveling golfers can enjoy golfing in the mountainous valley and immerse themselves in the exotic cultural experience off the golf course.
Best of Its kind
Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort
First opened in 2005, Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort features a stunning 27-hole championship golf course and is regarded as one of the top golf courses in Thailand. Designed by award-winning architect Lee Schmidt from Schmidt Curley Design, was heralded as one of the Best New Courses in Asia by Asian Golf Monthly. It is now regularly voted among the top 10 courses to play in Thailand. This “must-play” course is just 45 minutes from Chiang Mai city center.
Telephone: +6653 261 354 to 9
Address: 167 Moo 2, On Nuea, Mae On District, Chiang Mai 50130, Thailand
Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai
Considered one of the best golf courses in Chiang Mai, the Alpine Golf Resort was designed by world-famous designer Ron M Garl and the top Thai golf architect, Pirapon Nanatra. The 27-hole international championship golf course was put on the professional circuit for its world-class layout after being the venue for the Asian Tour 2013 and 2014 Chiang Mai Classic. Nestled in a valley, Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai is divided into 3 courses: Course A-3,830 yards, Course B-3,712 yards, and Course C- 3,702 yards. The eleventh hole, a 524-yard par 4, is the most challenging on the golf course.
Telephone: +6653 880 888, +6653 096 256
Address: Sankamphaeng, Banthi Road, Chiang Mai, 50130, Thailand
The Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club
Located 40 minutes from Chiang Mai city, the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club is a course of natural beauty. It incorporates waterfalls, streams, and an abundance of landscaping. Designed by five-time British Open Champion Peter Thompson, the 18-holes course blends well together to offer a unique challenge in natural settings. The Royal Chiang Mai course is perfect for beginners and experienced players alike.
Telephone: + 6683 568 9797
Address: 169 Moo 5, Chiang Mai-Prao Road km. 26,
Maefak, Sansai, Chiang Mai 50290, Thailand
Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf & Natural Resort
Located about an hour’s drive from Chiang Mai city en route to Doi Inthanon, the Chiang Mai Inthanon golf course opened in 2009. Designed by Supachai Silamom, this 27-hole course is well manicured and is suitable for all skill levels with its various layout of holes. With unobstructed views of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s tallest peak, golfers get the feeling of being in a natural setting while taking full advantage of the fresh mountain air.
Telephone: +6653 106 862
Address: 99 Moo 13, Khuangpao, Chom Thong, Doi Lo District, Chiang Mai 50160, Thailand
Mae Jo Golf Club
Mae Jo Golf Club is a 20-minute drive from the heart of Chiang Mai city. Designed by Thai golf course architect Seni Thirawat, Maejo Golf Club is renowned for its subtly sloping greens. Ranging over 500 rai (197 acres), the 18-hole par 72 golf course is designed to blend in with its spectacular surroundings and natural terrains. With several water hazards, doglegs, and long par 5’s, playing through this course is very demanding. However, the Mae Jo Golf Club is well suited for golfers of all abilities.
Telephone: +6653 354 431
Address: 112 Moo 7, Ban Sriboonruang, Pahpai, Sansai, Chiang Mai 50210, Thailand
The City of Angels is frequently rated as one of the world’s best cities to travel for unique food culture, shopping experiences, and nightlife. For those fond of teeing off, the capital city is home to over 60 golf courses in the city and its surrounding areas.
Best of its kind
Alpine Golf Club
Alpine Golf Club is one of Thailand’s top-rated courses, and one of the best in Asia. Designed by America’s leading golf course architect Ronald Garl, this championship layout measures 7,100 yards in length with par 72. In 2000, it was the venue for the 2000 Johnnie Walker Classic PGA tournament and hosted the same event again in 2004. The 18 holes at Alpine Golf Club make up the best layout and most challenging golf course in Bangkok.
Telephone: +662 577 3333
Address: 99 Moo9, Bangkhan-Sathaneevithayu Road, Klong 5, Klong Luang District, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
Nikanti Golf Club
Situated in the stunning view of Nakhon Pathom province, an hour’s drive west from Bangkok, the Nikanti Golf Club offers unique and memorable golf and leisure experience. The Nikanti golf course was designed by Pirapon Namatra of GolfEast, which is one of Thailand’s premier golf course design firms. Taking full advantage of the naturally rolling terrain and stunning environment, Namatra created a golf course that beautifully combines form with function. The 18-hole course is divided into three groups of six holes. Each group is distinctive in look, design, and offers full flexibility and convenience.
Telephone: +6634 965 666
Address: 333 Thammasala, Mueang Nakhon Pathom District, Nakhon Pathom 73000, Thailand
Thai Country Club
Nestled on the outskirts of Bangkok, the Thai Country Club is an ideal destination for premier golf and associated facilities. With strings of awards, the club is regularly voted as one of the top clubs in Asia. Designed to USPGA standards by Denis Griffiths, the course can be played on by casual golfers while being a tough challenge for major international and PGA tournaments. It has hosted numerous international and domestic tournaments featuring the world’s best golfers like Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh. Thai Country Club is owned and managed by The Peninsula Hotels Group, a unique identity among the world’s leading hotels.
Telephone: +6638 562 700
Address: 88 Moo 1, Bangna-Trad Km. 35.5, Thambon Pimpa, Bangpakong District, Chachoengsao 24180, Thailand
Pattaya is known for its sunny climate and fabulous beach culture. With over 20 golf courses, Pattaya draws millions of casual golfers to tee off and enjoy the holiday in the resort town. The beach town boasts some very best courses in golf.
Best of Its Kind
Laem Chabang International Country Club
Designed by a world-famous golfer Jack Nicklaus, Laem Chabang International Country Club consists of 27 holes on 700 acres. In this world-class golf course, each hole is different depending on its environment. Critics widely hail the usage of the land’s mixed terrain of mountains, lakes, and river valleys, which are lovely as well as functional. With three types of terrain: Mountain Course, Lake Course, and Valley Course, golfers would be thrilled playing in the challenging golf course with a variety of terrains.
Telephone: +6638 372 273 ext. 501,502, 503
Address: 106/8 Moo 4, Beung, Sriracha District, Chonburi 20230, Thailand
Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club
A two-hour drive from Bangkok and 20 minutes from Pattaya city, Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club, is one of the best golf courses in Pattaya. Designed by famous golf architect Dennis Griffiths, the 27-hole golf complex comprises three 9-hole courses – Ocean, Lake, and Mountain. The course was upgraded in 2014-2015 by Pirapon Namatra of GolfEast. After the renovation, it hosted strings of events, including the 2019 European Tour and the 2017 and 2018 Ladies European Tour tournaments. Set among a naturally rolling parkland with a great design, breathtaking views, and superb conditioning, the club is a favorite among the large expatriate community in the region.
Telephone: +6638 239 391-5
Address: 111 Moo 9, Sukhaphiban 2 Road, Huay Yai, Banglamung District, Chonburi 20150, Thailand
Siam Country Club
Golfers on vacation in Pattaya should put a game at the historic Siam Country Club. The Siam Country Club is just a 20-minute drive from Pattaya. The club is home to four excellent golf courses: Siam Country Club Old Course, Plantation, Waterside, and Rolling Hills. The Siam Country Club Old Course is the first privately owned golf course in the country. Ichisuke Izumi designed the golf course, and Lee Schmidt from Schmidt-Curley Design Inc. renovated it. Having hosted the Honda LPGA Thailand for more than 10 times, the Siam Country Club Old Course is like home for LPGA Thailand. Siam Country Club Plantation was rated as “The Best Maintained Golf Course in the Asia Pacific by Asia Golf Week. The courses at Waterside and Rolling Hills are challenging, especially the “Wall of Death” at Rolling Hills, No. 15 hole with a 19-foot-deep bunker complex.
Telephone: +6638 909 700
Address: Pong, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Hua Hin, a two-hour drive from Bangkok, is Thailand’s best beach holiday destination on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand. Surrounded by mountains and nestled on the beautiful beach, the resort city boasts some of the most scenic golf courses in Asia, such as the Banyan Golf Club and Black Mountain. Off the course, golfers can enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the beach town with some of the best cafes and restaurants in Thailand.
Best of Its Kind
Banyan Golf Club
The 18-hole championship golf course at the Banyan Golf Club was designed and constructed by Thailand’s leading golf course architect Pirapon Namatra. Offering spectacular mountain and ocean views, the golf course has one of the best layouts in Hua Hin. Since its opening in 2008, the Banyan Golf Club course, clubhouse, and professional staff have consistently claimed ‘Top 3 in Asia’ awards and have been featured in the ‘Rolex Top 1000’ in the world. The signature hole 15th, 139 yards Par-3 with an ocean view to Singtoh Island, is what golfers love about this course.
Telephone: +6632 616 200
Address: 68/35 Mooban Hua Na, Tambol Nong Gae,
Hua Hin, Prachuabkirikhan 77110, Thailand
Black Mountain Golf Club
Located 25 minutes west of Hua Hin, Black Mountain Golf Club has been one of the most widely acclaimed golf courses in Thailand. The golf club has won numerous prestigious local and international awards, including Winner of “Best Golf Experience in Thailand” at IAGTO Awards 2020. Rated as one of the 100 best golf courses outside of the United States by Golf Digest in 2012, Black Mountain is blessed with rocky outcroppings, plentiful trees, and rustic creeks. It hosted several Asian PGA events. The 27-hole course not only offers tons of challenges to the top professionals but also loads of safer routes for beginners and casual golfers.
Telephone: +66 32 61 8666
Address: 565 Moo7, Nong Hieng Road, Hin LekFai, Hua Hin, Prachaubkirikhan 77110
The Lake View Resort & Golf Club
The Lake View Resort & Golf Club offers a 36-hole golf course providing golfers with a variety of choices from the adventuring mountain type, the difficult lake course, the challenging desert land, and the rare link course. Opened back in 1993, Roger Packard designed 9-hole courses A, known as Mountain, and B, known as Lake, featuring generous fairways and large greens. Course C is known as the Desert Course. Course D or Links Course was designed by Golfplan’s Ronald Fream & David Dale and opened in late 2006. Lake View is no doubt one of the most scenic and pleasant golf courses in Hua Hin.
Telephone: +66 32 70 9100
Address: 79-80 Moo 4, Hub Kraphong – Pran Buri Road, Sam Phraya, Cha-am, Phetchaburi 76120, Thailand
Nestled in Thailand’s South, Phuket is one of the world’s best beach holiday destinations with a lavish summer vibe. There are so many “must-dos” activities to do in Phuket – including delectable food, island hopping, and great nightlife. Golf visitors can tee off for a round of golf at one of the island’s great courses.
Best of Its Kind
Red Mountain Golf Club
Red Mountain Golf Club is the most spectacular golf course on the island. Designed to take advantage of a wide variety of landforms and dramatic elevation changes, it’s Phuket’s hilliest course. Located just 15 minutes by car from Phuket Town, the 18-hole course has become one of Asia’s top courses since it opened in 2007. A full array of challenges awaits, as golfers should be prepared to have water, bunkers, wind, or changes in elevation thrown at you when playing this course. Red Mountain captivates golfers with the exciting diversity of play and breathtaking scenery.
Telephone: +6676 322 000
Address: 119 Wichit Songkhram Rd, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand
Blue Canyon Country Club
Known as a world championship golf course and ranked as one of Thailand’s best golf courses, Blue Canyon Country Club was built on top of an abandoned tin mine. Designed by one of Japan’s most prolific golf course architects, Yoshikazu Kato, Blue Canyon offers two award-winning championship golf courses, “Canyon Course” and “Lakes Course.”
The Blue Canyon Country Club gained its fame after it hosted the 1994 Johnnie Walker Classic. Followed by the 1996 Honda Invitational Tournament of the Omega Tour, the Canyon Course’s reputation as Asia’s best golf course was reaffirmed when the Johnnie Walker Classic returned in 1998 and again in 2007. It was the first golf course to ever host the tournament three times in the JWC’s history.
Telephone: +6676 328 088
Location: 165, Moo 1, Thepkasattri Road, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Mission Hills Phuket Golf Club Resort and Spa
Located in the northern part of Phuket, Mission Hills Golf Resort is around a 40-minute drive from Patong and 10 minutes away from the airport. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this 18-hole layout is a picture-perfect golf course. Carved from rubber plantations that sit among mangrove forests on the scenic coast of Phuket, the sea-facing golf course offers striking ocean views from almost every hole. Large white sand beach bunkers against the translucent blue ocean waters make this golf course a real piece of living art. The signature 12th hole and index 1, the longest par-4 on the golf course, is a must-play for golf enthusiasts.
Call: +6676 310 888
Address: 195 Moo 4 Pla Khlok, Thalang, Phuket 83000, Thailand