Top Golf destinations in Thailand
Apart from having over a 1000 islands and over 40,000 temples, Thailand is also home to about 300 golf courses.
It’s just another reason, among many other reasons, why Thailand is such a great place to visit and travel.
If you are a golf enthusiast or want to give it a try for the first time, here is a little guide on the best destinations where you can tee off.
Bangkok & Nearby
Although there are many great golf courses in Bangkok, the best ones are actually a bit outside in places like Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Ayutthaya.
Most of them are just an hour or two away from downtown Bangkok.
The Thai Country Club in Chachoengsao province for example, is one of the most prestigious and iconic award-winning golf courses in Thailand. It is just 1 hour east from Bangkok in the outskirts. This gorgeous 18-hole course also has a driving range to practice. When not playing, you can even enjoy their jacuzzi pool, steam room and sauna.
Another fantastic top golf cours just an hour from Bangkok is Ayodhya Links in Ayutthaya. It is probably one of the most exclusive golf clubs in Asia where membership to the club is by invitation only. It has been awarded as the 76th best golf course in the world in 2015.
Alpine Sports Club in Pathum Thani also makes for a great option.
Overall there are approximately 40 to 50 golf courses of all shapes and sizes in and around Bangkok, so there are plenty to choose from. There are dozens of driving ranges that can be found within the city and nearby.
Chonburi / Pattaya
Chonburi has some of the most beautiful and best golf courses in Thailand. This province has about 30 unique courses, each offering challenging holes.
Siam Country Club in particular has 4 different branches around Chonburi that are worth checking out. Old course, Plantation, Waterside, and Rolling Hills each have something different to offer in terms of layout, difficulty levels, scenery and facilities.
If you are looking for all in one location where you can play, dine, stay and more, check out Pattana Sports Resort. This place is way more than just a golf course as it is a multifunction resort that creates a holistic lifestyle experience for sports, vacation, and business.
Chonburi or Pattaya makes for a great golfing experience because of its gorgeous lush green landscape and close proximity to beaches, resorts and villas. Pattaya is also known for some thrilling nightlife, amazing seafood restaurants, and exciting coastal adventures.
You will also find great prices in Chonburi compared to other destinations.
Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s famous coastal travel destinations, especially for Thais and expats. It is about a 3-hour journey from Bangkok with lots to offer.
Other than beach villas, resorts and ample seafood restaurants, Hua Hin is also home to about 12 golf courses.
Just 20 minutes from Hua Hin Beach is Banyan Golf Club, which is easily one of the best golf courses in Thailand. It is a gorgeous golf course with forested hills all around and lush green grounds. Other than a beautiful course landscape, this golf club is equipped with fantastic facilities, residences and sports-leisure lifestyle packages.
Black Mountain Golf Club is another spectacular golf club and vacation destination in Hua Hin. They have a lot on offer starting with a massive 27-hole course to practice facilities such as a driving range and a golf studio. When not playing, you can also stay at one of their amazing villas or dine at their clubhouse restaurant.
You would never imagine an island having golf courses but you would be surprised as Phuket, combined with Phang Nga, has 10 stunning golf courses.
This idyllic yet easily accessible island is a true paradise for golfers and vacationers.
Another great option is the Laguna Golf, which is part of a fully integrated destination resort. If you are a beginner or want to build a career in golfing, this club also has an academy where you can take lessons from qualified PGA professionals.
The northern natural landscapes of Thailand offer unique and gorgeous mountainous backdrops for golfing.
Chiang Mai makes for an excellent destination for not just incredible weather, culture, food, and adventures, but also some great golfing experiences.
Chiang Mai has 12 amazing golf courses with a few in Chiang Rai as well.
Chiang Mai Highlands Golf Club for instance was awarded one of the top 3 golf resorts in Asia by Asia Golf Awards in 2015. This 27-hole golf course offers an ideal place for beginners and advanced players. If you want to challenge yourself, this is the place to go.
In addition to the golf course, Chiang Mai Highlands is also a resort destination, complete with private villas, condos, restaurants, spa, function rooms, and more.
Alpine Golf Resort in Lamphun, close to Chiang Mai is another excellent award-winning resort and golf club. It has a 27-hole course, accommodation, restaurant, swimming pool, banquet hall and even a football camp.
Other notable Golf Courses
Santiburi Samui Golf Club - Koh Samui
Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club - Khon Kaen
Grand Prix Golf Club - Kanchanaburi
For more, check out the Top 50 golf courses in Thailand