The climate is sunny and warm all year round, the nightlife is great and the tropical scenery is just stunning and certainly makes for an exciting golf trip away from the UK. Whilst a relatively new holiday destination, golf in Thailand has now been popular for generations and each year more golf courses and academies are built. Thailand’s golf courses offer a variety of challenges, from winding mountainous tracks to deep jungle landscape terrain all of which adds to the mystic of playing golf in this part of Asia.
This article will help you match the right golf course to suit your group before booking your golf trip to Thailand. There’s a perfect Thai golf course waiting for you in this beautiful tropical country. Our team will help you find it.
To help you narrow down your choices, here are our top 11 picks of the most popular golf courses in Thailand:
Choose the Top Thailand Golf Courses for Your Golf Trip
Royal Gems Golf City
If you’re looking for a unique golfing experience in Thailand, look no further than the Royal Gems Golf Course near Bangkok. Ron Garl designs the “Dream Arena”. The course features replica holes from famous courses worldwide, including the island green from TPC Sawgrass and the back nine from August National.
This course is one of the most popular and highly rated in the country, and it’s easy to see why. There is no better destination in our opinion, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and countryside, as well as challenging holes that will test your skills, this course is a must-play for any golfer visiting Thailand. Best of all, the Royal Gems Golf Course is also one of the most affordable courses in Thailand. You can enjoy a round of golf here for just a few hundred dollars, making it an excellent option for budget-minded travellers.
Thana City Golf & Country Club
Thana City Golf and Country Club is one of the best golf courses in Thailand. It’s located in Nonthaburi, which is just north of Bangkok. The club has been around since 1978, making it one of the oldest in Thailand. The course is also 18 holes, making for a challenging round of golf. However, the price is one of the best things about Thana City Golf and Country Club. The course is also well-maintained, with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
Pattaya Country Club is one of the most famous golf courses in Thailand. It is a challenging course that winds through the hills and valley surroundings of Pattaya. The club has been open for more than 30 years and is a favourite among locals and tourists alike. The course offers beautiful ocean views, and several holes run along the beach.
Based in Pattaya, this course was re-opened in 2007 after a dramatic redesign. A stunning resort-type course with various holes views of the mountains, jungle and coast. Also located on-site is the Siam Country Club Plantation Course.
Bangkok Golf and Country Club is one of Thailand’s most popular golf courses. Located just outside of Bangkok, it’s an 18-hole, par-71 course that offers stunning views of the cityscape. Unfortunately, the course is also home to several ponds and water hazards, making for an exciting challenge. The club was founded in 1974, making it one of the oldest in the country. It’s also one of the most affordable courses.
Summit Green Valley Golf Club is regarded as the ‘Queen of Thailand golf courses and has a reputation for its stunning backdrops and top-notch standards and course conditions.
This world-class golf course merges a high-quality golf experience that appeals to all international golfers, alongside enjoying unique and exclusive characteristics. With the backdrop being the stunning mountains, this is a course that combines natural wonders with scintillating golf conditions.
This 18-hole course is set over 18-holes and over 7,000 yards, and although the first impression might be of a gentle and forgiving course, don’t be fooled because the course is heavily covered with trees, lakes, and ponds that come into play all the time.
Laem Chabang Country Club is an idyllic championship course designed by Jack Nicklaus. It is widely regarded as the best design in Pattaya, but nevertheless one of the most magnificent in Thailand. Laem Chabang consists of 27 holes over 700 acres and comprises multiple types of features that portray each of the nines. Critics commonly applaud this art form for the distinctive use of the mixed terrain of mountains, lakes, and river valleys that are both enjoyable and rewarding. Each type of landscape correlates uniquely to the 9-hole course and, as such, each is labeled the Mountain Course, Lake Course, and Valley Course.
You know you are at a top-notch golf club when the holes are denoted by names instead of numbers. Weaving through stunning jungle terrain with the accompaniment of beautiful flowers like you would expect to see at the Augusta National, Laem Chabang is impressive in every way.
Set within a valley and surrounded by mountains, the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club & Resort is a course of beautiful landscapes that includes waterfalls, streams, and an abundance of landscapes. The Chiangmai Golf Course is located on the site of an old fruit orchard and, as such, had some of the most plentiful varieties of trees found on any golf course in Thailand. Thousands of flowering trees with distinct fragrances and colours dot each hole of the championship layout. The relatively high Chiang Mai altitude provides a relatively cool, less humid climate, clear air, and light breeze. All 18 holes merge well together to present a formidable challenge in natural surroundings. There is a spectacular view from the clubhouse after the round.
The Black Mountain golf course is rated as one of the best on offer across Thailand and received the prestigious Asia Pacific Order of Zenith, the highest honor in the Asia region to receive. This 27 hole golf course is split across 3 nines of the North East & West golf courses. Each combination of the three golf course measures over 7000 yards from the low handicap tees. There are six tee boxes to choose from so golfers of all abilities can enjoy this great golfing layout.
Amata Spring Country Club
The prestigious Amata Spring Country club is located midway between Bangkok and Pattaya and is rated as one of the best courses on offer in Thailand. This Lee Schmidt design offers more than most other Thai golf courses, with exceptional greenside bunkering, fast greens, and undulating fairways. The fairways run between and make good use of a number of water hazards. The 17th hole is the signature par 3 hole with a floating, yes floating green – the yardage on most days measures 145 yards, with the magic of remote control this can be changed by simply moving the green. A host course for a number of top golf events including the inaugural LPGA Honda classic in 2006.
Red Mountain Golf Club
Located in Phuket, this gorgeous course has it all. Red Mountain is one of Thailand’s finest golf courses, with four sets of tee boxes that challenge even the best players in the world. Unfortunately, water comes into play on 13 holes. Still, if you’re able to keep out of trouble, you’ll be rewarded with truly incredible views and excellent service at this genuinely fantastic course.
As a golfer, you will enjoy the challenge of Thailand’s best golf courses. Our team will be happy to assist in planning the courses you play on your next golf trip to Thailand.