Category Archives: Thailand Golf Courses and Playing Conditions

The Royal Bangkok Sports Club: Part 2 of 2

My expatriate friend, referred to in yesterday’s posting has been a guest at The Royal Bangkok Sports Club (RBSC) on numerous occasions, playing rugby, soccer, cricket and, of course golf, there. Here he gives his insight into what it is like visiting the grand old club and playing golf there. Once having negotiated your way past the security at the entrance to the RBSC on Henri Durant Road, on entering the club, surprisingly modern-looking from the outside, you feel as though you have been tr...

The Royal Bangkok Sports Club: Part 1 of 2

To start off this posting, a Golf Trivia Question. This has some relevance to what follows, but if you cannot wait, you can find the answer at the end. What is the lowest recorded score for a regular sized course? Now, those of you who have travelled around Bangkok on the Skytrain – more properly the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), which has made it so much easier in recent years to get around the capital – may have wondered, as you passed from Siam Square through to Sala Daeng on the ...

Kanchanaburi / River Kwai Golf: Top Courses

Kanchanaburi or River Kwai has been one of the most surprising golf destinations this year. I have personally recommended golf in Kanchanaburi to over 100 golf tourists and they are all amazed at the variety, quality, and superb golf values in the area. This review will cover of some of the better plays in the area. In the Kanchanaburi / River Kwai Valley region itself there are around ten golf courses of varying quality. My recommendations: The best golfing in River Kwai is by and far the 27 ...

Phuket Golf: Mission Hills Phuket Golf and Spa

The final Phuket golf course review and latest addition to Phuket’s array of fine golf courses is Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort and Spa. Opened in 2005 on the scenic north-east coast of the island the course is about a 40 minute drive from Patong Beach. There are 27 holes designed by Nicklaus Design (Golden Bear International Inc.). 9 holes can be played at night. The Championship course measures 6,308 yards. Mission Hills might be by the sea and has some splendid sea views, but it is not a ...

Phuket Golf: Loch Palm Golf Club

My golfing in Phuket series continues today with a review of Loch Palm Golf Club. Close to the Phuket Country Club and designed by the same architect, is the Loch Palm Golf Club. This course encompasses two sparkling lakes and has several demanding holes providing a real test of skill – including the tough 18th hole, with blind shots almost all the way to the green. As with all of the courses in Phuket, Loch Palm has charming, smiling, helpful caddies, and on this hole you definitely need your c...

Phuket Golf: Laguna Phuket (Banyan Tee) Golf Club

Here is my next Phuket golf club review of a course also presenting good, holiday golf, the Laguna Phuket (formerly Banyan Tree) Golf Club at the Laguna Resort. It is most convenient to residents in the five top class hotels at the Resort and also only 25 minutes drive from Patong Beach. This is a course designed by Messrs. Max Wexler and David Abel to high standards, but geared to give pleasure rather than pain. Low handicappers will find that it provides plenty of challenge to test their ski...

Phuket Golf: Flight of the Condor

The 10th hole at Phuket Country Club, one of the few par five holes where you can be on or close in one, was covered yesterday! Now I thought best to go over some related golf research and trivia regarding the little know flight of the golf “condor”. There are only three recorded instances of a ‘condor’ – four strokes under par on a single hole. The longest hole-in-one in the UK was set when Shawn Lynch cut the corner off a dog-leg on the 496-yard 17th hole at Teign Valley Golf Club in Exeter....

Phuket Golf: Phuket Country Club

Possibly the best all-round golf course on Phuket Island, in terms of representing enjoyable, not too intimidating golf, whilst in no way being a push-over, is the doyen of Phuket’s golf courses, the Phuket Country Club, the first major 18-hole golf course to be built on the island. It is conveniently located 10 – 15 minutes drive from the main tourist areas of Patong Beach and Kata/Karon. This interesting layout, designed by well-known local Thai architect, Dr. Sukitti Klangvisai, is set in ro...

Phuket Golf: Blue Canyon Country Club, Lakes Course

Here is the continuation of my Blue Canyon Country Club review. A second 18 holes, the Blue Canyon Lakes Course, was opened a couple of years ago and presents an equally demanding challenge. It has been closed for the past six months for extensive maintenance work and is scheduled to re-open in two weeks on November 13. I can not wait to play the Lakes. The last time I was in town I had the good fortune to be given a preview of the upgrading and I fully expect the course to be as good as, if no...

Phuket Golf: Blue Canyon Country Club, Canyon Course

My golf in Phuket posts continue today with a review of the Blue Canyon Country Club’s Canyon Course. Just down the road from Thai Muang, seemingly only a good three wood from the airport lies Blue Canyon Country Club. From the outset, Blue Canyon’s developers set their sights high; it was to be not simply Thailand’s most prestigious country club and golf complex, but also the premier golf course in Asia. Today, some 15 years after its opening in late 1991, Blue Canyon achieved its origin...

Phuket Golf: Thai Muang Beach Golf

Golf in Phuket will be the focus of my next few posts. Phuket has long been the paradise island that lovers of sun, sand and sea have come to love. Nowadays, Phuket also has become the tropical island that golfers dream about. Fifteen years ago, golf was scarcely known on Phuket Island. Now, it boasts no less than nine excellent courses, including Thai Mung, on the mainland just across the Sara sin Bridge to the island and the first course I will discuss. Actually, Thai Mung Beach Golf and Mari...

Thailand Golf Caddies Re-loaded (Part 2 of 2)

In yesterday’s post  I wrote about what to expect from your caddie. In return, she will appreciate being treated with politeness and respect. It is normal to offer your caddies refreshment when you stop at a drinks kiosk. Find out from your Thailand golf travel agent about the ‘going rate’ to tip your caddie and, if she has performed well, double it – remember, her tip may be all she is earning that day. Most especially, the spirit of sanuk sanuk, which translates as "fun and g...

Golf Thailand Rainy Season Update

Golf travelers to Thailand should be very concerned about the weather as it can have a dramatic affect on the success of your trip. September and October are the wettest months of the year (see insert at left) and this year in no exception. Yearly flooding throughout the country continues, with the north east and central areas the most affected. In addition, low lying areas in and around Bangkok have standing water and are best avoided until the rains subside later this month. The northern citie...

Bangkok Golf Club: Going Down Hill?

Bangkok Golf Club brings back many fond memories as I was a member there in the early ‘90’s. It is probably the course I have most played during all of my time in Thailand. Having hosted several major tournaments, plus its 9th hole being ranked as one of the top 500 holes in all golf, it disappoints me greatly to report on what is going on today. Bangkok Golf Club has gone down hill over the last few years in a number of important ways. The greens are all showing signs of fungus and over play, ...

Hua Hin Golf: Rain or Shine

October is the wettest month in Thailand and the coastal areas in particular are taking a real beating. How does this effect golf in a place, say like Hua Hin? This week I visited to both Imperial Lake View Golf Club and Springfield Village Golf and Spa to check things out for myself. The daily rains come almost exactly at 1:00PM each day and then showers result in off and down pours throughout the afternoon. Both days I was out we were able to easily play a full 18 holes without interruption,...

Thailand Golf Expat Retruns To Phuket: His Story (Part 3 of 3)

Here is the final portion of this article which deals with a returning expats first golf impressions in Phuket. The other courses, except Blue Canyon, are covered and a good suggestion for after golf dinner on the eastern side of Phuket is also included. Mission Hills Country Club (shown at left) is a great alternative to Blue Canyon. The hotel, clubhouse and other facilities at Mission Hills are superb, even better than Blue Canyon. The course is stunniung as it is laid out right on the Andama...

Thailand Golf Expat Retruns To Phuket: His Story (Part 2 of 3)

Here is the second of three parts of this post covering the possible reasons for the price hikes at Blue Canyon Country Club and an excellent  suggestion that would benefit everyone. The reasons for the green fee increases depend on whom you talk to. One view is that the new owners of Blue Canyon, Deutsche Bank, want to make it the most exclusive course in Asia, on a par with courses which host the majors and PGA tour events. This is fine, in my view,  the BCCC courses are challenging...

Thailand Golf Expat Retruns To Phuket: His Story (Part 1 of 3)

I have a special treat for all readers. A good friend of mine and long time golfing resident of Phuket has agreed to author a series of original articles about golf in Thailand. These articles will be published exclusively here at the Thailand golf zone. Over the next 3 days I will publish the first of these articles dealing with impressions and new golf experiences in Phuket, from a returning expatriate who has been away for several years. Here is the first part covering green fees and recent...

Thailand Golf: The Five Must Play Courses (Part 2 of 2)

The second part of this post will cover the other 3 must play Thailand golf courses. Please let me know any favorites you may have by posting a comment.  Also, if you need to reach me you can contact me at my Thailand golf vacation company. The first two of the Thailand golf must play courses were covered in the part one of this article. Here is the final part of this post which covers the other three must play choices. The third course is Phuket’s, Blue Canyon Country Club site of the 199...

Thailand Golf: The Five Must Play Courses (Part 1 of 2)

The five must play Thailand golf courses are all are located near popular tourist destinations; making them easy to get to if you are visiting Thailand. Over the next two posts I will review each course as well as cite specifics as to past tournaments, current playing conditions, and facilities on offer. Number one and two are located in Bangkok. Thai Country Club (TCC) and Alpine Golf and Sports Club, are both good examples of very challenging, well designed courses. Each is kept in immaculate ...

Lake Wood Rock & Roll or Does It?

What does Thailand golf have to do with Rock & Roll?  Well the 27 hole Lakewood Country Club’s 3 nine holes are aptly named Lake, Wood, and Rock. Only Roll is missing. Perhaps I should suggest  this very appropriate name, Rock, for the next 9. A few days ago I had the opportunity to play at this popular, easy to reach, Bangkok course. It has been a few years since I had played Lakewood, popularized mainly by the large membership of Asian expatriates. And since it was a weekday and...

Golf History Thailand (Modern Times)

Thailand golf history is steeped in tradition as covered in last Friday’s post. Here is my information about the modern times golf history in Thailand. You can recognize many of the courses mentioned, and feel proud when you step up to the tees there, not only are you playing a a great course, but one with a royal history. Modern times golf was introduced into Thailand at the beautiful Navatanee Golf Course in Bangkok, which was purposely constructed in 1973 and hosted the World Cup of Go...

Golf Thailand History (Ancient Times)

Thailand golf history is very interesting and I am sure some aspects of it will surprise many of you. Take a look at this and then when playing on some of the mentioned links, you can appreciate not only the beauty and challenge, but also the full story of where you are playing. On this first of 2 parts, I will cover Thailand’s ancient golf history, from the 1906 to 1965. Although Thailand is perceived by many as a very new golfing destination, history shows that golf was actually played...

Thailand Golf Clubhouses: Facilities, Services, and Amenities (P

Facilities at such famous venues as the venerable  Thai Country Club, with the best clubhouse in all Asia, can be quite daunting. Here is the second and final part of my clubhouse article covering food, locker facilities, and what to do prior to and after your game to get maximum enjoyment and realize the dream of a total golf experience! I would also recommend a short warm up (just like the Pro’s) and most courses do have a driving range area where you can hit some balls Thereafter, you ...

Thailand Golf Clubhouses: Facilities, Services, and Amenities (P

All of the Thailand golf courses have these grand structures like the one from the Chiang Mai Green Valley Country Club, shown at left. But what is inside and how does such facility affect your game? For the many regular golfing visitors to Thailand, you will be aware of the excellent facilities and services available at the courses and within the clubhouses. However, For the first time visitor, the following information will help you plan your trip to the course more effectively, and ensure you...

Thailand Rental Golf Balls and Golf Ball Diving (NOT Driving)

Every Thailand golf course sells used golf balls, both just outside the front gates to the course and also on the course itself. These balls, in sometimes new condition, can be “purchased” for around 200 baht for a half dozen (around 75 cents each), a significant savings from the new prices. Most of the time they have been “fished” from the many water hazards, by an independent and full time golf ball diver (see photo on the left and No the guy is not me!) These entrepreneurs are often called “...

Golf In Chiang Mai

Golf up North is much different from the rest of the Kingdom. As you can see from the original photo at left (click on the thumbnail for a great high resolution shot), there are many mountains, and thus frequent elevation changes at many of the Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai courses. Also, be located high above sea level, makes temperatures much cooler, with even a light jacket sometimes needed in winter. On the other hand, during the summer months (now!), the rains can be very heavy, thus stopping ...

Golfing in Thailand: A Personal Short Story (Part 4 of 4)

Here is the final part of Shankar’s story. I hope you found this interesting and enjoyed his unique writing style. Stopping briefly for a quick bite and some Coke and so on for our caddies, we went across to the West course for our second half. Fortified well by the rather excellent snacks available at the golf hut, we quite possibly were a little over-confident on our 10th hole, (the first hole on the West Course), a par 5, 499 yard monster, causing both of us to double. The 11th and 12...

Golfing in Thailand: A Personal Short Story (Part 3 of 4)

Here is Shankar and Matthew’s story about their second day golfing in Bangkok, at the venerable Pinehurst Golf Club. By the way I wonder what will happened to this club once the airport moves as the only real attraction is the proximity to Don Muang. Part II – Pinehurst Golf and Country Club, Klong 1, Pathumthanee, Thailand. Monday 28th August 2006. Bright and early on a fine Monday morning, around the time when most normal people perform their ablutions prior to setting out for work, som...

Golfing in Thailand: A Personal Short Story (Part 2 of 4)

Here is the continuation of Shankar’s story, and another Thailandgolfzone worldwide scoop! Shankar and Mathew have just finished the front nine at President Country Club………… We stopped then at the golf hut to re-vitalize our systems with some chilled water and a plantain fruit for some extra energy, (sorely needed to tackle the particularly dangerous, water hazard laden, East course.)