Opened last week, Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin is the newest Thailand golf course. Adding to the 7 other Hua Hin golf clubs the course and club at Banyan is first-rate. The Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin just 15 minutes south of town is tucked in between two small mountain ranges.
The superb 7030 yard Banyan course has more in common with a top quality European parkland course, than with something hewn from a Thai pineapple plantation. Within the jungle and pineapple-lined perimeter, it’s often hard to imagine you are golfing in Hua Hin.
The overall presentation is immaculate. An excellent array of (not overly penal) water hazards, terrific bunkering and fabulous greens provide all the characteristics you’d expect from a top quality golf course. Nicely rolling native Zoysia grass fairways are bordered by quite generous amounts of lush, grassy semi-rough; there isn’t really any deep rough to worry about. Beyond the growing pineapple waste areas the golf course is adorned with all manner of trees, palms and flowering bougainvillea.
Each hole has been wonderfully crafted and takes advantage of the natural land formations. Local Golf East Thai designer Pirapon Namatra, who previous projects included Blue Canyon Lakes Course and Santiburi Samui Country Club reated a layout at Banyan of simlar standards. This ensures that every round is full of challenge and interest including regular glimpses of the offshore islands and Gulf of Thailand.
On an operations side being greeted by smiling Thai silk-dress clad hostesses with a refreshing welcome drink and cold towel adds a touch of class founds in only the best resorts. Included individual golf carts, caddies, and practice balls make the check-in formalities a breeze. A modern Thai styled clubhouse with 4 double spa suites for overnighters is perched high on the best vantage point overlooking the course and back towards Hua Hin. The Mulligan’s Pub and terrace makes for a great place to take in a Thai sunset and to relive the best shots of the round. Without doubt, Banyan Golf Club is the newest Thailand golf jewel.