Thailand's Top Golf Courses Phuket
Highway 4029, on the west coast of Phuket
Tel: (076) 324-358; Fax (076) 324-358
Part of the large, rapidly-developing Laguna resort, the
18-hole par 72 course was designed by Max Wexler. It often gets a pleasant
breeze, but is even then not too demanding.
advisable in holiday seasons.
Close to the airport on Highway 402 at the
north end of Phuket Island.
Tel: (076) 327-440; Fax (076) 327-449
This very pretty course was the first stop of the European
Tour of 1994, when television viewers worldwide were able to admire the
view, along with hundreds of spectators on the terraces below the magnificent
clubhouse. Running between old rubber plantations and lagoons created
by tin miners, Phuket's rather steamy climate has helped create rich emerald-coloured
fairways and greens. Golf in Phuket is not cheap, but the experience is
worth every penny.
pro shop, club hire, carts, restaurant, swimming pool,
Phuket Century Country Club
Located in the island's centre, between
Phuket town and Patong Beach, this 18-hole, par 72 tournament course,
designed by Dr. Sukitti Klangvisai, is laid out around two lakes. Lush
rolling hills surround the course, presenting superb scenery, while the
18 holes offer a diversity of challenge. Toughest, perhaps, is the 433-yard
7th, well guarded, followed by the double dogleg 8th with its two creeks
to cross. The 492-yard, par 5 13th is also a real test of skill. Players
will do well to par on these. Clubhouse facilities are extensive, for
relaxation after the game.
Phuket Country Club
On the main road (4020) from Phuket Town
to Patong Beach.
Tel: (076) 321 038; Fax: (076) 321-041
Prince Philip is alleged to have commented that this was
the only example he had seen of a tin mine turned into a gold mine. He
was looking at the verdant greens and flower- bedecked fairways of this
agreeable course created from the spoil heaps and lagoons of an old tin
mine. It now has 27 holes. Lovely club house. Lovely caddies. Fairly expensive.
pro shop, club hire, carts, restaurant, banquet room.
advisable, particularly at weekends.
weekday/ weekend $$$$.
Thai Muang Beach
Highway 4, 30 km north of Phuket.
Tel: (076) 571214. Fax: 212661
The beach- side 18-hole course is one of the first parts
to open of what will become a major holiday development. Pete Dye is the
designer. His courses are usually imaginative and fair.
open to all.
weekday/ weekend $$$
Hat Yai Exclusive
Malaysian border, 15 km north of Hat Yai
on Highway 4135, near the airport .
Tel: (074) 234-921
Built in open country dotted by Muslim villages, the course
is part of a housing and holiday development, designed to attract Malaysian
tourists. Robert McFarland has created a course with narrowish fairways
and a good deal of artificial water. There is an hotel on the course,
and many more in Hat Yai, where the nightlife is lively.
open to all reserve at weekends.
weekday $$; weekend $$$$.