Phuket Golf Courses, Thailand

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Phuket Island is a golfer's paradise. There are several fun, interesting and challenging places to play on Phuket and nearby Phang Nga. The rugged natural beauty of these places makes both the challenge and the aesthetic experience more intense.

All the golf courses on Phuket Island are conveniently located near both luxurious and modest accommodation. Some are located in complexes which can provide accommodation, which frequently is offered as a special package. Transportation to and from the clubs to nearby hotels can be easily arranged individually or will be arranged by the club.

All clubs are located near areas where it is possible to enjoy a full and complete nightlife. All have modern locker rooms and club houses and can provide golfers with coaching and instruction. Prices at these courses are quite reasonable and most provide substantial discounts on their officially listed prices. One should always inquire about what discounts are available.

Among the golf clubs and resorts on Phuket Island are the Blue Canyon Country Club, Laguna Phuket Golf Club, the Loch Palm Club (and Red Mountain Golf Course), Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort and Spa, and Phuket Country Club. Located nearby in Phang Nga (across the Sarasin Bridge) is the Muang Beach Golf Club and Marina.

Blue Canyon Country Club

Blue Canyon Country Club is located in the northern part of the Island, about 7 minutes (one kilometer) from Phuket International Airport near Nai Yang Beach. It is 30 Km from Phuket town and 35 Km from Patong Beach.

It is essentially a golf complex and has two courses, the Canyon Course and the Lakes Course. Both share a clubhouse, along with indoor and outdoor driving ranges and four practice putting greens.

Two restaurants, and a locker room that provides sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and massage are available for use and enjoyment; and the complex also has two swimming pools, tennis courts and a fittness center. Black Canyon provides accommodation at the 40 room Golfer’s Lodge, and there are two and three bedroom apartment available. The Club hosted the Johnnie Walker Classics in 1994 and 1998, and the Honda Invitational in 1996.

The Canyon Course

A 72 par, 18 hole 7179 yard course, it opened in 1991 and has won several awards for excellence and has been the site of several internaitonally recognized competitions. It has 80 bunkers and water comes into play on ten holes. Greens fees are 5,600 baht, the caddy fee* 250 baht, and club rental is 1000 to 2000 baht. Carts are not available.

The Lakes Course

The Lakes Course is a 72 par, 18 hole, 7129 yard course There are 36 bunkers and water comes into play on 17 holes… the course in located on an abandoned tin mine and water has accumulated in the old digging. The greens, which are longer than those at the Canyon Course, meander through the grounds of old rubber plantations. Greens fees are 4,000 baht, the caddy fee* is 250 baht, the golf club rental fee is 1,000 baht. Golf carts are available at 600 baht, one golfer per cart.

Blue Canyon Club Official Website

Laguna Phuket Golf Club

Laguna Phuket Golf Club was known as the Banyan Tree Golf Club until 2004. It is located very near Bang Tao Beach, 17 Km from Patong Beach, 22 Km from Phuket town and 18 Km from Phuket International Airport and is part of Phuket Laguna Resort. The 71 par, 18 hole course is new and improved. Elevation has been added and water is featured on 13 holes.

The complex has accommodation, a driving range, putting greens, practice bunkers and chipping areas and some tennis courts. There is also a club house, locker room – massage is available – and five star café, which is managed by the Banyan Tree Resort Group. Greens fees are 3,800 baht, the caddy fee* is 250 baht and clubs rental is from 900 to 2,200 baht. Golf carts are not available.

Laguna Phuket Golf Club Official Website

Loch Palm Golf Club

Loch Palm Golf Club, previouly known as the Phuket Century Country Club, is located midway between Phuket town and Patong Beach, about 7 Kms from Patong and 9 Km from Phuket. .It is 32 Km from the Phuket International Airport and is surrounded by scenic mountain peaks and bordered by the Katu waterfall. The 18 hole, 72 par course was opened in 1999: three holes were added in 2004.

It is 6555 yards in length and is set in a 400 acre range. The greens are palm lined and enclose a large body of water, Crystal Lake. Water hazards are present on 13 holes, and there are swift changes in elevation. There are 67 bunkers.

A driving range and putting green are available for practice and guests may use the locker room and pro shop. A two acre, lakeside club house is available for guest to relax in. No accomodations are available. The regular green fee is 3,500 and a caddy fee* – a caddy is not compulsory – is 250 baht. Golf carts are available at 700 to 900 baht, and clubs are available for 420 to 1,000 baht.

Red Mountain Golf Course

Red Mountain Golf Course, an 18 hole, 72 par course. It opened in May, 2007, and is a sister course to the Lock Palm Golf Club. It is named for the red mountains that tower over it and is surrounded by rain forest.

Cut from rocks and canyon walls that used to be the site of a tin mine, its elevation is the highest on Phuket Island and one can look down at Chalong and Phuket bays from some of the greens. As would be expected, elevation and terrain changes are very challengin, as are waste bunkers and various water hazards.

The course covers a little less than 7,000 yards. A clubhouse opened in 2007 which is described by most observers as magnificent or luxurous. The green fee is 5,000 baht, the caddy fee* is 250 baht, a golf cart is compulsory at 700 baht - only one golfer per cart is permitted – and clubs are available for 600 to 1,000 baht.

Loch Palm Golf Club Official Website

Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort and Spa

Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort and Spa was carved from rubber plantations and is located by the sea in northeast Phuket Island, 8 Km from the airport, 27 Km from Phuket town, and 35 Km from Patong Beach. The 72 par, 18 hole, 6808 yard course was designed by Nickolas Design and established in 2004. Surrounded by wooded hills and the ocean, it is dominated by pure white sands and Paspalum Sea grass. Water comes into play on seven holes.

Accommodation is available in a 72 room resort with international restaurants, bar lounges and a swimming pool. The greens fee is 3,800 baht, the caddy fee* is 250 baht, and clubs may be rented for 1,000 baht. Golf carts are compulsory at a fee of 600 baht a cart.

Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort and Spa Official Website

Phuket Country Club

Phuket Country Club was established in 1989 and built over an old tin mine. It is located almost midway between Phuket town (6 Km distant) and Patong Beach (7 Km distant), and is 30 Km from the international airport. There are two courses with 27 holes in total . The old course has 18 holes, is 6,484 yards in length and rated at 72 par. It is in a valley and runs through a forest. Water comes into play on 7 holes and there are 54 bunkers. The new course has 9 holes, is 3,575 yards in length and rated at 38 par. Water comes into play on 8 holes and there are 27 bunkers.

Golf carts are available on the nine hole course but not on the 18 hole course, which is relatively flat. Each course has a modern clubhouse and they share a practice range, and putting and chipping areas. Convention rooms and saunas are also available. A 25 meter pool is located at the 9 hole course clubhouse and a smaller pool is located at the 18 hole course. The greens fee is 3,500 baht, the caddy * fee is 250 baht and clubs may be rented at 800 to 1,000 baht.

Phuket Country Club Official Website

Thai Muang Beach Golf and Marina

Thai Muang Beach Golf and Marina was established in 1993 and is located on the sea at Muang Thai beach in Phang Nga, a 30 minute drive from Phuket Island. It is 40 Km from Phuket International Airport, 67 Km from Phuket town and 68 Km from Patong Beach. Elevation has been added to this 18 hole, 72 par, 7, 017 yard course to increase the challenge. Numerous water challenges also exist.

Players are said to quite impressed by its aesthetically pleasing contrasts – white sand, the blue ocean, and green grasses. The course has a clubhouse, a restaurant, a driving range and putting green, and a swimming pool. Some lodging is available. The greens fee is 2,200 baht, the caddy* is 200 baht, club rental is 400 baht, and golf carts are availbalbe for 600 baht.

NOTE * generally, the caddy fee goes entirely or mostly to the club and golfers are expected to tip the caddy. In some cases, it is mandatory. A figure sometimes mentioned as a satsfactory tip is 300 baht.

For more information on Golf in Phuket, please see Phuket Expat Golf Society Website

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