Pattaya a golfer’s paradise
Now many of you probably already feel the way we do about Pattaya, let’s be honest it really is one of the greatest if not the greatest place on earth with a thriving nightlife scene, picturesque beaches and amazing entertainment for the entire family, what some of you might not know however Pattaya has the highest concentration of golf courses in one region more than any other place in Southeast Asia. There is currently over 20 golf courses all within an hour’s drive from the centre of Pattaya varying from courses for amateurs right up to international championship level, coupled with Pattaya’s amazing climate which provides near constant year round sunshine it’s no wonder golfers from all over the world are flocking to Pattaya to play on some of the amazing courses on offer.
Below we are going to look in a little detail at a few of the brilliant courses you yourself could be out playing on.
Ok so in no particular order here’s a look at some of the top courses.
The Old Couse at Siam Country Club:
Siam Country Club’s Old Course is one of the most famous courses in the kingdom having been built way back in 1971 at which time it was the first privately owned course in Thailand and is considered by most articles online to be in the top 10 best courses for all of Thailand. The beautiful tree lined 18-hole, par 72 course has played host to multiple professional tournaments over the years including the Women’s LPGA championship. The course was closed for a year from 2006-2007 where it was completely renovated where while most hole positions were kept the same all other aspects of the course were modernised and improved to international championship standards. There is now a total of 101 bunkers for golfers to test their skills at avoiding making the Old Course right up there for golfers who want to challenge themselves and play on an international championship standard course. The Siam Country club is roughly a 25 minutes’ drive from the centre of Pattaya and the course is open 7 days a week.
Burapha Golf Club:
The Buarpha golf club was opened in 1993 when it was previously a member’s only club, but has since opened to members of the public, Burapha offers two 18-hole Par 72 courses designed by David Graham and Gary Panks and has also played host to a number of professional tournaments including the 2010 Thailand open. The courses encompass hilly terrain, lakes and natural tropical vegetation. The East course is probably best for those just starting to play as it offers wider more open fairways, whereas the West course will provide a challenge for advanced or professional level players. The course is located to the North of Pattaya close to Laem Chabang and roughly a 30 minutes’ drive from the centre of Pattaya.
St. Andrews 2000 Golf Club:
St Andrews 2000 Golf Club was opened in as the name would suggest the year 2000, designed by English architect Desmond Muirhead and is hailed as one of Pattaya’s most interesting courses as it was built to imitate a Scottish links course. The course itself is a 18-hole par 74 and is aimed at accomplished players with a handicap of 18 or fewer featuring elevated tees and greens, split elevation fairways and two par 6 holes making this course a real challenge even for experienced and professional golfers, so probably not the best one to start on if you haven’t been swinging a club very long. The course is located close to Bang Chang a small town about 40 minutes’ drive from Pattaya and proves to be a popular after golf watering hole for many players.
Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club:
Opened in 1993 and designed by Dennis Griffiths the Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club is made up of three 9-hole courses and was completely renovated in 2015, since the venue has hosted both the Kings Cup (European tour) in 2016 and the Thailand Open (Ladies European Tour) in 2017. The course is split into three with the Ocean, Lake and Mountain courses providing spectacular views and a variety of challenging holes for players. The courses are relatively free from water hazards with the exception of the lake course which has multiple small ponds but the other two courses are ideal for those just starting to play the game. All three courses offer rolling fairways, sloping greens and shallow bunkers and being located just 10 kilometres past Jomtien Beach makes it one of the closest courses to the centre of Pattaya and for those looking to play a quick nine the ideal course for a morning or afternoon out of the greens.
So there you have it golf fans just a quick look at some of the many fantastic courses Pattaya has to offer, as we said before there are now over 20 in the area so why not break out the clubs and try a few for yourself. Let us know in the comments section your thoughts and which course you think is the best.