There are several top international golf clubs in
Pattaya set out to championship standards and designed by some of the
biggest names in golf course architecture. The Leam Chabang Golf Course was
designed by renowned golfer Jack Nicklaus, the Sriracha International Golf
Club was designed by world famous South African golfer Gary Player and the Great Lake Golf club was designed by Nick Faldo. These and other
equally big names all contributed to the wealth of top-class clubs and
courses within a 40 kilometre radius of the resort.
Siam Country Club Old Course is the grand old lady of golf courses set in the countryside behind Pattaya between north and central Pattaya Road. The club, designed by I. Izumi was opened in 1971 making it one of the kingdom's reigning premier courses. In 2006 it was given a complete makeover by renowned course architect Lee Schmidt. It re-opened in March 2007 and went on to host the Honda LPGA Thailand Tournament in October that year.
The club sports a traditional mature 18-hole Par 72 tree-lined course measuring 6,534 yards and though perfectly suited should you like slow greens, its many slops challenge power hitters making it a good test of your golfing skills. And the Bermuda grass greens require some very precise putting. Besides offering you breathtaking views, the elevated tee at the 1st hole challenges you to hit a big drive. Nonetheless, many a golfer has praised its layout and beauty.
Apart from the stunning views across the course, the facilities at the re-modeled clubhouse includes a swimming pool, a sauna and a snooker room. Adjacent is a museum containing artifacts depicting Thailand's early history.
Siam Country Club Plantation Course, located 25 minutes by road from Pattaya, is a fantastic 27-hole golf course designed by the Arizona based Schmidt and Curley Design Corporation. It opened in 2008 and in 2009 hosted the Honda LPGA Thailand Tournament. The course with its challenging layout, breathtaking views and natural rolling hills, was formally a tapioca and pineapple plantation before being transformed into one of the great golf courses in Thailand.
This magnificent site with its rugged ravines and mature trees sees more visitors coming back time and again from around the world. It's perfectly suited for golfers of all levels. Facilities at this international golf club are world-class offering everything from swimming pools to saunas and spas as well as a superlative restaurant for fine dining.
Laem Chabang International Country Club is not only one of Thailand's most beautiful courses, but it's also rated as the number one 27-hole par 108 course in Pattaya. It was designed by Jack Nicklaus on a seven hundred acre site and opened in 1993. The course is set in a rolling valley between tall hills covered in rocky outcrops. It also features coconut palms clustered along the fairways and flower gardens that add brilliant colour to the slightly elevated greens.
The course comprises of 27 holes which are divided into three nine-hole sections and span a total length of 9326 yards. Jack Nicklaus named the course Mountain, Lake and Valley. It is one of the few courses that is both challenging and relaxing thus making it the perfect combination for a wonderful golfing holiday.
The three-story clubhouse offers facilities such as a swimming pool, a sauna, a spa, library and snooker room. Also available is a 300 yard driving range as well as mountain biking and horse riding facilities giving spouses and children a treat.
Burapha Golf Club consists of two 18-hole championship golf courses, each with a Par 72. They were designed by renowned architect Gary Panks and world famous touring professional David Graham, winner of the US Open and PGA. Their aim was to build a golf complex to rival the best in the world and with their remarkable dedication to detail, this was achieved. The 36-hole golf course is recognized for its superior standards throughout the golfing fraternity in both Thailand and South East Asia as well as the rest of the world.
Though each course has its own distinct characteristics, both feature manicured multi-tiered greens, undulating fairways and white sand bunkers. The East Course has wide fairways, perfect for beginners and less experience golfers. The West Course is more challenging and therefore suited for the seasoned golfer. No visit to Pattaya would be complete without you having played on the Burapha international golf course which opened its doors in 1995.
Features at the clubhouse include a driving range, practice greens, two floodlit tennis courts, a free-form landscaped swimming pool, a fully equipped pro-shop, two gourmet restaurants, conference and seminar facilities and residential accommodation. Also available is the golfing academy, best known for providing expert coaching from the San Diego Golfing Academy in the USA.
Khao Kheow Country Golf Club, situated north of Pattaya just outside the town of Si Racha, was designed by Peter Dye to true championship specifications. It's a world-class 27-hole Par 108 course measuring 10,549 yards. As with so many golf courses in this region, this one frequently gets quite breezy, making accurate shots a real challenge. With this in mind, it's essential you stay focused at all times so as to avoid the menacing bunkers and other hazards. The narrow fairways and small greens on this top international golf course will probably present you with nothing short of a serious challenge.
Plutaluang Golf Club, situated 45 minutes by road south of Pattaya just outside the town of Sattahip, was designed by the Royal Thai Navy. The 27-hole course is set amidst some of Thailand's most spectacular natural surroundings, so much so that it has become a closely guarded secret by golfers who regularly play here. It's been described as a real character course demanding mental concentration and precision play. This will possibly present you with a good golf test.
Pattana Golf Resort and Sports Club situated northeast of Pattaya
and located along route 344 from Chonburi, is as superlative as it is
impressive. For starters the 27-hole course measures a
whopping 7,361 yards and features two Par 6's. The course also covers an
area of more than five hundred acres of rolling terrain. It will
provide a real test for golfers of all handicaps as along the way you'll
encounter lots of very clever challenges and superbly crafted holes.
Bangpra International Golf Club situated a short distance north of the seaside town of Sriracha incorporates an 18-hole Par 72 course designed by Japan Golf Promotion Company Limited. It is a beautiful old mature course with fast greens making it a real test of your putting skills. Also watch out for the monkeys whom are often seen visiting holes 6 and 7. The newly built clubhouse is fully equipped and offers you all the usual amenities for relaxation after your round of golf.
Pattaya Country Club situated twenty five kilometres east of the
resort town incorporates an 18-hole Par 72 course measuring 6,341 yards.
The course offers lush green fairways and beautiful vistas making it a
firm favourite amongst locals and foreigners. Designed by renowned Thai
PGA designer Peter Rehn, the course features both single and double
fairways set amidst gentle rolling hills and dotted with shimmering
lakes for a consistently rewarding golf experience.
Crystal Bay Golf Club situated a short distance north of
Sriracha incorporates a 27-hole Par 72 course designed by Thai Takenaka.
It has to be one of the most immaculately manicured park like courses
in Thailand because of its richly decorated flowering shrubs. This
course is suitable for golfers of all handicaps.
Mountain Shadow Golf Course also situated a short distance north of Sriracha incorporates an 18-hole Par 72 course designed by Ronald Fream. This particular course is built on a former mango plantation and sports narrow fairways framed by tall palm trees and plenty of water hazards. Perfect for golfers of all levels.
Pleasant Valley Country Golf Club located north of Sriracha near Khao Kheow Country Golf Club, incorporates an 18-hole Par 72 short but challenging course. Several holes play alongside and around natural swamps and ponds with plenty of reeds and rushes which will surely steal any ball you don't place perfectly.
Should you come to Thailand specifically to play golf, then perhaps you might like to visit some of the other golf clubs and courses here.
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