Located approximately 862 kilometers south of Bangkok is Phuket, Thailand largest island, which is often dubbed as the pearl of the Andaman, or the pearl of the south. Its natural resources and rocky peninsulars, limestone cliffs, white powdery beaches, tranquil broad bays and tropical in-land forests contribute to making it the South's wealthiest, busiest, most visited and most popular island and province.
Phuket Golfing Information
The beautiful, tropical island of Phuket (1 hour's flying time south of Bangkok) has seven great golf courses: Blue Canyon Country Club (36 holes, designed by Yoshikazo Kato with Gary Player), the site of the 1998 Johnny Walker Classic -- won by Tiger Woods after a play-off with Ernie Els; Laguna Phuket (formerly Banyan Tree) Golf Club (Max Wexler); Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa (a terrific Jack Nicklaus course); Phuket Country Club (Old and New courses) and Loch Palm Golf Club (both designed by renowned Thai architect, Dr. Sukitti Klangvishai); and the latest: the stunning Red Mountain course at Loch Palm. As well these 7 great courses there is the latest addition called Phunaka which is a very well designed 9 hole and has a very impressive 56 bay driving range.
Golf Orient specialise in arranging personalised and tailored vacations to Thailand for you, the discerning golfer. We arrange hotel accommodation, transportation and/or car/jeep hire, tee reservations at discounted rates and other services such as sight-seeing, sailing, deep sea fishing, snorkelling, go-karting, elephant or bicycle trekking, cultural shows, etc. For more information on tours and activities for when you are not golfing, please fill in the contact form and specify your requirements to receive a customized package where our staff can help you select the most interesting additional tours to complete your ultimate golfing holiday. Established in 1997 and with a presence in Phuket, we offer local knowledge and on the spot arrangements. If you consider a packaged golfing holiday, check out our special offers for Phuket in the golf packages section and don't be shy to ask for a customized quotation or just some more information on golfing in Phuket.
The most popular times for teeing off are either early in the morning so that you are starting when it is cooler, or early afternoon, so that you are finishing your round when there is usually a breeze and the temperature is a little cooler. We recommend that golfers apply sun block when golfing, even though the sun may not be shining, and to take plenty of (non-alcoholic!) liquid refreshment. Further details of Phuket's climate, and maps and photographs of Phuket, together with advice for travellers to Thailand, may be found in the following pages.
Please note that Golf Orient , whilst being European managed, is a Thai company, employing Thai staff. We aim to provide a high level of quality, personal service. The golf costs quoted on these pages are effective August 2011. The fees are the same for week-day or week-end and throughout the year. There is no need to show handicap cards at any of Phuket's golf courses. Dress code is not strict but most clubs expect visitors to wear golf shirts with collars (not tee shirts), short or long tailored trousers (not jeans), socks and golf shoes (these may be hired from the golf courses at Baht 250 per round). Visitors to both Phuket Country Club and Loch Palm Golf Club must wear "spikeless" or "soft-spiked" shoes for golf. Golf carts ("buggies") are available only at Loch Palm, Blue Canyon (Lakes Course), Mission Hills and Red Mountain at 600 baht per cart per round. One person per cart.
All caddies in Phuket are female. At all courses visitors are required to take caddies whether or not they take a golf cart. Some players have two caddies, one to carry the clubs, and one to carry a sun umbrella, chair, cool drinks etc.. Caddie fees are Baht 300 per caddie per round. Normal tip is around Baht 300 per caddie. Some of the golf courses make a nominal charge for persons accompanying golfers, but not playing. Finally, why not let us arrange a soothing traditional Thai herbal massage for you after your round of golf!
Phuket is 400 miles (640 km) south of Bangkok & 600 miles (960 km) north of Singapore. Both are connected to the Phuket International Airport by 20 direct (1 hr) daily flights. Entry Visas: are not required by tourists from most countries, for a stay of up to 30 days in Thailand. Passports should have a minimum of six months remaining, before the date of expiry. Generally speaking, the golf courses are playable all year round. There are no severe tropical storms or hurricanes at any time of the year. High temperatures average 30c (85F); Lows average 24c (75F). Sunrise is between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., and Sundown around 6:30 - 6:45 p.m..