Golfing in Khao Yai is not very well known to most tourists, yet this beautiful region features some excellent golf courses and spectacular scenery as well. Favoured by many Thais from the capital, many have built weekend homes here to enjoy the cooler climate and the national parks with unusual animals and forests. Golf in Khao Yai has improved over the last few years and can be a nice break from Bangkok which is reachable in about two and half hours. Highly recommended if you like to get away from it all, play some great courses in the beautiful country side and get pampered in one of the resorts.
Khao Yai Golfing Information
Kirimaya Golf Club & Resort
, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is a very peacful 18 hole course on the edge of the Khao Yai National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site With panoramic views of Khao Yai’s lush greenery and mountains, the course ranges from 4,875 yards (ladies) to an incredible 7,115 yards (tournament) and with its single-track layout, golfers feel as if they are the only ones on the entire course for a truly memorable golf experience. It is the only 5-star Khao Yai golf resort and in itself a great play and stay for a few days golfing in the country side.
Mission Hills Khao Yai
is the oldest of the three Mission Hills golf courses in Thailand. It is situated between two valleys in the mountains of the Khao Yai National Park and winds beneath the steep hills that border the park. It is easy to forget about your score here, when taking in the breath taking views over the surrounding hills. The 450 rai course designed by Jack Niclaus. His challenge was to preseve the original forest in the midst of an PGA standard golf course. He has succeded . There is also includes a hotel with full facilities.
is one of the newer additions to this region and is definitely a class act. A brilliant setting, Toscana Valley offers diverse rage of recreational activities. The 18-holes Toscana Valley Golf Course
at Khao Yai ascribes its handsome design to renowned golf course architect Bob McFarland. Complimented by the stunning Khao Yai backdrop, the charming ambience resembles the environment of Toscana Valley, Italy. Toscana Valley Golf Course was developed by the same team of experts responsible for creating world-class golf courses such as Green Valley Golf Course (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Rayong; Thailand), Windmill Country Club (Bangkok), Saint Andrews Hill 2000 (Rayong), Lotus Hill View Golf Club (China) and Guangzhou International Golf Course (China).
Other courses in the area worth visting include Panorama Golf and Country Club and Friendship Meadows Country Club.
About Khao Yai
The Khao Yai, the second largest National Park in Thailand, lies largely in Nakhon Ratchasima Province (Korat), but also includes parts of the Saraburi, Prachinburi and Nakhon Nayok provinces. It was Thailand’s first national park, founded September 18, 1962, covering an area of 2,168 square kilometers, including evergreen forests and grasslands. Its altitude ranges from about 400 to 1000 m above sea level. There are 3,000 species of plants, 320 species of birds and 67 species of mammals, including Asiatic black bears, Asian elephants, gaur, tigers, gibbons, Indian sambar deer, Indian muntjac, dholes, and wild pigs. Its waterfalls include the 80 metre Heo Narok, and Haeo Suwat famous from the Hollywood film The Beach with Leonardo di Caprio. Namtok Sarika is a popular domestic tourist destination with the Thais.
The park is often visited by travellers from Isan, Bangkok and elsewhere, for whom there are more than 50km of hiking trails. In 1984 the park was made an ASEAN Heritage Park, and on July 14 2005 the park together with other parks in the Dong Phaya Yen mountains was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name Dong Phaya Yen–Khao Yai Forest Complex. In the past decades, lands adjacent to the national park were increasingly developed into luxury hotels and golf courses for weekending visitors from Bangkok.