Koh Samui offers a peaceful and relaxing golf tour with the unique tropical island feel. The white sandy beaches are fringed with coconut palms; with the top hotels located close by. From ancient Buddha images to modern, colorful temples, there is a vast selection of interesting places to visit and sights to see. It is the perfect setting for a custom golf tour Thailand and can be visited as part of a broader trip through Thailand golf tours. The Island is now host to a championship standard course in Santiburi Samui Country Club
, which has stunning views of the ocean and is a golfing experience of a lifetime.
Koh Samui Golfing Information
Santiburi Samui Country Club
is currently the only full size course in Koh Samui, but is absolutely worth visiting the little coconut island for. The course was opened in 2003 and is truly a sensation. Located at the slopes of Samui’s mountains at the North Coast (Maenam), around 15 minutes drive from the island town Nathon, offering stunning views over the sea and the neighbor island Koh Panghan. The great course with it’s difficult mountain and valley fairways is hard to cope without a golf cart (compulsory). Small fairways are often leading hill up, hill down, but the large greens make the landing of the balls a little bit easier. The spectacular view over the coconut palm tree covered mountains and the sea is not making it easy to concentrate on the game during the first round. The clubhouse is designed in a luxury style as the Country Club and provides comfortable changing rooms, a big Pro-Shop and a restaurant with delicious food and a huge terrace.
Royal Samui Golf & Country Club is a nine hole golf course located between Chaweng and Lamai, and although the route to this course has not been concreted, 4 wheel drive vehicles are recommended for safety. When you finally arrive at Royal Samui on the top of the furthest point of the mountain, you realise that this really is a little gem. The views are absolutely breathtaking with sea views on all 9 holes. The 1st hole is all uphill with a massive boulder guarding the green. The 8th tee is built on a rock face and has a view of Lamai beach that would have most top golf courses in the world wishing they could copy this hole. Golf courses in Koh Samui are mountainous and having a golf cart is a necessary. Strange set up as it would seem they ran out of money to finish the back nine. Still great fun if you want a shorter round and a lot of fun too.
Alternatively there is the recently opened Bophut Hills
, a nine hole par 3 course close to Chaweng providing a nice palmtree golfing experience. A bit hard to find, but a green and quiet location with close proximity to the main tourist area of Chaweng Beach, Bophut and Maenam make it a nice little exercise for your free morning or afternoon.
The island also boosts two driving ranges to practise your swing and warm up. One is located on the border of Chaweng and Bophut, just of the main ring road. The second one is right on the ring road in Maenam and was opened in end of 2006. Koh Samui also offers a unique dining experience, its seafood dishes are unrivalled as well as a wide selection of international cuisines. The variety of seasonal tropical fruits are unsurpassed it is referred to as the island of coconut trees. Unique jewelry, souvenirs, textiles and handicrafts are produced by the local people and make night markets bustling vibrant centers. All in all a perfect location for your golf holiday at the beach.
About Koh Samui
Koh Samui is a beautiful tropical island, located in the Gulf of Thailand, amidst azure blue water and an archipelago of small green islands ringed by white sand. The coconut island’s allure is its relaxed lifestyle. Buildings are no higher than the palm trees and bars and restaurants are mostly small and personal. Besides lying on the beach and the usual water activities, a visit to the monkey school – where monkeys are trained to collect coconuts from the tall palm trees – is a great way to enjoy yourself. The markets along the main Chaweng Beach are a must, offering great value and a chance to take a break at one of the excellent restaurants the island has to offer.
Coming after Phuket and Koh Chang, Koh Samui is Thailand’s third largest island at 247 sq. km., and in the last decade it has become one of Southeast Asia’s premier tourist destinations. Samui sits in the Gulf of Thailand, surrounded by other smaller tropical island gems like Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao, and is located 84 km. east of Surat Thani, the provincial capital on the mainland. With soft-sand beaches shaded by towering palms, delicious fresh seafood and a vibrant nightlife, Samui has a magical formula that seems to cast its spell on everyone. Many visitors are content to laze their days away on the beach, soaking up the sun and cooling off in the turquoise waters, but for action enthusiasts there are plenty of choices like diving and snorkelling, windsurfing and paragliding, beach volleyball, off-road driving, and other similar activities.
There are numerous hotels in all price ranges including the hip W Hotel Samui, to cosy beachside boutique hotels. One of the island’s most appealing features is the loop road, which makes a 50 km. circuit around the island, giving a glimpse of superb beaches on the north, east and west coasts. It runs past sleepy fishing villages and through seas of coconut palms, passing Samui’s most impressive waterfall and tempting turn-offs into the highlands along the way. Other attractions on or near the road include a butterfly garden, a snake show, a monkey-training centre, and health spas dedicated to pampering the body. There is plenty on Samui to keep even the most jaded traveller happy for a long time, but for anyone spending even a few days here, an opportunity not to be missed is a trip to the emerald islands of the Mu Ko Angthong Marine National Park, which offers another perspective of a tropical paradise and also the infamous full moon party on neighbor island Koh Phangan only a short boat ride away.