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. They are currently building a brand new terminal at the island’s international airport, so getting to this golfing paradise is even easier with direct flights from several countries and many flights from Bangkok as well.
The beautiful, tropical island of Phuket (1 hour’s flying time south of Bangkok) has seven great golf courses. Perhaps the most famous is the Blue Canyon Country Club (36 holes, designed by Yoshikazo Kato with Gary Player). Ranked by international media as one of the most prestigious golfing establishments in the region, the 36 holes are laid out in a 720-acre verdant valley against a magnificent backdrop of the majestic Phang Nga mountains and the Andaman Sea, “The Canyon” built in 1991 and “The Lakes” followed in 1999, with the Canyon course hosting the 1998 Johnny Walker Classic — won by Tiger Woods after a play-off with Ernie Els. More recently new owners have taken over and now golf carts are available on both courses. The Canyon course has some great holes especially the par 3 in front of the clubhouse down onto a true island green. The Lakes course is the easier of the two with more water hazards. Close to the airport so you can be on the 1st tee within an hour of touching down.
Laguna Phuket (formerly Banyan Tree) Golf Club was closed for nearly two years before opening in 2014 after a complete re-design. A fairly flat course it is still both challenging and memorable. Golfers have the fun of working out how to make their way around the golf course as each hole offers a multitude of shot options and both nines have good variety. Laguna Phuket is a resort golf course with pleasant breezes from the Andaman Sea, and is not too demanding and reflects the natural beauty and tropical surroundings of Bang Tao Bay. The modest clubhouse provides a first class restaurant with well-stocked full bar. Non-golfers are encouraged to make use of the on-site complete golf resort spa facilities, which makes a 4-hour spa and massage treatment the perfect companion to a round of golf.
A relatively new addition to golf on the island and opened in 2008 is the magificent Red Mountain course . Built by English designer Jon Morrow this 18 hole course has been crafted out of a dissued tin mine. Very well maintained each whole is an experience with elevated tee boxes, boulders, lakes, valleys and undulating greens. Their signature hole 17 is a par 3 litterally done a mine shaft onto the green below. Phuckets most photographed hole. A kodak moment here. The club house is very modern with excellent lockers and restaurant overlooking the 18th. High quality golf sets for hire here and the caddies are some of the best in Thailand.
All course on the island are within 30-50 minutes of your hotel. Check out Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa a terrific Jack Nicklaus course beside the sea. Phuket Country Club with both Old and New courses, plus Red Mountain’s sister course Loch Palm Golf Club . As well these 7 great courses there is the Phunaka Club 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 around Baht 300-350 per caddie per round. Normal tip at the end of your round is approx; Baht 300 per caddie, or higher if you had a good round or even a hole in one!! 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.
The main resorts have exoctic nightlife with the largest being Patpong Beach competing with Bangkok for discos, go go bars and crazy bars.
The island also has some very fine dining experiences too, many in romantic locations beside the sea. Phucket never sleeps, so enjoy!
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