Banyan Golf Club
|Course Designer:||Golf East - Pirapon Namatra|
|Course Information:||18 holes par 72 - 7361yards|
|Location:||15 mins drive south of Hua Hin|
|Facilities:||Accommodation, Massage, Restaurants, Spa|
|Distance to Hua Hin:||3 Miles|
Banyan Golf Club:
(2009 Best New Course In Asia: scenic & challenging)
Built among a pineapple plantation, Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin opened in October 2008. Immediately following, the course was awarded 2009 Best New Course in Asia Pacific by the readers of Asian Golf Monthly. Since then Banyan golf course and clubhouse has consistently claimed 'Top 3 in Thailand' awards and been featured in the 'Rolex Top 1000' in the World.
The world class 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Thailand golf course architect Pirapon Namatra from Golf East and is known to be one of the best layouts in the country.
The course provides for spectacular mountain and ocean views from most all of the holes and is one of the best layouts in the area. Each hole has 6 tee boxes making the course more or less challenging depending on ability and tee selection. Strategically placed water hazards, waste bunkers, and sand traps are spread out throughout the course. Significant use of native pineapple groves make local fruits come into play if straying too far off the fairways.
Lush Zoysia grassed fairways, a local grass but a rarely seen on golf courses in Thailand, are a pleasure to hit from as balls sit up nicely. Dark green Paspalum grassed tee boxes add to the stark color contrast on the course and are a nice decorative feature. Greens, constructed of premium Tiff-eagle Bermuda grass, make for fast and receptive putting surfaces and are well-maintained year round.
The signature 15th hole is a 139 yard par-3 with panoramic ocean views all the way to Singtoh (Tiger) Island in the Gulf of Thailand. Hole 12, a par-5 monster is 610 yards, all uphill, making it a challenge to reach for even the most accomplished of golfers. Other holes feature elevated greens, sloping fairways, and well placed fairway and greenside bunker complexes.
Practice facilities include a grass driving range and 2 large putting and chipping greens. The Banyan Golf Club has a contemporary Thai styled club house including, full reception area, well-stocked pro shop, elegant locker rooms, and 2 international restaurants; all of which are first class. The changing rooms are fitted with rain showers and luxury grooming amenities. The Terrace Restaurant is an International all day dining venue with a variety of Western and Thai cuisine and several excellent daily specials. It also features a walk in wine cooler with good selection of wines to suit all palettes. Mulligan's Pub, with western views over the golf course and Burmese Mountains, makes for an ideal way to have a few cold drinks, reflect on a round and take in a picture perfect Thai sunset.
The Banyan golf course is designed for walking, but for those who opt to ride, optional golf carts with onboard GPS can be helpful.