The oldest and most traditional Thai holiday resort combines the attractions of a modern travel destination with the charm and fascination of a still active fishing port. And while most other Thai holiday destinations cater mainly to foreign tourists, Hua Hin is a holiday resort for both foreigners and Thais.
Besides its great 5 mile (8 kilometre) long beach Hua Hin provides accommodation options of all levels,great restaurants of all cuisines and price levels, and last but not lest the highest density of world class golf courses anywhere in Thailand.
Hua Hin and Cha-am are seaside resort twin towns on the Gulf of Thailand, with many tourist attractions and excellent hotel accommodation. These charming and relaxed seaside retreats have long attracted Bangkok’s elite and are home to some of Thailand’s top link courses. The Royal Hua Hin Golf Course is the oldest course in Thailand. Black Mountain, Palm Hills, Springfield and Imperial Lake View are the latest elite courses in the area. ( see Hua Hin Map)
Located 15 minutes from central Hua Hin this magnificent golf course opened in October 2008. Each of the well designed holes has 6 different teeing areas to make the course enjoyable for all handicaps. With spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and sea encompassed with its lush green fairways, The Banyan is not to be missed when playing golf in this area of Thailand. From the Championship tees the course measures 7,030 yards
This spectacular golf course was designed by Australian Phil Ryan & measures 7,345 yards from the championship tees. It is constructed with the intention of using the area’s natural terrain, cleverly using the streams, trees & rock formations to create a golfing masterpiece. In March 2009 the Swedish professional Johan Edfors won the “Black Mountain Masters” which is now part of the Asian Tour calendar.
The Imperial Lake View Hotel & Golf Club features a 27 hole golf course in Petchaburi province. Designed by Roger Packard in 1993, the course is truly absorbing. Although rolling fairways and spectacular mounds surround the greens – many of which are hidden by the trees – make some shots rather tricky, golfers are helped out by well defined fairways to get back on the right track. Particularly absorbing is the par three 14th where the player tees off from one small island with the intent of landing their ball on another small island 207 yards away.
The Hidden Gem of Hua Hin
Kaeng Krachan Country Club and Golf Resort is part of The Kaeng Krachan Estate and one of a handful of remote courses in Hua Hin area. The golf course lies in neighbouring Petchaburi Province, 1 hour inland from Hua Hin. It is located on the northern side of the mountain range right in the centre of an estate surrounded by mountains, forests and lakes.
(excellent layout in hills west of Hua Hin)
At the Majestic Creek Country Club, Thailand’s foremost golf architect Dr Sukitti Klangvisai has produced a 7,123 yard layout that needs to be played with both imagination and skill. A maze of streams, which slowly trickle down from the surrounding mountains, wind around the six-year-old course. However, be careful you don’t exhaust yourself, one of the holes is an astonishing 770 yards long.
(seaside course with links feel)
The Milford Golf Club & Resort (formerly the Hua Hin Seoul Country Club) offers a change from the longer championship courses. This par 72, 18 hole course designed by Robert McFarland lies in a spectacular location nestled in the valleys of a chain of mountains directly adjoining the coastline.
(enjoyable palm-lined course on rolling terrain)
Set against a beautiful backdrop of Petchaburi’s mountain range with some amazing views of the Gulf of Thailand. Separated by a rocky outcrop that extends from the mountain range, the course runs from east to west with lakes at each end and incorporates fast greens with some very tricky burrows.
(Thailand's 1st course, wonderful classic 1924 design)
18 holes (Par 72) Designed by A. O. Robins, opened in 1924. It is the oldest golf course in Thailand. Mr. Robins, a Scottish railway engineer converted this perfect location into one of the most natural courses in South East Asia. Following the undulating terrain, each fairway weaves its way through a forest of mature trees, which creates a pleasant feeling of isolation from adjacent holes. No golf holiday would be complete without the chance to admire the artistry of the railway engineer from Scotland, when enjoyment will be fulfilled in the natural setting of the oldest and most celebrated championship golf course in the Kingdom.
(enjoyable rural course favoured by the locals)
Water comes into play on twelve holes and accurate shot making is called for. The seventeenth is one of six dog-leg holes and players have to contend with water on the left flank and on the green. The eighteenth is an excellent finishing hole, demanding an accurate tee shot to avoid the water on both sides of the fairway.
(exciting links-style course on the Gulf of Thailand)
Sea Pines Golf Course (also known as the Army Golf Club II) is set along the Gulf of Thailand in the Suan Son Pradiphat (Sea Pine Tree Garden). The Hua Hin golf course has been creatively set within a large tract of land, which was originally owned by the Royal Forestry Department before being taken over by the Royal Thai Army under the rule of Field Marshall Sarit Thanarat, who served as prime minister of Thailand during 1957-1963.
(Nicklaus design is a long time area favourite)