Pattaya is located on the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Bangkok and 1 hour from Suvanabhumi International Airport. From a fishing village in the 1960’s, Pattaya has emerged as one of thepattaya favourite Thailand golf vacation destinations. Unlike other golf resorts, where one or two famous courses are used as magnets to attract golfers, Pattaya makes an all-out attempt to provide the best golf for players of all abilities. In addition everything a golfer can imagine while on golf holiday is on offer; championship golf courses, top beach resorts, world renowned entertainment, sightseeing and loads of fun.
Pattaya has over 30 golf courses of which all are accessible to Pattaya golf visitors. Many of the Pattaya golf courses are laid out over rolling hillsides, offer challenging playing conditions, and have panoramic views. The best courses include Siam Old Course, Siam Plantation and Khao Kheow
After golf there it’s time for you to explore the infamous nightlife of exotic Pattaya, the resort which never sleeps.(See Pattaya Maps)
(mature course with fast greens & lots of variety)
Bangpra originally built in 1958, was one of the first golf courses in the Pattaya area. Then in 1988, the course and facilities were completely updated as a joint venture between the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Japan Golf Professional Incorporated. This was the first project as a purposely built golf facility to promote golf tourism in Thailand and today remains one of the best kept mature courses in the Pattaya area.
Burapha Golf Club, previously a member’s only course, has hosted several professional tournaments including the 2010 Thailand Open. The 36 holes at Burapha have been designed to take full advantage of the beauty of the land and its natural features – lakes, hills, palms trees and tropical vegetation, all skill fully landscaped.
(lush fairways, palms and chance at a good score!)
The 27-hole Crystal Bay Golf Resort (former Legacy Crystal Bay Golf Resort) course was designed by Japanese designed Thai Takenaka and opened for play in 1988 under the original name of Natural Park Resort. Since 2010 it is owned by and operated under the Legacy golf group of properties.
The links-style course at Eastern Star, located near the Gulf of Thailand, is one of only five courses in Thailand designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The Pattaya golf course is set on 530 acres of land and meanders through lovely residential areas of Eastern Star Country Club & Resort. Pleasant and not too challenging flat coastal course. Very nice renovated clubhouse.
(challenging Faldo/Muirhead course with rolling fairways)
THE EMERALD :is a veritable work of art by two well-know golf architects.”Nick Faldo” and the late “Desmond Muirhead”
The 18-hold world-class design is carved through a pristine rain forest of full-grown trees that still provide sanctuary to a variety of native birds. The gentle, yet stunning contours of the fairways, the volcanic-like greens and the subtle water placements all combine to make the Emerald one the most challenging golf courses in Thailand.
The Greenwood Golf and Resort (formerly Noble Place) makes heavy use of flowing fauna and extensive landscaping. Located among the tree lined hills of Chonburi the course and backdrop are very scenic. Designed by the ’old master’ Peter Thomson, 5 times British Open champion, and Michael Wolverine, the ex-Noble Place is a thinking man’s, British style, course with many unique features.
The Khao Kheow 27-hole golf course is located in the heart of the Pattaya golf corridor on the way to Bangkok and the Suvanabhumi International Airport. Like so many of the Eastern Seaboard’s courses the Khao Kheow Country Club is set in a valley between 2 hills and strong sea breezes are prevalent most afternoons. The course plays quite long and the elevation changes between holes is a welcome differentiating point compared to the other flatter courses in the surrounding area
Laem Chabang Golf Club is a picturesque Jack Nicklaus designed championship course is the best layout in Pattaya and one of the truly one of Thailand’s finest. Laem Chabang is made up of 27 holes on 700 acres and makes use of 3 types of features which characterize each of the 9 holes. This handiwork is widely hailed by critics for the unique usage of the land's mixed terrain of mountains, lakes and river valleys which are lovely as well as functional. Each type of terrain corresponds to a 9-hole course in a unique way, and as such each one is named Mountain, Lake and Valley.
Mountain Shadow Golf Club, formerly the Natural Park Hill Golf Club, re-opened 2004 after a complete renovation by new owners. Located halfway between Bangkok and Pattaya, the Ronald Fream designed Mountain Shadow is a very pretty course.
Pattana Golf Club & Resort is one of only a few self-contained Thailand golf resorts integrating a 27-hole layout with large clubhouse, sports stadium, conference center, heliport, and on-site accommodations. Located north east of Pattaya in Chonburi Province, Pattana is accessible from both Pattaya and Bangkok.
(big fairways + limited water = chance for a good score)
Pattaya Country Club is spread out on over 2,000 rai of park like land amist gentle rolling hills and is one of the closest courses to Pattaya. The golf course is relatively easy and good for golfers of all abilities.
(enjoyable and challenging with views over the Gulf Of Thailand)
Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club, a Dennis Griffiths design, is set on wooded, rolling terrain. This Pattaya golf course comprises three nines - Ocean, Lake and Mountain, and has magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and the Gulf of Thailand.
(interesting layout with narrow fairways and undulated greens)
Pleasant Valley Golf & Country Club is located amongst the mountains north of the city of Pattaya and is cooled by the breezes blowing across the golf course. The Khao Kheow National Park with lakes and waterfall are located only a few minutes drive from the club house.
Siam Country Club is one of the more famous Thailand golf courses, being built more than 35 years ago it was the first privately owned golf course in the country. Over the years the golf course has hosted several international golf tournaments including the annual Honda LPGA Classic from 2010 onwards.
(top layout, first class service, and great finishing holes)
Siam Country Club Waterside Course is the third layout from Siam Motors Group in Pattaya. The Waterside Course, designed by IMG, features gently sloping terrain, making it very different from the hillier Siam Country Club Old and Plantation Courses.
Located in Rayong, about 40 minutes from Pattaya and 2 hours from Bangkok, Silky Oak shares the same location with the St Andrews 2000 Golf Club and the Rayong Green Valley Country Club. It's distinctively named after a native of Australian tree that resembles a pine and is the main tree planted throughout the golf course.
Working with a spectacular, undulating natural topography, English born golf course architect Desmond Muirhead has created one of Pattaya's most interesting golf courses. St Andrews, built to replicate a Scottish links course, is located in Rayong, about 45 minutes from Pattaya and 2 hours from Bangkok.
Wangjuntr, a strange sounding and spelled name, is located in the hills of Rayong. The Wangjuntr Golf Club features two 'twin golf course' layouts each featuring 18 fairways and 36 greens, the same arrangement as many Japan courses.