Phuket is known internationally as one of the most exotic destinations in Southeast Asia. With its endless white beaches, cooling blue lagoons and tropical mountainous interior, it provides a stunning and glorious image of paradise on earth, providing an ideal backdrop for a Phuket golf holiday.
There are 8 golf courses available. Most notable are Blue Canyon and Red Mountain. Blue Canyon grabbed the world’s attention in 1994 when the Canyon Course of was chosen to host the Johnnie Walker Classic; it is now one of the recognized world championship golf courses, regularly visited by top international players. Red Mountain is arguably the most spectacular course in Thailand, if not all Asia.
The legendary Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, Thailand is ranked by international media as one of the most prestigious golfing establishments in the region. Cradled in a 720-acre verdant valley against a magnificent backdrop of the majestic Phang Nga mountains and the Andaman Sea, Blue Canyon offers two award-winning championship golf courses, “The Canyon” built in 1991 and “The Lakes” in 1999, complete with boutique spa resort and luxurious clubhouse facilities.
The Blue Canyon Lakes Course is the 2nd golf course at Blue Canyon Country Club. Established in 1999, the Lakes Course has water hazards coming to play on 17 out of 18 holes. The course is a mixture of water-filled canyons created by open cast mining with its natural land flow left relatively unchanged. Its front 9 holes run through a landscape of lakes and original canyons, whilst the back 9 weaves around more scenic lakes and soft whispering woodlands of rubber trees.
Katathong Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course nestled between three stunning misty mountains in Phang Nga, Southern Thailand, Khao Nang Hong, Khao Tao and the tallest of the three Katathong Mountain recognised by its gently curved summit.
Somkiat Ratanarungsiwat the owner of Katathong has a passion for golf and made the decision to create a beautiful and unique golf course on the site whilst still maintaining its tin mining heritage. The club house is designed in charming Sino-Portuguese architectural style and decorated with memorabilia from the mining era, there are even authentic rusting relics of the industrial mine that can still be seen from the fairway.
Laguna Golf Phuket features a resort golf course with pleasant breezes from the Andaman Sea. The Phuket golf course is not too demanding and reflects the natural beauty and tropical surroundings of Bang Tao Bay. Phuket Golf Laguna is set on a valley floor overlooked by low wooded hills and marsh lands.
Weaving through a labyrinth of lagoons and waterways, this relaxing Phuket golf course requires golfers to play with great accuracy, and to select clubs carefully. Water looms on 13 of the 18 holes and threatens to swallow any shot veering too far to the side. On several holes, adventurous long hitters will certainly enjoy taking a rewarding gamble by cutting corners, while on other holes, strategic iron play is a must. Laguna Phuket Golf Club is ideal for any level of golfer visiting Thailand for a golf holiday.
Loch Palm Golf Club is built around Crystal Lake, the glistening central feature of the course and the largest body of water on any Phuket golf course. Loch Palm has smooth slopes and dramatic elevation changes. It will take you across and around ravines and plateaus that will test your skills at many levels of play. The front nine sits amid lakes and palm trees. The second nine moves you though mountains, hitting uphill and downhill with woods, irons and even your putter.
A small on-site golf resort caters to local golfers wanting to stay over the night and have a hit early the next morning. However, most Phuket golf visitors are better advised to stay in one of the better beach areas which are more equipped to handle all tourists’ needs.
A championship world-class 18 hole golf course created by the one and only Nicklaus Design; Mission Hills Phuket Resort is a golfer’s dream situated on the paradise isle of Phuket. This Phuket Airport Hotel is located amongst mangroves with phenomenal ocean views, golfers play against a picture postcard backdrop featuring bunkers filled with white sand contrasting starkly against the lush green fairways and turquoise Andaman Sea.
Ocean views and regular sea breezes do however come at a price at this Phuket Hotel, with water coming in to play at seven holes. Plus what time of day you choose to play can turn a following zephyr into a stiff headwind, luckily a Phuket golf lesson is readily available should you need advice.
Enjoy the wonderful game of life at Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort.
Phuket Country Club established in 1989, is the first and one of the finest golf courses built on the island. The course was constructed over a reclaimed tin mine & has beauty and elegance, which will make your golf here a memorable occasion. The unusual par five 10th hole measuring 557 yards can be reached in one from the tee if you are a big hitter. However you need to aim to the right of the fairway and your shot has to be long & accurate to carry 240 yards over water. Measuring 6,484 yards from the Championship tees the “Old Course” at Phuket should not be missed when visiting the area.
A highlight of any visit to the idyllic istland of Phuket is a round at the Phunaka Golf course. This exceptional; floodlit 9-holes golf course, complete with driving range and golf academy present challenges and rewards for players all levels.
The location is simply stunning. Just a short drive from Phuket Town and the island’s beaches, Phunaka Golf Crouse is set within area of the most beautifully lush and green landscaped grounds.
The course itself is ground breaking; the John Morrow designed golf course is great challenge for all levels of play. It provides a great learning experience for beginners and a chance to practice all shapes of shots for advanced players.
Open day and night, the course future par 3s ranging from 100 to 190 yards. But, with a short and a medium par 4 and a real par 5, player will find a use for every club in the bag.
Winding its way through a truly dramatic 1400 rai former tin mine site in the heart of Phuket, Red Mountain is surely one of Asia’s most exciting new courses. The course has been cleverly routed to take advantage of a huge variety of landforms and dizzying elevation changes. Scars left from the tin mine era have been imaginatively incorporated into the overall scheme, creating a unique character at the same time as establishing an indelible link with an important era in the Island’s past.
Designer Jon Morrow and co-designer Al Tikkanen, have created a highly strategic and challenging 6,900 yard lay out to complement the shorter and gentler old Loch Palm Course. While the course is undoubtedly challenging, numerous risk and reward options create a fun playing environment, an exhilarating test of golf and a breathtaking scenic tour around a course destined to become a golfing landmark in the region.