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Playing Golf In Thailand

Thailand is quickly becoming the ‘Golfing Capital of Asia’, with Pattaya City the ideal place to base your golfing holiday. Growing rapidly and undergone some fantastic developments to now being recognized as probably the premier international beach resort in Asia with many attractions, superb restaurants, shopping havens and of course great golf facilities. Golfing holidays in Thailand are incredibly popular and has become a major part of the tourism industry. Golf has also been the deciding factor with many expats and retirees when choosing to settle in the country, particularly in the Pattaya and Jomtien area's.

Some of the worlds most famous golfer course designers have created many of the courses here including Nick Faldo, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Gary Player and the great Seve Ballesteros. The championship courses in Thailand compare with the very best anywhere else in the world and are kept in superb condition throughout the year (yes even in the rainy season!) and are great to play on at any time, which is probably why so many experienced golfers return year after year to play.

Pattaya is ideally located just one and a half hours drive south of Bangkok, in Chonburi province, where you will find around 30 courses within a 50 minute drive of the beaches of Pattaya and Jomtien. With so many courses to choose from you will find that it is easy to get a game and the prices are generally a whole lot cheaper than you are used to paying back in your own country, please note it is usual to hire a cart and caddie as well for your games. It is a hard to dispute fact that hardly any other beach resort in the world can offer so many courses of such a high standard at reasonable prices and all within such a small radius.

For the fervent golf enthusiast the Jomtien Golf Society based at the Siam Cats Bar here in Soi 5 Immigration, just 25m away from the Pattaya Jomtien Property office, meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to play competitive golf and welcome all players, including ladies, who either have an I.P.G.C or a current handicap certificate from their home country. The competition fee for each game vary between 150 and 250 Baht according to the format run. A two divisional Stableford competition with prizes for the 1st-3 in each division, nearest the pin on all par threes for both divisions. All tee times are 10.00am unless specified on the monthly schedule on the board located in Siam Cats Bar, players normally leave Siam Cats Bar between 8.30am and 9.00am according to which course is being played. Just drop into our office or give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to put you in contact with Glyn the Society secretary who will give you more information.

The following is information for most of the golf courses in the area and prices quoted are for members guests and include green fee, caddie and cart unless stated.

Asia Hotel – 9 holes - Par 27
Tel: 038 250 577
Price: From 665 Bt (No cart)
Location: Pratumnak Hill, Soi 4

Bangpakong Riverside Country Club - 18 holes - Par 72  (6683 yards)
Tel. 038 513 525
Course Designer: Chird Booyaratevej
Open: 1990
Price: From 1,550 Bt
Location: Eastern Bangkok along Bangna-Trad Highway - 75 minutes from Pattaya

Bangpra International Golf Club - 18 holes - Par 72  (7205 yards)
Tel. 038 341 150-2
Course Designer: Japan Golf Promotion Co. Ltd.
Open: 1958
Price: From 1,520 Bt
Location: Sriracha town towards Chonburi - 40 minutes from Pattay

Burapha Golf Club - 36 holes - Par 72/72  (6948 yards)
Tel. 038 372 700 or 038 345 151
Course Designer: David Graham & Gary Panks
Open: 1993
Price: From 2,750 Bt
Location: Laem Chabang - 30 minutes from Pattaya

Century Country Club - 18 holes - Par 72  (6991 yards)
Tel. 081 304 1545 or 081 293 5087
Course Designer: Nick Faldo
Open: 1993
Price: 800 Bt
Location: off Highway 331 near Chonburi - 42 minutes from Pattaya

Crystal Bay Golf Club - 27 holes - Par 72/36  (7009 yards)
Tel. 038 349 370-8
Course Designer: Thai Takenaka
Open: 1988
Price: From 1,570 Bt
Location: Between Pattaya and Chonburi on route 3 - 45 minutes from Pattaya

Eastern Star Country Club & Resort - 18 holes - Par 72  (7134 yards)
Tel. 038 680 410-6
Course Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Open: 1992
Price: From 1,750 Bt
Location: Off route 3 on the way to Bang Chang - 45 minutes to Pattaya

Emerald Golf Club - 18 holes - Par 72  (6628 yards)
Tel. 038 941 111
Course Designer: Nick Faldo & Desmond Muirhead
Open: 1995
Price: From 1,450 Bt
Location: Near Ban Chang - 45 minutes from Pattaya

Great Lake Golf & Country Club - 18 holes par 72  (5706 yards)
Tel. 038 622 630
Course Designer: Nick Faldo
Open: 1995
Price: From 1,100 Bt
Location: Near Rayong - 35 minutes from Pattaya

Greenwood Golf & Resort - 27 holes - Par 72  (7015 yards)
Tel. 038 263 158-60
Course Designer: Peter Thomson
Open: 1993
Price: From 1,400 Bt
Location: Highway 331 towards Chonburi - 40 minutes from Pattaya

Khao Kheow Country Club - 27 holes - Par 72/36  (7077 yards)
Tel. 038 298 224-6
Course Designer: Pete Dye
Open: 1992
Price: From 1,450 Bt
Location: Near Khao Kheow Open Zoo - 45 minutes from Pattaya

Laem Chabang Intern.Country Club - 27 holes - Par 72/36  (7065 yards)
Tel. 038 372 273       
Course Designer: Jack Nicklaus
Open: 1995
Price: From 2,600 Bt
Location: Between Pattaya and Chonburi - 30 minutes from Pattaya

Pattaya Country Club - 18 holes - Par 72  (6775 yards)
Tel. 081 654 5654 or 038 423 718-9
Course Designer: PGA (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
Open: 1993
Price: From 1,900 Bt
Location: Towards Rayong, off Highway 331- 25 minutes from Pattaya

Phoenix Golf & Country Club - 27 holes - Par 72/36  (6812 yards)
Tel. 038 239 400
Course Designer: Dennis Griffiths
Open: 1993
Price: From 2,750 Bt
Location: 10 km from Pattaya near Ban Amphur - 25 minutes from Pattaya

Plutaluang Navy Golf Course (Sattahip) - 36 holes - Par 144
Tel. 038 246 056-7 or 081 003 3811
Course Designer: The Royal Thai Navy
Open: 1969
Price: From 1,050 Bt
Location: Sattahip off Highway 331 - 40 minutes from Pattaya

Rayong Green Yalley Country Club - 18 holes - Par 72  (7096 yards)
Tel. 038 030 660-2
Course Designer: Peter Thomson
Open: 1992
Price: From 2,350 Bt
Location: Near Ban Chang – Rayong - 40 minutes from Pattaya

Royal Lakeside Golf Club - 18 holes - Par 72  (6815 yards)
Tel. 038 573 275
Course Designer: Sumitomo Construction
Open: 1993
Price: From 1,520 Bt
Location: Between Bangkok and Chonburi - 70 minutes from Pattaya

Siam Country Club - Old Course - 18 holes - Par 72  (7016 yards)
Tel. 038 909 700
Course Designer: Isao Mazumi
Open: 1971
Price: From 2,350 Bt
Location: Siam Country Club Road - 15 minutes from Pattaya

Siam Country Club – Plantation Course - 27 holes - Par 72  (7404/7495 yards)
Tel. 038 909 600
Course Designer: Lee Schmidt & Brian Curley
Open: 2008
Price: From 3,420 Bt
Location: Siam Country Club Road, 1 mile from old course -: 15 minutes from Pattaya

Sriracha International Golf Club
Tel. 038 338 375
Course Designer: Gary Player
Open: 1993
Price: From 1,600 Bt
Location: Route 36  to Chonburi then route 3241

St. Andrew 2000 Golf Club - 18 holes - Par 74  (7777 yards)
Tel. 038 893 838-42
Course Designer: Desmond Muirhead
Open: 2000
Price: From 3,350 Bt
Location: Between Ban Chang and Rayong - 40 minutes from Pattaya

Treasure Hill Golf & Country Club - 18 holes -  Par 72
Tel. 038 420 766-7
Course Designer: Yoshikazu Kato
Price: From 1,600 Bt
Location: Off Route 331 - 40 minutes from Pattaya