Over the past decade or more, the world has become a smaller place due to the growing popularity and usage of the internet, which has brought everything and everyone closer together no matter where you live in the world. This has revolutionized every part of life as we know if, especially in terms of the holiday sector. All the information is now at our fingertips, and without the need of a travel agent/middle man, the ball is firmly in our court. One of the fastest growing sectors in recent years is the world golf holiday market, and here at phuketgolf.net, we have taken the golf holiday scene to the next level. Here is a comprehensive guide to Phuket golf courses so you have the best information at your fingertips.
Although Phuket is an island, it’s quite a big one, roughly the same size as Singapore, taking a 1-hour drive from the northern to the southern tip of the island. Because the island is so large, there are lots of things to see and do, so you don’t really feel isolated or limited in your options.
At Phuketgolf.net, we have the best choice of Phuket golf courses for the best prices, but with 7 courses on the island with varying conditions and difficulties, it can be a hard choice to find the courses that suit your game. Please take advantage of over a decade of experience that we have playing golf in Phuket so you make the right choice at the first time of asking.
Experience Championship Phuket Golf Courses
Golfers who have played the game for many years always opt to play the best courses in their chosen destination when they go on a golf holiday. When you have played for so long, you want to play the best courses, and on the island we have two Championship-style Phuket golf courses that have not only hosted world-class professional tournaments, but are also known as two of the best golf courses in Thailand – The Canyon Course at Blue Canyon Country Club, and Red Mountain Golf Club in Kathu!
Phuket Golf – The Canyon Course at Blue Canyon
The Canyon Course at Blue Canyon Country Club has been home to many joint tournaments from the Asian and European Tours over the years, such as the celebrated Johnnie Walker Classic. Greg Norman actually holds the record lowest score for one round with an amazing 64, which was set in 1994. Those who have played the course will realise how monumental such a score is around this challenging course.
The Canyon Course first opened its doors in 1991, and has since garnered a first-class reputation and won a bag full of awards from the most illustrious golfing publications from around the world. As the name suggests, the course is built upon a scenic canyon, which features on holes 13, 14 and17, proving an immense challenge for pros and amateurs alike.
The diverse mixture of tree-lined challenges, numerous doglegs and lightening fast greens means that you need to bring your A-game. Hole 17, which is the longest par-3 in Thailand at 221 yards from the back tees, was awarded as in the “Top 500 Best Holes in the World”, is a testing hole from an elevated tee to an island green.
Blue Canyon is simply one of the best courses in Thailand, and a trip to Phuket for any golfer, a visit to the course is a must. Please click here to see the more details about the Canyon Course at Blue Canyon Country Club.
Red Mountain Golf Club Phuket
We are very fortunate in Phuket to have some of the finest golf courses you will find in Thailand, and SE-Asia for that matter. Although the Canyon Course at Blue Canyon Country Club has been known over the years as the best course on the island, times are changing, especially as Red Mountain GC in Kathu is rapidly becoming known as arguably not only the best course in Phuket, but also one of the best courses in Thailand, period.
Now open for almost 10 years, Red Mountain GC is becoming known as one of the best golf courses in Thailand, always ranked in the top-10 of all relevant polls and lists regarding Thailand golf.
Set within the stunning grounds of a former tin-mine, amidst stunning backdrops of the red mountains from which it takes its name, this championship-standard course is over 7,000 yards in length from the back-tees and is a par-72.
The course itself is international standard in every way, weaving its way through the stunning mountains, surrounded by jungle views. There are lots of long par-4s, which is evened out by a few drivable par-4s and some of the most picturesque par-3s you will find in Asia. The signature par-3 17th hole is really spectacular with a 50m drop from the tee-off to the green, making it one of the most daunting yet beautiful holes you will ever play.
Combining a world-class golf course with international-standard facilities is what makes Red Mountain the total ‘golf experience’, with high quality changing facilities and a classy international restaurant onsite.
If you are already in Phuket considering a memorable round of golf, or are thinking of coming here on a golf holiday, you really need to play Red Mountain, just to say you have done it!
Mid-Level Phuket Golf Courses
If you are looking to play a quality golf course but not quite as difficult as the island’s championships courses and with green fees that are more affordable, we have some excellent quality mid-range Phuket golf courses that really are some of the most played on the island.
The Lakes at Blue Canyon
Although the Lakes pales in comparison to the Canyon course, it is more suited to higher handicapped players while still providing a real challenge for all. With a great mixture of woodlands and water hazards, you will need to be hitting the ball straight in order to get a decent score.
Construction on the course was completed in 1999, although it enjoyed a revamp in 2008. The wider fairways than the Canyon Course makes your positional play a little more forgiving, which is why the course is better suited to high handicap players. Water comes into play on 17 of the 18 holes, with the signature 18th hole an astounding design, meandering through two canyon laden levels.
Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort
Not only is Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort designed by golf demi-god, Jack Nicklaus, but is also the only course on the island that has sea-views, and boy are they spectacular, looking out across Phang Nga Bay, basking in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. As the only course situated on the east-coast, Mission Hills is part of the world-famous brand that created the awe-inspiring Mission Hills Golf Resort Complex in Shenzhen, China, home to 12x 18-hole courses, all designed by some of the most famous golfers the game has ever seen.
Mission Hills Phuket is an important part of the brand and one of the most golfer-friendly courses on the island for golfers of all abilities. Set over 6,308 yards from the front tees, coming equipped with 18-holes, Mission Hills Phuket is a very forgiving course and one of the most enjoyable.
Laguna Phuket Golf Club
Laguna Phuket Golf Club underwent renovations and changes to the layout a couple of years ago, and it has really taken this golfer-friendly course to the next level in terms of facilities and the overall quality. Located in the grounds of one of the most desirable and stylish 5-star hotel and residential villa developments in Southern Thailand at Laguna Phuket, the golf course really does compliment the location and philosophy of the high-end luxury market in Phuket.
Laguna Phuket GC is located on the west coast of Phuket, near to popular tourism areas such as Bang Tao and Surin, known for their laidback atmosphere and surrounding natural beauty.
The layout enjoys lots of new and cleverly placed bunkers that not only create a challenge, but also make the course look nice and interesting. The greens were built to the highest USGA specs and are fast but have gentle contours.
Laguna Phuket GC us known for its wide fairways, so players of all abilities can really have a great time playing here. With the luscious and well maintained vegetation, alongside the stunning backdrop of the mountains and the modern clubhouse, there are not many courses on the island that can match Laguna in terms of aesthetics.
Value For Money High-Handicap Phuket Golf Courses
Although we all would really like to hit our drives 300 yards and have birdie and par opportunities on every hole, most of us amateur golfers play off a handicap of 18 or higher, which means that we seek out the most forgiving courses so we can enjoy our game without constantly hitting shots from the rough and bunkers. Here are the most forgiving and best Phuket golf courses for high-handicappers.
Phuket Country Club Golf Course
Located in Kathu, which is a quite a central part of the island, just a 10-minute drive from Phuket’s most popular holiday destination at Patong Beach, Phuket Country Club is one of the most golfer-friendly courses on Phuket, both in terms of course difficulty and in terms of atmosphere.
This 18-hole course is a Par-72 and offers one of the most forgiving golf experiences on the island. The front-9 enjoys lots of wide fairways and gently-sloping greens. If you are a high-handicapper and seek a laidback game, Phuket Country Club is the one for you, although we will warn you about the 17th-hole Par-3 with its island green that certainly could be a score-breaker, but in all honesty, it’s one of the most beautiful Par-3 holes you will play in Phuket.
Loch Palm Phuket Golf Club
Loch Palm Golf Club is another course that is located in a central position in Kathu, showcasing some of the most beautiful tropical golf terrain Phuket has to offer. Set around the stunning Crystal Lake that is the focal point of the course, Loch Palm is not just one of the most beautiful courses on the island, but also one that is popular with golfers of all abilities.
This 18-hole course is set over 6,555 yards, is a 72-Par and has been established since 1996. The course is quite open with spacious and carpeted fairways, lined with palm trees that not only gives the course its name, but also accentuates the tropical brilliance of Phuket. If you are hitting the ball straight, this course is one of the easiest on the island, but as we all know, all courses are relatively easy if you are playing well!
As you can see, with so much choice, there is a Phuket golf course for players of all desires and abilities, from the championship courses at Blue Canyon and Red Mountain, to the value for money options at Loch Palm, Phuket Country Club and everything in between.
We also have some fantastic Phuket golf holiday packages that combine the most affordable green fees, a wide choice of Phuket hotel and accommodation options, and even taxi transfers to an from the courses. Please click here to see our ready-made Phuket golf holiday packages.
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If you have any more questions regarding playing golf in Phuket, please click here to view our FAQ page, which has a great choice of info regarding every aspect of playing golf on the island.