When it comes to golf courses you are certainly spoilt for choice in Hua Hin.
Hua Hin is one of the most popular golf resorts in Thailand and it continue to grow in popularity for several reasons. It’s very accessible and can be reached from either of Bangkok’s International airports in under three hours and it is also possible to fly directly into Hua Hin from Bangkok. Hua Hin has some of the best beaches in Thailand and many of the best hotels and resorts are located right on the beach which is ideal if you want to relax after your round or intend to take a non-playing wife or girlfriend with you.
The Royal Family maintain a summer palace in Hua Hin and thus the town has not been blighted by go-go bars and massage parlours like many of the other beach resorts in Thailand. This does not mean that you cannot find somewhere to drink or get a massage but it’s a little toned down when compared to Pattaya or Phuket.
Hua Hin is also blessed with some great weather and seems to get less rain and more sunshine than other parts of Thailand but on the golf course you can often enjoy the cooling sea breezes.
One of the great advantages of the golf courses in Hua Hin is that they don’t charge extra at weekends which means that you can enjoy great prices every day. If you can plan your trip in August and September, then you can enjoy the Hu Hin Golf Festival when the rates are even cheaper.
When it comes to golf courses you are certainly spoilt for choice in Hua Hin. Top of the pile is probably Black Mountain Golf Club which is about 30 minutes from the centre of town and has won numerous awards and has hosted several international golf events. The course is totally pristine with fairways like carpets and immaculate greens with superb clubhouse and practice facilities. They have recently enhanced the facilities with the addition of a brand new 9-hole layout which they claim will be the best in Thailand.
Banyan Golf Club is another top-quality course with magnificent views towards the foothills of Myanmar
If you prefer something a little less manicured, then the Banyan Golf Club is another top-quality course with magnificent views towards the foothills of Myanmar and you sometimes catch a glimpse of the Gulf of Thailand. It has also won lots of awards including the Best Golf Courses in Thailand at the Asian Golf Awards. It also has excellent practice facilities and a great bar overlooking the 9th & 18th greens.
The closest golf course to town is the Royal Hua Hin Golf Club which was the first golf course to open in Thailand and dates to 1924. It is starting to show its age and is a little frayed at the edges but it’s still a unique experience and something to tell your friends when you get back home.
Springfield Golf & Country Club was originally designed by Jack Nicklaus and has recently been upgraded and renovated
One of our favourite golf course in Hua Hin is is Springfield Golf & Country Club which was originally designed by Jack Nicklaus and has recently been upgraded and renovated – its only drawback is that it’s a bit further outside the city but can be reached inside 40 minutes.
Majestic Creek Country Club is another course that has been extensively renovated and is now in excellent condition and is one of the more challenging layouts, especially from the back tees.
One of the newest arrivals on the Hua Hin golfing scene is Sea Pines Golf Club which is the only course with holes which run beside the sea and the prevailing wind can make the finishing holes quite tricky. The course is managed by the Thai Army so the service standards are not up to the standards of some other courses but it’s still a very enjoyable course.
Another course which is very popular with locals is Palm Hills Golf Resort which is quite an easy layout and as such is popular with higher handicappers. It’s also very conveniently located close to the centre of town. Last but certainly not least is Imperial Lakeview Golf Resort which features 36 holes and is the venue of the Asian Tour qualifying school.
If you want to play golf in Hua Hin then this is an exceptional golf resort with some superb golf courses and is an ideal base from which to explore Thailand.