Chiang Mai now boasts 10 top class golf courses and several of them would be ranked with the best golf courses in Thailand. One of the big advantages of playing golf in Chiang Mai is the mild weather during the winter season and if you tee off in the early morning you will probably need a sweater. Many of Chiang Mai’s golf clubs are set in the mountains and although this involves a bit more travelling , the clear mountain air and the wonderful scenery more than makes up for the extra journey time. Having said this none of the golf courses are more than one hour from the city centre. You can read all about the golf courses in Chiang Mai here. Check out our 10 Reasons why Thailand is a great place to play golf. Also check out our 10 money saving tips for golfing in Thailand.
Since golf is a relatively new but budding sport in the local region, most of the golf courses in Chiang Mai are recently development and are equipped with all the modern facilities. Presently, Chiang Mai city is dotted with some of the most modern golf spa resorts of the world, which offer excellent facilities for golf players and enthusiasts. Moreover, apart from being home to some of the best and well-equipped golf courses in the world, Chiang Mai also offers abundant opportunities for aspiring golf players to learn to play golf. If you are not sure when is the best time to visit to get the best weather then you can get more information here.
Best Golf Courses in Chiang Mai
Formerly known as the Chiang Mai Lamphun Golf Club, Alpine Golf Resort is one of the most famous golf courses in Chiang Mai. It extends over an expanse of 450 rai and is an exotic golf resort settled in the heart of mountains that are located in the centre of the San Kampaeng forests. Apart from being one of the best golf courses in Chiang Mai, the Alpine Golf Resort is a prime example of natural beauty.
Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort
Chiang Mai Highlands Golf Spa and Resort was founded in 2005 and is a positive addition to the city’s expanding golf landscape. It is one of the most modern and well-equipped golf courses in Chiang Mai and is situated at the foot of the mountainous range that borders the eastern side of the city, offering a picturesque view of nature to the visitors. The golf course is a challenging experience for golf players from around the world, with its numerous lakes and ditches as well as uniquely shaped bunkers. As one of the best golf courses in Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Highlands and Spa Resort offers a challenging feat for golf players and an exciting experience for golf enthusiasts.
With water hazards present at every hole, numerous bunkers and minimal trees, Chiang Mai Green Valley Country Club offers a challenging and thrilling experience to golf players from around the world. It was founded in 1990 and is considered as one of the most exciting golf courses in Chiang Mai. To add to the challenge are elevations present at periodic intervals accompanied by prevailing winds.
Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf and Natural Resort is one of the best golf courses in Chiang Mai and it is located on the route to Doi Inthanon from Chiang Mai. It was created in 2009 and is circled by lush green scenery and orchards, with the management paying special attention to comply with the standards of environment conservation. It is one of the golf courses in Chiang Mai that has a significantly diverse landscape and design, featuring numerous lakes and ditches, elevations, sand stretches and trees.
This scenic golf club is located in the Khuntan National park, in Chiang Mai. Situated 500 meters above the sea level, this is one of the most challenging golf courses in Chiang Mai. It includes hard-to-overcome challenging features like Tidwarf greens and Bermuda grass fairways. It offers breathtaking views in all directions, which also includes waterfalls and aesthetically designed architecture.
Gassan Lake City Golf Club and Resort.
Recognised as one of the best golf courses in Chiang Mai, this golf club and resort was established in 2005 and covers 7000 yards of land along with the inclusion of challenging water hazards, bunkers and elevations.
Recently renovated and upgraded this courses is set to tak its place as one of the best golf courses in Chiang Mai. It is a beautiful blend of challenging golf features and beautiful elements of nature including waterside bunkers, elevation changes and plantations.
Chiang Mai Golfing Weather
It is worth noting that the climate here is slightly cooler, especially at night and during the cool season of December through to February where temperatures can feel quite nippy. Having said that the day time temperatures can still climb in the 30s, so it is a perfect climate for golfing. March, due to the agricultural practices in the region is probably the worst time to visit as the city is generally covered in a haze created by the burning of agricultural lands obscuring the view and creating havoc for travellers suffering with asthma or similar ailments.
The rainy season is wet, and although the downpours are torrential they generally only last for a hour or so, and the courses have great drainage and play can be resumed almost immediately after the rains. The hot season in Chiang Mai is hot and very humid, which for many is draining and not pleasant.
Again, with most parts of Thailand golf here during the week is the order of the day due to the large numbers of weekend golfers that frequent the courses causing long delays and overcrowding. An early tee time in the cool season can lead to a chilly start that quickly warms up, but as with everything personal preference should dictate when you tee off.
Chiang Mai Golf Resorts & Hotels
Accommodation is fairly priced and you can find great deals throughout the lower seasons when there are fewer tourists. For those looking to be closer to a golf course then the best option is one of the golf resorts which offer everything you could need onsite. Golf resorts across Thailand offer super service, great facilities and fantastic accommodation options, catering for all budgets and requirements.
In the Chiang Mai region, you can experience one of the best courses in Thailand with an all-inclusive golf package at the Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort. The Highlands golf course, designed by Schmidt & Curley is exceptional and you will never grow tired of playing this impeccable championship golf course. The resort recently added a further nine holes to be able to deal with the number of visitors more easily and add to the existing layout.
The mountain layout offers firm, fast fairways and greens with spectacular views across the local landscape to the mountains and the jungle. The course is an absolute delight. The resort offers an internationally recognised Spa, leisure facilities and some of the finest dining experiences in the region.
Service is unmatched and the quality and design of the accommodation is modern and tasteful ensuing a relaxing and magical time for anyone staying at the resort. There are other resorts to choose from including the Inthanon Golf Resort, The Gassan Khutan Golf Resort and The Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort all offering superb quality and service.
Tee Time Bookings in Chiang Mai
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The Thai scenery and dramatic landscapes make for some truly spectacular golf courses and this is no more true than the Chiang Mai region. Located to the north Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally diverse city in Northern Thailand and boasts much more than just great golf courses.
Chiang Mai now boasts 10 top class golf courses and several of them would be ranked with the best golf courses in Thailand. One of the big advantages of playing golf in Chiang Mai is the mild weather during the winter season and if you tee off in the early morning you will probably need a sweater. Many of Chiang Mai’s golf clubs are set in the mountains and although this involves a bit more travelling , the clear mountain air and the wonderful scenery more than makes up for the extra journey time. Having said this none of the golf courses are more than one hour from the city centre. You can read all about the golf courses in Chiang Mai here. Check out our 10 Reasons why Thailand is a great place to play golf. Also check out our 10 money saving tips for golfing in Thailand.' },
The Alpine Golf Club is one of the best golf courses in Chiang Mai and is set in a beautiful valley with great views of the surrounding mountains. The course is in great condition and is very challenging from the back tees.',
Designed by world-renowned designer, Ron Garl, he immediately gives you get a taste of what to expect from the opening hole and as you make your way round this very scenic golf course you will need to negotiate the undulating fairways, numerous water hazards and cleverly-placed bunkers in order to score well.
The par 5, 4th is the longest hole on the golf course and is also one of the longest holes in Thailand with trees on the right and out of bounds on the left off the tee and n even larger bunker blocking your second shot. If you can carry the bunker you have a reasonably easy approach shot to the green but watch out for the creek which is lurking beyond the green.
The 7th is another long par 5 and a quick “Wai” to the spirit house beside the tee might help you to negotiate the stream that runs all the way from tee to green and which you have to negotiate twice. This is a hole where anything from an eagle to a triple bogey is possible depending on how brave or unlucky you are.
The 12th is an extremely picturesque par 3 with the mountains framing the green which is also guarded by two deep bunkers.
The 15th is one of the signature holes and which is a very intimidating another par 3 as you play to a green totally surrounded by water. This tee shot is enough to intimidate most people but the green as larger than it looks from the tee boxes.
The superb, modern clubhouse has immaculate locker rooms, a well-stocked pro-shop and dining options include the Resort Restaurant, the Club House Restaurant or you can relax and enjoy a drink at the poolside bar.
If you would like to stay overnight here then you can find more information here.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Alpine Golf Club Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort is a superb golf course designed by the renowned team of Schmidt-Curley. The golf club is located in the hills outside Chiang Mai with great views from almost every hole. This course is a great experience and one of best in Thailand and since it opened it has won numerous awards. Another 9 holes are due to open in November 2015.',
After a picturesque 30 minute drive you reach Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort, the former residence of a much revered monk called Kuba Sivichai who built the famous Doi Suthep temple on a hill overlooking Chiang Mai. A visually exciting course in a very tranquil location surrounded by the foothills in every direction – a very special place indeed.\n
Unless you are very accurate your sand wedge is going to get plenty of practice as this course is renowned for the numerous bunkers and nearly every green is guarded by an army of them. If you can keep out of the sand you will enjoy playing from the perfectly manicured fairways and once on the green they are fast and true but can be tough to read.
The front nine are pretty flat and the first real test is the 3rd which is a par 5 with water all along the left side and the usual bunkers protecting the green. The 8th is another challenging hole featuring no less than 10 bunkers including 5 protecting the front and rear of the green.
On the back nine you get great views from behind the 12th tee and then you can really open your shoulders and drive downhill on the 13th with a potentially tricky approach to a green with water along the left. The 16th is a another difficult and long par 4 with a large bunker protecting the green and a false front which will throw off any ball which is short and slightly right of the green.
The course has a spectacular finishing par-5 from an elevated tee onto a pretty wide landing area and if you hit it long and straight you have the opportunity to go for the green in two but most of us will lay up in front of the river which leaves a relatively easy approach to the elevated and sloping green.
Excellent practice facilities and a well laid out clubhouse support the excellence of the course with a spa onsite, a well-stocked bar and an excellent restaurant. If you would like to stay overnight here then you can find more information here.
Tee Time Bookings at Chiang Mai Highlands\n
This is one of the most popular golf courses in Chiang Mai and is in high demand so we advise that you book your tee time in advance to avoid disappointment. You can easily book online at great prices using the Golfsavers booking engine.\n
You can read all about the other golf courses in Chiang Mai here.',
Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf Resort is a recently new addition to the Chiang Mai golfing scene overlooked by Thailand’s highest mountain from which it gets its name. A very enjoyable layout with some difficult holes to keep you on your toes but should suit most golfers. Don’t expect a beautifully manicured golf course because the owners try to maintain the course without the use of harsh chemicals so you might encounter the occasional weed but the abundance of wildlife and the natural landscape more than make up for this.',
Located around 40 minutes from downtown Chiang Mai in beautiful natural surroundings with mountains in the background with plenty of mature trees and the odd water hazard – it makes for a really enjoyable day out.\n
The course offers a reasonably easy start and the front nine begins with a benign par-5 and a couple of easy par-4s, but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security as things get more difficult especially on the 4th which is along par 3 with a larger bunker in front of the green and water along the left. The 7th which is another par 4 demand great accuracy as there is a water carry off the tee to a narrow landing area with bunkers both sides followed by an approach over water to a narrow green.
On the back nine the 11th is a long par 5 with a bunker stretching from tee to green and water protecting the right side of the green. The 12th is a relatively simple par 3 but don’t get lulled into a false sense of security because the finishing holes starting at the lengthy uphill par-4 15th are lying in wait to wreck your card. The 16th is a tough downhill par-3 holes. The finishing holes are very scenic and the 18th offers a blind tee shot with dense jungle along one side of the hole followed by a downhill second requiring pinpoint accuracy to enable you to tackle the water-protected green.\n
The course is in good condition and the open-air clubhouse has everything you expect and you can discuss your round over a beer whilst watching the sun go down over the mountains. They have a hotel on-site if you would like to stay overnight.\n
Tee Times at Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf Resort\n
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Accommodation is also available onsite so we can also design a golf holiday package at the Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf Resort. You can read all about the other golf courses in Chiang Mai here.\n
Gassan Khuntan Golf & Resort is located in the middle of forest-covered mountains about one hour outside of Chiang Mai and has recently undergone some renovation and upgrading and the courses is now in excellent condition. Framed by the Doi Khuntan Mountains, this is a stunningly beautiful and at times difficult golf course and the natural beauty more than compensates for the extra driving time from Chiang Mai city.',
Surrounded by all this beautiful scenery which includes several picturesque waterfalls and the iconic railway bridge it is easy to get distracted from the many challenges that this course will throw at you. These include blind tee shots, vicious dog-legs, an island green and numerous deep and strategically-placed bunkers. As a part of the renovations they have added numerous bunkers along the out-of-bounds line to help speed up play so now the miss-hit shot will most likely end up in one of these rather than the jungle which lines most fairways.\n
One of the signature holes is the 160 yard par-3 5th which features an island green with a landing zone which has been severely restricted with the addition of several bunkers bordering the green – end up in one of these and at least one shot has gone. The final hole on the front nine is a potential card-wrecker with water all along the left waiting for that mishit drive with bunkers along the right and if you can avoid these your approach is to an elevated green with still more bunkers protecting it. At least on these holes you have a clear view of the landing area because on many holes you will have to rely on your caddies to point you in the right direction.\n
It’s nice to see the courses in such great shape as this is a very enjoyable if tough course and the wonderful views and clear mountain air combine to make this a memorable day out.\n
The large clubhouse is a bit old-fashioned and could also do with some upgrading but does offer great views over the course and the food is excellent.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Gassan Khuntan Golf & Resort\n
Be sure to book early if you want to play a round of golf at Gassan Khuntan Golf & Resort as it is becoming one of the more popular golf courses in Chiang Mai.\n
You can read all about the other golf courses in Chiang Mai here.\n
Formerly known as Gassan Lake City Golf Club, this Chiang Mai golf course was closed in 2013 for a total renovation by the famous golf courses design team of Schmidt-Curley. The courses was re-launched in 2014 and was renamed Gassan Legacy Golf Club and its now one of the best golf courses in Chiang Mai.',
This was not just a cosmetic makeover but the entire course was re-grassed with new drainage and in common with many golf courses designed by this team they have added numerous green side hazards to protect the now immaculate greens. There is also plenty of water around the course and the courses is not that long by today’s standards so accuracy rather than brute strength is rewarded.\n
They have left in place many of the mature trees that existed before and have gently remodelled the fairways and set up the course so that the better golfer can take risks and reap the appropriate reward and the less accomplished can take the easy route and either lay up or use the bail out areas.\n
Water comes into play on every hole and on most of them you are either carrying over water onto the fairway or you have water encroaching into the fairway close to the tee box and this makes every tee shot pretty daunting. Fortunately most of the approach shots are water free but you will encounter a different type of hazard in the shape of numerous cleverly placed bunkers waiting to grab the wayward shot.\n
Unusually there are five par-3 holes on this golf courses, varying in length from 90 to 180 yards from the white tees so you will get to use most of the clubs in your bag negotiating these. The first of these is the 2nd which involves a water carry to a narrow green and the 7th which is slightly shorter but rat3ed the most difficult hole on the courses because the target is an island green with no room for error! The designers have compensated by throwing in an equal number of par 5’s with the 8th, a right-angle dogleg being probably the most challenging on the front nine with a water carry off the tee to a fairway with bunkers protecting the tiger line and water along the right. The hole then turns the other way as you approach the green with water all along the left. The 17th is an S-shaped brute with water off the tee and numerous bunkers lying in wait and then another water carry for your second before you attempt to find the narrow putting surface. To add to the fun there are a few short par 4’s which are reachable for the very big hitters.\n
Gassan Legacy is now one of the best golf courses in Chinag Mai and despite the numerous water hazards and bunkers still offers chances to golfers providing you pick the right tee box.\n
The slightly quirky club house has not been modernised but offers adequate facilities and should not spoil your day out at Gassan Legacy and over a beer we hope you will agree that this Chiang Mai golf course has become one of the best courses in the area.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Gassan Legacy Golf Club\n
Apart from the weekends it’s pretty easy to secure a tee time at Gassan Legacy Golf Club and if you book with Golfsavers you can enjoy great savings.\n
You can read all about the other golf courses in Chiang Mai here.',
Gold Canyon Golf Club in Chiang Mai is an unusual and enjoyable golf course where trees in the fairway and in front of the tee pose some unusual problems. A challenging golf course which is a bit further outside the city but the wonderful views from all parts of the courses more than make up for the travelling time from the city.',
An hour or so outside Chiang Mai in a tranquil, rural setting of orchards, canyons and woodland lies Lamphun\'s newest golf course, Gold Canyon. This is an unusual course that sits in contrast to most courses in Chiang Mai: it\'s rather open, with not much in the way of water or sand to inconvenience you. Instead, it\'s challenges lie in its length (at over 7,200 yards it\'s quite a trek) and the trees that are often unconventionally placed in the middle of fairways or on occasion right in front of the tee box.
While some may consider this a design flaw that is only likely to become exacerbated as these trees mature, other will delight in the need to play some unconventional shots off the tee. Should you take an 8 iron and go over, trust in your ability to draw the ball around the trees, or simply blast it into the branches and hope for the best? Overall, the front nine is fairly straightforward, although a pair of par-4s bordering a lake, the 3rd and the 5th, involve tough approaches over water to peninsula greens. The back nine is better and more difficult, with tighter fairways and the aforementioned trees causing most of the problems. Water comes into play memorably on a couple of holes, notably the double dog-leg par-5 13th where you must drive over water to a fairway that zig-zags past a second lake that will punish sliced second shots. The short par-3 17th features water short and left, and when the pin is placed on the back left of the large green you really have to flirt with danger. The greens are in generally good condition, with enough undulations to keep the danger of the dreaded three putt ever present, although the greens on the back nine are occasionally sanded which is disappointing.
In addition to being a long course, the walks between the tees are often substantial and hilly, so you\'ll certainly be getting a good workout if you walk it. The clubhouse is pretty basic but with such reasonably green fees you aren\'t likely to complain as the staff provide an excellent service. If you\'re in the area and fancy something a little bit different, a round at Gold Canyon Golf Course could be just the ticket.
Tee Time Bookings at Gold Canyon Golf Club\n
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A brand new golf course whihc is currently 9-holes but is being upgraded to 18 holes - we have not played it yet but we have been receiving excellent feedback.',
Mae Jo Golf Club in Chiang Mai is an unusual layout which winds its way through mature fruits trees with some excellent views from some of the elevated tees. Several banana-shaped holes with blind tee shots but very playable for golfers of all standards.',
A very popular course due to its proximity to downtown Chiang Mai and with some many trees lining the fairways you will need to hit it straight if you are to score well but if you do end up in the trees maybe you will spot a ripe mango to enjoy.
As you stand on several of the tees you will not be able to see the landing area but the various aiming points and distance markers will help you decide how much of the hazard you can take on.
The Bermuda grass on the fairways usually provides an inviting lie which always helps if you need a fairway wood to reach the green which might well be the case on the 15th, a long par-4 which requires a perfectly placed tee shot from the elevated tee box to reach the corner of the dog-leg if you are to stand any chance of reaching the green with your approach. Even with a view of the green a pot bunker guards the two-tier green and you will need to be careful with your positioning if you wish to avoid a bogey or worse.
The 14th is another stand out hole with great views over the surrounding countryside as you try to negotiate the huge waste bunker between you and the green.
The open-air clubhouse is simple and functional rather than luxurious, with an excellent restaurant overlooking the course.
Whilst the course isn\'t overly daunting for the high handicapper, there is plenty to keep more accomplished players on their toes, with long dog-legs and water hazards much in evidence. The hardest hole is the 15th, a long par-4 where your tee shot from an elevated box must be long enough to reach the corner of the dog-leg to stand a chance of reaching the green in regulation. The downhill approach must avoid the pot bunker placed menacingly in front of the wide, severely sloping two-tier green that demands good reading skills in order to avoid the dreaded three putt. In light of all that it\'s probably a good idea to make best use of the practice facilities which include a practice bunker as well as the usual putting and chipping greens.
The clubhouse, designed in the Lanna style, is simple and functional rather than luxurious, contains an excellent restaurant with views over the course and is populated with friendly and attentive staff. When you add all this to a well-designed course that benefits from the careful attention of the maintenance crew, it\'s easy to understand the popularity of Mae Jo Golf Club.
Tee Time Bookings at Mae Jo Golf Club\n
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Northill Chiang Mai golf course has been extensively renovated and is due to re-open at the end of October 2015. As well as extensively remodelling six of the holes to make them more playable there will be a brand new driving range and modern club house. The course is not that long so it is ideal for players of all standards. The surroundings are not as picturesque as some of the other mountain golf courses in Chiang Mai but its proximity to the city will make this golf course a popular choice when it re-opens.',