The Royal Hua Hin has a distinguished history dating back to the early half of the 20th century making it the oldest golf course in Thailand. It’s not in great condition but still very playable.
The course wanders between the rocky outcrops and has been designed to mould with the natural terrain and is reminiscent of many of the older British courses.
Due to its long history, the course is lined with fully mature trees unlike many of the more recently built course which gives the course great character. The fairways are usually pretty hard and often interspersed with weeds and bald patches but this will give you plenty of run on the ball. The greens are very slow but true and at times tough to read. There are some great views from some of the more elevated tee boxes and a Thai Temple provides the backdrop to the par-3 14th.
As you approach the club you will pass by the very ornate railways station which was often used by the Royal family as they visited their summer palaces in Hua Hin.
Probably the best hole is the last on the front nine which is a par 4 which takes you downhill towards the clubhouse. You have to drive across a waste area and at the same time avoid two large bushes which block your way. If you can navigate these hazards you are faced with a relatively simple approach to the green.
If you can ignore the wear and tear then it’s very playable and certainly worth a round to soak up some of the history of this grand old lady.
Tee Time Bookings at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course
It may be showing its age but if you would like to book a tee time at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course and experience first-hand a slice of local golfing history then Golfsavers have excellent green fees and can help you to select the perfect tee time.
My first time here and as others have commented it is a little frayed at the edges but this should not stop you playing the first golf course in Thailand. We enjoyed our round which was not that expensive. The caddies were fine and the food and drink in the restaurant acceptable. They have a driving range beside the 18th fairway and I thought that this was a decent layout and well worth the outing.
I had not played this course before and the reason I wanted to try it is because of its long history and its easy access from the centre of Hua Hin. Compared to other courses it is not that well maintained but it’s not so expensive either. They have very cheap twilight rates if you tee off after 3pm.