Thailand has become a golfing mecca for many tourist golfers and with good reason. There are a huge number of quality golf courses that make Thailand the perfect getaway.
Many head for the Bangkok regions, but there is a little gem to be found in the North East of the Country in the Khon Kaen region.
Although the region has only 4 established 18-hole golf courses they are all extremely interesting and with a number of 9-hole courses the area has a lot to offer the golf tourism in Thailand.
The best time to visit the area is during the dry months which are January, February, November and December, generally it is a good idea to avoid the month of April which is the hottest month.
If you don´t mind playing in between heavy downpours, May through to September offers the chance to play many of the courses for a lower price, and although you have to dodge the rain, a shower rarely lasts for more than an hour.
The Khon Kaen region is most certainly the most glamourous region of Thailand, but good hotels and resorts are available for the travelling golfer.
The four 18-hole courses are;
Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club, a remarkable golf course with an abundance of water and challenging holes that will test even the most seasoned player. A magnificent clubhouse awaits, whilst the intricacies of the golf course will last long in the memory.
Dancoon Golf Club, built on the out-skirts of the city center, Dancoon Golf Club was the first golf tourist friendly course to open in the Issan region of Thailand. Laid out across the naturally flat terrain the course offers wide fairways, well positioned bunkers and deceptively undulating greens create a perfect challenge for any level of golfer.
Victory Park Golf & Country Club, designed by James Vaughn makes the most of its natural environment. The first course in the region Victory Park is a pleasant, straightforward course that will be enjoyed by many. Clubhouse facilities are not the most modern but are sufficient for a good day trip and overall it is worth a visit.
Urbonrat Golf Course, is a shorter 18-hole course laid out in a parkland style that offers a good mix of hole designs and challenges. It is certainly not the most challenging course you will find in Thailand, but it is exceptionally well maintained which makes the low cost of the green fee even more inviting to travelling golfers.
The Khon Kaen region is not blessed with the same number of golf courses or the abundant quality of resort courses that other regions of Thailand have to offer, but this is part of the charm. It is still very much a work in progress in regards to building its tourism base and the beautiful countryside is bound to yield many more great golf courses in the future.
Well worth a visit.