There is a huge choice of golf courses in Pattaya and the fact that many golfers who usually reside in Bangkok, regularly visit Pattaya for long golf weekends and golfing holidays, tells you everything you need to know about golf in this region of Thailand. There are over 20 golf courses available in Pattaya and this number alone makes it a great place to stay for people who wish to play on different golf courses each day. See here for 10 Reasons why Thailand is a great place to play golf. Also check out our 10 money saving tips for golfing in Thailand.
Pattaya is arguably the fastest growing region in Thailand with vast sums of money being spent upgrading the vibrant city to challenge some of the bigger and more well-known holiday destinations Thailand has to offer. These vast sums of money are being ploughed into the golf courses and resorts as well and this can only be a good thing for the travelling golfer.
Some Pattaya golf courses are close to the city, whereas others require a bit of travelling time to get to, although in the case of Burapha International Golf Club, the 50 kilometre journey is worth it. Offering two links style golf courses and a regular fixture on the professional Thai golf tour, this club is not the cheapest golf course in Pattaya but can provide a great day of action. Another course that requires some travelling to reach is the Crystal Bay Golf Club but with great surroundings and the opportunity to post a good score, Crystal Bay should not be ignored on your Pattaya golf itinerary. Many people like to book early tee times in Pattaya because conditions can get hot during the middle of the day, therefore be prepared to set off early as many of these golf clubs, all over Thailand, offer tee times starting from 7 in the morning. If you are not sure when is the best time to visit to get the best weather then you can get more information here.
However, the one golf course that is on the outskirts of the city and is definitely worth the early start is Greenwood Golf Club, designed by multiple Open winner Peter Thomson. The main challenge on this beautifully presented course are the bunkers, some of which can be quite deep and difficult to escape. One of the best 'value for money' courses in Pattaya, Greenwood Golf Club is the complete package, offering a great days play along with a modern clubhouse and a tremendous restaurant. This courses offeres excelent value fore money and you can click here to read about the best value golf courses in Pattaya
Moving closer to the city and a top Pattaya golf course that is definitely one not to miss is Laem Chabang International Country Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus. Featuring superb clubhouse facilities and caddies coupled with the picturesque championship course, Laem Chabang has been built using the natural surroundings and is one of the best courses in the whole of Thailand, not just the local area.
Also close to the city, about 15 minutes driving time away, is the Siam Country Club, which boasts three excellent golf courses, Plantation Course, Waterside Course and The Old Course. It's the Old Course that features on the LPGA Tour, having hosted the annual Honda Classic from 2010 onwards and the Plantation Course is home to the Thailand Open in 2015. The Waterside is the most recent addition to the Siam Country Club and combines with the other two courses plus the superb facilities to offer a first class golf experience in Pattaya.
As touched upon earlier, there are numerous golf courses in the Pattaya region and some are closer to the city than others and the proximity to the city could be the deciding factor when choosing which course to use. Golf courses that are close to Pattaya include Pattaya Country Club Golf Resort and although the travel time to reach this course is reduced in comparison to the majority of others, it is not the best course and it may be worth making the effort to reach some of the other golf courses in Pattaya.
Golf Weather in Pattaya
If you are planning your next golfing vacation and are thinking of visiting Pattaya then you must, as with all locations in Thailand consider the weather.
Thailand enjoys a relatively predictable climate with 3 distinctive seasons: The cool, the rainy and the hot.
The cool season is between November and February and provides what can only be described as perfect golfing conditions. Clear skies, light breezes and temperatures that range between 20º and 25º. Unfortunately, it is also the peak of the holiday season with many people travelling to enjoy the beaches and climate making the area crowded and golf tee times hard to come by.
The rainy season falls between June and September and is fuelled by the south-westerly winds which bring rain clouds in from the Indian Ocean almost, on a daily basis. Having said that, if you are not put off by the odd heavy downpour, then it is a great time to take advantage of, with lower hotel prices and less crowded fairways. The downpours are sporadic and last for short periods of time, and all the courses drain quickly allowing play to resume quickly. The rain although annoying is a mere compromise for those visiting on a budget.
Pattaya Golf Resorts
Accommodation choices are wide ranging from budget hotels and private rentals to presidential suites and luxury self-catering villas.
If you want to enjoy everything that Pattaya has to offer then you should consider a beachside hotel so that you can take advantage of the wonderful array of water sports and the nightlife in the city, which should be experienced for at least one night.
If you are looking for a more peaceful and golf orientated holiday, then look to one of the resort courses which offers on site hotels and restaurants which can cater for your every need.
Pattana Golf Club and Resort is a perfect location for the all-out sports person with an emphasis on healthy living.
A 27-hole golf course, built to exacting championship standards awaits you on site. Designed with across the 400 acres resort the three loops of nine are spectacular and offer panoramic views of the entire region.
Named after the cacti that are present throughout the layout, the three courses create stunning 18 hole tracks, with each course boasting its own signature hole. The fairways are undulating and well protected. The greens are generally large and kept in perfect condition throughout the year but offer a challenge to the most skilled of golfer.
The stand out feature of the course has to be the 663-yard par 6th, which is one of only two par 6s in Thailand.
Facilities at the resort are superb with multiple dining options, luxury rooms and a myriad of sporting activities if you so wish.
Tee Times in Pattaya
The golf courses in Pattaya can get quite crowded at the weekends so if you wish to book a tee time in Pattaya it is advisable to book some time in advance. Golfsavers have cheap green fees at all of the golf courses in Pattaya and can help you to book a tee time very simply and easily. The green fees in Pattaya during the week are much cheaper and its also easier to secure a good tee time. Check out our money savings tips here.
There is a huge choice of golf courses in Pattaya and the fact that many golfers who usually reside in Bangkok, regularly visit Pattaya for long golf weekends and golfing holidays, tells you everything you need to know about golf in this region of Thailand. There are over 20 golf courses available in Pattaya and this number alone makes it a great place to stay for people who wish to play on different golf courses each day. See here for 10 Reasons why Thailand is a great place to play golf. Also check out our 10 money saving tips for golfing in Thailand.\n
Pattaya is arguably the fastest growing region in Thailand with vast sums of money being spent upgrading the vibrant city to challenge some of the bigger and more well-known holiday destinations Thailand has to offer. These vast sums of money are being ploughed into the golf courses and resorts as well and this can only be a good thing for the travelling golfer.' },
Bangpra International Golf Club is one of the older golf courses in the Pattaya area, built in 1958 and updated in the late 80s and still able to compete with some of the newer course thanks to the mature trees which stand as a testament to the longevity of the course. The course has been built in the very attractive hills surrounding Sri Racha following the natural folds of the inclines and this wonderful setting makes a round here very enjoyable despite the simplicity of the layout.',
The course is best remembered for its long par 3’s – all of which are more than 180 yards from the blue tees and the 17th is particularly daunting as it plays more than 200 yards with water most of the way to the green. The par 5’s are also long and on the front 9 the par 5, 5th has a green partially protected by a water hazard so you need to be in the right position for your approach to the green. The par 5, 7th is the longest hole on the course measuring 623 from the back tees but fortunately most of it is downhill so it’s just about reachable in regulation for most of us.\n
The back nine is a bit of a let-down after the front nine and is much flatter with wide open fairways with only light rough along the edges. However this doesn’t mean that you will score well as there are a number of difficult holes. These include the two par 3s, the 12th and the 17th which demand long tee shots over water. The stretch of holes form the 12th also involve water carries to often elevated greens which due to their shape tend to throw balls off into the surrounding swales. Nice easy finishing hole with a wide open fairway which should mean you are in good spirits as you end you round.\n
Unusually the excellent clubhouse offers Japanese-style baths and Japanese cuisine in the restaurant so if your round has not gone according to plan then you can relax and enjoy a great meal.\n
We thoroughly recommend this course which despite its age still compares favourably with some of the newer layouts and remains a firm favourite of golfers in Pattaya.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Bangpra International Golf Club\n
Nobody wants to pay too much for their green fee so when you use our booking engine to secure a tee time at Bangpra International Golf Club you can relax in the knowledge that you have paid the lowest green fee at Bangpra International Golf Club.',
Burapha Golf Club is one of the most popular golf courses in Pattaya offering 36 excellent holes and great value for money. The course is not that long and stretched to just over 6,800 yards from the back tees but it has regularly hosted some major regional tournaments.Each of the nines have different names and the East course combines American Wood and British Links and the West course the Crystal Spring and Dune nines and whichever combination you try the course does offer a very enjoyable golfing experience.\n
Each of the nines have different names and the East course combines American Wood and British Links and the West course the Crystal Spring and Dune nines and whichever combination you try the course does offer a very enjoyable golfing experience.
The East course is probably the easier of the two with relatively wide fairways allow for good scoring if you can avoid the bunkers. The course is not unduly long with reachable par 3s and a couple of longish par 5s.
The West course which is often used for the Thailand Open is more interesting and affords some panoramic views from the 6th and 7th tee boxes. Unlike the relative flatness of the East course here you will encounter many elevation changes.
The layout offers a good balance of sand and water and we recommend that you try to keep your approach shots below the hole as many of the greens slope from back to front and if you over club you could be facing a very fast downhill putt\n
Whichever combination you choose Pattaya golfers will find the course is usually in excellent condition and the greens run true and fast. One word of warning – due to its popularity and ease of access the course can become very crowded at weekends so best avoided if you have a choice.
Adequate clubhouse and facilities but could use an upgrade and the prices are high compared to other options nearby.
If you would like to stay overnight here then you can find more information here.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Burapha Golf Club\n
Burapha Golf Club is a course we recommend for all of our visitors to Pattaya and with 36 holes it’s pretty easy to secure a tee time. Using our online booking engine Golfsavers can help you to secure a tee time using our very cheap green fees.\n
Situated within a few miles of the Thailand-Cambodia border, is Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao. The course is ja 4 hour drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, 3 hours from Pattaya and 90 minutes away from Trat Airport. Located in the Pong Nam Ron region of Thailand, Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao is 45 kilometres from the historic town of Chanthabrui, making this a good place to stay and visit the course, if not staying at the golf course itself.',
Established in 1995 and designed by Dennis Griffiths, Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao is an 18 hole, par-72 course, playing at 7162 yards. The venue is pleasing to the eye, with lush greenery surrounding the course and the foothills of the majestic Soi Dao Mountains, also adding to the view. When stepping on to the course, it becomes apparent that Griffiths fully embraced the natural terrain of the area, when designing Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao.\n
Despite the fact there are four large reservoirs in the vicinity, the golf course does not feature a great deal of water. There are two small lakes and four small ponds which make up the water hazards on this golf course and the third hole is probably the most significant when it comes to avoiding the drink. It’s a 206 yard, par 3 hole, which carries over a pond, to a green which is protected by a tree on right side and a bunker to the left and rear.\n
With water hazards being at a premium, bunkers certainly come in to play. They have been placed strategically throughout the course, and with some of the greens being very small, bunkers become a real hazard at Soi Dao Highlands Golf Club.\n
The majority of this golf course is quite flat, although there are some undulations present on the greens, which can cause putts to break quite significantly. There are a couple of excellent, long par-4 holes, which are a good test of long, accurate driving, such as the 9th and 13th holes. There are also halfway kiosks on the golf course, after the 4th and 12th holes, for those who need to refuel.\n
Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao has a club house and hotel on site, with the club house being well designed and offering nice views of the course. The hotel offers 46 deluxe rooms and with the golf course being a 2-hour drive from both Pattaya and Bangkok, it’s worth booking at least an over-night stay.\n
Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao is definitely worth the trip, especially to escape from the main tourist areas of Thailand. Booking a room at the hotel and having time to play the golf course and take in the lovely surroundings, is the best option here. If you would like to stay overnight here then you can find more information here.',
Crystal Bay Golf Club is a very popular and relatively easy golf course about 30 minutes outside Pattaya in gently rolling terrain with plenty of opportunity for good scoring. Generally in good condition but can get very crowded at weekends so best played midweek. The palm trees which line many of the fairways give it a distinctly Hawaiian flavour.',
Providing the wind is not blowing then you should expect to score well as the course plays quite short although you will need to negotiate the ever-present water hazards and well placed bunkers if you want to shoot your handicap.\n
This Pattaya golf club is a pretty classic 27-hole layout of three nines which are all pretty similar with a mixture of classic parkland holes and others which are more links-style. Plenty of water bordering some of the fairways and some which block your approach to the green plus the usual sprinkling of bunkers to make sure you don’t stray offline.\n
If you are playing from the back tees then you will find the par 3s quite long – especially the 5th which is over 200 yards from the blue tees and if you can score well on these holes then it should set you up well for the rest of your round. You will encounter two island greens as you go round- the 3rd is a par 4 and the 8th is a par 3 which pays 165 yards from the back tees.\n
The course is usually in good condition but they do struggle with the greens during extreme weather conditions but although they might not be as pristine as some other courses they do usually run true.\n
The clubhouse is a bit tired but should not detract from what should be an enjoyable day’s golf in lovely surroundings.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Crystal Bay Golf Club\n
The green fees at are excellent value for money so we really recommend that you book a round of golf here. Golfsavers have very cheap green fees at Crystal Bay Golf Club and can help you to book a tee time here',
Eastern Star Golf Club in Pattaya is one of the few Robert Trent Jones Jr designed golf courses in Thailand set on the site of a former coconut plantation. A pretty forgiving links-style course which is usually in excellent condition and suitable for golfers of most standards.',
As you would expect coconut trees are much in evidence but the relatively wide fairways means that they should not impede your progress too much as long as you can also avoid the numerous bunkers and 11 lakes!\n
Eastern Star provides a reasonable but challenging layout for golfers. It can get very hot playing golf in Pattaya during the summer season but due to its proximity to the gulf of Thailand the course is usually blessed with the cooling prevailing winds that blow at that time of the year. The course is very picturesque and is framed by the nearby mountain range and is a perfect venue for a relaxing game on any golf holiday in Pattaya.\n
You need to play intelligent golf to score well as there are numerous doglegs where positioning is vital and you also need to make sure you are not blocked out by the tall trees. If the cooling sea breeze is blowing then this can add a further dimension.
The water hazards usually line one side of the fairway with and are often a factor as you approach the green so if a hook or a slice creeps into your game then you are going to get wet.
The signature hole is the attractive par-3 13th requiring a tee shot over a water hazard to a green with another water hazard on one side, a very deep bunker on the other and thick rough everywhere else. The par 5 4th hole is another hole worthy of mention with a narrow landing area an water all along the left had side.
Pattaya golfers will be amused by some of the very unusual and imaginative topiary including a hedge right in the middle of the fairway sculpted in the shape of the FA Cup on the second hole, right in the middle of the fairway.\n
Disappointing changing rooms and very average restaurant but this course offers excellent value for money in pleasant surroundings.\n
There is a hotel beside the golf course offering a range of 2/3 and 4 bed apartments. Other facilities include a driving range and swimming pool.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Eastern Star Golf Club\n
This may not be one of the premium golf courses in Pattaya but if you are looking for a relaxing day out and don\'t want to spend too much on a round of golf then the green fees at Eastern Star Golf Club are great value for money. It’s very easy to secure a tee time here using the Golfsavers booking engine.\n
Emerald Golf Club is one of the prettiest and perhaps underrated golf courses in the Pattaya area hidden away in the forest and mountains close to Rayong also offering some wonderful holes designed by two golfing greats. The course is in in the process of being sold so the upkeep is inconsistent but still makes for a very enjoyable day out.',
The course is quite challenging with narrow fairways and bumps and hollows throughout the course. The water hazards also makes some of the holes very challenging. Unlike most local courses you will not find too much water here and the designers have relied on narrow fairways and cleverly placed bunkers to protect the course and you had better keep your driver in the bag on many of the holes\n
You have to pick your way along many of the fairways as there are many hazards cutting into the course which does not leave much margin for error. Due to the current transition you will find that the fairways and a greens need attention and some of the bunkers are inconsistent – sometimes dry and at other times waterlogged.\n
After a pretty easy start the course becomes increasingly difficult and steep so if you are not fit then we recommend a buggy. If you can play to your handicap on this course then you are probably playing pretty well.
Emerald Golf Club has not changed much since it was built and has a small but very comfortable open-air clubhouse where you can obtain a cold beer and a good meal. Showers are locker room are adequate but don’t expect too much but at least the showers are hot. You will also find a small pro shop and a driving range. The friendly staff and excellent caddies add to the overall positive experience.
Whatever happens Emerald Golf Club is a wonderful layout which requires careful course management\n
Tee Times at Emerald Golf Club\n
The green fees at Emerald Golf Club are exceptional value for money and will no doubt increase when new owners take over so take the opportunity to play this course now and book your tee time with Golfsavers.',
Greenwood Golf Club in Pattaya is a 27-hole layout and one of the most picturesque golf courses in Pattaya with beautiful landscaping. The course will provide a satisfying challenge for all golfers and the relatively flay layout is made more interesting by the man-made elevation change. Designed by multiple Open Champion Peter Thomson it is no surprise that he has used sand to protect the course rather than water and many of the sand traps are quite deep.',
Greenwood Golf Club is more than 20 years old so the trees and plant life have all matured to provide a very natural backdrop to the course which is also framed by the surrounding hills.\n
On course A the 8th is the a classic dogleg with a wide fairway but the hole narrows as you approach the green and a stream which crosses the fairway in front of the green will have you in two minds on whether to go for the green or layup.\n
On course B we have chosen the par 5, 4th which at 550 yards is pretty long but the lack of hazards off the tee means you can go for it and the long hitters have a chance of getting on in two. Most of the trouble starts as you get near the well protected green meaning that a good position for your approach is essential.\n
The finishing hole on course c provides a fitting climax and if you can walk off with a par you should be satisfied as its long and has plenty of sand and water to block your progress.\n
The renovated clubhouse has modern changing facilities and an excellent restaurant serving good food and cold beer.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Greenwood Golf Club\n
You should include a round of golf at Greenwood Golf Club on any Pattaya Golf break and Golfsavers have excellent green fees at this course and all of the golf courses in Pattaya. If you want to book a tee time then simply complete the search boxes, select the date and time you wish to play and book - it could not be easier.',
Khao Kheow Country Club is a very picturesque 27 hole golf course wedged between two valleys just off the main highway about one hour from Pattaya. The golf course is in excellent condition with fast greens which are notoriously difficult to read. Unlike many of the other courses in the area there are significant elevation changes on Khao Kheow Country Club which makes the course play quite long.',
Also in common with many Pete Dye designs the emphasis is on course management to combat not only the prevailing breeze but also to negotiate the many water hazards, sand traps, hills and mounds that line the excellent fairways. The greens are full of bumps and hollows which makes any putt a challenge but they are usually true so if you do pick the right line you will reap the rewards.\n
The penultimate hole and signature hole is a par 3 with the obligatory island green set against the mountains which makes for a memorable finish. The par-5 2nd will set your heart racing as you tee off from an elevated tee to a twisting fairway. Providing you can avoid the huge bunker and the runoff areas your second shot has to negotiate a mounded bunker that surrounds the landing zone to give yourself an opportunity to reach the undulating green.
An impressive clubhouse is spoilt by inadequate locker facilities but as you view the course from the restaurant whilst sipping a cold beer this will be forgotten.
The friendly staff and attentive caddies add to the positive experience and make Khao Kheow Country Club a great choice for your Thailand golf holiday.
Tee Time Bookings at Khao Kheow Country Club\n
This golf course is very accessible both from Bangkok and Pattaya so it can get very busy at the weekends and on public holidays so much better to play midweek when you should have the courses to yourself.',
Laem Chabang Country Club is one of the best golf courses in Pattaya and also one of the best in Thailand. The course is is in pristine condition with lush fairways, fast and true putting greens, immaculate clubhouse and top-class caddies. A “must play” course and one you will not forget. Also offers night golf starting from 3.30pm which is very popular with Pattaya golfers.\n