Holes 18 |
Par 72 |
Length 6061 m / 6628 y |
Type Parkland |
Architect Nick Faldo & Desmond Muirhead
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
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.
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
Tee Times at Emerald Golf Club
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.
An excellent but tough layout in need of care and attention
Reviewed by Jeff; on 17 Jul 2017
You must travel a bit further to reach this course and it has the potential to be a great track but falls short due to poor maintenance. Good practice range and the condition of the tees were OK. Most of the fairways have been encroached by the rampant broad leaf “cow” grass which does not help ball striking. Greens are in good condition and in dry weather very fast and very challenging for high handicappers. Very basic clubhouse and locker rooms but they do at least provide hot showers and the food is acceptable and the staff are very polite. Standard of caddies varies and some of the less experienced ones are purely bag carriers. The buggies are very old and frequently break down and often have trouble negotiating the uphill sections.
The first impression is very bad – everything looks old and rundown. Caddie organisation was chaotic although when finally sorted out mine was good. However the course more than made up for the tired facilities and disorganisation. The greens were in good condition and fairways were Ok although seemed to have several different types of grass growing. The open-air clubhouse serves good food and service was polite. I would play here again.
This is an excellent and challenging course in excellent condition – especially the greens which are some of the truest in the area. You will have great fun playing this track – plenty of variety with some generous fairways and others very tight. Great caddies – knowledgeable and good fun. Slightly quirky open-air clubhouse but serves good food and cold beer so what more do you want? You will not be disappointed if you play here.