Closest to the airport is the Blue Canyon Country Club and this boasts two of Phuket's golf courses, the Canyon course and the Lakes course. The Canyon course has hosted some of the major golf events in Asia, including the Johnny Walker Classic and the Honda Invitational. It can also claim to be one the more famous golf courses in Phuket due to the fact that Tiger Woods and Greg Norman, amongst others, have played on the course. Having said that, the Canyon course is not one for those who are looking for a comfortable day of golf, it's narrow fairways and quick greens will provide a challenge for anyone. The second course at Blue Canyon Country Club is the Lakes course which, by using the natural surroundings, has water hazards on nearly every hole. A golf cart is allowed to be used to get around the Lakes course, whereas it is walking only on the Canyon. Blue Canyon Golf Club is a great way to start your golfing holiday in Phuket.
Moving slightly further away from the airport now, the next golf course and probably the most scenic of them all on the island, is Mission Hills Golf Resort. Famously designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Mission Hills is set in a lovely location and provides great views of the sea and combined with the clubhouse facilities, is one of the best golf courses in Phuket. Of course, being located so close to the north coast means there is a possibility of wind on the course but that will not stop you from enjoying a first class golfing experience. If you are not sure when is the best time to visit to get the best weather then you can get more information here.
Located towards the middle of the island is Laguna Golf Club, a resort style golf course which has recently undergone a complete renovation and is now one of the best and most picturesque courses on the island - it was previously a walking courses but they have added cart paths as part of the renovation. There are also two other courses further down the island that you can use while the development is complete. The first is Red Mountain Golf Club and this is one of the best golf courses, not only in Phuket but also in the whole of Thailand. Conveniently located between the famous Patong beach and Phuket town, Red Mountain is the one Phuket golf course not to be missed as it winds it's way between the red soiled mountains, within lush tropical rain forest. With superb clubhouse facilities and a visual spectacle that is hard to beat, Red Mountain Golf Club comes highly recommended.
Geographically adjacent to Red Mountain is Loch Palm Golf Club and this is one of the most popular courses in Phuket. Located in the centre of the island and within close proximity of Patong beach, Loch Palm features the largest body of water of any of the golf courses in Phuket and offers a large clubhouse facility with excellent views of the lake below.
One of the closest courses to Phuket town is the Phuket Country Club. Voted as the best course in Thailand back in 2001 by Asian Golf Magazine, Phuket Country Club is one of the oldest courses on the island of Phuket and has previously hosted events such as the Ladies Kosaido Thailand Open. The course remains popular today, for locals and visitors alike.
Golfing Weather in Phuket
The area of Phuket, located in the southern part of Thailand enjoys a stable average temperature throughout the year of around 33º due its tropical monsoon climate. As with many of the cities that enjoy a tropical monsoon climate Phuket can see rainfall at any time of the year, but the heaviest rains come in the 8 months of the wet seasons from April to November.
The weather probably plays more of a factor here in deciding when to visit and enjoy the selection of 8 fantastic golf courses, than other golfing hotspots of Thailand due to the downpours and although they tend to short and the courses drain quickly the annoyance of possible showers throughout the year could be a concern for many.
If you want to avoid the hottest parts of the day an early morning tee time or a late afternoon time are perfect, but if you are looking for a quiet time then mid-morning tee offs will see the courses almost empty and you can enjoy near millionaire’s golf.
Phuket Golf Resorts and Hotels
Planning your accommodation is also highly important as the golf courses are spread out across the island, and although you are never far away from a golf course you want to be able to enjoy the other offerings the island has. A great location would be close to the airport which gives great access to all of the courses on the island. Accommodation choices are wide ranging with a selection of hotels, private rentals and resort style accommodation available to suit all budgets and tastes, from the very plush to the more basic, there is something for everyone.
There are two stunning resorts that the golf mad can stay at and they are both extremely good. The Mission Hills Golf Resort offers a Jack Nicklaus design golf course which makes the most out of the seaside location and the holes by the ocean are sublime.
Facilities at the golf resort are second to none and although they are somewhat higher than other Thai resorts the price is more than justifiable. The Spa is one of the best in Thailand and offers a multitude of relaxing massages and beauty treatments to leave you feeling rejuvenated.
Food here is unparalleled in the area, with traditional Thai cuisine being produced to the highest level and as with many aspects of the Mission Hills Resort the food doesn´t come cheap but it well worth trying just for one night, you will not be disappointed.
The other resort Katathong, is much newer than the Missions Hills set up but no less spectacular. Set amongst a beautiful jungle clad valley the golf course enjoys spectacular natural scenery which blend with the holes seamlessly to create one of the most picturesque courses in the region.
A large opulent club house and spa hotel create an ideal setting for the most relaxing of golf holidays. Top class service and stunning cuisine make this a truly remarkable resort.
The beauty of both of the resorts is the proximity to the other amazing golf courses in the Phuket region, making for a great base to explore them.
Tee Times in Phuket
As with the majority of courses in Thailand, tee times in Phuket are available from early in the morning and this is because it can become very hot during the middle of the day. Golfsavers can help you to book the best tee times using our discounted green fees and all you have to do is to access our very simple booking engine and book a tee time with a few clicks. Check out our money saving tips here.