Phuket

Phuket is known internationally as one of the most exotic destinations in Southeast Asia. With its endless white beaches, cooling blue lagoons and tropical mountainous interior, it provides a stunning and glorious image of paradise on earth, providing an ideal backdrop for a Phuket golf holiday.

#1 Blue Canyon Country Club, Canyon Course

Blue Canyon Country Club has been rated as one of the most prestigious golf clubs in Asia, with two stunning, award-winning championship courses on its 700+ acres of succulent valley seamlessly winding its way through rubber plantations and tin mines.

The Canyon Course is not for the feint hearted, challenging the best of players as it flows effortlessly through the dramatic nature of Phuket’s tin-mining past. It features a demanding combination of narrow tree-lined fairways and challenging dog-legs requiring accurate tee shots and precision play. With 80 bunkers, water at 14 of its holes, tight landing areas with slick Bermuda Tifdwarf greens, this course demands your best play throughout.

There are a selection of demanding par 3’s including the 4th hole which drops to an island green from a height of 40m, and the 200 yard, canyon-skirting 17th hole with a sloping, hidden green which was described as “one of the best par 3’s in golf”, by Fred Couples and voted one of the “Top 500 Best Holes in the World”. The signature 13th hole, nicknamed the Tiger Hole, is another dramatic encounter testing character at least as much as ability. A gaping canyon dropping off from the tee box requires an exceptional carry to set up your approach with the only alternative being to play away from the green, leaving a steep incline of 150 yards or more up to the green. With a plaque by the tee celebrating Tiger Woods driving the green, many a ball has been lost to the canyon depth as players try to copy him.

#2 Blue Canyon Country Club, Lakes Course

The Lakes Course was established in 1999 and redesigned in 2006 and is now regarded by many as equally as good as it more well known neighbour. Similar in length to Blue Canyon, water comes into play on 17 holes but with 5 different tees to play from the Lakes can be enjoyed by golfers of any standard. During the renovation in 2006, cart paths were put in making this an attractive option for those golfers who prefer to ride rather than walk.

The first nine is played through freshwater lakes and old tin mine canyons and the back nine is played through the rubber trees finishing on what can only be described as the hardest 18th hole in Asia. A long par four, which even if you hit a great drive you are faced with nearly 200 yards uphill to a shallow green protected by a huge canyon.

The clubhouse is shared by the Canyon course and the 32 room Spa Lodge is wonderful play to stay for those golfers wanting two great courses in luxurious surroundings.

#3 Red Mountain Golf Club


There are long par 4’s stretching up to 470 yards for the long hitters, drivable par 4’s with the chance of a birdie and the signature 9th hole is a dramatic par 3 with a 50m drop from tee to green. Each hole presents a different challenge with a variety of options, rewarding those with a tactical approach to their game and the measured skill to see it safely to the green. An exciting variety of green play also presents itself and with the newest, shade-tolerant Bermuda Hybrid grasses, putting surfaces remain fast and true year round.

There are natural waste bunkers, towering precipices, deep ravines and flooded gullies, all seamlessly integrated and challenging even to the most experienced players. And as you weave your way through the dramatic changes in elevation, you are rewarded with panoramic views over Phuket before heading back down another gully lined with tropical forest. In fact, the elevation changes so drastically on this layout that golf carts a compulsory addition. Every aspect of Red Mountain ensures her players are captivated by the exciting diversity of play and the spectacular natural scenery.

The Red Mountain course is a standard par 72 covering just under 7,000 yards in total from the pro tees, making it a challenging but enjoyable course for players of different levels. Exceptional care has been taken regarding the drainage, ensuring the fairways are ready and in top condition, even after the torrential downpours of rainy season. With exceptional off-course facilities to accompany the top-class golf, Red Mountain has rightly earned the label of Best Course in Phuket.

#4 Laguna Phuket Golf Club

Laguna Golf Phuket is an 18-hole, par-71 golf course, set within the expansive Laguna Phuket Resort complex. Revamped and revitalized by architect Paul Jansen in 2014, Laguna Golf Phuket is an enjoyable yet truly challenging golf course that appeals to golf enthusiasts of all abilities.

Measuring 6,756 yards, the course features a wealth of scenic lagoons, coconut groves and undulating fairways. After its full reopening in January 2015, the new landscape provides golfers with two distinct scenic experiences – lush tropical foliage on the front nine, while the back holes feature coconut groves and sand bunkers. Laguna Phuket Golf Club also boasts six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo as an official brand ambassador.

The upgraded design focuses the golfer on position and strategy from the tee, with well placed bunkers and water hazards to consider. The USGA specification greens provide superb quality playing surfaces year round, with well designed contouring and run-off areas that offer a wealth of shot options.

Undulating fairways meander through lagoons with native water grasses and habitats attracting an abundance of wildlife to the course. Many outstanding natural features can be found on site including large native Banyan Trees and natural water features. Reused wooden steps, golf course furniture and decorative traditional Thai fishing boats also create a uniquely Thai essence for the course.

#5 Loch Palm Golf Club

This is a popular choice with both residents and visitors due to its charming course and central location, conveniently located a short drive from Phuket Town and Patong Beach. This 18 hole, par 72 course offers a relaxing and refreshing 6,555 yard round which offers opportunities for beginners, intermediates and professionals alike to test their skill.

The front nine holes meander alongside the signature feature of this course, the Crystal Lake, before taking you up into the forested hills for the back nine. With literally thousands of palm trees lining the fairways and a cool breeze washing over you from the Crystal Lake, the atmosphere is tranquil and serene, despite the numerous hazards and challenging greens. Fairway landing areas are fairly generous but the tightly routed layout requires you to keep firm control of your game with wayward shots readily punished by strategically placed bunkers.

Loch Palm has earned the title of being the most relaxing golf course in Phuket, and with its convenient location, makes it a great place to start your golfing tour of the island.

#6 Phuket Country Club

Established in 1989, Phuket Country Club was the first golf course on Phuket and the first in Southern Thailand of international standard and has hosted many national tournaments.

The club’s ‘Old Course’, an 18 hole, par 72 course, is a firm favorite for the high handicappers, offering a challenging but rewarding game and some of the best golf they have ever played. Despite this, the course still manages to offer a comfortable challenge for the more experienced player when teeing off from the Championship tees over a tough but fun 6,484 yards.

The 10th hole offers a particularly exciting challenge, being a par 5 which angles it’s way round a large lake with the chance of a hole in one for those with the skill and accuracy to carry true over the 240 yards of water. Routing it’s way through three scenic landscapes with 6 holes over undulating fairways, 6 holes on the level and 6 holes through shady forest, the layout of the course is as natural and relaxed as the atmosphere and staff.

#7 Mission Hills Phuket Golf Club

Nestled amongst rubber plantations and coastal mangrove forests in the north of the island, just 10 minutes from Phuket International Airport. Measuring a challenging 6,806 yards from the back tees or a more accommodating 6,308 from the front, this 18 hole, par 72 course is a popular choice with the occasional player and high handicappers alike.

Mission Hills is the only course in Phuket on the sea front and such, it’s layout offers stunning vistas of the Andaman Sea from several holes.

The course creates a sense of fun and excitement while testing the accuracy of each player with several peculiar features along the layout; hole 18 sets up several options of play from the tee with 2 greens, allowing you to choose an alternative end to your game, while the greens for holes 2 and 5 sit alongside each other on the same island in one of the many water features. The convenient location, luxurious facilities and championship golf, all combine to make Mission Hills a sought-after, world-class golf destination.

#8 Katathong Golf Resort

A new & unique 18-hole championship golf course located only 30 minutes from Khao Lak, Phang Nga. Katathong Golf Resort & Spa is one of the most challenging and escape to a tin mine era legend. The course layout is situated amidst idyllic views of lush palm trees, large lake, verdant mountains and stunning landscape in Phang Nga. It’s an extreme golf experience that you will be impressed while playing and offers challenging play for beginners and advanced golfers.

Katathong Golf Resort & Spa designed to harmonize with the natural landscape, offers lush green mountain views from every angle with courses that follow the natural contours of the land featuring undulating hills, sand traps and a beautiful natural reservoir. But the course is not as tranquil as you might expect, with an abundance of natural waterfalls and streams, the air is filled with the sounds of cascading water.

Exceptional views of the golf course, complete facilities, complete with driving range and golf academy, warm hospitality and professional services will make your golfing at Katathong Golf Resort & Spa a joyful and unforgettable experience.

Experience the signature holes 10 which is surrounded by water and you have to drive the ball over the enormous lake from an elevated tee down onto the wide green, hole 17 that you will drive the ball over invisible green and hole 18, a tough finishing hole that golfers must hit tee off over 200 yards to crossover the water and be in a good position to be on the green. The extreme challenge to be skilled!

#9 Hula Hula Golf Club

Hula Hula Golf Club officially opened in 2018 and is conveniently located near the Krai airport and Krabi town. It provides a full 18-hole experience, albeit short at 5,964 yards,  using two sets of tee boxes and nine greens. The Krabi golf course plays around a large freshwater lake, is relatively flat, and is maintained in average condition.

Besides the course, the Thai-styled clubhouse looks over the surrounding mountains and lakes. Facilities consist of a pro shop, separate men and ladies locker rooms, and a souvenir shop. The Lake Side restaurant serves decent Thai food, fresh drinks, and coffee at reasonable prices and offers great views of the course.

Hula Hula won’t compete with the big guns on Phuket Island, but for anyone golfer in Krabi, it’s an option to break up an otherwise pure beach holiday.

#10 Phunaka Golf Course 

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The newest golf course on Phuket, Phunaka was really designed for golfers to learn the game on after the 56 bay driving range and short game area was opened. The reality has turned out quite different and is a very good test of golf even for low handicappers.

Designed by Jon Morrow (same designer as Red Mountain) he has managed to create a links type course and at times you could be playing in Scotland. Located in the south of Phuket, it gets plenty of wind off the sea and with sand dunes and wild grasses it’s a real shot makers course.

Six par threes on this 9 hole layout make it a great alternative if you fancy a quick round of golf. Floodlights are also in place, so night golf has arrived in Phuket.

#11 Tublamu Navy Golf Course

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Tublamu Navy Golf Course is a rural municipal course owned and operated by the Royal Thai Navy. The 18-hole layout plays along the Andaman Sea and is home to many seabirds. It is the closest golf course to Khao Lak. Beautiful views of the Phuket Mountains in the distance remind golfers of proximity to Thailand’s largest island.

The 6825-yard par-72 course was finished in 2002 when it also opened to the public. While the layout is decent and green fees are low, don’t expect PGA conditions. Tublamu is still an okay choice for those staying in Khao Lak or nearby Krabi as there are practically no other golf courses in this part of Thailand. It is best to visit Tublamu together with a tour guide or interpreter as the clubhouse is rustic and caddies and staff speak limited English.

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