Golf has been one of Pattaya’s main attractions for many years, with several golf societies in the city organising trips to the local courses. There are over 25 international standard golf courses within an hour’s drive of Pattaya. For beginners, there is the pitch and putt course at the Asia Hotel in Pratamnak, but for more serious golfers, they will be delighted to know that the area has some of the best courses in Southeast Asia. Here are six of the best in 2021.
Siam Country Club – Old Course
It would be impossible not to include the Old Course at Siam Country Club, a course that has been home to the LPGA Thailand Open for several years. It is kept in immaculate condition throughout the year and is, of course, one of the most expensive. A member must accompany non-members unless they play as part of a trip organised by the golf societies. If you only get a chance to play one course whilst you are in the area, this should be the one you go for!
Siam Country Club – Rolling Hills
Rolling Hills at Siam Country Club is the latest addition to the excellent courses which they have available. The course was only opened in 2020, and although it is still a little immature, it one of the best courses around. It is an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary designs that come together beautifully. Naturally, The Plantation courses and Waterside courses also deserve a mention, but on this occasion, it is the younger sibling that makes our list.
Laem Chabang International Country Club
Laem Chabang International Country Club is a favourite of many golfers in Pattaya and is only slightly inferior to the Old Course at Siam Country Club. It is incredibly well maintained throughout the year and considerable cheaper than Siam Country Club. The course is viewed as challenging but fair, and the caddies are regarded as some of the best in the business and have genuine “course knowledge”.
Chee Chan Golf Resort
The Chee Chan Golf Resort is another of the newer additions to the list of golf courses, having first opened in 2018. The course overlooks “Buddha Mountain” near the Silverlake vineyard. The front nine has plenty of water which can be disconcerting to beginners. The second nine has less water but is still challenging. However, it is a course that golfers of all standards enjoy.
Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club
The course was renovated just over five years ago and has significantly improved from its early days and can now make a genuine claim to be one of the best in the area. It has the bonus of being one of the closest to Pattaya, with a huge clubhouse where you can relax before or after your round. The course is popular with social and serious golfers with Ban Chang, a famous watering hole for après golf, not far away.
St. Andrews is regarded as one of the most challenging courses in Pattaya, and we would suggest that it isn’t suitable for anyone with a handicap higher than 18. The course is very well maintained and has plenty of water, bunkers, and pudding hole greens. For better players, it is thoroughly enjoyable; however, lesser players may not enjoy the experience!