There are more than 300 golf courses in Thailand, and more than 2 million Thai's play golf, so Thailand is a great destination for playing golf. Many of the golf courses are of a high standard with impressive clubhouses where you will find good facilities including full locker-rooms and fine restaurants. For most of the year, sunshine will accompany each day on the course, but some visitors may not be prepared for the heat, and make sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water while playing.
Some of the most popular clubs are private and for members only and research is therefore required beforehand. It can be a good idea to get someone to arrange your golf tour, someone who may grant access the private clubs.
Some of the popular places for visitors to play golf in Thailand are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Phuket. There are more than 40 golf courses around Bangkok. The Bangkok Golf Club offers the only hole in Southeast Asia with a waterfall, while the Green Valley Country Club is challenging and in close proximity to the airport. The Legacy Golf Club is Bangkok's only Jack Nicklaus designed course. At many clubs, night golf is offered as well.
About 2-3 hours drive from Bangkok is Hua Hin, a popular beach resort with the Thai people since the 1920s, and also where the Thai Royal family used to spend their summer holidays. Hua Hin is home to the highest density of high class golf courses in Thailand. The Royal Hua Hin Golf Club was the country's first golf course when it opened back in 1924. It was expertly designed and is still very playable today.
Phuket, primarily known for its beaches and beach resorts, also has excellent golf courses. The island is home to Blue Canyon Country Club that has two 18 holes courses: the Canyon Course and the Lake Course. If you want a more relaxing day of golf, the flat and less challenging course at Laguna Phuket Golf Club might be a good option. The Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort and Spa is the newest golf course in Phuket.