Santiburi - Chiang Rai - Northern Thailand - Thailand

Santiburi Country Club,
12 Moo 3,
T.Wiang-Chai,
Wiang-Chai District,
Chiang Rai 57210,
Thailand


  • +66 (0) 5371 8081-92

  • Chotivud Gajesanandana

  • Robert Trent Jones Jnr

  • Not known

Close to the city of Chiang Rai, in the Thai northwest, lies one of Thailand’s most highly polished golf courses. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr and opened for play in 1992, Santiburi Country Club – named after Santi Bhirombhkadi, club owner – is not only one of the best-conditioned courses in the country, it’s also one of the most exclusive, semi-private clubs.

From the hilltop, the scene is set for a very enjoyable round of golf. The surrounding Chiang Rai mountains provide a magnificent backdrop and the course itself is routed thoughtfully across pleasantly undulating terrain.

In fact, Santiburi has two distinct flavours. The front nine features water at seven holes and the topography is undulating but reasonably level. The back nine, on the other hand, twists and turns up and over a wooded hillside with water appearing only on the closing two holes... and what a fine finishing it is.

The 17th is a do-or-die short par three with water all the way down the right side. The wide and relatively narrow green abuts the lake and if the course manager is feeling evil, he may cut the flag on the right side of the green which means you’ll have to play either a high fade or a bold shot straight across the water at the pin. A double doglegged par five home hole is perhaps the best closing hole in Thailand. With water on the left, which then cuts across the fairway to form a large lake on the right, adroit fairway bunkering and a dual tiered and dual bunkered green, a par here on the 18th is no mean feat.

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Description: Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr and opened for play in 1992, Santiburi Country Club at Chiang Rai is not only one of the best-conditioned courses in the country, it’s also one of the most exclusive... Rating: 6 out of 6

awesome! not a single bad hole....water holes there are the best!shame that the 18th green sometimes gets too hard to maintain.
February 08, 2010


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This is an absolutely fantastic track. I played here at the end of 2006 and would rate it very highly. From memory it has a good mix of narrow tree lined fairways and holes where water comes into play including a very long uphill par 5 playing as stroke index one. I also managed to get a great deal by playing on a Wednesday (sports day) where by you can play at discounted rates so it only cost around £15 / $30 ... amazing price for a world class course - a must if you ever visit Chaing Rai.
February 08, 2008


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Christian Gamio
January 06, 2009
One of the finest golfcourses i´ve ever played. feels like a rollercoaster in the jungle and it plays like one. great shape, great layout.