Thailand

The exotic Kingdom of Thailand lies at the heart of Southeast Asia and for many visitors Thailand is closer to a life-changing experience than a vacation. Nothing prepares you for the cultural phenomenon of the capital city, Bangkok. There’s something for everyone in the steamy, cosmopolitan metropolis, from ancient temples, Thai massages, tuk-tuks, kickboxing, nightlife and eclectic markets that stimulate all the senses. You'll also find around 60 golf courses in close proximity to the capital.

The country is divided into four natural regions; the mountainous area of the Thai Highlands to the north, the Khorat Plateau to the northeast, the mainly flat Chao Phraya river valley in the middle of the country and the narrow Kra Isthmus to the south, which widens into the Malay Peninsula. Such is the geographical diversity of Thailand, it can be truly said that each and every course – from Santiburi in the north to Red Mountain in the south – is uniquely designed.

Thailand’s golfing heritage dates back to 1923 when King Vajiravudh The Great became interested in golf and agreed to the construction of Royal Hua Hin Golf Course. The Thailand Golf Association dates back to 1964 and it set about organising the Thailand Open for professional golfers the following year. It took twenty-seven editions of the flagship competition before a native golfer, Suthep Meesawat, claimed the national title in 1991. Extraordinarily, his winning performance was matched the following year by another Thai pro, Boonchu Ruangkit, who would go on to win the event again in 2004.

There are reckoned to be over two hundred and fifty golf courses in Thailand and it’s our intention to showcase the very best of these. We inaugurated a Thai Top 10 in 2009 and since then we’ve continued to add more courses, creating a Top 30 chart in 2012, a Top 40 listing in 2015 and now a Top 50 at the start of 2017. We’ve also split the country into three regions, maintaining separate ranking lists for each one, which allows us to feature a total of sixty Thai tracks.

Our Thailand Top 50 rankings were last updated in January 2017. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Thailand

Ayodhya Links

1st Thailand Ranking

Formed in 2007 by thirty of Thailand’s wealthiest people, Ayodhya Links is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in Asia. Membership is by invitation so only the great and the good of Thai society mingle in the clubhouse...

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Description: Formed in 2007 by thirty of Thailand’s wealthiest people, Ayodhya Links is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in Asia. Membership is by invitation so only the great and the good of Thai society mingle in the clubhouse... Rating: 6 out of 6

Alpine Golf Club

2nd Thailand Ranking

Alpine Golf Club is a lush paradise within the rustic surrounds and in some ways more resembles a botanical garden specialising in the exhibition of palms.

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Description: Alpine Golf Club is a lush paradise within the rustic surrounds and in some ways more resembles a botanical garden specialising in the exhibition of palms. Rating: 5 out of 6

Siam (Old)

3rd Thailand Ranking

The Old course at Siam Country Club was redesigned by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley, reopening for play in 2007. A trio of holes regarded as the “Amen Corner” of Thai golf feature between the 15 and 17.

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Amata Spring

4th Thailand Ranking

Amata Spring Country Club was the venue for the Royal Trophy between 2006 and 2010 when the European professional team won three of the four events against their eight-man opponents from Asia.

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Description: Amata Spring Country Club was the venue for the Royal Trophy between 2006 and 2010 when the European professional team won three of the four events against their eight-man opponents from Asia. Rating: 5 out of 6

Banyan

5th Thailand Ranking

The Thai course architect Pirapon Namatra laid out the course at Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin. Many consider the views from the short par three 15th tee across the ocean to Sing Toh island to be worth the green fee alone.

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Description: The Thai course architect Pirapon Namatra laid out the course at Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin. Many consider the views from the short par three 15th tee across the ocean to Sing Toh island to be worth the green fee alone. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Thai

6th Thailand Ranking

The Thai Country Club course flows past flowering trees and shrubs, with a sea breeze off the Gulf of Siam.

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Description: The Thai Country Club course flows past flowering trees and shrubs, with a sea breeze off the Gulf of Siam. Rating: 4 out of 6

Laem Chabang International (B & C)

7th Thailand Ranking

Laem Chabang International is the best golf course on Bangkok's Eastern seaboard, an area of Thailand that saw a boom in course development in the 1990s when bank credit was easy to come by.

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Black Mountain

8th Thailand Ranking

Opened in 2007 and designed by Phil Ryan of Pacific Coast Design, the course at Black Mountain Golf Club is situated near the small town of Hua Hin and it quickly established itself as one of the best layouts in Thailand.

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Description: Opened in 2007 and designed by Phil Ryan of Pacific Coast Design, the course at Black Mountain Golf Club is situated near the small town of Hua Hin and it quickly established itself as one of the best layouts in Thailand. Rating: 4.6666666666667 out of 6

Blue Canyon (Canyon)

9th Thailand Ranking

The Canyon course at Phuket’s Blue Canyon Country Club is one of Asia’s more exacting golfing examinations. It is not possible to play poorly here and score well.

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Description: The Canyon course at Phuket’s Blue Canyon Country Club is one of Asia’s more exacting golfing examinations. It is not possible to play poorly here and score well. Rating: 4.75 out of 6

Santiburi - Chiang Rai

10th Thailand Ranking

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...

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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