Operated by the MBK Group, a Thai conglomerate that specialises in hotels, shopping centres and other real estate developments, the mountain course at Red Mountain Golf Club is an exhilarating test of golf that was one of the first projects undertaken by the Morrow Tikkanen design company in 2004.
Situated in the heart of Phuket, next door to another MBK course called Loch Palm, the fairways at Red Mountain twist through the site of an old tin mine, with holes routed to take full advantage of dramatic rocky escarpments, thrilling elevation changes and deep flooded ravines.
Particular care was taken during construction to provide adequate drainage, ensuring the course remains in play even after heavy rainy season cloudbursts. With many of the holes literally carved from the native jungle vegetation, one or two of the fairways are tight in places so course management is all-important here.Feature holes include the par five 2nd (where the fairway narrows as it swings right towards a hidden green), the short par four 8th (which has water lying in wait on either side of the fairway) and the simply stunning par three 17th, played from a tee box perched 150 feet above the green.
We played nine rounds of golf on a golf cruise round South East Asia. Red Mountain was probably the stand out course.
It was definitely a unique Asian experience with great golf holes winding between trees, lakes and cliffs produced by the tin mine. If you’re in the area for golf it’s a must play.
Red Mountain was an absolute treat to play. We decided to play golf on a whim when on a short trip to Phuket and red mountain seemed the obvious choice. We duly rocked up with fairly low expectations but we were blown away from the very first view of the course on arrival. The 18 holes that followed didn't disappoint, in fact even having played some of the world's best courses including Muirfield, Wade Hampton, Royal County Down and Monte Rei, the next few hours were without doubt some of the most fun I've ever had on a golf course. The track is situated in unique terrain, winding its way through the undulating landscape and lakes of an old tin mine. This unique setting not only offers the architect a phenomenal chance to shape some glorious holes through the terrain, but the incredible novelty of playing in such a unique setting made the whole experience that much more memorable. There were some sublime holes requiring delicate plotting around the various lakes and canyons. Some could argue that the course may be a touch 'gimmicky', for instance the par 3 17th must have a 300foot drop to the green so clubbing is a tad tricky to put it mildly. However in terms of pure enjoyment, this course is way up there. The excellent lady caddies made the day even more fun and if I'm ever back to Phuket, playing red mountain again will be one of my top priorities!