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 April 2020. Click the link to read the story.