Northern Thailand

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More than half the nation’s seventy-six provinces are located in Northern Thailand, where this region shares a border with Myanmar to the northwest and with Laos to the northeast. It’s an expansive area that’s characterised by a landscape of densely forested mountains and a number of indigenous hill tribes still live here, each with its own language and culture.

Golf is quite thin on the ground in this region but the quality is very good so we now feature a Top 10 chart for Northern Thailand. Many of the top-rated tracks are clustered around the ancient cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, close to Myanmar, with the Robert Trent Jones Jnr course at Santiburi Country Club and the Schmidt-Curley design at Chiangmai Highlands acknowledged as the best two in this locality.

Further east, on the other side of the Phetchabun Mountains, lies the Isaan region and its premier layout is Singha Park Khon Kaen, set out on the site of the Singha Beer company’s old wastewater disposal plant. Three hundred kilometres southwest of here, only a 3-hour drive from the capital, Toscana Valley is the best of a small bunch of closely grouped golf facilities in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Northern Thailand

Santiburi - Chiang Rai

1st Northern Thailand - Best in Area

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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Chiangmai Highlands

2nd Northern Thailand - Best in Area

The Chiangmai Highlands Resort is located in the scenic hills of northwest Thailand. The Schmidt-Curley-designed golf course, which opened for play in 2005, is a shot maker's course, making full use of the rolling ground.


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Singha Park Khon Kaen

3rd Northern Thailand - Best in Area

Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club is set some 250 miles to the northeast of Bangkok and the layout was fashioned by Golf East’s Pirapon Namatra across Singha Beer’s former wastewater disposal area.


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Toscana Valley

4th Northern Thailand - Best in Area

The centrepiece of an Italian-themed residential project in Khao Yai, the private course at Toscana Valley enjoys a spectacular setting with fairways set in shady valleys surrounded by wooded hills.


5th Northern Thailand - Best in Area

Kirimaya is one of Thailand’s better golf resorts, which is set within the Khao Yai National Park. It’s billed as a top three Nicklaus Asian design that’s routed in an old fashioned out and back style.

Gassan Legacy

6th Northern Thailand - Best in Area

The original course at Gassan Lake City Golf Club (as it was known) opened for play in 2005. A decade later the layout was completely renovated by architect Lee Schmidt and the property was renamed Gassan Legacy Golf Club.

Alpine Golf Resort

7th Northern Thailand - Best in Area

The Ron Garl-designed course at the Alpine Golf Resort in Chiang Mai is an absorbing experience where forested mountains provide a dramatic backcloth. The snaking par five 4th hole will stick in the memory, at 652 yards it’s one of the longest in Thailand.


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Mountain Creek (Highland & Creek)

8th Northern Thailand - Best in Area

Mountain Creek Golf Resort & Residences boasts a 27-hole golf complex which was fashioned by Seve Ballesteros and his Trajectory Design company. The Highland and Creek nines combine to form the main 18-hole layout with the 9-hole Valley circuit in reserve.


9th Northern Thailand - Best in Area

The course at Panorama Golf and Country Club is part of a residential development in Khao Yai National Park and the tree-lined playing corridors have been expertly set out on a rolling landscape of wooded hills and verdant valleys.

Rancho Charnvee

10th Northern Thailand - Best in Area

A Bob McFarland design that debuted in 2010, the course at Rancho Charnvee Country Club enjoys a wonderfully natural setting within the Khao Yai National Park, with open, resort-style fairways allowing golfers plenty of latitude off the tee.

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