Phuket Golf Courses
Red Mountain Golf Club
The Red Mountain course is possibly Phuket’s most exciting course, where variety is the spice of life. Jonathan Morrow designed the 6,905-yard course, taking full advantage of the striking undulations of the former tin mine. Each hole along this course is varied: greens are small and large; some have soft contours and some have extreme drops in elevation. The landscape is further shaped by stormy erosion, making for impressive rock displays and gullies. A selection of water hazards and well-placed bunkers add extra challenge. The club is 15 minutes away from Patong and Karon beaches.
Blue Canyon Country Club, Canyon Course
The Blue Canyon Club Canyon Course is set an old tin mine, 40 minutes out of Patong Beach. It makes use of the rolling uneven ground that is a result of its mining days. The 7,179-yard course designed by Yoshikazu Kato has other evidences of the tin mines: the streams that run throughout are rust-coloured and the cliff faces of the canyon that show red and white tin ore will impress you. The layout includes several tricky holes that will be sure to challenge you. The clubhouse has a selection of restaurants, a well-stocked shop, and massage and spa facilities.
Blue Canyon Country Club, Lakes Course
The Blue Canyon Lakes Course is a rolling, well-kept course, 50 minutes away from Patong Beach. The rolling land is largely natural, as are the many water-filled canyons.
The water hazards at the Lakes Course will certainly challenge you; many a player has lost their golf balls to its depths. This course, though, offers fewer blind shots than the Canyon Course, and can be enjoyed of players of all skill levels. The 18th hole, neighboured by lush jungle growth, is one of the best finishing holes in Thailand.
Laguna Phuket Golf Club
The Laguna Phuket Golf Club is a 6,768-yard course designed by Max Wexler. It’s a quick 20 minutes away from Patong Beach, so it’s perfect for making the most of the day in the area. The course was redesigned in 2014, and now offers a more challenging game – though it remains a good choice for players of all levels. The rolling layout includes tiered fairways, natural water hazards and lots of large trees. There are few bunkers, but they are laid skillfully to add a good challenge. The clubhouse offers a great restaurant and bar, and spa and massage facilities.
Loch Palm Golf Club
The Loch Palm is a 6,555-yard course only 15 minutes away from both Paton and Karon beaches. It’s designed by Dr. Sukitti Klangvisai. As the name suggests, the layout features plenty of water hazards and plenty of palm trees to add a challenge to your game. The course rolls gently; the back nine is more undulating than the first. It has recently been redesigned to include more undulation. The bunkers are well placed, and players of all levels can enjoy the course.