Guide to Golfing in Hua Hin, Thailand
Thailand’s Finest Golf Destination
Only 200 kilometers south of Bangkok, Hua Hin is the first of over 260 golf courses that Thailand boasts of. It may come as a surprise to some but golfing was introduced to Thailand over a century ago by King Rama VII who built his summer retreat in Hua Hin in the early 20th century. What started as a pastime for nobles and elites has now become a favorite sport for both ordinary locals looking for a relaxing activity, and the many tourists that flock to Thailand every year.
Some of the Best Golf Courses
Hua Hin, which literally means “Stone Head”, has some of the best golf courses in the world. These include the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course, Palm Hills Golf Resorts, The Majestic Creek Country Club and Springfield Royal Country Club. However, two of the most popular golf courses in this picturesque fishing port are:
Black Mountain Golf Club: Discovered by the World in 2009 during the Black Mountain Masters competition, Black Mountain Golf Club is a luxury golf course. It is kept in competition standard throughout the year and gives first-class facilities to its members. Designed by the legendary Phil Ryan, here are some features of the golf course you may find interesting:
- 20 minutes from Hua Hin
- Site for Asian PGA tour in 2009 and 2010; and Royal Trophy in 2011
- The course has 18 holes par 72
- It is open 7 days a week throughout the year
- There is a 4 golfers per team limit both on weekdays and weekends
- Exciting for top players but at the same time very playable for regular golfers
- Large freeways for shorter hitters
Banyan Estate: Voted as the Best New Golf Course in Asia in 2009 by Asian Golf Monthly, this scenic golf course offers a panoramic view of the ocean and the majestic mountains from almost all holes. It is the perfect spot for people looking for a little quiet time enjoying their favorite sport. Credit for designing this golfers’ delight goes to Pirapon Namatra of the Golf East Co. Below are some facts about the golf course that you may find useful:
- 15 minutes away from Hua Hin
- The course has 18 holes par 72
- Open 7 days a week
- A limit of 4 golfers per team on weekdays and weekends
- Offers complimentary golf cart with GPS
- Six tee boxes for each hole
- Includes spa suites, restaurants and massage facilities
A Blend of Golfing and Relaxing
With over 400,000 golfers coming into the country every year, Thailand has been nick-named ‘The Golf Capital of Asia’. And why not! The country is dense with world class golf courses that will satisfy the pickiest of golfers.
Hua Hin offers a peaceful get away from the hustle and bustle of city-life. It’s a safe haven for locals from Bangkok and tourists coming from far and wide from the hustle and bustle of city life. The attractive surroundings include a five miles long white sand beach and beautiful mountains. One thing the town prides itself on never closing its doors to golfing – the Black Mountain Golf Club has never had to close down for a single day due to bad weather!
It is compulsory to have caddies on the golf courses. They cost an unbelievable $7-$10 per round and are well-trained and very helpful. You may be a professional golfer or an amateur – you are sure to find your perfect destination from the seven outstanding golf courses Hua Hin is home to.
Which Part of the Year has the Best Weather for Golfing?
Being a tropical city, Hua Hin has a humid weather with occasional rains. Best time to visit the popular golfing resort is from November to February. However, those coming from extreme cold climates may also enjoy it in the warmer season from March to May. The city is accessible by plane, taxi, train, bus from Bangkok. You can also reach it via boat from Phuket which is a very enjoyable ride in cooler season. Within city, you can have your hotel look after your transportation, you can hire cabs that are very affordable and easily available, or take a ride on the local rickshaw called the tuk-tuk.
So what are you waiting for? If you are a golf-enthusiast, you should already have your backpacks out. This will easily become your most memorable golfing holiday ever!