Santiburi Samui Country Club is an impressive 6,881-yard golf course stretching along the hills of Samui’s northern coastline, seamlessly integrating with the island’s natural habitat. This masterpiece of a golf course, designed by Piirapon Namatra and Edward Thiele, is widely regarded as one of the best conceived, and conditioned golf courses in Asia. The Par 72 course with spectacular elevation changes, ranging from 30 to 190 meters above sea level offers an aesthetic feast for the golf connoisseur and it’s no wonder the Bangkok Open is held here.
The Royal Samui Golf & Country Club, is making waves of its own with its breathtakingly designed course unfolding across a mountain top in Lamai, steeped in wrap around views for that unique golfing experience.
Bophut Hills Country Club, is a well thought out 9 hole, par 3 course, elegantly designed on the hillside in the jungle interior. This course is particularly suited to beginners and groups before choosing to move on to the larger courses on the island.
Santiburi Samui Country Club
Samui has had a Championship Golf course since 2003 when the Santiburi Samui Country Club opened, located on a hillside on the northern coast.
Santiburi is one of the most challenging and picturesque golf courses in Asia with Tifeagle greens and Seashore Paspalam on the tees and fairways which are maintained in outstanding condition all year round. It hosts the Bangkok Air Open which is an Asian Tour event with many of Asia’s top players taking part.
Waterfalls and creeks run through the land adding lush, natural beauty with the hills providing a serene backdrop. The dominant features of the course are the huge elevation changes (up and down), spectacular tee shots, and stunning views from the highest parts of the course over Maenam Beach and neighbouring Koh Phangan.
Green fees are high by Thai standards (around Baht 4000), although currently they offer discounted prices on Mondays and Wednesdays. This level of green fee however means that the course is generally lightly used which assists in keeping the course in immaculate condition and there is rarely any difficultly in obtaining a tee time at short notice.
For more detailed information visit www.santiburi.com
A much more recent arrival is the Royal Samui Golf & Country Club, Koh Samui’s second championship golf course.
Royal Samui is located atop a mountain in the Lamai Beach area Royal Golf & Country Club and also presents spectacular views towards Chaweng, Lamai, the surrounding islands, and even the Thai mainland from practically every point on the golf course. Again this is a challenging golf course but the views are always sufficient to ensure that spirits do not flag even after a box of lost balls.
For more detailed information visit www.rsgcc.co.th
For those looking for a less demanding layout, there is the beautifully designed 9 hole par 3 layout at Bophut Hills Country Club opened in Bophut in 2007. Whilst by no means a Championship course, Bophut Hills Country Club is a nicely constructed bit of fun and well worth the visit, especially for holidaymakers staying in one of the main tourist areas.
For more detailed information visit www.bophuthillsgolf.com