Sea Pines Golf Course
18 holes par 72 (7305 yards)
Sea Pines Golf Course Information
|Designer:||Major General Weerayudth Phetbuasak|
|Holes / Par / Yardage:||18 holes par 72 (7305 yards)|
20 minutes from Hua Hin on Suan Son Pradiphat Beach
7 kilometers South of Hua Hin
|Closed on:||Open everyday|
|Max. golfers per group:||Weekday: 5 |
|Golf Cart:||THB 600|
|Golf Set:||THB 1000|
|Golf Shoes:||THB 200|
(exciting links-style course on the Gulf of Thailand)
Sea Pines Golf Course (also known as the Army Golf Club II) plays along the Gulf of Thailand in the Suan Son Pradiphat (Sea Pine Tree Garden). The Royal Forestry Department originally owned the Hua Hin golf course track before being taken over by the Royal Thai Army under the rule of Field Marshall Sarit Thanarat, who served as prime minister of Thailand during 1957-1963.
The majority of the Sea Pines area houses bracken pine trees enriched by the beauty of oceans and mountains. The army originally developed the site as a form of retreat for serving soldiers and veterans and their families.
The Sea Pines course layout has been developed to provide golfers with a wide variety of challenge. Depending on wind conditions, the course can play from relatively easy to very difficult. The course design includes six holes lying on the beachside and the rest of the holes towards the mountains divided by the railroad.
The par-5 12th hole is one of the most challenging, as the design affords it protection in the form of fairway bunkers and a water hazard along the right-hand side. Moreover, a small bunker located towards the middle of the fairway, creates a dilemma – go for a driver from the tee, or ‘play it safe’ by opting for a ‘lay-up’ approach?
Down the stretch, sea breeze comes into play, and the three final holes are among the best in Hua Hin. The 16th is a dogleg par-5 that requires a drive to a narrow fairway down the hill to avoid water hazards on both sides. The toughest part of this hole is the approach shot. A player has to decide whether to cut over the water/bunker onto the sloping green or take a safe route to the left side of the fairway.
The signature 17th is a par-3 which encompasses a spectacular ocean view background. The tee shot is all carry over water to a wide undulating peninsula green that is well protected by beach bunker in both front and back. Any shot missing long or short will find the sand; so play to the center of the green. The 17th plays tougher depending on the wind and pin placement.
The par-4 finishing hole is among the most difficult on the course A canal creates a major hazard that requires a drive over 220 yards to reach the fairway. A safe lay-up approach with a fairway wood is also an option for a solid par.
A modern clubhouse overlooking the Gulf of Thailand serves up some great Thai food. The municipal golf course is a good value. However, Hua Hin golf visitors must take note that Army officers and their guests have priority and others should be prepared to yield should their tee times overlap. Therefore, those on a tight schedule or in a hurry are advised to check on course crowdedness ahead of time or a play elsewhere.
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