Pattaya Golf Courses | Play Golf in Pattaya
The choice of Pattaya golf courses makes the Eastern Seaboard area of Thailand a very popular destination for golf holidaymakers from around the world. With over 20 courses to choose from, Pattaya is one of the most diverse areas for playing golf in Thailand.
Many Thai golfers from Bangkok reside here in their weekend homes. Several fine international restaurants from Bangkok also have sister operations in Pattaya. Sensing the demand for more upscale accommodations many international 5-star hotels have opened in Pattaya, thus providing lodging alternatives at every price point and standard of luxury. The resorts provide plenty of relaxation and allow all golfers to enjoy a golf holiday in Pattaya. [Read more about Golf in Pattaya]
(fast greens & lots of variety; watch out for the monkeys!)
Bangpra initially built in 1958, was one of the first golf courses in the Pattaya area. Then in 1988, the layout and facilities were updated entirely as a joint venture between the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Japan Golf Professional. Bangpra was the first project as a purposely built golf facility to promote golf tourism in Thailand and today remains one of the more mature Pattaya golf courses.
(former members-only courses & site of 2010 Thailand Open)
Burapha Golf Club, previously a members-only course, has hosted several professional tournaments including the 2010 Thailand Open and several Singha Thailand Championships. The 36 holes at Burapha have been designed to take full advantage of the beauty of the land and its natural features - lakes, hills, palms trees and tropical vegetation, all skillfully landscaped.
Designed by Americans Gary Panks and David Graham; Burapha Golf Club is laid out on hilly terrain.
(mountainous course with excellent conditioning, views, and layout)
Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao Chanthaburi (former Soi Dao Highland) is a country golf course off the beaten track from the main tourist areas of Thailand. The 18-hole Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao Chanthaburi is located in Khao Soi Dao Mountains and near to the border with Cambodia. It takes around 2 hours to reach the golf course from Pattaya or Bangkok.
(premium links-style course)
Chee Chan Golf Resort, designed by Golfplan – Dale & Ramsey Golf Course Architects, offers golfers the chance to play on one of the most beautiful modern courses in Asia. Located in the shadows of the famed Khao Chee Chan Buddha and providing views of the nearby resort city of Pattaya, Jomtien, and the Gulf of Thailand, Chee Chan is as visually stunning as it is a golfing challenge.
The land and the surrounding environment are gently rolling hills and in contrast to other Pattaya golf courses, provide more of “Scottish Highlands” playing experience.
(lush fairways, palms and chance at a good score!)
The 27-hole Crystal Bay Golf Resort course designed by Thai Takenaka and opened for play in 1988 under the original name of Natural Park Resort. From 2010 to 2016 it was owned by and operated under the Legacy golf group of properties. The Pattaya golf course is now a stand-alone golf resort 45 minutes from Pattaya and 1.
(strategic Robert Trent Jones Jr. course)
The links-style course at Eastern Star, located near the Gulf of Thailand, is one of only five courses in Thailand designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The Pattaya golf course is set on 530 acres of land and meanders through lovely residential areas of Eastern Star Country Club & Resort.
The course’s wide fairways and hundreds of palm trees make it a popular local favorite.
(challenging Faldo/Muirhead course with rolling fairways)
The Emerald is a real country golf course. Named Ban Chang initially and then Rayong Century Golf Club the course is set into the mountains just outside Rayong. The Emerald Golf Club is one of the lesser-known Pattaya golf courses.
(enjoyable Peter Thomson parkland layout)
The Greenwood Golf & Resort makes heavy use of flowing fauna and extensive landscaping. Located among the tree-lined hills the course and backdrop are very scenic.
Designed by Peter Thomson, five times British Open champion, and Michael Wolverine, Greenwood is a thinking man’s, British style course with many unique features.
(Pattaya's only Pete Dye-designed course)
The Khao Kheow 27-hole golf course’s location is the heart of the Pattaya golf corridor on the way to Bangkok and the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Like many of the Pattaya courses, Khao Kheow Country Club sits in a valley between hills. The course plays quite long, and the elevation changes between holes is a welcome differentiating point compared to the other flatter courses in the surrounding area.
(Nick Faldo course in rural settings)
King Naga Golf Club was formerly known as Century Golf & Country Club, and Great Lake Golf Club is about 30 minutes drive from Pattaya. The course is on a peninsula in the middle of the Dok Krai Reservoir. Most times of the year there are cooling breezes off the water and jungle.
(Nicklaus design is among Thailand's best)
Laem Chabang Golf Club is a picturesque Jack Nicklaus designed championship course. It is considered the best layout in Pattaya and indeed one of Thailand’s most beautiful. Laem Chabang is made up of 27 holes on 700 acres and incorporates three types of features which characterize each of the nines.
(challenging and scenic Ronald Fream design)
Mountain Shadow Golf Club, formerly the Natural Park Hill Golf Club, re-opened 2004 after a complete renovation by new owners. Located halfway between Bangkok and Pattaya, Golfplan’s Ronald Fream & David Dale designed Mountain Shadow is a beautiful course crafted out of a former mango plantation with beautiful flowers and trees providing a backdrop to each hole.
Fairways and greenskeeping are average to reasonably good.
(challenging links course)
Parichat International Golf Links is located 30 minutes from Pattaya and near to Pattaya Country Club. It takes around 1 hour from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport to reach the course for those coming from the other direction.
Opened in 2015, Parichat International Golf Links is an 18-hole course laid out on 200 acres of rolling natural terrain.
(tropical parkland course in natural surroundings)
Pattana Golf Club & Resort is one of only a few self-contained Thailand golf resorts integrating a 27-hole layout with large clubhouse, sports stadium, conference center, heliport, and on-site accommodations. Located north east of Pattaya in Chonburi Province, Pattana is accessible from both Pattaya and Bangkok. Bangsaen and Rayong beaches are located around 45 minutes from the golf resort.
(strong parkland layout, renovated in 2014)
Pattavia Century Golf Club is located 1.5 hours from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and 1 hour from Pattaya. The Pattaya golf course was originally designed by US golf architect Robert McFarland in 1996 under the Century name.
(big fairways + limited water = chance for a good score)
Pattaya Country Club is spread out on over 2,000 rai of park-like land amidst gently rolling hills and is one of the closest courses to Pattaya. The golf course is relatively easy and good for golfers of all abilities.
Several the holes feature dual fairways making for more challenging as well as for safer routes to the greens.
(site of 2018 Royal Cup European Tour and 2017-8 Ladies European Tour events)
Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club was renovated in 2015 and has since hosted the Kings Cup (European Tour) and Thailand Open (Ladies European Tour) events in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Then in 2018, Pheonix Golf hosted both the Royal Cup (Asian Tour) and Ladies European Thailand Championship (LET).
A robust Dennis Griffiths design, Pheonix plays on wooded, rolling terrain.
(interesting layout with narrow fairways and undulated greens)
Pleasant Valley Golf & Country Club located amongst the mountains north of the city of Pattaya and often gets the breezes blowing across the golf course. The Khao Kheow National Park with lakes and waterfall are located only a few minutes drive from the course. It's an excellent place for relaxation not just for golfers, but also for families.
(pride of the Royal Thai Navy makes for enjoyable golf)
The municipal Plutaluang Royal Thai Navy Golf Course opened in 1969 and is a 30 minute drive South of Pattaya towards Sattahip. The 36 holes pride of the Royal Thai Navy were constructed to take advantage of the natural beauty of the area. Set in a wooded valley with mature trees of all types, Plutaluang is a must play for nature lovers.
(picturesque and popular Peter Thomson course)
Set among rolling hills near the Gulf of Thailand, Rayong Green Valley is one of the most picturesque and famous golf courses in Pattaya. Located some 45 minutes from central Pattaya, the Peter Thomson designed parkland course is mature, well-kept, and reasonably priced.
The layout at Green Valley features an inspired design that makes full use of the original plan to create an enjoyable and testing round of golf for players at every level.
(Thai home of the US LPGA)
Siam Country Club Old Course is one of the more famous Thailand golf courses. Originally designed by Japanese architect Ichisuke Izumi, Siam Country Club was just the country's second course when it opened in 1970. In those days, heavily contoured greens, large overhanging trees, and gentle bunkering characterized the course.
(spectacular Pattaya course is a must-play, 2015 Thailand Open venue)
The Siam Country Club Plantation Course is simply an amazing golf course. Home to the 2009 US LGPA and the 2015 Thailand Open, the Pattaya course plays as difficult as any golf course in Thailand. Nothing was spared by designers Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley.
(premium course with rolling hills is world-class)
The Siam Country Club’s Rolling Hills Course is located 2.5 kilometers past the Waterside Course on the way to Chee Chan Mountain. The Brian Curley designed track makes use of traditional elements more commonly found on mature parkland courses which have stood the test of time.
(top layout, first-class service, and excellent finishing holes)
The Siam Country Club Waterside Course is the third layout from Siam Country Club in Pattaya. The Waterside Course, designed by IMG, features gently sloping terrain, making it very different from the hillier Siam Country Club Old and Plantation Courses. Spread out over 200 acres the golfer friendly course is of the same championship quality and 5-star experience as its other two big brothers next door.
(scenic course with dramatic elevation changes)
Located in Rayong, about 40 minutes from Pattaya and 2 hours from Bangkok. The course is in a rural setting near Rayong and is surrounded by hills. On-site golf lodge with recreational facilities makes it a good choice for those wanting to overnight at the course.
(unusual and exotic course with two par '6' holes)
Working with a spectacular, undulating natural topography, English born golf course architect Desmond Muirhead has created one of Pattaya's most interesting golf courses. St Andrews, built to replicate a Scottish links course, is located in Rayong, about 45 minutes from Pattaya and 2 hours from Bangkok.
The golf course offers an uncompromising challenge aimed at players with handicaps of 18 or lower.
(countryside course with low green fees)
Located 60 kilometers from Pattaya, the par-72 course at Treasure Hill opened in 1994 and is a bit further out than most of the other area courses. However, it is popular with locals and visitors looking for low green fees and an enjoyable day on the links.
Treasure Hill Golf & Country Club setting in the scenic countryside takes around 50 minutes to reach from Pattaya.
(unique course in beautiful surroundings)
Wangjuntr, a strange sounding and spelled name, is located in the hills of Rayong. The Wangjuntr Golf Club features three 'twin golf course' layouts each featuring 18 fairways and 36 greens, the same arrangement as many Japan courses. Added to this trick, Wangjuntr Golf Park has two of the most challenging and spectacular golf courses in Thailand.