Katathong Golf Resort & Spa
18 holes par 72 (7023 yards)
Katathong Golf Resort & Spa Information
|Designer:||Local Thai Designer|
|Holes / Par / Yardage:||18 holes par 72 (7023 yards)|
North of Phuket in Phang Nha Province
1 hour from Phuket Airport and two hours from Patong
|Closed on:||Open everyday|
|Max. golfers per group:||Weekday: 5 |
|Golf Cart:||THB 700 (compulsory)|
|Golf Set:||THB 1500|
|Golf Shoes:||THB 250|
|Facilities:||Accommodation, Golf Academy, Restaurants, Spa, Swimming Pool|
(challenging course and scenic layout)
Katathong Golf Resort & Spa features an 18-hole regulation course that is as difficult as any in Thailand. The site is located in a valley in Phang Nga Province in the south of Thailand. It takes around 1 hour to reach by car from Phuket.
As with many of the Phuket golf courses, Katathong was originally developed as a time mine in the 15th century. However, the site was abandoned in the 1900’s when the global demand for tin dropped and other more commercially viable deposits were discovered. Fortunately the site was left vacant and the open cast mines left to be rediscovered as an ideal golf course location. In fact, there are some authentic mining equipment leftover from the former tin mine littering many of the fairways.
Katathong golf course offers mountain views from every part of the course. Most holes follow the natural contours of the land and feature undulating hills and are routed through natural waterfalls and streams. Fairways are not long, but are very narrow and reward straight shots over distance. The par-3’s holes are all up-and-down and offer significant elevation changes. Greens are for the most part flat with subtle breaks. Some have multiple tiers.
The Katathong best and most difficult holes include the par-5 fourth. This longish hole plays with hazards on both sides of the fairway. Hit right and balls go down the ravine. Left is not much better with trees and bunkers. The approach shot is even more difficult as an accurate long iron or hybrid is needed to avoid the blind bunker complex surrounding the green.
The Katathong signature hole is the par-3 tenth. At 215 yards and from an elevated tee to a small island green this hole is as difficult as they come. Anything off line is sure to end up with a lost ball and double bogey, if not more.
The 16th is probably the most scenic hole on the Katathong course. A tee shot across one of the old open cast tin mines makes for a good photo opportunity. Make sure to catch it flush as most balls do not carry the ditch that separates the tees from the fairway. Once on the fairway, the shot into the green is just as difficult as the green is elevated and only a small portion of the tiered putting surface is visible.
Facilities at Katathong include putting and chipping areas for practice. The course is walkable, but due to the hot humid year round weather carts are compulsory.
The large clubhouse is designed in local Sino-Portuguese architectural style and decorated with memorabilia from the mining era. Service is adequate and the restaurant really the only choice in the area for a meal after golf.
Future plans call for a medication center to be built at Katathong centered on a large red sandstone sitting Buddha. This is a great photo opportunity for all visiting golfers and is sure to make fellow golfers back home very jealous of a great day golfing in Thailand.
Katathong Golf Resort is ideally suited for those staying in nearby Khao Lak, Krabi, or Phang Nha areas. From Phuket it is a bit of a drive and is best for those golfers looking for some nice photos and change from the usual Phuket course line-up.
You can also combine this golf course with other courses for your next golf holiday.
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