Phuket Golf Courses
huket has eight fine golf courses, all of which have been designed to take full advantage of the island’s tropical climate and unique topography. Many visitors come solely to play golf around the beautiful landscaped courses, which make use of the local abundance of water and trees to full effect. Many of the courses and nearby hotels ensure that accompanying family members rarely complain about being left to laze by the pool or on the beach. Standards are high, ensuring that the greens are green and the holes are challenging enough to stretch new and experienced players alike. Some of the courses have even been used for international competitions and world championships.
Blue Canyon Country Club
Blue Canyon Country Club is set on 730 acres of land in a secluded valley overlooking Phuket’s famous hills. It is one of the premier courses in Phuket, and it features two courses: the Canyon Course and the Lake Course. The Canyon course is championship-class, regarded as among the best in Asia and with a string of awards to prove it. Set in a natural environment, the course has room to expand if the long-hitting trend continues. Water comes into play at 10 holes. There are more than 80 bunkers. The Lakes is aptly named, and it has larger greens. Water comes into play at 17 holes and there are about 36 bunkers. Both courses share a large clubhouse with first-class amenities that overlooks a verdant rolling valley. The greens run fast and true on the Canyon and the putting surfaces are a little larger on the Lakes. When the wind blows, the degree of difficulty increases considerably. Stray into the rough on the Canyon and the penalty is likely to be a little more severe than on the Lakes.
Red Mountain Golf Club
Opened in 2007 in Phuket’s Kathu district, Red Mountain Golf Club is located on what used to be a tin mine right next to its sister golf course – Loch Palm Golf Club – and has become one of the favourite courses in Phuket. Red Mountain golf landed its name from the mesa-style appearance of its landscape, made up of red soil, granite rocks, hills, and vegetation. Located only 15mn by car from Phuket Town and Patong Beach, it is a great place – far from it all on a busier and busier island. The 224 hectare 18-hole course is a par 72 with a total length of 6,781 yards. The clubhouse is a modern building with a restaurant terrace overlooking the superb natural surroundings and two of the 18 holes.