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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.

Bangpra Golf Club
(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.

Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao Chanthaburi
(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.

Chee Chan Golf Resort
(premium links-style course is world-class)
Chee Chan Golf Resort offers golfers the chance to play on one of the most beautiful modern courses. 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 links experience.

Crystal Bay Golf Club
(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.

Eastern Star Country Club & Resort
(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 favoUrite.

Emerald Golf Club
(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.

Greenwood Golf & Resort
(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.

Khao Kheow Country Club
(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.

Laem Chabang International Country Club
(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.

Mountain Shadow Golf Club
(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, the Ronald Fream designed Mountain Shadow is a very pretty course. It was crafted out of a former mango plantation with beautiful flowers and trees providing a backdrop to each hole.

Parichat International Golf Links
(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.

Pattana Golf Club & Resort
(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.

Pattavia Century Golf Club
(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.

Pattaya Country Club & Resort
(big fairways + limited water = chance for a good score)
Pattaya Country Club is spread out on over 2,000 rai of park like land amist gentle 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.

Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club
(site of 2016 Kings Cup European Tour and 2017 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.
A strong Dennis Griffiths design, Pheonix plays on wooded, rolling terrain. This 27-hole Pattaya golf course comprises three nines – Ocean, Lake and Mountain, and has magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and the Gulf of Thailand.

Pleasant Valley Golf & Country Club
(interesting layout with narrow fairways and undulated greens)
Pleasant Valley Golf & Country Club is located amongst the mountains north of the city of Pattaya and is cooled by 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 club house. It’s a great place for relaxation not only for golfers, but also for family members who like to enjoy the natural beauty of this Pattaya golf course.

Plutaluang Royal Thai Navy Golf Course
(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.

Rayong Green Valley Country Club
(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 popular 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 natural layout to create an enjoyable and testing round of golf for players at every level.

Siam Country Club, Old Course
(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.

Siam Country Club, Plantation 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

Siam Country Club, Waterside Course
(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.

Silky Oak Country Club
(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.

Photo credit: Paul Eddie Yates

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