Surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, Chiang Mai is the perfect place for a golf holiday. Bangkok, Phuket, Hua Hin and Pattaya receive much attention, but many people outside the country may not know that Chiang Mai is a hidden pearl for golf enthusiasts. Here is the list of Chiang Mai best golf courses for you to try out for your next holiday in Thailand.
Chiang Mai has a calm and laid back atmosphere compared to other regions of Thailand. Situated on an elevation of more than 300 metres, surrounded by mountains and green lush countryside, Chiang Mai is a great place for a relaxing holiday. The best thing in Chiang Mai for golfers is that most of the golf courses are within an hour from the city centre which make staying in this region a golfer’s dream. Combined with lots of activities to do for those who do not play golf make Chiang Mai a great golf destination.
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Best time to visit
Before choosing the best golf courses in Chiang Mai, you should be aware when is the best time to visit.The dry season falls between November to April and between November and February is the coolest weather and thus the best time to visit. If you plan to visit during December and January and play golf early in the morning or in the evening, you may want to bring some extra clothing with you since the temperatures can be much cooler than you would expect. The wet season is between May and October, with the most rainfall during August and September.
Chiang Mai Highland Golf and Spa Resort
Just 30 minutes from the city, the drive to Highlands from Chiang Mai leads through the stunning landscape of rice fields and plantations into the mountains. The course is located in the scenic hills and is breathtaking in every direction.
Having started as an 18-hole golf course, an additional 9 holes were added in 2015. Bunkers are the key hazard and feature over 130 times on fairways and close to the greens. Water also plays a significant part on the fairways. Many of the greens are undulating and slope from front to back, so you must plan your approach shots carefully, to avoid difficult putting.
Alpine Golf Resort
The Alpine Golf is definitely one of the best golf courses in Chiang Mai and is set in a beautiful valley with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. Alpine Golf boasts the 27-hole international championship golf course, divided into 3 courses, Course B-3,712 yards and Course C- 3,702 yards, designed by Mr. Ron M Garl, the world famous designer winning.
The location of the golf course makes it convenient to continue sightseeing in San Kamphaeng district. Why not make a visit at Mae Kampong Village and San Kamphaeng Thermal Springs.
Gassan Khuntan Golf & Resort
Gassan Khuntan Golf & Resort is located in the Doi Khuntan national Park which has many historical sites to boast of such as the Khuntan Tunnel and the Khuntan Railway Bridge. Challenging and it has impressive views of both sides of Doi Khuntan. This well built course manipulates a river, set in tall trees with undulating greens and crowned fairways even the best of golfers will find challenging. For the experienced golfer who wishes to take on a lot of water or risk a short cut over many bunkers, this is the perfect course to test their abilities; however for the novice golfer this course can really improve your confidence. The course is set out over 7,062 yards and it has a par of 72 over 18 holes. Below our fees is a brief description of the course.
For those who want to have other activities, it is easy to spend your vacation with eco friendly adventure activities such as camping, trekking and mountain biking.
North Hill Golf Chiang Mai
North Hill Golf Club, an 18 hole golf course is only 15 minutes from Chiang Mai International Airport. The course features some quite tricky and fast greens and plenty of water hazards. These aspects combine to provide some challenging play, but not too difficult for beginners to enjoy. A bonus is the superb golfing greens which are lit at night.
North Hill Golf Club has been designed for strategic play and its lush green tee boxes, fairways and greens will inspire you to play a better round of golf. The course is not that long so it is ideal for players of all standards.
The views of the adjacent Doi Suthep – Doi Pui National Park are perhaps not quite as picturesque as some of the other mountain golf courses. but North Hill Golf Club makes up for it with its close proximity to the city and airport – as a result it’s a popular choice for visiting players.
Summit Green Valley
About 20 minutes from Chiang Mai near Mae Rim, The Summit Green Valley course features hundreds of palm trees surrounding beautifully kept fairways and greens, with views of the mountains beyond.
Unlike most urban golf courses, Summit Green Valley is challenging and a pleasure to play. With a series of scenic lake, overlapping hills and sand bunkers strategically place throughout the breathtaking fairway
And for those wanting a different challenge, the course is equipped with high quality lighting for night golf.
Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort
The Royal Chiang Mai Golf Course was designed by Peter Thompson, five times British Open Champion. The design resembles a traditional British Parkland course. It is heavily tree-lined and water hazards are in play on almost every hole.
AT THE RESORT-Mountain Biking, Fishing, Jogging, Snooker, Swimming, Traditional massage, Gym, Sauna, Cricket and Gourmet Cuisine RCMGR is the Northern home of The Thailand Cricket Association and is the most picturesque Cricket Pitch in Asia. The Club hosts National and International Cricket events from October to March.
Mae Joe Golf Resort & Spa
Located just 20 minutes from Chiang Mai Center, the18-Hole par 72 course was thoroughly designed to blend in beautifully with its natural terrains and spectacular surroundings. The course layouts, which were thoroughly designed based on maximum safety and risk-reward approach, provides challenging but fair play to both amateurs and professional golfers. Each hole has a unique design and requires different game plan to shoot for a par.