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.
Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club, a Dennis Griffiths design, is set on wooded, rolling terrain. This Pattaya golf course comprises three nines – Ocean, Lake and Mountain, and has magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and the Gulf of Thailand.
Burapha Golf Club, previously a members only course, has hosted several professional tournaments including the 2010 Thailand Open. 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.
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 Greenwood Golf and Resort makes heavy use of flowing fauna and extensive landscaping. Located among the tree lined hills of Chonburi the course and backdrop are very scenic.
Laem Chabang Golf Club is a picturesque Jack Nicklaus designed championship course. It is considered the best layout in Pattaya and truly one of Thailand’s finest.
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.
Pattavia Century Golf Club is located 1.5 hours from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and 1 hour from Pattaya.
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.
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 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.
Located in Rayong, about 40 minutes from Pattaya and 2 hours from Bangkok, Silky Oak shares the same location with the St Andrews 2000 Golf Club and the Rayong Green Valley Country Club. It’s distinctively named after a native of Australian tree that resembles a pine and is the main tree planted throughout the golf course.
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.
Bangpra originally built in 1958, was one of the first golf courses in the Pattaya area. Then in 1988, the course and facilities were completely updated as a joint venture between the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Japan Golf Professional Incorporated.
The 27-hole Crystal Bay Golf Resort (former Legacy Crystal Bay Golf Resort) course was designed by Japanese designed Thai Takenaka and opened for play in 1988 under the original name of Natural Park Resort. Since 2010 it is owned by and operated under the Legacy golf group of properties.
The Emerald Golf Club since rebranding in 2006 has done a good job to improve course and playing conditions to its former international standard. Originally named Ban Chang and then Rayong Century Golf Club the course is set into the mountains just outside Rayong and near to Eastern Star.
The Khao Kheow 27-hole golf course is located in the heart of the Pattaya golf corridor on the way to Bangkok and the Suvanabhumi International Airport. Like so many of the Eastern Seaboard’s courses the Khao Kheow Country Club is set in a valley between 2 hills and strong sea breezes are prevalent most afternoons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Siam Country Club Old Course is one of the more famous Thailand golf courses. When it was built in 1971, it was the first privately owned golf course in the country.
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.
Soi Dao Highland is a country golf course, but might be worth the excursion if you want to golf away from the main tourist areas of Thailand. The 18-hole Soi Dao Highland course is located in Khao Soi Dao Mountains and near to the border with Cambodia.
Wangjuntr, a strange sounding and spelled name, is located in the hills of Rayong. The Wangjuntr Golf Club features two ‘twin golf course’ layouts each featuring 18 fairways and 36 greens, the same arrangement as many Japan courses.