Golf in Northern Thailand

Golf enthusiast from all over the world are travelling to the great North of Thailand to experience what is some of the best golf Asia has to offer. Laid out around the capital of Chiang Mai, Thailands second largest city is approximately 11 excellent courses all within 30 – 60 minutes drive.

It was recently the Golf travel association focused its attention on Chiang Mai as many golf tour operators from around the world gathered for the 5th Annual Golf Tourism Convention. As a direct result of this event Golf travel is predicted to rise by an unprecedented 25% over the next two years in the North of Thailand.

Golf tour operators have played a big part in growing golf tourism in Thailand over the past few years and for travelling golfer, choosing the right company makes the experience much more enjoyable while golfing in Thailand. A large presence at this year’s convention was “CocoGolf” a well established Golf tour operator that have been hosting golfers in Thailand for over 20 years and from hotel to tee off provide a first class service and cater for all travel and leisure during your holiday.

One course many golfers travel to Chiang Mai to play is “Chiang Mai Highlands”, considered by some as the jewel of Chiang Mai’s golf courses. Its a course that has beautifully captured Chiang Mai surrounding’s hills and rolling landscapes and is perfectly capable to host world professional tournaments. Requiring some strategy navigating the bunkers and water hazards may test even the most skilled of golfers, the challenge will be worth it as each hole offers a new and interesting challenge. After your game enjoy the great facilities in the clubhouse and a drink and delicious meal in the restaurant. A perfect day golfing in Chiang Mai.

 

If we head further South an hour or so outside Chiang Mai in a tranquil, rural setting of orchards, canyons and woodland lies Lamphun’s Gassan Legacy a 72 par course with wide fairways and island greens set around a lush landscape and unique clubhouse towering high overlooking this beautiful course. A newly renovated course it has now been transformed into one of the best conditioned courses in the area.

After spending a few days golfing in Chiang Mai why not venture further north towards the Golden Triangle and the magnificent city of Chiang Rai, The journey from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai can be taken by road and arranged with your Golf Tour Operator. Stop for a buffet lunch along the way and even take the option of travelling down the breathtaking Thaton river by boat, here you will see villages of people and wildlife living harmoniously in their natural environment.

There are 2 main golf courses close to Chiang Rai and Santiburi Golf Course should be at the top of your list to play in Thailand. It is home to many championship events, yet very enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels. There are many natural features on this course including 2 large lakes and rolling hills, each hole cleverly designed into the contours of the valleys. Most greens are protected by bunkers and there are several good dogleg holes. Santiburi is in immaculate condition all year round and rated by many travelling golfers as “The best golf course they have ever played!”

So why not start planning your next golfing adventure to the magnificent North of Thailand, discover the many amazing courses in the area and create a memory you will treasure for years to come.

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