New Zealand Golf Magazine - - FEATURE -

Dis­cover Thai­land’s best-kept se­cret - thou­sands of per­fectly man­i­cured golf greens and amaz­ing in­ter­na­tional-stan­dard golf cour­ses set in lush rain­for­est and abun­dant green­ery. Boast­ing stun­ning views of tem­ples and the Gulf of Thai­land, the Royal Hua Hin Golf Club is an ex­pe­ri­ence for the senses. Hua Hin is also home to Springfield Royal Coun­try Club, de­signed by Jack Nick­laus and boasts 27 holes of cham­pi­onship golf. With moun­tain, lake and val­ley cour­ses, the course’s pic­turesque beauty be­lays its chal­leng­ing as­pects are sure to test the ex­pe­ri­enced golfer. Pop­u­lar Phuket is best-known for its beaches and the award-win­ning Blue Canyon Coun­try Club, which is a top pick among golfers and re­garded among the best in Asia. In Chon­buri, Laum Cha­bang was de­scribed by as “uniquely Asian” and “a great golf­ing ex­pe­ri­ence”. Also de­signed by Jack Nick­laus, its greens com­prise of three nine-hole loops with moun­tain, lake and val­ley themes. Bangkok’s Alpine Golf Club’s 18-hole lay­out al­ready has a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing among the na­tion’s best, and is lo­cated only an hour’s drive from the city cen­tre. Ex­tremely well­main­tained, this course fea­tures light­ning-fast greens and un­du­lat­ing fair­ways and has also pre­vi­ously hosted the 13th Asian Games and the 2000 John­nie Walker Clas­sic, which was won by Tiger Woods. Come and get spoilt for choice as moun­tains, plains, plateaux and the penin­sula meet to cre­ate a de­li­ciously ex­cit­ing golf­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in Thai­land and dis­cover its rich cul­ture, world fa­mous cuisines and nat­u­ral beau­ties for mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences off the golf course.

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