Chiang Mai Golf Courses
Here's an ever expanding list of golf courses in Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand.
Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort
The Royal Chiang Mai Golf Course is an old favorite of visitors and expats in the Chiang Mai area. The course easily reachable from the city, and the drive to the course is quite scenic.
The age of the course makes for some very beautiful woodwork and an atmosphere of tranquil serenity.
Royal Chiang Mi has a mature feel about it, and mature skills are required from golfers attempting to mastering this course.
A chipping area, a putting green and a driving range are available. The pro-shop is excellent and don't miss the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort's club house: They serve wonderful meals and snacks, with Thai, Japanese and international cuisine all on offer.
Lanna Golf Club
Part of the Lanna Sports Club complex, this 27-hole golf course is just about the prettiest in Chiang Mai.
Designed by the Royal Thai Army, with views of woods and fields and the incredible Doi Suthep temple on the mountain top in the distance, golfers will enjoy the canals, streams and lakes the golf course is designed around.
Lanna Golf is close to the Chiang Mai horse race track and close to town.
The course is challenging course due to its length and the woodland that lines much of the course.
This can be a drawback as you'll sometimes have to wait for golfers ahead of you, particularly on the weekends.
Lanna Golf Club's golf course is best golfed during the week so you can avoid the many weekend golfers.
Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai
Alpine Golf Resort in Chiang Mai may the most beautiful, well-designed courses in Northern Thailand.
On 450 rai of land, the 18-hole course was designed by world-famous golf course designer, Ron M. Garl, who used the area's natural beauty to his advantage. How the back-9 holes were cut into the adjacent mountain range is exemplary course design that is both natural and visually appealing.
With wide fairways, large bunkers and difficult tree-lined areas to try to avoid, the course is challenging enough for both beginners and more experienced golfers.
The Alpine Golf Resort has a 4-star hotel offering 78 rooms that have gorgeous views of the golf course and surrounding mountains.
Check out their website too, as you can go through the course hole by hole to see what you can expect when you golf there.
Chiang Mai Highlands Resort
One of the best kept secrets in Thailand, the Chiang Mai Highlands Resort is not only inexpensive to golf at, it was also recently voted one of the Top Ten Golf Courses in Asia by a US golf website.
On this 18-hole course, there are five different tee boxes, difficult play for any level of golfer, and large greens that require real skill to be able to play well.
Chiang Mai Highlands Resort also has a world-class spa and, if you'd rather live there than just visit, you can even purchase a house overlooking the golf course.
Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf & Natural Resort
Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf Course & Nature Resort opened in 2009 near Thailand's highest mountain, Doi Inthanon.
The course is built into an old fruit orchard, obviating the need for new and artificial vegetation.
It offers views of Doi Inthanon and the surrounding mountain ranges from every hole. There are plenty of bunkers and also a few creeks meandering through the course, with water hazards in play on twelve of the eighteen holes.
The course opens fairly easily with a relaxed par-5 two par-4s that can be quite easily reached in regulation.
Holes 15 and 16 will make a challenging bump on the way to a good overall score, with 15 being an uphill hole that requires some length on all shots. Hole 16 is a bit of a relief but here the downhill hole location makes club selection crucial again.
The finishing 17th and 18th are two of best laid out and most scenic holes on the course and in the entire Chiang Mai region.
The newly built contemporary styled club house at the Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf Resort has basic locker rooms and the service personnel speak only a small amount of English.
The restaurant serves common golf fare, the beers and soft drinks are ice cold.
Sitting outside after a round with a panoramic view of both the Inthanon golf course and Doi Inthanon Mountain reinforces what golfing in Chiang Mai is all about.
Gassan Khuntan Golf and Resort
The Gassan Khuntan Golf and Resort is located in the Khuntan National Park in Northern Thailand, at a cool(ish) 500 meters above sea level.
The lush surrounding mountain ranges are very scenic, arguably on of the most mysterious landscapes in Thailand, enhanced by one of Thailand's longest railway tunnels and an impressive railway bridge.
The design of the course can be characterized as hazardous, with water, grass bunkers, sharp doglegs and isand greens.
The considerable distance from Chiang Mai makes the course relatively quiet, especially on weekdays.
Gassan Khuntan has a fully featured club house with a good restaurant, a driving range with putting and chipping green and a well-stocked pro shop.