Culture-saturated Chiang Mai is the largest city in Thailand, with some of its cheapest and most scenic golf courses. The city boasts a lengthy list of prime golf clubs and resorts to satisfy every golfer’s craving, most within a 45-minute drive.
Chiang Mai Lamphun Golf Club, located in a valley east of the city at 336 Moo 4, San Kamphaeng, Banthi Road, is a difficult course with water hazards and bunkers in unexpected places. The 9th is one of the toughest holes on the course, featuring a second shot of 100 yards across water. The 15th also offers a challenge, with a visually impaired uphill tee shot spanning 2 lakes and a bunker. The Lamphun course has ample facilities, including a driving range, locker rooms, a Thai/European restaurant, and hotel accommodations.
Located at 183/2 Chotana Road, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai Green Valley Golf Club is a long, flat course peppered with bunkers and water hazards. The best time for teeing off here is the early morning or late afternoon, as there are not many trees to offer shade. Among some of the best-conditioned and maintained fairways and greens in the area, the Green Valley Club has a driving range, locker rooms, hotel accommodations, and a Thai/European restaurant.
In sharp contrast to Green Valley, Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort is a short course focused on accuracy, containing abundant trees and foliage. The course features streams and waterfalls, as well as stunning views of the surrounding mountain range. In addition to a driving range, putting green, restaurant, and hotel accommodations, Royal Resort also offers a swimming pool, fitness center, sauna, massage facilities, and snooker. Royal Chiang Mai Resort is located at 169 Moo 5, Sansai-Prao Road, in the Sansai district.
Also in the Sansai district at 169 Moo 5, Sansai-Prao Road, Mai Jo Golf Course contains Korea Velvet greens and zoysia grass fairways. Bordered by scenic Doi Suthep mountain, Mai Jo is also directly behind the oldest agricultural college in the city, Mae Jo University. The course features a driving range, putting green, and restaurant.
Gassan Khuntan Golf and Resort can be found at 222 Moo 3, Tapladok, Maetha, in the Lamphun district. The Resort is five-star, with a jacuzzi, spa, massage facilities, two Thai/International restaurants, mountain biking, karaoke, a swimming pool, massage facilities, a banquet hall, and more. Golfers can see the surrounding Doi Khuntan National Park’s famous Railway Bridge and Khuntan Tunnel while they play, mastering island greens and doglegs all the while.
Gassan Marina Golf Club and Gassan Lake City Golf Course and Resort are also located in the Lamphun district, at 222 Moo 3, Tapladok, Maetha. The Marina Golf Club is a large course situated around the largest lake in Chiang Mai, boasting a plethora of water features and an Arabian-themed clubhouse. Other amenities include a massage service, spa, sauna, and swimming pool. Lake City requires long tee-shots and features island greens and a beautiful clubhouse, as well as a putting green, swimming pool, restaurant, and snooker room.
Lanna Golf Gourse of the Lanna Sports Centre on Chotana Road is a more family-oriented destination. Besides a 27-hole course, Lanna also features a driving range, sauna swimming pool, fitness center, tennis facilities, shooting range, restaurant, and horse riding.
Waterford Valley Resort is another scenically breathtaking course, located on a plateau at 333 Moo 5, Pa Sang, Wiang Chiangrung. Waterford Valley contains many lakes and streams, as well as a driving range, locker rooms, swimming pool, hotel resort, and restaurant.
Located at 12 Moo 3 Huadoi-Sobpao Road, Tumbon Wiang-Chai, the water-friendly Santiburi Golf Resort has a number of bunkers and dogleg holes. An 18-hole course encompassing the hills and fields of Bang-Bor, Santiburi provides a driving range, locker rooms, and restaurant.
For the pro golfer or amateur devotee of the sport, the sheer number and variety of Chiang Mai’s golf courses and resorts makes it a highly desirable golfing locale.