There are many places in the world which are good for a golf holiday but none are more suitable than Hua Hin.
This resort town on the Gulf of Thailand is ideal for a golf break. It is located in the Province of Prachuap Khiri Khan and can easily be reached from Bangkok. For those flying in for a Hua Hin holiday from outside of Thailand, landing in Bangkok and making the short 2 hour journey to Hua Hin is the best way to travel.
However, if you don’t mind a slower pace, you could travel between Bangkok and Hua Hin by train. You will arrive at the historic Hua Hin train station, which doubles as a tourist attraction. On arrival you will be very close to Royal Hua Hin Golf Course, the oldest 18-hole international golf course in the country.
When booking Hua Hin golf holidays, you need to pay attention to the climate. The tropical climate can be enjoyed all year round but the best time to visit for a Hua Hin golf holiday is between November and February. This is the cool season and the weather is also dry so you can guarantee plenty of time on the golf course.
If you like playing when it is hot, you can book Hua Hin golf holidays between March and May. However, June to October is when the weather can turn wet, with September often being the wettest month and perhaps one to avoid.
Having become a fashionable getaway destination for people working in Bangkok, there are many options in terms of accommodation in Hua Hin. You could stay in one central hotel or resort during your entire Hua Hin golf holiday and make the short trip out to the various golf courses. Due to the proximity of the golf courses to central Hua Hin, there is no need to transfer between different accommodation if you would prefer to stay in one place.
However, many of the golf courses offer their own accommodation so if you would rather base yourself at a golf course, that is also an option. Either way, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation when booking Hua Hin golf holidays.
Now we come to the most exciting part of planning a Hua Hin golf holiday and that’s the golf courses themselves. There are over ten fabulous golf courses in Hua Hin and you could include any of them on an itinerary and have a great time. However, there are a few which deserve a special mention and should be regarded as a must-play when staying in Hua Hin.
The first of which, as mentioned above, you will see on arrival if you travel from Bangkok by train. Royal Hua Hin Golf Course opened for play in 1924 and was constructed for the needs of the railway workers and the Thai upper classes who were living in the area at the time. As one would expect from an historic golf course, Royal Hua Hin is not the most modern golf facility in Hua Hin but no golf holiday is complete without treading the tree-lined fairways of this tremendous course.
The course has seen plenty of improvements over the years, with a major renovation in the 1980’s but remains true to the original design and layout. It’s a great place to begin a Hua Hin golf holiday.
Some of the top rated golf courses in Thailand can be found in Hua Hin. The Banyan Golf Club is a great example and this should be included on every Hua Hin golf holiday. When this course was created in 2008, it went on to win the award for Best New Course in Asia the following year and has maintained the same high standards ever since.
Known as being one of the most natural golf courses in the country, The Banyan Golf Club has six tee boxes on each hole, meaning every player in your group can enjoy a round regardless of ability. Waste bunkers and water make up the bulk of the hazards and look out for the pineapple groves, which can come into play if you stray too far away from the fairway.
From one top Hua Hin golf course to another and Black Mountain is a beauty. Established in 2007, Black Mountain is just 30 minutes from Hua Hin but set in a dramatic landscape of black granite mountains. This golf course played host to the first European Tour event in Thailand and continues to host some of the biggest golf tournaments in the country.
A new set of 9 holes opened in 2016 to expand the total offering to 27 holes. Many of the holes come with risk/reward options and having a sound strategy can go a long way to a successful round of golf at Black Mountain.
One of the favourite golf courses with the locals in Hua Hin is Springfield Royal Country Club. This 27-hole golf course is designed by Jack Nicklaus and much like many of the golf courses is just 30 minutes away from central Hua Hin. Water comes into play on a regular basis and the back nine is a good test, with large waste bunkers waiting to catch wayward tee shots.
In addition to the four golf courses highlighted above, you could play at Kaeng Krachan Country Club, Lake View Golf Club, Majestic Creek Country Club, Palm Hills Golf Club and Sea Pines Golf Course to name but a few.
Hua Hin golf holidays are always fantastic, thanks to the choice of quality golf courses, accommodation, off course activities and climate.