Siam Country Club, Old Course – 18 holes par 72 (7016 yards)
(Thai home of the LPGA Tour)
Siam Country Club Old Course is one of the more famous Thailand golf courses – it was the first privately owned golf course in the country. Since reopening in 2007 after major renovations, the golf course has hosted several international golf tournaments including the annual Honda LPGA Classic. As expected the course is impeccably maintained and kept in excellent playing condition year round.
Khao Kheow Country Club – 27 holes par 72/36 (7077 yards)
(Pattaya’s only Pete Dye designed course)
The Khao Kheow 27-hole golf course is located in the heart of the Pattaya golf corridor on the way to Bangkok and the Suvanabhumi International Airport. Like so many of the Eastern Seaboard’s courses the Khao Kheow Country Club is set in a valley between 2 hills and strong sea breezes are prevalent most afternoons. The course plays quite long and the elevation changes between holes is a welcome differentiating point compared to the other flatter courses in the surrounding area.
In typical Pete Dye design fashion, careful shot making is required to overcome not only the windy conditions but also to take into account the numerous large ponds, bunkers and hills that surround the well-manicured fairways. Greens are heavily undulating which makes precise putting a key to scoring well. Special emphasis on green maintenance insures year-round good putting conditions, which helps Khao Kheow Country Club stand out from the other Pattaya golf courses.
Siam Country Club, Waterside Course – 18 holes par 72 (7407 yards)
(top layout, first class service, and great finishing holes)
The Siam Country Club Waterside Course is the third layout from Siam Country Club in Pattaya. The Waterside Course features gently sloping terrain, making it very different from the hillier Siam Country Club Old and Plantation Courses. Spread out over 200 acres the golfer friendly course is of the same championship quality and 5-star experience as its other two big brothers next door.
Environmental waste areas and straightforward holes are the emphasis of most holes at the Waterside Course. Course design is strategic with several lakes and creeks in play.
Laem Chabang International Country Club – 27 holes par 72/36 (7065 yards)
(Nicklaus design is among Thailand’s best)
Laem Chabang Golf Club is a picturesque Jack Nicklaus designed championship course. It is considered the best layout in Pattaya and truly one of Thailand’s finest. Laem Chabang is made up of 27 holes on 700 acres and makes use of 3 types of features which characterize each of the 9 holes. This handiwork is widely hailed by critics for the unique usage of the land’s mixed terrain of mountains, lakes and river valleys which are lovely as well as functional. Each type of terrain corresponds to a 9-hole course in a unique way, and as such; each one is named Mountain, Lake and Valley.
The rolling hills of the surrounding countryside have been used to great effect, and hazards to stop you reaching greens are in abundance. Not only does the course have a lot of bunkers, sand traps and water hazards, there are also a lot of natural hazards in the shape of exposed rock formations, lakes, ponds and creeks. Cleverly shaped holes skirt water hazards and tall coconut trees. Every tee is signed with a board describing a distinctive tree or shrub planted nearby to give the course a unique floral emphasis. The large, undulating greens are mostly elevated and protected by wide bunkers.