Mark & Stuart's tales from Thailand
By Stuart Thompson, Golf Holiday Specialist at Chaka Travel.
After such a dreadful cold and wet start to the
After a couple of hours in
My initial thoughts about the hotel were that it had a resort feel similar to some of the superb resorts I'd been to in Mauritius. After dinner and a few
Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort
After an early start and
The course has some really picturesque holes along the beach with stunning views over to the limestone islands made famous in the James Bond movie "The Man with the Golden Gun". At the
Outrigger Phuket beach
Favourite Mission Hills Golf Club
A long par 4 with water on the right and trees on the left of a narrow fairway. There is no room for error on the drive and the semi-island green requires a tricky long iron approach shot.
Mark putting out with the stunning islands in the background at Mission Hills
After a refreshing
As for the course itself from the 1st to 18th
Teeing off at the 1st Loch Palm - intimidating start
Favourite Loch Palm hole: 11th
This Par 5 is not the most exciting hole in the world but when you stand on the tee you think boy this is will take 3 good shots to get too the green.
It was about 30 minutes drive back to the hotel where we ditched the clubs and headed to the sea for a
Outrigger Beach Resort room
We were lucky to get a little lie in this morning until 0730 before having breakfast and heading off in torrential rain to Blue Canyon Golf Club and one of the courses I have heard so much about as it hosted the Johnnie Walker Classic in 2007. When you drive
After getting signed in and caddies sorted we walk past an interesting plaque showing that Tiger Woods holds the Amateur course record, now that says a lot! We played the back 9 of the Canyon course and all I can say is "WOW". Tee to green was a challenging experience and with the undulating
Tiger Woods holds the amateur course record
Favourite Blue Canyon hole: 13th
A superb risk and reward par 4 where Tiger drove the green! Your tee shot
Driving over the canyon - Tiger drove the green in 1!
It was off to Red Mountain in the afternoon, to play
Mark enjoying all of the course at Red mountain
Favourite Red Mountain hole: 18th
A wonderful par 5 with water crossing the fairway making a 3 wood the better choice off the tee, the second shot is a long iron onto a green protected front and right by
Outrigger Phuket, Red Mountain course
I have to say it was an enjoyable experience and glad that we had played it! After day 2 and another 27
Day 5 - Phi Phi Island
It was nice to get a day of rest after 54-holes in the last 2 days! We had a tour of the newly refurbished Outrigger Laguna Beach in the morning which is a fantastic resort with good size rooms and set on a lovely beach. After
I have to say it is everything I expected and just like the photos, crystal blue lagoon with a white sandy beach and
We spent a relaxing afternoon at the pool bar enjoying a few cold beers and some banter regarding the forthcoming Ashes cricket series with a few Aussies! We took a tour of the resort before an excellent dinner.
I'm sure Mark was planning his round for the next day as he didn"t want to go home defeated!
Day 6 - last day
After breakfast we took the speedboat back to Phuket and then a short transfer to the Outrigger Villas which again are very impressive. We had a 3 bed villa with private pool and this offers families or groups the chance to have a self catering option but be within the Laguna Resort area.
After a bite of lunch at the clubhouse we headed to the first tee of the Laguna Golf Club for the last 18 holes of the trip. Again I really liked this course which had a resort course feel, for anyone who has played the Belle Mare Plage course it is a similar feeling. The course is well set up and is very accommodating for golfers of all handicaps. Mark played really well on the front 9 and nearly forced a draw but I think the heat got too him in the end and I was victorious taking the trophy home on the flight winning 5 - 3.
Phi Phi Island Hillside Villa
Favourite hole - Laguna resort hole: 17th
When you stand on the tee of this challenging par 5 you have water on both sides of the fairway so the drive needs to accurate. With your 2nd and 3rd shots the water is again in play. This excellent par 5 could be a card wrecker so late in the round.
We had a drink and reflected on the fantastic 72 holes we had played in Phuket before heading back to the airport for our flights home. I have to say having been to other parts in Thailand before and played golf this has to be my favourite and cannot wait to return again sometime soon!