The fantastic Phuket golf courses will allow you to explore all corners of the island. Phuket Province, that is largely made up of the island fronting the Andaman Sea, covers approximately 550 square kilometers and features seven world-class golf layouts. Whether you’re looking for first-class service, a traditional golf club environment, or stunning oceanfront holes, there will be something for every type of golfer when visiting this pearl of southern Thailand.
The golf Phuket layouts have also been designed to take full advantage of tropical trees and an abundance of water. Whether that be an approach shot over an ominous lake at Red Mountain or threading a drive down a picturesque hole at Laguna Golf Phuket that skirts the Andaman Sea coastline, you’re sure to be bedazzled.
The great thing about golf in Phuket is that you won't feel bad jetting off to play golf and leaving your accompanying family members behind as they will rarely complain from boredom. While they are relaxing by the pool or beach enjoying a cocktail in hand, you will be hitting memorable drives into a powder blue sky.
The hospitality standards both on and off the golf courses in Phuket will make you feel pampered from sunrise to sundown. Due to the many international hotels and resorts on the island, staff go through rigorous training and provide best-in-class hospitality professionalism. Furthermore, because some of the golf courses are attached with resorts, the visiting golfer will enjoy the special touches that have become common practice at 5-star hotels.
With the seven golf courses spread out across the island, you’re best suited to find a home base and then hail a taxi to one of the Phuket golf courses. The Laguna Resort area is a good potential location to set up shop for a week-long trip, with fantastic beach facilities, one course on the property, and the additional six courses within a 25 minutes taxi ride in either direction. The island’s courses are subtly hidden from main roads so make sure you hire a good driver who knows the island like the back of their hand.
Golf Phuket first burst on to the scene in 1998 when Tiger Woods out-dueled Ernie Els in an epic final day contest to capture the Johnnie Walker Classic – recognized at the time to be the major event of Asia. Hosted at Blue Canyon Country Club, the event was a star-studded gathering of the world’s best. There was also a famous photo sent around the world of Europe’s then number 1 golfer Colin Montgomerie enjoying some fun, golf in Phuket style, with a local elephant.
Through the late 2000s, golf courses in Phuket went from five to seven choices when Loch Plam and Red Mountain opened to critical acclaim. Laguna Golf Phuket was also renovated and reopened for play in 2014. The resort will soon include a Learning and Performance Centre that welcomes Asia’s best golfers to train on the island under supervision from some of the region’s top golf instructors.
The tropical monsoonal climate that shapes golf Phuket is warm all year round, but comes with two distinct periods of weather. The first weather pattern is from April-May and September-October, which together are recognized as the hottest. The September-October period also has the wettest months on record due to the southwest monsoon. It’s hard to not find a perfect day for golf from November until March which is classified as the dry season. Phuket is also further gifted by being in a temperate zone that is ideal for golf anytime of the day.
The famous Patong Beach is generally the biggest draw with the visitor crowds when they are seeking out experiences away from golfing in Phuket. What ever you’re in search of, you’re likely to find it in the hustle and bustle of this beach town. From here, you can also jump off on a live aboard to the Simian Islands, Ko Lanta, and Ko Phi Phi for fantastic diving if your vacation time permits. You won’t be disappointed.
When you’re back on land, book online tee times at the best Phuket golf courses you’ve yet to experience!