A brilliantly designed 18 holes in the tranquil mountains near Chiang Mai, this is one of the best courses in the north of Thailand.
After a memorably spectacular half hour drive from the city, past numerous rice fields and into the mountains, you reach Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort, built on the hermitage of revered monk Kuba Sivichai and consequently known as a 'power spot'. With its picture perfect holes and dramatic bunkering backed by panoramic mountian views, this is a visual feast. When you further take into account its remote tranquility and cooler climate, the course certainly deserved to be voted in the top 3 new courses in Asia by Asian Golf Monthly back in 2007. Starting from the inviting downhill fairway of the 1st, you soon begin to realise that this course is really all about the bunkers, featuring as it does over one hundred of them.
If you can avoid the sand and stick to the perfectly manicured fairways that benefit from enduring only moderate footfall, some good scores are possible, so long as your short game is on song. The green complexes with their deep bunkers demand creativity and the fast putting surface requires a soft touch. The course ends spectacularly with the par-5 18th, where you tee off from the highest point on the course to a generous landing area below, from where you can take a chance and go for the green in two or more realistically lay up short of the river and use a short iron to avoid the water and sand that guards the elevated green. Given the challenges ahead it's probably a good idea to get a taste of what is to come by taking advantage of what are possibly the best practice facilities in the country ahead of your round.
After your round, the clubhouse is pleasingly relaxed, a feeling that can easily be enhanced by a massage at the on-site spa. When twinned with the brilliant design and condition of the course, it all adds up to make Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa resort the perfect venue for a day of golf. Like the sound of this course?
Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort to your Chiang Mai golf holiday package.