A popular choice thanks to its interesting layout and convenient location.
Thanks to its interesting layout and proximity to the hotels in the centre of Chiang Mai, Mae Jo Golf Club is a popular choice for locals and tourists alike. The course winds through a forest and an orchard, and twinning narrow fairways with so many trees means straight hitting is essential in order to play to your handicap. If you can find them, the zoysia grass on the fairways provides the kind of 'tee'd up' lies that so many of us like. While the greens are only of average speed, they tend to slope severely at times meaning getting down in two is never simple.
Whilst the course isn't overly daunting for the high handicapper, there is plenty to keep more accomplished players on their toes, with long dog-legs and water hazards much in evidence. The hardest hole is the 15th, a long par-4 where your tee shot from an elevated box must be long enough to reach the corner of the dog-leg to stand a chance of reaching the green in regulation. The downhill approach must avoid the pot bunker placed menacingly in front of the wide, severely sloping two-tier green that demands good reading skills in order to avoid the dreaded three putt. In light of all that it's probably a good idea to make best use of the practice facilities which include a practice bunker as well as the usual putting and chipping greens.
The clubhouse, designed in the lanna style, is simple and functional rather than luxurious, contains an excellent restaurant with views over the course and is populated with friendly and attentive staff. When you add all this to a well designed course that benefits from the careful attention of the maintenance crew, it's easy to understand the popularity of Mae Jo Golf Club.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Mae Jo Golf Club to your Chiang Mai golf holiday package.