A picturesque challenge, this world class course will have you coming back for another attempt to play to your handicap.
From the same designer as the renowned Thai Country Club in Bangkok comes Summit Green Valley Chiang Mai Country Club, a challenging world class course set in the lowlands just outside Chiang Mai which is maintained to the highest standards. While the fresh air and views of the surrounding mountains provide a relaxing atmosphere, playing to your handicap here is tough, especially from the back tees. While the wide fairways look inviting, the water and sand that features in landing zones means that they play a lot narrower than they look, and veering slightly off line can have serious repercussions. Going even further off line can lead you into the palm trees that run alongside and often force you to play out sideways.
So while the greens are invitingly large and despite being pretty quick do a good job of holding approaches, it's no easy job reaching them, especially on the holes that play into the wind. There are some memorable holes here. The par-5 5th is a risk/reward affair to excite the longer hitters, its green reachable in two for those able to carry the maze of bunkers that try to dissuade you from such bravado. On the par-4 9th, a daunting tee shot over water must avoid the sand traps on both sides of the fairway to set up an approach that must carry more water to an elevated island green. Thankfully on these holes, as on all the others, the excellent maintenance means that there are no bare patches or dodgy bunkers to add an annoying extra level of difficulty to what is already a considerable challenge.
While the shower rooms in the large clubhouse are in need of an upgrade, this is thankfully the exception rather than the rule, with excellent spa facilities and VIP dining allowing for a high class experience that begins with the red carpet treatment meted out on arrival. A day at Summit Valley Chiang Mai Country Club will be well spent.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Summit Green Vally Country Club to your Chiang Mai golf holiday package.