An enjoyable scenic round of golf awaits at the grand old lady of Thai golf.
Originally opened in 1924 to entertain the Scottish engineers helping build the Thai railway system, Royal Hua Hin Golf Course is the grand old lady of Thai golf and the oldest course in Thailand. Set between rocky hills and working around the natural terrain, the course is indicative of traditional British golf design in its length and difficulty. While the bunkers and greens are in tip top condition, irrigation was not taken into consideration back in the 20s so the fairways, which are rarely watered, often leave something to be desired with occasional bald patches or muddy areas depending on the season. On the upside, they are very hard allowing some very long drives thanks to the distance the ball will run, and lined by fully mature trees which you will not find on the more recent additions to Hua Hin's burgeoning cannon of golf courses. Some of the more elevated holes provide spectacular views of the Gulf and the city centre, and an impressive Thai temple forms the backdrop to the tricky par-3 14th. Best of all, the old Hua Hin Bangkok - Singapore railway station which sits next to the recently upgraded clubhouse creates a majestic feel to the club.
Setting aside the holes memorable for the sights you can behold from the tee, the standout is probably the 9th, a par-4 running downhill towards the clubhouse which requires a lengthy drive in order to carry the wasteland in front of the tee; you can go over or between the two massive bushes that stand in your way. You're best off keeping to the right as that will offer you the optimal route into a green protected by bunkers and trees.
While the condition of the course will bug some people, if you can ignore that then Royal Hua Hin Golf Course is a pleasurable, scenic affair that requires a well developed all-round game in order to score well. Like the sound of this course?
Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Royal Hua Hin Golf Course to your Hua Hin golf holiday package