Some of the best holes in Hua Hin at this spectacular Army-owned links course.
Recently opened amidst much fanfare in 2010, Sea Pine Golf Course is located right on the beach and comes across like a tropical version of a scottish links course. The pine trees from which the course takes its name are much in evidence, and together with the mountains and the ocean provide a stunning backdrop to a course whose difficulty is inextricably linked to the strength of the wind coming in from the Gulf of Thailand. The par-5 12th provides a memorably tricky proposition from the tee, with water along the right hand side and a fairway bunker seemingly positioned at the exact point where a drive would land. You can avoid it by playing safe or getting lucky, but if you choose the former option you will struggle to make the green in regulation. The wind really come to the fore at the last three holes which are pretty special, lying right next to the beach; the breeze makes landing your ball on the narrow fairway of the 16th a real challenge, but we really enjoyed sending our balls out towards the sea and watching the wind bring them back.
The signature 17th with breathtaking panoramic views is a par-3 over a large lake to a well protected sloping green, and the final hole involves a 200 yard carry over a canal and ranks as the hardest on the course. The land itself is owned by the Royal Thai Army and designed by one of their own, meaning that Army officers get priority so make sure to book a tee time ahead of time, because this is a course you should definitely play as part of your Hua Hin golf holiday. We haven't yet played the newer nine, opened in 2005 and designed by the renowned Schmidt & Curley, but apparently it's even more challenging than the Golden Bear's creation.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Sea Pines Golf Course to your Hua Hin golf holiday package