The chance to shoot under your handicap is incentive enough for a round at this fairly straightforward course.
Set on gently sloping coastal landscape a half hour outside Pattaya and created by a Japanese designer in the Hawaiian style, Crystal Bay Golf Club provides 27 fairly straightforward holes and the chance to shoot under your handicap. Despite the omnipresent water which borders many holes and the cleverly placed bunkers there are birdies to be had on a course that plays quite short on days when the wind isn't too troublesome. The 3rd and 8th offer up the enjoyable challenge of landing your ball on an island green whilst the tricky crosswinds make your tee shot over water on the 7th a tricky proposition. Avoiding dropped shots at the par-3 holes is the key to a good score, as the longer holes offer plenty of scope for good scoring, although with greens that have seen better days putting can prove tricky.
The clubhouse could do with renovating and the restaurant is modest at best and offers no view to speak of, which is a shame. A feeling of adequacy seems to mark the whole off-course experience, but on the plus side it's rarely busy so you can get round quickly, and overall the Crystal Bay Golf Course makes a pleasant change from its more renowned competitors. Like the sound of this course?
Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Crystal Bay Golf to your Pattaya golf holiday package.