A solid challenge in a scenic, well maintained environment.
The three nines of Phoenix Golf & Country Club have matured nicely since its opening in the early 1990s, but the taller trees thankfully don't interfere with the excellent views of the islands to the west and the epic golf Buddha that is engraved in rocks to the south. The course itself, which has benefitted from improved maintenance of late, may be relatively short of water in comparison to most other courses in the region but makes up for it with some tricky,undulating dog-legs that require careful shotmaking. When water does feature, it does so with a vengeance, especially on the standout 8th on the lakes nine. The green is hidden by shrubs and protected by a water hazard that encroaches awkwardly across the fairway. From the tee you can't play too conservatively; go right, away from water, and you risk finding a scrappy bunker or going out of bounds. Go short and you leave yourself way too much to do. Whether it's your second or third, the shot to the green is an enjoyable challenge.
The grand clubhouse features a well-managed pro shop and friendly staff providing decent service, although the locker rooms are nothing special. There are plenty of practice areas though, including the rarity of a practice bunker so there is no excuse for not warming up properly before your round on this enjoyable course.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Phoenix Golf to your Pattaya golf holiday package.