Koh Samui is world renowned as a holiday destination for those looking to relax, socialize and experience a taste of Thailand. Golf enthusiasts will not be disappointed if they decide to fit a round of golf into their Samui holiday. There are courses to fit the full range of players, from novice to professional and each has its own special features. Families can enjoy 9 holes and a meal in the clubhouse or experts can play a full, challenging 18 hole course; all whilst taking in panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand. Here are three of the most popular golf courses on Koh Samui:

1. Royal Samui Golf & Country Club (RSGCC)

Sprawling across the mountainsides of Lamai and Chaweng, this 9 hole course offers an affordable holiday golfing experience for players of all levels, from novice to advanced. One of the highlights of the RSGCC is the spectacular views across Chaweng, Lamai and the islands of the Gulf of Thailand. The fairways are scattered with interesting obstacles such as boulders and jungle and the rough is mountain grass, which provides challenging resistance. Buggy hire is recommended as there are long distances and high elevation between some of the holes. Players are advised to reserve a tee-off time to avoid disappointment, particularly during the high season.

Golf Course Detail:
9 holes
Par 36
3407 yards

2. Santiburi Samui Country Club

Nestled in the inland mountains of Koh Samui, this 18 hole championship course is part of the PGA Asian Tour. It was designed by an award-winning course architect Piraporn Namatra. Aside from its high professional standard and challenging holes, the highlight of this course is the gentle mountain breezes, making for a pleasant golfing experience even in the height of summer. Santiburi is a demanding course, with a lot of ups and downhill play, and is recommended for more experienced players. However, there is also a 9 hole variation for recreational and beginning players. A full range of services, from pro-shop to equipment hire to caddy service, is available. The clubhouse provides spectacular elevated views and serves a range of Thai or Western appetizers, soups, and main dishes.

Golf Course Detail:
18 holes
Par 72
6930 Yards

3. Bophut Hills Golf Club

Tucked into the rolling Bophut hills, close to Lamai Beach, this 9 hole “Pitch and Putt” course is well suited to beginning players and families looking for a fun day out. The relaxed Thai course will still provide some challenge to the more experienced player. Each hole has two separate difficulty levels, the red tee or the blue tee, which differentiate distances and challenges. The clubhouse bar and restaurant is open daily and offers a full range of snacks and meals to visitors and players. The course and its facilities receive excellent reviews from patrons and it is ranked the number one pitch and putt course in Thailand.

Golf Course Detail:
9 holes
Par 27

There are many recreational options available to visitors on Koh Samui, and Golf is an excellent choice. It is a beautiful way to gain access to the mountains and jungles of the island and to experience views of the gulf from an elevated position. Whether it’s a family day out or practice for the professional, the golf courses of Samui offer the full range.

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