Holes / Par / Distance: 18 holes par 72 (7019 yards)
Established: 1993 Location: 40 km north of Phuket island
Currently closed for renovation check for re-opening . Situated along the Andaman
Coast, with beautiful mountains and wild forested hills as its backdrop, the impressive
Thai Muang is one of Thailand's few links' style golf courses. It offers a fascinating
challenge to high and low handicappers. With its combination of a sandy shoreline
studded with mature trees, lagoons, ponds, creeks and the sea itself, the site is
impressive and the play challenging. Twelve holes feature water carries and water
comes into play on another four holes. The undulating fairways are very often coupled
with elevated greens that test the best of putters. You need to avoid the deep green
side bunkers to score well here.
The three finishing holes are most memorable, each of which is superb. It starts
with the 16th, a reachable dogleg left Par 5, then is followed by the annoying little
Par 3 17th and finishes with the extremely difficult 18th. This 463 yard Par 4 plays
along the side of a white sandy beach. Standing on the tee, you’re leaning into what
is usually a two or three club wind. Without of bounds right and the Andaman Ocean
left, the green seems like its miles away. For most players, this is a three shot
to the green hole.
Thai Muang Beach Golf Club lies just over the bridge from Phuket Island, some 40
minutes drive from Phuket International Airport and a leisurely 75 scenic minutes
from Patong Beach. While further ashore than the other Phuket Island golf courses,
golfers choosing to play at Thai Muang will be well rewarded for making the trek.