Golf in Phetchaburi Province, Thailand. Palm Hills Golf Club & Residence
Palm Hills Golf Club & Residence
is located North of Hua Hin, near the airport and on the lower foot hills above town.
It was the first international standard Hua Hin golf course and opened in 1992. The
following year Palm Hills hosted to the inaugural Thailand World Pro Am tournament.
The golf course is laid out on a long strip of undulating terrain which gives the
course a Scottish "links" feel, which is different from all the other courses in
the area. The Max Wexler layout goes from east to west, with lakes at each end, separated
by the clubhouse and an interesting rocky outcrop extending from the mountain range.
The Palm Hills course is lined with hundreds of palm trees, and has plenty of hillside
lies, thus the name Palm Hills. Thousands of brightly coloured bougainvilleas add
to the natural beauty and the back nine, which plays on top of the mountains and
provides stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand and Hua Hin.
The fairways, Bermuda Tifway 419, are generous and wide, making this course popular
with golfers of all abilities. However, strategically placed bunkers and water hazards,
with extremely fast Tiff Eagle greens ensure that good scores are by no means easy
to achieve. In fact, the greens can be some of the fastest in the area, especially
when putting down grain.
The 10th through to the 14th holes are the best holes on the golf course and require
accurate shot placement. The signature hole is the 11th, a long par three up hill
into the sea breeze and requires at least a club more than normal to reach in regulation.
The last couple of years have seen a steady improvement in the golf course conditions
and Palm Hills Golf Club is one of the better maintained courses in Hua Hin year
in and year out. There is an abundance of beautiful landscaping throughout the golf
course and at certain times of the year the course is enveloped in the exotic fragrance
of the blooms from the frangipani tree lined fairways.
In addition to the golf course, there is a complete sports resort, with two clubhouses.
One caters to the enormous Sports Club which has a Olympic swimming pool and several
outdoor tennis courts. Inside are the badminton, squash, ping pong, and snooker facilities.
This makes this an ideal family resort where an entire day can be occupied to its
fullest. The second club house is dedicated to golfers and sports two restaurants,
one of which features a famous Thai chef who will whip up some local delights for
your foursome after your round.