Golf is one of the well-loved sports in Ko Samui. In the early years of 2000, only one golf course could be found on the island. Now, however, there are a number of golf and country clubs in the area, giving you more choices on where to play golf in Samui.
The Santiburi Samui Country Club is the island’s first golf course. This 18-hole, 72-par course is sprawled across the terrains near Maenam Village, which is on the northern part of Ko Samui. It is a championship golf course with 6, 930 yards, characterized by challenging uphill and downhill grounds, mountain creeks, and coconut forest. The holes are strategically positioned at different slopes. The country club also has a driving range.
Adding to the golf course’s beauty is the amazing view of Maenam beach, which is visible from the tee area. The clubhouse of Santiburi Samui Country Club is gorgeously designed. The country club has a banquet hall and a restaurant overlooking the sea. It also comes complete with lockers for the golfers. The golfers are expected to follow strict dress codes. Sleeved shirts and walking shorts are allowed for men while sleeved shirts and mid length skirt or shorts are allowed for women. Only proper golf footwear is allowed on the practice green area, the driving range, and the course. Denim, short shorts, athletic shorts, and halter tops are a no-no.
Another place where you can play golf in Samui is the Royal Samui Golf and Country Club. Nestled on the mountainside between the villages of Chaweng and Lamai, this golf course opened its doors in 2006. It was established by a group of golf lovers who wanted to provide a place where people can enjoy golf in a lovely scenic setting without being too hard on the pocket. The Royal Samui Golf and Country Club provides a nine-hole course that both expert and beginner golfers will enjoy.
If you prefer to play mini golf in Samui, you’re in luck because there is a professional mini golf course on the island called No. 1 Jungle Golf. It is found on the northeast side of the island, near Choengmon Beach. No. 1 Jungle Golf is Thailand’s first professional mini golf course. It successfully meets all the required standards of the World Mini Golf Federation. The course is spread over an area of 3,020 square meters situated near the jungles of Choengmon village and is very accessible from the resorts and hotels in the village. At night, flood lights illuminate the entire mini golf course.
Whether you are a professional or a novice who wants to play golf in Samui, you certainly have a number of options to choose from. You can even book golf holiday packages wherein you get to play in Santiburi Samui Golf Country Club and Royal Samui Golf Club. Some golf holiday packages include accommodations in the island’s top resort and access to all of Samui’s golf courses. Others include accommodations in Santiburi Samui Golf Country Club bundled with free playing time on the golf course and relaxing spa treatments in the resort.