The Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club and Resort
The Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club and Resort is one of Chiang Mai’s original modern 18-hole courses. Situated some 40 minutes north of Chiang Mai, it suits most playing levels and is perhaps slightly shorter than the average course. Being higher up and away from the city also makes the air fresher and cooler and it is typified by its profusion of trees, flowering plants and myriad bird species.
The par-72 course was designed by Peter Thomson, British Open Champion, in 1996 and measures a modest 6,969 yards. Well landscaped and surrounded by mountains, Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club comes with gnarly fairways, many tight, deep bunkers and water hazards, elevated greens and several signature par-three holes.
The Royal clubhouse has plentiful facilities, including practise areas and a terrace, while recreational facilities include swimming, mountain biking, fishing, traditional massage, fitness and cricket. In fact, the Thailand Cricket Association is based here and has a beautiful pitch that rivals those of Singapore even, with events in the cool season.
The resort at Royal Chiang Mai has good quality rooms and restaurants to save visitors travelling from Chiang Mai hotels. A short drive away from the course, meanwhile, is the beautiful Prasat Jomkiti Temple.