Khao Yai is one of the most magnificent places in the whole of Thailand and deserves much more attention than it receives when people consider a golf holiday in the country. You are spoilt for choice with a great selection from which to build your holiday.
Perhaps the best place to start is the Khao Yai Golf Club, which occupies an envious location in two valleys just outside the national park. You are greeted with stunning views on this golf course, over the hills and into the distance from almost every position on the course.
The par-72 18-hole course has been designed by Jack Nicklaus and measures just over 7,000 yards from the back tees. The course is challenging for beginner players but more experienced golfers will find plenty of opportunities to score low if playing well. The pick of the holes is the combination between 10 and 11, which play into one of the valleys and features the traditional Nicklaus bunkering on both the fairways and around the greens.
Continuing with the Jack Nicklaus theme and another of the legendary golfer’s courses can be found at Kirimaya Golf Resort and Spa. No trip to play golf in Khao Yai would be complete without playing what is considered by many as being the best quality course in Khao Yai. Kirimaya Golf Resort and Spa is one of the most natural courses in Thailand and offers splendid views of the Khao Yai National Park. The course has been described by the Nicklaus design group as being in their top three Asian designs, which is some praise but when you step onto the course yourself, you quickly understand their claims.
From one legendary golfer to another and you cannot visit Khao Yai without playing the only golf course in Thailand designed by Seve Ballesteros. Mountain Creek Golf Resort and Residence is a 27-hole golf course located past the Khao Yai National Park (if travelling from Bangkok) and is split into three nine-hole loops of excellent yet challenging golf. The three nine-hole loops are named Highlands, Creek and Valley and live up to the expectations created by their names.
If you really want to challenge yourself when playing golf in Khao Yai, you must visit Toscana Valley Country Club. This 18-hole golf course plays to 7,007 yards and occupies a great location within the Khao Yai National Park. The course is situated in a deep valley within the park boundaries and other than palm trees, it resembles the Tuscany region of Italy, hence the name of the course.
During your stay in Khao Yai you will want to play each of the above golf courses, probably more than once but there are several others which are also vying for your attention.
You are guaranteed to have a great time playing golf in Khao Yai.