GOLF COURSES IN KOH SAMUI

2 Best Golf Courses In Koh Samui

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Unsure what the best golf courses in Koh Samui are? This article will tell you everything from the price of each course, the difficulty of the course and what ones I recommend for different calibre golfers amongst many other things.

With its beautiful natural backdrops, Koh Samui offers golfers the perfect blend of fun with the clubs while being able to admire the incredible landscapes of Southern Thailand.

The island boasts some world-class golf courses designed against a backdrop of tropical beauty.

Picture this: You’re playing on one of the best golf courses in Koh Samui surrounded by green hills, coconut trees, and stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand.

It’s not just about golf; it’s about nature too. The laid-back atmosphere on the island adds a unique charm to your golfing experience. So, if you fancy a game in a tropical paradise, Koh Samui’s golf courses offer that perfect mix of skill and relaxation. It’s like playing golf in a postcard setting – pretty unbeatable!

From lush golf resorts to one-off golf courses, Koh Samui has a limited but excellent selection of golf courses for you to choose from. So let’s dive in and figure out the best golf courses in Koh Samui.

Oh and make sure you stay to the end for some bonus selections!

What Are The 2 Best Golf Courses In Koh Samui

On the island of Koh Samui, there are only 2 courses available for you to play:

  1. Santiburi Samui Country Club
  2. Royal Samui Golf and Country Club

This makes choosing the best golf courses in Koh Samui much easier.

There are other options if you don’t feel capable of some tricky courses straightaway but we’ll cover this later.

These golf courses are tricky if you have no prior experience or you have a high handicap you might not get your money’s worth!

Santibury Samui Country Club

So why is this the best golf club in Koh Samui?

Established in 2003, this golf club is part of the prestigious Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa. The course is set amidst the lush tropical landscape of the island, offering you a unique and picturesque playing experience. Truly one of the most beautiful golf courses on the island.

Santiburi Samui Golf Club is an 18-hole championship golf course and is one of the top golf courses in Thailand.

The layout of the course is strategically crafted to blend seamlessly with the natural terrain, featuring undulating fairways, challenging bunkers, and well-manicured greens. The course provides golfers with not only an enjoyable game but also breathtaking views of the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding landscape. 

One of the notable aspects of the Santiburi golf course is its elevation changes. The course spans across hills and valleys, presenting you with varying levels of difficulty throughout your rounds. Golfers can expect a mix of short and long holes.

The club takes pride in its commitment to maintaining high standards, both in terms of the golf course and the overall facilities. The clubhouse is well-appointed, offering amenities such as a pro shop, locker rooms, and a restaurant where you can relax and enjoy a meal with panoramic views of the island.

In terms of accessibility, the Santiburi Samui Country Club is conveniently located near Chaweng and Lamai, making it easily reachable for visitors to Koh Samui. The club welcomes both experienced golfers looking for a challenging round and novices seeking a memorable introduction to the sport but be under no illusion it’s a tough course

Accommodations at Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa are designed to provide a perfect balance of comfort and elegance. Perfectly designed golf packages allow travellers to get luxury accommodation while playing the sport they love.

The resort offers a range of accommodation options, including spacious suites and villas. Each unit usually has upscale furnishings, private balconies or terraces, and panoramic views of the lush surroundings of the Gulf of Thailand. The design reflects a commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the island while ensuring a luxurious and comfortable stay for guests.

One of the standout features of the resort is its Spa. The Santiburi Spa is a haven of relaxation, offering a range of traditional Thai and modern spa treatments.

With a whole host of amenities in the resort, all your needs will be met while you live in luxury. Santibury Samui Country Club is therefore one of the best golf courses in Koh Samui.

Key Takeaways

Santiburi Samui Country Club:

  • Championship 18-hole golf course on Koh Samui (PGA Asian Tour).
  • Featuring strategic elevation changes.
  • Stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand and lush tropical landscape.
  • Varied layout with challenging bunkers and manicured greens.
  • On-site driving range.
  • Conveniently located near Chaweng and Lamai.
  • Welcomes both experienced and novice golfers.
  • Clubhouse amenities include a pro golf shop and restaurant.
  • Two-way shuttle transfer between resort to golf course (500 Thai Baht)
  • Rental equipment on site.

Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa:

  • Luxurious resort on Koh Samui blending traditional Thai design with modern comfort.
  • Diverse accommodations, including spacious suites and villas with private balconies.
  • Santiburi Spa offers traditional Thai and modern wellness treatments.
  • Culinary excellence with diverse dining options using locally sourced ingredients.
  • Recreational activities include water sports, fitness facilities, and cultural excursions.
  • State-of-the-art meeting and event facilities for business and special occasions.
  • Commitment to environmental sustainability and preserving natural beauty.

Pricing

For a round of golf, the fees are as follows:

  • Green Fee – 4500 THB
  • Golf Cart – 750 THB
  • Caddie – 550 THB
  • rental equipment tariff;
    Rental Club: THB 1,000 & THB 1,500 (9 holes are half price)
    – Rental shoes: THB 200 for men and THB 300 for ladies
    – Range ball: THB 100 for 30 balls

To stay on the onsite luxury resort prices vary but for two nights will usually range between 24000 – 68000 THB (£550 – £1560).

This depends on the suite booked, how far in advance you book your stay and so on.

When you check the rooms, there is a price comparison tool showing you that you will get the best price available by going direct rather than using sites like Booking.com or Agoda.

Drawbacks

Most expensive course on the island.

May be forced into having a caddie even if you don’t want one.

Royal Samui Golf & Country Club

A cheaper option than the Santibury course but there is a reason for that. This is the first golf course I played in Koh Samui but is still considered one of the best golf courses in Koh Samui.

Located just 20 minutes from Chaweng Beach, The Royal Samui Golf & Country Club is found within the lush tropical landscape of the island, the golf club offers a unique and picturesque setting for golf enthusiasts. The course is designed to provide an enjoyable yet challenging experience for players of varying skill levels.

This Koh Samui golf course is a 9 hole golf course played twice over to create a par 72.

The course is designed to make the most of the natural terrain, incorporating elevation changes, water features and the surrounding coconut plantations. You can expect a blend of scenic beauty and a test of your golfing skills as you navigate through the course.

After completion of hole 1 and on the second tee box the course offers stunning views of the Koh Samui jungle and sandy beaches.

The on-site clubhouse is small but effective and allows you to get a first glimpse of the steepness of the course. We walked the course as we didn’t want the extra expenses of a buggy, this was a mistake, the steepness of this course is silly so make sure you book a buggy too. In front of the clubhouse too is a putting green for you to get some practice in before your round.

It should be noted this course is also not for complete novices as many of the holes require a minimum of 150 to 200-yard carries just to reach the fairway, you have to be accurate.

Royal Samui Golf Course also offer golf lessons for those who want them as well as a golf shop for you to get your rental equipment.

During our round, we didn’t rent any golf gloves and this turned out to be a MAJOR error. Because of the heat and humidity holding onto the club was a challenge and unfortunately, we managed to launch two drivers into the forest by complete accident. Luckily the owners of the property were okay with the situation charged a small fine and let us leave.

This is certainly one of the best golf courses in Koh Samui.

Key Takeaways

  • 9-hole course set in the tropical paradise of Koh Samui. Played twice over to form your 18 holes.
  • Just a golf course is not a resort.
  • Showcases strategic elevation changes for a challenging experience.
  • Breathtaking views of the Gulf of Thailand and the lush tropical landscape.
  • Varied course layout featuring challenging bunkers, tight fairways and undulating greens.
  • Golf carts are available.
  • Short drive from Chaweng.
  • Tough for complete novices, need to carry a ball 150 yards consistently.
  • Pro shop with rental clubs, balls and tees on site.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability, integrating eco-friendly practices.

Pricing

For 9 holes – 900 Baht

For 18 Holes – 1500 Baht

Rental equipment varies per day.

Drawbacks

Not that suitable for novices.

Have to book a buggy.

Not always well kept.

Alternative Options

If playing on a real course isn’t for you, or you just want to hit some balls as far as you can, I have three alternative options for you.

Lamai Driving Range

Found just a short drive from Lamai Beach, is the Lamai Driving Range.

It offers an excellent driving range equipped with modern amenities, including high-quality golf balls, well-maintained mats, and professional coaching services (if you want them).

The best part about the driving range is how cheap it is! Compared to a typical golf course on Koh Samui you’ll be saving a significant portion of your budget by sticking to a range over a course. Clubs can be rented on-site too!

Whether you want to play for fun or improve your golf game Lamai driving range is the place to be!

Foothills Golf Driving Range

Just like the Lamai Driving Range, the Foothills Driving Range has equal facilities at equally good prices.

Found just a short trip from Bophut Beach, the Foothills Driving Range offers the same sort of deal Lamai does.

It costs 60 THB for 40 balls and 50 THB to rent clubs! With the aim of the driving range to be as similar to regular golf as possible.

Open from 10:00 – 21:30 almost every day.

Samui Football Golf

A slightly more leftfield option is the Samui Football Golf Course.

I have to say this was one of my favourite activities when I was on the island of Koh Samui. 

This is an 18-hole course designed around iconic moments that have happened in football. Think of the Roberto Carlos outside-the-boot freekick or the Zidane famous headbutt. 

In my opinion, this is one of the BEST Football Golf Courses in the world it is truly unique!

It won’t win the award of one of the best golf courses in Koh Samui but certainly a fun activity to consider on the island.

Rajjaprabha Dam Golf Course

If you feel the courses on Koh Samui are too difficult or don’t suit your style of play there are other courses near to Koh Samui you could visit on your route back to Bangkok.

The main course nearby is the Rajjaprabha Dam Golf Course.

This course can be found near Khao Sok National Park, with 18 holes and over 6500 yards in course length.

The Thai golf course is probably the best-kept secret in the country due to its location. However, for us on Koh Samui golf holiday we can take advantage of this hidden gem and have a second great Thai golfing experience by planning for a full day of touring and golf on the mainland! 

Not one of the best golf courses in Koh Samui but definitely one to consider if you’re in the area.

Final Thoughts

So there we have it the BEST golf courses in Koh Samui. With a few bonus’ if you want to play golf in Koh Samui but not pay too much.

For me, the Best golf course in Koh Samui is Santibury Samui Country Club. Whether you’re planning a golf trip or want a luxurious escape Santibury Samui Country Club has just the facilities for you. Being a PGA Championship Course it is one of the best golf courses in Thailand and one you MUST experience! 

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Check out my articles below for more information on Koh Samui:

Koh Samui Itinerary

How To Get To Koh Samui

3 Best Ziplines in Koh Samui