The Phoenix Golf and Country Club is set among some of the most beautiful natural surroundings in the Pattaya area.

The challenging golf course was designed by the American golf course designer Denis Griffiths. While he may not be the most famous designer in the world, he holds the distinction of being the only American invited to design a golf course at the home of golf, St. Andrews. Walking around this golf course will give the golfer the feeling of playing in a tropical park with mango and eucalyptus trees dotted everywhere and the vast array of colour from the exotic flowers, it feels like a stroll through a nature park.

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The coastal golf course actually comprises three nine-hole courses: “Ocean”, “Lake” and “Mountain” and they are set among some of the most challenging, but beautiful wooded terrain. The views of the mountains and the Gulf of Thailand as you complete this course are quite magnificent. The fairways tend to be on the narrow side, but the greens are spacious, well maintained and are framed with bamboo. The bushes around the greens offer the golfer the welcome respite of shade during their round.

The fairways are demanding due to them being so narrow, but the greens are easier as there are very few undulations on them. Compared to other golf courses in the Pattaya region, there is very little water, except of course on the “Lake” nine. The toughest hole on this nine is the 17th which is a tough par 4 dogleg around the lake. To make par here requires some accurate shot making.

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Another hole worth mentioning is the par 5 on the “Ocean” nine. As you wait to tee off here, you are standing on the highest point of the golf course and the views of the nearby Pattaya city and Jomtien Beach is quite breathtaking. It is not such a difficult hole but is worth a mention for the views alone.

Dominating the landscape is the large clubhouse which has an enormous marble atrium with waterfalls and internal pools. The locker rooms are of the highest standard and the pro shop can provide for all your golfing needs. There is also a swimming pool for relaxing after a round. The restaurant is first class and serves Thai, Chinese and European food all at reasonable prices.

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The price of playing this course is very reasonable and at the pro shop all equipment can be hired relatively cheaply for the visiting golfer. Hiring a local caddy will cost just 250 baht and if you don’t feel like walking, the cost of a cart is only 520 baht for weekdays and 620 baht at weekends.

This is golf course is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Thailand. Less than 30 minutes by car from Pattaya brings you to this wonderful golf club. It may not be the most famous in the area but it is definitely a course that the club golfer should visit.