Guide to booking tee times at golf courses in Pattaya
Book Tee times at Best Golf Courses in Pattaya
Pattaya is a large city on the edge of the Gulf of Siam about two hours drive from the centre of Bangkok and around 90 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. There are about 25 golf courses in Pattaya which are suitable for international golfing tourists and as you might expect the costs of tee times in Pattaya does vary considerably. All of the golf courses in Pattaya charge a higher price for tee times on weekends and public holidays and its around 25% more expensive to play. During the low season most golf courses offer higher discounts on certain days of the week and these are known as “Sports Days” and offer excellent value for money It varies slightly, but the first tee times are usually at 06:20 and the last tee off for 18 holes is around 14:00. Some courses offer different prices depending on when you decide to tee off and charge a premium for the most popular tee times which are usually early morning. As a general rule, if you can tee off in the late morning or early afternoon then you can usually save money.
There are six premium golf courses in Pattaya and at certain times of the year tee times can get very booked up. Laem Chabang International Country Club which was designed by Jack Nicklaus has been around for some times and used to be the best golf course in Pattaya – it’s a 27-hole layout and has managed to upgrade and maintain the course so that it remains one of the “must-play” golf courses in Pattaya. Laem Chabang is very popular with Korean and Japanese golfers and the early morning tee times slots can become very busy during the high season and at weekends. Laem Chabang is one of the few golf clubs in Pattaya that offers night golf – in fact its day/night golf as the fist tee time is around 15:30 so that you paly the front nine in daylight and switch to flood lights for the back nine.
The Siam Country Club Group now operates four golf courses in Pattaya. During the high season the SCC group operate a 2-tee start to deal with the high volume of golfers which means that you need to tee off before 9am to catch the morning rotation or after 12 noon for the afternoon and they do not offer tee times after 9am or before 12 noon. The Siam Country Club Old Course was one of the first golf courses to open in Thailand and it is a very mature parkland course which over the years has been extensively remodelled and upgraded and it remains one of our favourite golf courses. Siam Country Club Plantation Course is a 27-hole playout, built on the remains of a plantation growing Pineapples, Tapioca and Sugar Cane and the three nines still bear these names. Its is the current home of the LPGA Honda Classic which attracts the worlds best lady golfers. A couple of years ago they opened Siam Country Club Waterside Course which as its name suggests has been built around a huge lake – it is lacking mature trees, but it is improving all the time and has some very iconic holes. The newest kid on the block is the Siam Country Club Rolling Hills Course which was opened for play in late 2019 and we are already receiving excellent feedback.
Another newcomer to the Pattaya golfing scene is Chee Chan Golf Resort which was designed by IMG and we are getting rave reviews and the course has already picked up several awards. The course is very open and is dominated by the Khao Chee Chan Buddha which is carved into the nearby mountain.
Cheaper Tee Times in Pattaya
If you cannot afford to play at one of these premium golf courses, then there are plenty of excellent golf with cheaper tee times. Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club is another Pattaya golf course that has been around for a while but has recently undergone remodelling – it’s a 27-hole layout and is very popular because it the course is lined with many mature trees and shrubs. It also hosts a major European Tour event each year. Burapha Golf Club is another old favourite and features 36 holes and is excellent value for money – it too continues to host minor professional events. Another popular 36-hole layout is Pattana Golf Resort which, although it’s a little further out than some of the other golf courses in Pattaya, it is always in excellent condition and players of all standards will enjoy playing golf here. St Andrews 200 Golf Club is another medium-priced course which is worth a mention – it’s a slightly “funky” layout with two 800-yard-long par-6’s and its sister course Rayong Green Valley is a mature tree-lined course which plays somewhat easier.
At the cheaper end of the scale Khao Kheow Country Club is definitely worth a mention – another 27-hole layout which has some very spectacular holes including the very memorable par-3 which features an island green. The course is midway between Pattaya and the airport so is a popular choice for those who want to play soon after arrival or want to stop off for a round on the way to the airport. We can also highly recommend Eastern Star Country Club which is a very mature course which offer excellent value for money and is suitable for golfers of all standards. WE also receive positive feedback about Greenwood Golf Club in Pattaya which is very picturesque 27-hole layout with attractive landscaping and stunning views. Designed by multiple Open Champion Peter Thomson it’s a great challenge for all golfers. Other excellent and cheap golf courses in Pattaya include Pattaya Country Club Golf Resort, Treasure Hills, Parichat International Golf Links and Pattavia Century Golf Club
You can read all about the many options for booking tee times in Pattaya on our website and make sure that you read the reviews before booking so that you can get the most up-to-date information on the condition of the course before you request a tee time.
If you are looking for something off the beaten track, then Chatrium Golf Resort in Soi Dao which is two hours from Pattaya is one of the best golf courses in Thailand and is usually totally deserted.