Built among a former pineapple plantation, Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin opened in October 2008. Immediately following, the course was awarded 2009 Best New Course in Asia-Pacific by the readers of Asian Golf Monthly. Since then Banyan Golf Club course, clubhouse, and staff have consistently claimed ‘Top 3 in Asia’ awards and have been featured in the ‘Rolex Top 1000’ in the World.
Thailand golf course architect Pirapon Namatra from Golf East designed the world class 18-hole championship golf course and is known to be one of the most natural in the country.
The course provides for spectacular mountain and ocean views from almost all of the holes and is one of the best layouts in Hua Hin. Each hole has six tee boxes making the course more or less challenging depending on each golfer’s ability and tee selection. Strategically placed water hazards, waste bunkers, and sand traps are spread out throughout the course. Significant use of native pineapple groves makes local fruits come into play if straying too far off the fairways. Be careful, pineapple plants are sharp and scratch easily.
Lush Zoysia grassed fairways, a local grass but a rarely seen on golf courses in Thailand, are a pleasure to hit from as balls sit up nicely. Dark green Paspalum grassed tee boxes add to the stark color contrast on the course and are a nice decorative feature. Greens, constructed of premium Tiff-eagle Bermuda grass, make for fast and receptive putting surfaces and are well-maintained year round.
The signature 15th hole is a 139 yard par-3 with panoramic ocean views all the way to Singtoh (Tiger) Island in the Gulf of Thailand. Hole 12, a par-5 monster is 610 yards, all uphill, making it a challenge to reach for even the most accomplished of golfers. Other holes feature elevated greens, sloping fairways, meandering creeks and waste areas, and well-placed fairway and greenside bunker complexes.
Practice facilities include a grass driving range and two large putting and chipping greens. The Banyan Golf Club has a contemporary Thai styled clubhouse including, full reception area, well-stocked pro shop, elegant locker rooms, and two international restaurants; one of which are 5-star. Rain showers and luxury grooming amenities in the changing rooms round out the facilities.
The Terrace Restaurant is an International all-day dining venue with a variety of Western and Thai cuisine and several daily specials. It also features a walk-in wine cooler with an excellent selection of fine wines to suit all connoisseurs. Mulligan’s Pub, with western views over the golf course and Burmese Mountains, makes for an ideal way to have a few cold drinks, and take in a picture perfect Thai sunset.
Walkers love the Banyan golf course, but for those who opt to ride, golf carts with onboard GPS are helpful. Caddies who are well-trained handle all of the usual services including making sure everyone who visits has a great day golfing at Banyan Golf Club.
- Yardage:7361 yards
- Year Opened:2008
- Course:18 Holes (Par 72)
- Architect:Golf East (Pirapon Namatra)
- Golf Shop
- Driving Range