The Canyon course is championship-class, regarded as among the best in Asia and with a string of awards to prove it. Set in a natural environment, the course has room to expand if the long-hitting trend continues. Water comes into play at 10 holes. There are more than 80 bunkers. The Lakes is aptly named, and it has larger greens. Water comes into play at 17 holes and there are about 36 bunkers. Both courses share a large clubhouse with first-class amenities that overlooks a verdant rolling valley.

 

The greens run fast and true on the Canyon and the putting surfaces are a little larger on the Lakes. When the wind blows, the degree of difficulty increases considerably. Stray into the rough on the Canyon and the penalty is likely to be a little more severe than on the Lakes.

Mission Hills Golf Club might be by the sea but it is not a links course. It actually bears no similarity to other courses on the island but probably reflects Phuket's character most accurately. Nicklaus Design has added some distinguishing quirks, like the two greens that offer alternative finishes on Hole 18. Paspalum Sea Isle grasses add stunning colors and thrive in the salty soil.

Formerly the Banyan Tree Golf Club, Laguna has had a facelift and a name change. All the greens have been rebuilt and reshaped, the once-flat fairways now roll and dip, strategic hazards have been added and more mature trees enhance the woodlands setting.

 

Rapid improvements have seen the course rated in surveys among the top 10 courses in Thailand. British tournament pro Nick Faldo is said to have been most complimentary about the course, which he played while on vacation on Phuket.

Loch Palm is described as "balancing challenge and fairness." The greens are maintained at playable speeds that are never superfast, thus encouraging visiting golfers to return.

 

Nevertheless, there are plenty of testing carries across water and close encounters with impenetrable jungle. Placed neatly within a cordon of hills, the flight of most shots can be easily tracked through the air against a background of forest or jungle.

Opened in 2007 in Phuket’s Kathu district, Red Mountain Golf Club is located on what used to be a tin mine right next to its sister golf course - Loch Palm Golf Club – and has become one of the favourite courses in Phuket. Red Mountain golf landed its name from the mesa-style appearance of its landscape, made up of red soil, granite rocks, hills, and vegetation.

 

Located only 15mn by car from Phuket Town and Patong Beach, it is a great place – far from it all on a busier and busier island. The 224 hectare 18-hole course is a par 72 with a total length of 6,781 yards. The clubhouse is a modern building with a restaurant terrace overlooking the superb natural surroundings and two of the 18 holes.

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