Golf in Hua Hin
Hua Hin has become a prime golfing destination in Southeast-Asia, and for good reasons: The area offers a complete package of beaches, sightseeing, great food, top-notch accommodation, friendly locals, affordable prices and an ever rising number of spectacular golf courses. In addition, golf at amazing variety and quality is still available at bargain rates when compared to most other destinations in the region.
All year season
Golf in Hua Hin is year-round. Hua Hin is known for it's relatively mild, dry and less-humid rainy season, which was one of the reasons for the King moving to Hua Hin during this time. There can be short downpours disrupting a round during this time. But the "rainy season" (summer in the Northern hemisphere) is in many ways the best time to travel to Hua Hin and Thailand, as prices are much lower and there are no crowds anywhere. Many times you will (almost) have the golf course to yourself during these months.
The winter is cool and pleasant with incessant sunshine, but can also be windy. Sun protection is mandatory, a hat, umbrella, sunscreen, and long-sleeved shirts and advised.
International standard facilities
The maintenance of the golf courses around Hua Hin is very good and easily meets international standards on most courses. Typical for Thailand, all facilities, including club houses and restaurants, employ large numbers of full-time staff to provide for friendly, attentive and mostly competent service.
Golf and Smiles
Golf in Thailand means having a caddy to assist you during your round. On many courses caddies are mandatory (but thankfully only a few mandate golf cart use). The caddies' competence is usually adequate while language skills vary wildly. Soon you will value their cheerfulness and good humour under all circumstances, especially if your round shouldn't go as desired. Many caddies have good skills in reading greens estimating distances.
While caddy fees are reasonable (a few hundred Baht), remember that caddies expect a tip of a few hundred Baht. Always agree with you golfing buddies about how much to tip so that there is no "discussion" (aka "envy") arising among the caddies about who got how much.
It has to be said that green fees have risen significantly in the past few years and the times of rock bottom rates in Hua Hin are over. Then again, golf in Hua Hin is still much cheaper than in Phuket, Koh Samui and other resort areas of Thailand, let alone other countries in the region.
Still, it has to be said that green fees have appreciated so much that it can now be cheaper to play golf on the courses around Bangkok than in Hua Hin.
However, the rising supply with more courses opening all the time will keep prices in check. And Thailand is still such an affordable travel destination that prices for accommodation and other services easily make up for rising green fees.
Outside of the peak season (Christmas-New Year) courses shouldn't be so busy as to make reservations necessary as most Bangkok golfers will play golf on one of the many courses surrounding Bangkok and will not travel to Hua Hin just for golf. So Hua Hin is left mostly for tourists whose number outside of the high season is still moderate.
Learning the "Game of Life"
Hua Hin, and Thailand in general, are great destinations to learn playing golf. There are a number of capable Thai and foreign teaching pros who will teach you the basics for a reasonable fee.
No course will require proof of golfing competency, so it is easy to just go out with a golfing friend and try a few strokes, perhaps carrying a mat to not destroy the precious fairways. But, as a beginner, be sure to learn about basic etiquette and don't hold up players behind you.
Golf in Hua Hin combines the full infrastructure of a beach resort with great services and scenic golfing on the seaside at bargain rates in incomparable Thailand.
Hua Hin was voted Golf Destination of the Year Asia and Australia 2014 at the Annual Convention of the International Association fo Golf Tourism Operators. It was only the second time that a region rather than a country as recipient of this award.Hua Hin Golf Courses