Royal Hua Hin Golf Course
The Royal Hua Hin Golf Course is more than a golf course, it's a historical landmark where history has been made by the leading figures of Thailand for many decades.
The oldest full-size championship golf course in Thailand, designed by a Scottish railway engineer, is located right in town, just over the railroad tracks, within walking distance from the beach. The course is approaching its centenary as it was opened in 1924 to accommodate the Thai aristocracy brought into town by Royal affairs as well as foreign railway workers and executives working on the Southern Line of the Thai railway.
The design is more traditional Scottish/British than American, making the best use of the natural terrain and the challenging rocky and hilly landscape on foot Khao Hin Lek Fai mountain rather than relying on too many artificial features.
The course has many ancient trees making for a shady round of golf. Some vistas of the sea and Hua Hin town remain, even though they have been reduced over the years by high-rise construction.
The abundant trees make many fairways quite narrow, requiring precisions to lay up for shots to hit the smallish, roundish greens that are usually elevated. This is course is not as built-up and bunkered-down as modern course, but it's still challenging in a mature, traditional way.
The course also has its own resident macaques that are known to tease golfers by stealing balls or putting them into unhittable positions, on trees and elsewhere. The rule book allows no relief for these shenenigans.
Some uniquely royal features are small Buddhist chapels built into the hillsides as reminders of true power and virtue.
Royal Hua is a natural course and the conditions of the fairways depend on the natural conditions. In the dry season the course becomes hard and dry, the rainy season can make conditions murky. The greens are well-kept groomed year round.
There a small kiosks every three holes supplying water on snacks at low cost. The club house been recently remodeled and preserves some old world charm with photos and memorabilia of the club's heritage and history.
Royal Hua Hin should be considered by all golfers coming to Hua Hin for its history and unique experience of playing a tradtional course at a very reasonable price.
Royal Hua Hin Golf Course Scorecard