Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort Description: (one of the region's best courses; highly recommended)
The Chiang Mai Highlands Golf Club opened in 2005 and significantly added to the quality of Chiang Mai’s golf courses. Soon thereafter in 2007, Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort was voted #3 for "Best New Golf Course in Asia" by Asian Golf Monthly. In 2013, Chiang Mai Highlands was awarded by the same publication as the "Best Value For Money Golf Course in Asia" .
The drive to Highlands from Chiang Mai city leads through exceptionally beautiful landscape, in an eastern direction passing rice fields and plantations into the mountains. The Chiang Mai Highlands golf course is built on a 'power spot' - the hermitage of Kuba Sivichai (the revered monk who founded the famous temple on Doi Suthep). This very special site is breathtaking in every direction and literally tingles with an energetic aliveness. Its profound tranquility, high elevation, cool climate, fresh air, pure water, and fertile soil, form the perfect place to sculpt a living golf treasure.
Chiang Mai Highlands was designed by Schmidt-Curley, the same team responsible for many of the Mission Hills’ China layouts and many of Asia's exciting new courses such as Amata Spring and Siam Country Club. The course itself is exciting and challenging for a player of any level and offers the choice of 5 different tee boxes.
As golfers tee-off from the downhill #1 and stroll along lush Paspalum grass fairways, a sense of golfing adventure starts. They are surrounded by magnificent views of the entire course and the mountain skyline in the background. After the "inviting" 1st hole, the golf course effortlessly flows along, gaining strength, beauty, and character with each passing hole until its thrilling, dramatic finish on the unforgettable 18th.
The large and undulating greens are not easy to play, especially since they are protected by massive bunker complexes. Bunkers and water hazards provide the distinctive note of this course and require a strategic game. In fact, the course features are over 100 fairway and greenside bunkers.
A nice clubhouse with pleasant atmosphere and all facilities provides relaxation before or after the golf round. Chiang Mai Highlands has a superbly maintained practice facility including several practice greens, a short game area and a 300 yard driving range with a grass tees.
Chiang Mai Highlands is one of the best courses in Thailand and a must play as part of any Chiang Mai golf holiday.