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Discover Thailand’s best-kept secret - thousands of perfectly manicured golf greens and amazing international-standard golf courses set in lush rainforest and abundant greenery.

Where else can you play a round of holes that has been personally approved by a Thai king? His Majesty King Vajiravudh first took interest in the sport in 1923, agreeing to the construction of Royal Hua Hin Golf Club in the now-famous beach resort. Boasting stunning views of temples and the Gulf of Thailand, the course is an experience for the senses.

Hua Hin is also home to Springfield Royal Country Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus and boasts 27 holes of championship golf. With mountain, lake and valley courses, the course’s picturesque beauty belays its challenging aspects – several water hazards, threatening fairway and greenside bunkers are sure to test the experienced golfer.

As the country is divided into four natural regions, golfers are spoilt for choice as mountains, plains, plateaux and the peninsula meet to create a deliciously exciting golfing experience.

Popular Phuket is best-known for its beaches and the award-winning Blue Canyon Country Club, which is a top pick among golfers and regarded among the best in Asia. Set on 730 acres of luscious valley land, the premier golf club is set in a natural environment with water coming into play at 10 holes. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may even spot a cheeky tortoise in the lake or lazy iguanas sunning themselves. Other wildlife in the area includes shy civet cats, vibrant kingfishers and inquisitive squirrels.

In Chonburi, Laum Chabang was described by Where2Golf.com as “uniquely Asian” and “a great golfing experience”. Also designed by Jack Nicklaus, its greens comprise of three nine-hole loops with mountain, lake and valley themes. Each hole also varies according to its environment, offering plenty of diversity and variety for the discerning golfer.

It should also go without saying that Thailand’s capital city also boasts a number of manicured greens. Bangkok’s Alpine Golf Club’s 18-hole layout already has a reputation for being among the nation’s best, and is located only an hour’s drive from the city centre. Extremely well-maintained, this course features lightning-fast greens and undulating fairways and has also previously hosted the 13th Asian Games and the 2000 Johnnie Walker Classic, which was won by Tiger Woods.

Thailand is fast setting its reputation as a paradise for golfers, so book a golfing getaway today. Local tourism service provider Thailand Golf Courses takes the stress out of booking a holiday by reserving hotels, booking flights and other services in one bundle. For more information click here.

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