Located less than 100 miles from Bangkok, Pattaya is one of the trendiest beach-resort destinations in Thailand. This beautiful city offers an endless variety of activities, including water sports, shopping, cabaret shows, an elephant village, fascinating museums and a vibrant nightlife. Whether you are up for a holiday that is action-packed or one that is relaxing, Pattaya is the place to go to.
Pattaya is also developing into a major golfing destination. The area's best kept secret is undoubtedly the quality and value of its courses, some of which were designed by Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and other famous architects. The clubhouse facilities at these establishments are simply stunning, with all the amenities you can imagine and more, including swimming pools, massage facilities, great restaurants and superb locker rooms. A fine example is Bangpra Golf Club, the second oldest course in Thailand, which features mature trees on its hilly grounds and lush surroundings that make for an exciting challenge over the fairways and lightning-fast greens. The 27-hole Crystal Bay Golf Resort is another outstanding layout, its Hawaiian links atmosphere created by swinging palm trees, lush fairways, fair greens and lovely use of water throughout. Burapha Golf Club's 36-holes are also designed to take full advantage of the natural beauty of the land; the East Course is ideal for the up and coming golfer, while the West Course has challenges for more advanced and professional golfers. Other courses you should play are: Eastern Star Country Club Resort, Khao Kheow Country Club, Laem Chabang International Country Club, Old Course at Siam Country Club Pattaya, Saint Andrews 2000 and The Emerald Golf Club.
All in all, Pattaya offers a golf experience that is unsurpassed anywhere in the world for players of all abilities, all for a fraction of what similar accommodations and facilities cost at some of the more established golf destinations.