Phuket is the golfing capital of Thailand, with many international standard golf courses. The tropical weather and lush green rolling grounds surrounded by lagoons and abundant vegetation, attracts golf enthusiasts from all over the world. The three top golf clubs of Phuket offer 81 holes for the public. These clubs have caddies, carts and golfing equipments for hire at affordable rates. During the winter holidays in the months of December and January, the Phuket golf clubs are fully booked. Hence, to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to make reservations in advance. Typically, you will be charged 2,000 baht ($50) for a round of golf.
Blue Canyon Country ClubThe club has two of the best golf courses in Phuket. Another attraction of this club is its proximity to the airport. It is located barely seven minutes away, towards the north direction. The Canyon Course is a championship-class golf course and is among the best in all of Asia. This par 72 course is 7170 yards in length. The course has exciting challenges like water hazards present in 10 holes and eighty bunkers spread over the rolling green. Out of the 18 holes, there are four par three and par five holes each. The 600-yard 11th hole is considered the most difficult and the 407-yard 4th hole is said to be the easiest. However, the short 309-yard 13th hole with a huge bunker is quite a challenge for a player of any handicap. The Lakes Course, named so due to the presence of water hazards in 17 of the 18 holes, is comparatively easier than the Canyon Course. This course is ideal for relaxed play and novices, as the greens are bigger and traps fewer. The most difficult hole is the fourth, which have a dogleg with a wide fairway narrowing into dense vegetation and continuing over a ravine into the raised green. The 18th hole here gives you two options to play, either the right or left path around a spread-out tree, which occupies the center of the fairway.
Laguna Country ClubThis course lies inside the luxurious Laguna Complex, which houses some of the elite resorts and luxury villas in the Phuket Island. It used to be known as the Banyan Tree Phuket Golf Club. Recently, the club and the course underwent drastic changes and were renamed. Many water hazards were added to the course, still it is suitable for a relaxed round of golf. This par 71, 6654-yard course has water present on 14 of the 18 holes. The 17th hole and the 9th hole are the highlights of the course. The 17th is a par 5, 612-yard hole that winds left and right and ends in a triangular green. The 9th par 4, 373-yard hole has a sloping island green, which poses a challenge any day. Golf carts are not available at present, but will be introduced shortly.
Phuket Country ClubThis club has two courses lying on either side of the road connecting Phuket Town with Patong Beach. The Old Course is an easy 18-hole course, though chances of ending up with a low score are high. The New Course is a 9-hole with diverse landscapes that offer more challenges to a wide range of players. The par 5, 557-yard 10th hole of the Old Course challenges the player to carry the 240-yard water hazard to the green in a single shot, which is extremely difficult but possible. The par 3, 143-yard 17th hole has in effect an island green, which offers a wide putting surface that is not easy. The New Course has a par 5, 450-yard 8th hole with dense vegetation located right in the middle of the course, separating the fairways into two - one in front of a canal and one on a plateau. The par 5, 545-yard 9th hole is a tough challenge for players, with a narrow fairway and a lengthy water hazard at the approach to the green.
With ideal conditions for diving and perfect setting for a tropical holiday destination, Phuket is one of the top ten diving spots in the world. Its colorful and vast marine life and amazing coral reefs, makes diving here, a unique experience. The tropical climate makes the water warm and aquamarine clear water around the locations gives good visibility to the diver. The guided expeditions, diving lessons and equipment rentals are other facilities here that make Phuket a great diving destination for tourists all over the world. Phuket Island’s beaches have diving facilities. In addition, diving trips are arranged to nearby small islands for diving freaks. Most of the dive operators in Phuket Island are located in and around Chalong and Patong areas. High quality diving equipments are available in the shops located in the Chalong Circle-Chalong Pier Road. Foreign nationals own most of these shops and they offer training and arrange diving trips as well. Phuket is the right place to learn diving, especially scuba diving for beginners. The excellent conditions and infrastructure make the training enjoyable. Certification courses through NAUI, PADI and SSI are offered at these centers. With these certificates, you can dive anywhere in the world. If you are not able to make up your mind, try the one-day ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ course, which comes to 1500 to 2000 baht. The four-day Open Water Certification course costs 8000 to 14000 baht. Other courses available are Open Water Advanced and Dive Master. The specialty courses are Deep Diving, Night Diving and Navigation, which comes cheaper.