Teeing off in Hua Hin
Once the former playground of Thai royalty, the coastal town of Hua Hin is now a prime recreation spot for a different crowd – golfers. And with substantial discounts offered at courses during the Hua Hin Golf Festival (over August & September), it’s the ideal time to tee off in Thailand.
The Louis T team has rounded up a few of our favourite golfing spots, along with some advice on how golf fans can experience the seaside retreat before and after each round.
- Black Mountain Hua Hin – A mainstay on any golfer’s trip to the coast, Black Mountain Hua Hin boasts 27 holes spread out below verdant foothills. The first 18 holes debuted back in 2007, while the last nine (known as the west course) are a relatively new addition having opened in 2016. The expansive course, around 15 minutes from central Hua Hin, also boasts a 40,000 m2 water park with nine different slides – just in case the family prefers the pool over putting. www.blackmountainhuahin.com
- Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin – Opening just a year after Black Mountain started welcoming golfers, Banyan Golf Club is also another long-standing popular course within the region. Both Banyan and Black Mountain however are close to a century shy of the title of oldest golf course though with Royal Hua Hin, which opened in 1924, holding the title of oldest international standard 18 hole course in the country. Be sure to pause at the Banyan course’s signature hole, the 15th, a 139 yards Par-3 hole with views over the sea to Koh Singto (Lion Island). www.banyanthailand.com
- Nurul Nashita Massage – This may not be the most luxurious massage experience but what they lack in frills they make up for with skills. Whether it’s your feet that ache from walking the course or your shoulders from perfecting that swing, these petite Thai ladies provide a deep – and strong – massage to get you ready for your next round. Clean, professional and affordable make this shop one to stop at. 6/2 Dhechanuchi Rd, Soi 57, Hua Hin. +66-98-829-4492. Open daily from 10am – 11pm.
- Seaside dining at Seen Space – This new lifestyle mall stretching along some prime coastal real estate has several bars and restaurants that are worth visiting for a post-golf drink or meal. We like Oasis for an afternoon tipple and a dip in its aquamarine infinity pool that abuts the ocean. The hip new spot’s crisp white loungers with plush cushions make it hard to leave. Hobs, next door to Oasis in Seen Space, has a wide beer selection if you’re after a cold one. Both Oasis and Hobs serve some stellar fresh seafood that are best enjoyed while looking out at sea. www.seenspace.com/huahin
- Hotel Bocage – Perched above the new Seen Space development is Louis T Collection’s latest property, an industrial chic six room/suite hotel designed by the acclaimed Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag. During the Hua Hin Golf Festival the intimate retreat is appealing to golfers needs with the ‘Thai Tee Off’ package. The limited time offer includes: transfers from Bangkok to Bocage in a Mercedes, the choice of a two or three night stay, daily breakfast at Oasis, free mini bar with a range of beverages and nespresso, a round (or more) of golf inclusive of green and caddy fee at one of the ten courses participating in this year’s festival, round trip transfers to and from the course, a one hour Thai traditional massage or reflexology after a day on the green, and a seafood barbecue dinner at Seen Space, just below the hotel, with the option of wine pairings. http://hotelbocage.com