Designed by a Scottish railway engineer and opened in 1924, Royal Hua Hin Golf Course was the first golf course to be constructed in The Kingdom of Thailand. The course is steeped in history and the scenery is outstanding – with particularly impressive views of the Gulf of Thailand and Hua Hin itself on the back nine.
The 18 holes follow moderately hilly terrain around impressive limestone cliffs rising beside fairways lined with old growth trees that shade golfers who have wandered from the fairways. Your game will be tested here, with several tight tree-lined fairways, many nicely doglegged holes and relatively small, and often elevated, circular greens.
Monkeys have been known to dart from the undergrowth to steal golf balls, adding an exciting and unusual challenge to your game. Being of traditional British design, the course is constructed on natural terrain and set between some spectacular rocky hills.
There are no real water hazards on the course but many of the greens are protected by being slightly elevated. Though not on the same level as newer top-level courses, it is generally well-maintained, provides excellent value for money and is conveniently close to town.
While it is not as stylish as the newer golf courses, it's old-world charm will have you thinking about the Thai Royalty and British expatriates of yesteryear that played this very same course almost a century ago.