GOLF COURSE REVIEW: Red Mountain Golf Club, Phuket, Thailand
One of the best golf courses in Asia
Hello and welcome to another golf course review of funny golf ball BoB and me, Lars. This time we tested the wonderful Red Mountain Golf Club in the south of Thailand or, to be more precisely, on the island of Phuket. It is known as one of the best golf courses in Thailand and for BoB and me it was one of the most spectacular golf courses we have ever played.
As usual BoB and I will test 4 different categories:
- Design & Scenery
- Difficulty & Course condition
- Facilities & Service
Before I start with the test watch our video about the Red Mountain Golf Club to get a few impressions of the course.
Design & Scenery
The Red Mountain Golf Club was designed by Jonathan Morrow and established in 2007. What can I say… the scenery and the course design are just incredible. The undulating landscape spoiled us with some great views and spectacular holes.
The course itself is 6,781 yards for men and 5,925 yards for ladies, a par 72. It offers has a huge variety of landformes and is surrounded by big red rocks and a dense jungle. You will find many water hazards which fit perfectly in the course design.
The signature hole is the 17 – a short PAR 3 with an incredible view as this hole is a dramatically downhiller. Believe me, it is a great feeling to hit the ball in the jungle-filled depths below and no matter how bad your shot is… you will love this hole and never forget it. I think this hole gets a place in my “Best 10 holes” rank 🙂
The course is so greatly designed, that almost every hole could be a signature hole. To be honest, I don’t know how they built this golf course in the rocky surroundings but I have to admit that they really did a great job and you have to see it with your own eyes to believe it.
Difficulty & Course conditions
Oh man, this golf course is definitley not an easy one. I think I lost about 20 golf balls (luckily not BoB). Make sure you and your driver are best friends when playing the course because especially the back 9 are kind of tight. The whole course is really challenging and you need to listen very carefully to your caddy all the time.
On the other hand I have to say that the course also has many wonderful risk-reward holes and especially long hitters can safe some shots. Just try to keep your golf ball on the dry land and you will have a great day for sure.
The course conditions of the Red Mountain Golf Club are excellent. Bermuda grass is used on the greens which is made for fast but smooth putting surfaces. The fairways and tees look amazing and the caddies cover your tracks immediately.
The Greenkeepers don’t use many machines to keep their golf course in shape. It is all “Hand made” and you can see that they put much effort into their work. I liked the way they carried the concept of variety into all areas of the golf course. The whole team is doing a fantastic job.
Facilities & Service
The Red Mountain Golf Club has everything a golfer needs: A great restaurant with excellent Thai and international food, a well-stocked pro shop, and lockers. If you want to hit some golf balls before your round starts, a nice driving range awaits you. Of course you can also practice you putting skills.
If you want to rent some clubs for a nice round this is the place to be. The rental equipment was in excellent condition and you just get decent clubs from TaylorMade, Nike and co. I played with some TaylorMade SLDR irons and was very pleased with them.
Golf carts are compulsory for a good reason. The distances between the holes can be pretty long and with all the up and downs you are happy to sit behind a steering wheel.
But the best about the Red Mountain Golf Club is the service. Everybody behaves like a professional and is super freindly and kind. No matter, if it was the waiter in the restaurant, the lady at the reception, our fantastic caddy, or one of the greenkeepers who we met on my awful round. They were all smiling and made us feel welcome.
I first got a little bit shocked when I saw the prices on the internet. Even for us Europeans or Americans this Golf course is a bit pricey. But to be honest it is worth the money. Especially the good rental equipment and the super friendly and helpful caddy impressed me. Here are the prices:
Visitor Rate for 18 holes: 6,000 Baht
Mandatory caddy fee: 400 Baht
Mandatory golf cart fee: 700 Baht
Tip for caddy: (~400 Baht)
Club rental: 1,500 Baht
So, for a nice day of golf you have to pay 7,100 Baht (without rental clubs) or US $230.
Definitely a MUST-PLAY when in Thailand. The design and the scenery of the Red Mountain Golf Club impressed me. Not just the signature hole is worth the high green fee. I think I have NEVER played a course where 80% of the holes were totally different. This great diversity makes this golf course so special.
If you have the chance to visit the island of Phuket in Thailand, make sure to visit this wonderful golf course and just enjoy a great day of golf.
Golf course facts: Red Mountain Golf Club, Thailand
LENGTH: 6,781/5,925 yards
PRICE: 7,100 Baht = US$220 (18 hole greenfee+caddy+cart)
BEST SEASON: December – April
GUESTS ALLOWED: Every day
SIGNATURE HOLE: The 17th hole – PAR 3 with a 50 meters drop off from green to tee
More impressions of the Red Mountain Golf Club
I hope I could give you an idea of the fabolous Red Mountain Golf Club and highly recommend to play a nice round here. Just make sure you have enough golf balls with you 🙂
Have you played the Red Mountain Golf Club yet? How was your experience? Please leave me a comment and if you like BoB and my review, plase share it and subscribe to our youtube channel.
Finally I want to thank the Red Mountain Golf Club and their Management for their great support! Special Thanks to Mr. Songkiat Artorngit and to our great caddy Mrs. Mee. We had a wonderful time testing this golf course and will be back one day!
Thanks for reading and have a bobtastic day!