Dragon Hills Golf & Country Club

Dragon Hills Golf & Country Club

Dragon Hills Golf Club is an 18-hole layout spread over 2,400 acres of lush natural mountainside jungle. Jim Enge, an American who worked with Nicklaus design, was the lead designer responsible for producing this particularly good layout.

Dragon Hills Golf Club is an 18-hole layout spread over 2,400 acres of lush natural mountainside jungle. Jim Enge, an American who worked with Nicklaus design, was the lead designer responsible for producing this particularly good layout.

Previously kept in good condition, although nowadays conditions vary, this par-72 is mostly enjoyed by local golfers wanting to get away from Bangkok. It is a one and one half hour drive from Kanchanaburi, Bangkok and/or Hua Hin through mostly curving local roads.

This remote setting is in the middle of forested jungle, valleys and hills. Dragon Hills offers a combination of undulating fairways and greens, lateral water hazards, carries over water, doglegs and strategically located sand traps. The scenic background makes for a pleasurable round of golf.

The back nine holes are particularly impressive, as they play through environmentally preserved park lands. The signature holes are 10, 11, and 12. Hole-12 plays to an island green, downhill about 170 yards. Unusually, there are 3 par 3, 3 par 4 and 3 par 5 on this back nine, making it a real challenge with no easy holes. The par 4 and par 5 play long, with well-placed hazards and sloping back to front greens.

A small rustic clubhouse and on-site lodge provides ample, but not fancy, facilities and accommodations. In any case, most golfers come here for the scenery in a remote part of western Thailand and depart after their round.

Designer:      Edward Thiele & Pirapon Namatra
Golf Cart:      THB 750 compulsory
Holes / Par / Yardage:      18 holes par 72 (6824 yards)
Established:      2003
Golf Set:      THB 700-2000
Location:      North coast of Koh Samui
Golf Shoes:      THB 200
Distance:      15 minutes from Chaweng Beach
Umbrella:      THB 100
Closed on:      Open everyday
Driving Range:      Yes
Max. golfers per group:      Weekday: 4
Weekend: 4
Facilities:      Accommodation, Massage, Restaurants, Spa