Golf Travel 2020

Travel Guide 2020: Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai

Host of the Asian Tour’s Chiang Mai Classic in 2013 and 2014, Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai comprises some 450 rai of land that nestles in a valley between the mountain ranges in the heart of the San Kamphaeng natural forests. It is undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in Chiang Mai.

Inspired by the magnificent hills on its horizon, Ron M Garl designed of the first 18.

At 7,541 yards from the black tees, it challenges the professional golfer but amateurs will find it equally pleasant from either the white or blue tee boxes thanks to the fresh country air.  The new nine holes, opened in 2016, play towards the rear of the resort and are separated into three distinct zones. The pine tree zone is more of a parkland area, the wetland zone plays through marshes, and working rice paddy fields highlight the paddy zone. Rice fields surround one of the par-3 holes forming Thailand’s only rice paddy green. Currently, the new nine holes are divided between the original 18 holes so that everyone is forced to play some of the new and old courses.

The island fairway on the par 4 9th hole of the A course is both beautiful and difficult. Playing over water twice and almost directly into the prevailing wind makes this hole a challenging ending to the front nine. The 11th hole, a 524-yard par 4 (yes par 4!) is, without doubt, the most difficult on the course. Doglegging left with water down the entire left side; this hole plays almost like a par 5.

Alpine Chiang Mai is complete with a full range of facilities including a 4-star resort, international restaurant and day spa; all this in the spectacular ambience of the hills of Chiang Mai.

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