Phoenix Gold Golf Course comprises three nines - Ocean, Lake and Mountain, and has superb views of the surrounding mountains and the Gulf of Thailand. Large mango, eucalyptus trees and flowering shrubs add color and give a natural feel to the layout.
Gently contoured fairways, shallow bunkers and sloping greens characterize this palm tree lined parkland course. Tee-boxes are defined by planted hedges.
The name Ocean Course may seem like a contradiction as you may be wondering why there is no water on any of the nine holes. However, wait until the finishing hole on the Ocean Course. The tee box for this par-5 sits at the highest point on the course and affords a commanding view of the Gulf of Thailand and Pattaya skyline. The tee shot is straight down a sloping fairway followed by a 2nd shot aimed toward the Gulf of Thailand. Large sand bunkers lining along both sides of the fairway come into play on the 3rd shot into the green. The bunker in the front left of the green should be avoided for it is difficult to get up and down for par from there. The center of the green is preferred for an easy par, or even birdie!
In terms of the beauty of the course, the top honors go to arguably the best nine, the Mountain Course. A very attractive collection of folding, jungle-clad hills is always in view. The rocky frontage of one mountain is decorated with a massive, laser-carved image of Buddha, the golden lines of the image standing out against the grey of the rock face. It is quite a sight, especially when illuminated by the sun's rays.
A spacious clubhouse dominates the landscape with a huge center reception and pro shop. The locker rooms and other facilities are more than adequate and the restaurant serving both Thai and European food is superb and well-priced.
Phoenix Gold Golf Club's easy access from Pattaya plus decent playing conditions makes this course worth including in most Pattaya golf packages.
Designer : Dennis Griffiths
Holes / Par / Yardage : 27 holes / par (72/36) / (6812/3261 yards)
Established : 1993
Green / Caddy / Buggy Fees : ฿2,500-3,000/ ฿350/ ฿700
Distance : 25 minutes from Pattaya