Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai opened in 2008, and is located approximately 30 minutes from the centre of Chiang Mai by car. The course was designed by American golf architect Ron Garl who has designed over 250 courses world wide including Alpine Golf Club in Bangkok, and Royal Gems GC in Bangkok. Alpine Golf Resort was recently host to the Chiang Mai Golf Classic.
Mr Garl has routed the course through lush natural forest in a valley in between mountain ranges in San Kampaeng, and makes good use of all the natural features. The course has a natural flow to it and incorporates the native vegetation, water and rolling landscape to good affect. The course has real natural beauty, and a variety of golf holes that have you keen to see what awaits around the next corner...
The par three holes are memorable. Hole 3 is framed by the forest, and features water off the tee and down the right hand side of the hole.
Hole 12 has an elevated tee, a short double water carry, and again is well framed by the trees- just a lovely hole
Hole 15 is a classic island green like the famous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. Although a short iron, this is a shot that demands your attention!
Other holes of note include the double dogleg par 5 seventh hole with water in play on the left and short off the tee, and down the right for the approach to the green
Hole nine stands out as well- a shortish par 4 it has a double water carry. A decent tee shot needs to carry the water hazard to hit the fairway with the water also in play down the right hand side of play and swinging across again in front of the green. The approach shot with a shortish iron will need to carry 100 yards or more over water to hit the green.
I also liked the short par 4 tenth with a tee shot through a narrow gap in the foliage, and elevated green.
One of the strongest holes is the longer par 4 sixteenth hole- a classic 'cape' hole where the choice on how much water you take on determines the length and difficulty of your approach.
Alpine Golf Resort is a course that suits all level of golfer. It will test the best yet be enjoyable for the social golfer. We found it great fun to be playing to island greens, picking our lines on the cape hole, and working our way around what is a fairly strategic design
The course is well maintained and the caddies experienced- although communication was at times restricted to lines and distances. As with most other courses in the area the greens had enough grain to require some education, and chipping from greenside rough was a skill that will altogether elude some.
Alpine Golf Resort is one of the preferred courses on The Travelling Golfer Golf Tours to Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai. We have hosted groups for ladies groups, gents and couples and can tailor an itinerary for smaller groups who do not require a host.
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