One thousand feet above sea level in the mountainous northern region of Thailand, Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort is a breath of fresh air – literally. The atmosphere is cooler and crisper than in any other part of the country. The reservoir-fed course is invigorating, too. Credit goes to Mother Nature and the design team of Schmidt Curley, which elected not to impinge on the land and instead let the natural contours of the hilly property dictate each hole.
The result is a nice balance of risk and reward, symbolized best by the 558-yard, par-5 finishing hole, a downhiller that tempts players on their second shot to take on a large pond fronting the green. After you’ve completed your round, take a seat in the plush, open-air restaurant for 5-star nosh, or retreat to one of nine exquisitely appointed bungalows with balconies overlooking your triumph..
- GETTING THERE: Twenty-five minutes from the airport and also 25 minutes from town along a road that winds through rice fields and jungle.
- ON THE HORIZON: A 19-room spa facility with views of the 18th fairway and a residential component that eventually will include 200 units spread over 250 acres.
- SWEET TEES: Owner Vichai Samokoses has gone the extra mile by grassing the tee boxes with Tiff Eagle, a variety of turf normally only used for greens.
Contact Chiang Mai Highlands
Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort
167 Moo 2
King Amphur Mea-o
Tel +66(0) 53 261 354-9
Fax +66(0) 53 261 363