The 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. Hosting the Asian Tour 2013 and 2014 Chiang Mai Classic, Alpine was put on the professional circuit and further recognized for its world class layout.
The design of the first 18 by world-famous golf course designer Mr. Ron M Garl, was inspired by the magnificent hills on its horizon. No matter where you are on the course, you are sure to enjoy nature at her best: exquisite lush green from the nearby forests – which comprise a rich assembly of trees such as the golden teak wood, mahogany, and many more other species. The 18-hole, Chiang Mai course at 7,541 yards in length from the black tees will challenge the serious player, although anyone who enjoys golfing in the fresh country air, close to nature, will find it equally pleasant from either the white or blue tee boxes.
The new nine holes, opened in 2016, play towards the rear of the resort and is 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. In fact, rice fields surround one of the par-3 holes forming Thailand’s only rice paddy green.
Other memorable holes include the fourth hole on the A Course, the longest par five on the course and one of the longest in Thailand at 652 yards. The fifth on the A Course, a 444-yard par 4 with well guarded green and where par would be a good score. On the seventh of the A, Course golfers take note of the interesting spirit house near the tee. The stream runs along side and across this hole from green to tee makes it one of the most challenging holes on the course. The boldest, who have prayed to the spirits, may attempt to carry the whole length of the water and going for the green in two. However, in reality on this exciting hole anything an eagle to a triple bogey can result.
The island fairway on the par four ninth 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 eleventh hole, a 524-yard par 4 (yes par 4!), is, without a doubt, the most difficult on the golf 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 ambiance of the hills of Chiang Mai.