The South Course At Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego California is considered the most difficult golf course in the world?
Meanwhile, Thailand has some of the most challenging golf courses in Asia too
Technically one of the most difficult golf courses in Thailand and with visually stunning greens is the Alpine Golf and Sports Club near Bangkok.
Always impeccably maintained with rolling fairways and a series of water and sand hazards to avoid. Significant elevation changes present great difficulty for all but a great challenge all the same.
Moving down the expressway to Pattaya on the Gulf of Thailand, all the golf courses in the Pattaya region are first class and are challenging golf courses too.
Pattaya has become one of the top golf holiday destinations in SE Asia, with over 28 golf courses including the world-famous Siam Country Club Old Course all within easy reach of the city even from Bangkok.
With several tournaments, it is also a popular for professional golfers too
Even professional golfers struggle around some of these testing holes.
So here is our list of some of the hardest golf holes in Pattaya.
Not always the handicappers' number 1.
Please feel free to add your own.
This is an 18 holes country-style course designed by Nick Faldo back in the 90s, and he has used the natural contours to create undulating fairways of cow grass with elevated greens.
Depending on the wind their 14th par five from an elevated tee needs a lot of firepowers to reach the elevated green.
At 539 yards it is a beast as you are hitting uphill all the way with a tree in the middle of the sloping fairway and several bunkers to avoid on the way. Get a par here and you have done well.
Also, most of their par 3's are for elevated tees to elevated greens with trick undulations.
Still an enjoyable day out.
Home to the Honda LPGA Thailand for a number of years the oldest Siam Country Club Old Course delivers on the final hole with vengeance.
The Country Club is possibly the most challenging golf course in the country with a fantastic parkland-style layout and many mature trees.
How many dramas have been played out on this uphill par 5, which has one of the most horrible undulations on a fairly large green?
At 540 yards you will need a good drive and a long second shot up to the green on this the 18th hole.
Although the club's handicapper rates Hole 11 as the hardest and the 18th at just 9, ask most of the LPGA stars what they think, and they will agree that it is a very dramatic penultimate hole.
Most will tell you to avoid the slopes as your ball can land on the green and still end up 40 meters away.
Noted by many as one of the best golf courses in the country and very popular with overseas players on golf holidays.
In fact, if you are planning a golf holiday, get your tour operator to book this course early as it is very busy all year round.
You will have deserved your cool beer after this hole.
Out of the three tracks at this splendid golf course, most would say including professional golfers that their Valley is the hardest.
Created by the legend Jack Nicklaus he makes you think before attempting each hole.
Most are tricky with quite a lot of water hazards to avoid.
However, he leaves the best to last as Hole 9 is a par 4 at a reasonable 421 yards handicap 4.
However, you need to avoid the water off the tee and four well-placed bunkers guarding the green.
The second course to open out of the four in the Siam Country Club group, Plantation has 27 holes, most created on a hill, so the wind plays a lot here.
Sugar Cane runs around the back of the clubhouse and again they leave the best to last their Ninth hole a very long par 4.
Given its Handicap one status, it is one of the most testing holes due to its length of 498 from the back tees.
If the wind is blowing here you will have to be very strong to reach the green.
So there you are, a few of the hardest golf holes in Pattaya.
I am sure many of you may wish to add Burapha golf club or Rolling Hills or even the mighty St Andrews 2000.
In summary, the courses that we have reviewed are the Emerald Golf Club, Siam Country Club's Old Course, Lam Chabang International Country Club Valley Course and Siam Country Club's Plantation Course.
We hope you enjoyed our list and please feel free to add your own in the comments below.
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