Mission Hills Golf Club might be by the sea but it is not a links course. It actually bears no similarity to other courses on the island but probably reflects Phuket's character most accurately. Nicklaus Design has added some distinguishing quirks, like the two greens that offer alternative finishes on Hole 18. Paspalum Sea Isle grasses add stunning colors and thrive in the salty soil.
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Mission Hills has been carved from rubber plantations and sits among Phuket's environmentally-friendly mangroves. Great expanses of white sand beach bunkers have been added to contrast with the translucent blue hues of the ocean and the vibrant greens of the Sea Isle grassed fairways and putting surfaces. It is accurately described as a "piece of living art," the kind of pastiche that Vincent Van Goh would have created given half a chance and a love of a long drive.
The ocean views are delivered at a price: water comes in to play at seven holes. The sea breezes also are a regular feature. What time of day you choose to play can turn a following zephyr into a stiff headwind. While the spa awaits at the 19th hole, stress and tiredness are further banished with caddies and golf carts both being compulsory. It is not unknown for snacks to be delivered out on the course at lunchtime.
Hole 4, first of the ocean holes, is a medium-length par three with spectacular views across the Phuket Sea. The putting surface is an island of grass in a sea of white sand.
One island, two greens: Hole 2 is a par five that requires two well-placed shots to give the golfer a comfortable third to the island putting surface. The island is shared with the green for Hole 5, a par 4 that plays back towards the clubhouse from tees situated in a sandy expanse.
TransportationRound-trip transfers are available to Mission Hills from anywhere on the island for 1000 baht a person.
Mission Hills Golf Club
Phuket's first 21st Century championship course lies on the scenic north-east coast. A nine-hole night golf course, due to open in early 2005, is also close by in the foothills. The courses are 10 minutes' drive from the airport and 30 minutes from Phuket City.
- Address: 195 Moo 4 Pla khlok, Amphur Thalang, Phuket 83000
- Tel: +66 (0)76 310 888