Located between Pattaya and Chonburi in the beautiful countryside, the Crystal Bay Golf Club is a very laidback and enjoyable round of Pattaya golf. If you are looking for a club that is more suited to high to mid-level handicappers, and also has a very affordable green fee charge while remaining in great condition, Crystal Bay Golf Club is the one for you.
I have played Crystal Bay PATTAYA a few times and have always been struck by how forgiving the course is
I have played Crystal Bay a few times and have always been struck by how forgiving the course is, which makes it much more a pleasant experience than playing one of the region’s more difficult championship courses. This course has 3x 9-holes, which makes it a 27-hole course in total. First designed in 1988 by Japanese designer, Thai Takenaka, and originally named Natural Park Resort, Crystal Bay has come a long way.
In 2010, the course was bought by the Legacy Golf group of properties, which has helped shaped the course as a fully-fledged resort over the past 5-years.
Approximately a 45-minute drive from Pattaya, and 1.5 hours from Bangkok, Crystal Bay GC is a Hawaiian-style course that has lots of palm tree-fringed holes, luscious fairways, and slightly sloping greens that are not too fast but still respectable.
Water hazards are a big factor on this course, so make sure you are hitting the ball straight or bring your wellies along. Many of the fairways are water-lined, and there is water to carry on the tee-shots of many holes. Bunkers also play an integral part of the course’s defence mechanisms, so bring along a bucket and spade if you are playing poorly like me!
Being completely honest with you, the clubhouse has seen better days and could do with a lick of paint or a bit of renovation work, and really does let the side down as a fully-fledged international style course, so there’s room for improvement. However, with a quality restaurant that serves both Thai and international fare, and very friendly staff, this Pattaya golf course is a great mid-range course both in terms of conditions and difficulty.
Crystal Bay Golf Course
Address: 502 Moo 10 Bangpra Sriracha Chonburi 20210
Telephone: (038) 349370-4, 085-228-0640-1