The beauty of golf in Hua Hin -- besides the actual courses themselves -- is the sheer amount of layouts a player has to choose from. The region boasts a plethora of world-class tracks, including:
Banyan Golf Club, the ‘Best New Course in Asia’ as voted by Asian Golf Monthly readers in 2009. Opened in late 2008, the exquisitely maintained track sits in a mostly-enclosed, bucolic bowl without a home or resort in sight. But it's the layout’s routing that keeps players coming back -- most holes feature pineapple patches, bougainvillea beds and, of course, Banyan trees. www.banyanthailand.com
Black Mountain Golf Club, site of the 2009 Black Mountain Masters, a prestigious Asian Tour event won by Swedish star Johan Edfors.
Majestic Creek Country Club, set in the mountains just west of Hua Hin and home of the longest par 5 (770 yards!) in Thailand.
Palm Hills Golf Club & Residence, the first international standard golf course in Hua Hin when opened in 1992.
Royal Hua Hin Golf Club, the oldest golf course in Thailand, built in 1924 by Scottish railroad engineer A.O. Robins.
Springfield Village Golf & Spa, boasting 18 holes designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus and another nine crafted by the lauded combo of Schmidt-Curley.