For newcomers to the Chiang Mai region of Thailand, the word ‘Inthanon’ may not mean anything to you but the local people it is a big deal. It refers to the highest mountain in Thailand, called Doi Inthanon.
The summit of this mountain is now a popular place for locals and tourists to climb and admire the views. There is an observatory at the top in addition to a Royal Thai Air Force weather radar station. However, it is the view from below, at Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf Resort that we are most interested in seeing.
The golf course has been named thanks to the magnificent views of the mountain throughout the 18 holes. On ground level, the course is surrounded by fruit trees but it the looming presence of Doi Inthanon which truly sets the scene for an excellent round of golf.
The par-72 course plays long from the back tees at 7,268 yards but there are five different tee positions on each hole. The red tees play to 5,628 yards, so every player can feel comfortable playing a round at Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf Resort.
The first few holes are fairly straight forward but things become interesting from the par-4 7th hole. This is not a particularly long hole but the fairway is divided into two sections by a group of trees. The left side makes for an easier approach but this where water can come into play. The right side is safer but with bunkers protecting the green, the approach is far from easy.
This hole is a brilliant example of what to expect when playing at Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf Resort. The 13th hole is another par-4 worthy of mention with a fairway sandwiched between two bunkers and water on the right side. The green is surrounded by water and has two bunkers, one to the right and one behind, making the accuracy of approach very important.
Many visitors believe the two finishing holes at Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf Resort are the most scenic in Thailand.
The 17th hole requires a tee shot over a lake to an elevated green. There are bunkers either side of the putting surface but once you arrive on the green, the views are tremendous. You can see across the jungle to the Doi Inthanon.
The clubhouse has an interesting timber design with basic locker rooms. There is a restaurant which serves Thai and international cuisine plus a range of beers and soft drinks. You can sit outside with a beverage and enjoy views across the golf course with Doi Inthanon in the background.