Often clients golfing in Phuket ask about other options off the island which is bit limited but they can be found. The Santiburi golf course on Koh Samui is an option but with only one course its hard to recognise this island as golf destination. At one point in 2009 it looked like Krabi was going to be a good alternative but sadly the recession put an end to both a Nicklaus and a Montgomerie project. There remains only one course on Krabi called the Pakasai Country Club which has a good nine holes, but the not so good second nine.
Tubla Mu is the Royal Navy Course about an hours drive north of Phuket and is a picturesque course running close to the ocean. Dont expect too much, but for 600 baht it can be fun but it gets very dry and bouncy in high season and its not the greatest overall design.
Thai Muang was the closest course to Phuket and a very good Pete Dye design and this was closed down in 2010 to be turned into huge marina resort but also fell victim to the recession and looks like it well never re open. There is a new course being built in the Pang Nga and is about a year from opening so the best alternative in the Rajjabrabha Dam golf course in the beautiful Khao Sok National Park. Two hours drive north of Phuket this hidden gem was designed by EGAT (the electricity board of Thailand) and is well worth a visit with its fast greens and beautiful scenery. Five hours from the island of Phuket is the Racha Kiri Resort which is a wonderful add on to a Phuket holiday where you can can enjoy spa treatments, golf and quiet relaxtion at the end of your holiday.