Things are changing on many on the Phuket Golf Courses and improvements are taking place on many of them. Loch Palm is leading the way and the new club house is all set to be open and in place for the coming high season. The style is similar to neighbor and sister course Red Mountain with a magnificent new locker room on the first floor that has fantastic views over the putting green and Crystal Lake. The open air restaurant on the ground floor is in the same location but refurbished in a new style. With the improvements already in place on the course, Loch Palm leads the standards for other courses to follow.
Phuket Country Club is set to follow Loch Palm with a new clubhouse and they hope to have this in place by the start of the 2012 season. The new design will have a new location for players to check in at the Pro-Shop and the clubhouse will stretch down the 18th fairway with great views of players finishing their rounds. The oldest course in Phuket is in need really in need of this improvement and the new clubhouse will bring the club up to the standard that golfers expect for their golf holidays in Asia.
Laguna Golf (home of the 2009 Thailand Open) was also hoping for a major change this year with plans for the redesign of a number of holes and the reseeding of grass on many holes. Unfortunately this has not happened much to the frustration of the golf management and building and investment in the new Angsana Hotel on the Laguna complex has meant that work has been put back until May 2012.
Of the other courses, Mission Hills have re-seeded its fairways in an effort to improve its image but as yet, no real improvement has been noticed. The newest course on the island, Phunaka continues to improve mainly on the practice facilities side and its 56 bay driving range and short game area is the best on the island. For anyone wanting to learn to play golf, this is the place with golf schools for beginners and video tuition for the most established players.
So although golf is more expensive than other parts of Thailand, the golf courses are working hard and investing money and the future of golf in Phuket is looking good.