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“Great course, but greens could be better!”

Loch Palm Golf Club
Ranked #29 of 67 Outdoor Activities in Kathu
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Owner description: Known as the most relaxing golf course in Phuket. Located in the centre of the island next to Red Mountain in Kathu District just 10 minutes from Phuket Town or Patong Beach the course nestles below a panoramic range of peaks, and is sandwiched between the Kathu Waterfalls and Kathu Village. The layout surrounds the largest lake on any golf course in Phuket, Crystal Lake, a massive 48 acres in size. This is an 18 hole, par 72, 6,555 yard, palm tree-lined beauty that has recently completed major re-designs and renovation upgrades.
Phuket, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Great course, but greens could be better!”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

A stunning course layout, without being overly testing (unless of course one's shots are offline, in which case you're sure to find one or more of the dozens of lakes). No two holes look the same.

One unfortunate aspect is that barely two greens feel, nor putt the same! If only the greens were consistent, and true, and reasonably fast (certian holes are: e.g. the 11th, the 14th, th 15th) then it wold make for a much better round (and possibly better score!).

The only other thing to be aware of - in high season, or on any busy day, play can be VERY slow. In keeping with most Asian golf I've ever experienced, "keeping up with play" is not a rule that many Asians care to follow. During a recent round, it took my 2-ball two hours and 20 minutes to complete only 9 holes. And there's little effort from course "Marshalls" to really do much about it.

Generally, the staff in both the office and the pro-shop do their best and are customer centric. If only the powers that be would grasp some more traditional "club" aspects of golf and present it less as simply a money-making business venture .... how much more attractive a place might it be to play??

Visited January 2014
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“Great course”
Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

Nice golf course in Phuket, right next to Red Mountain, so close to Patong where we stayed. The layout is magnificent with some challenging holes and plenty water. The fairways were in good condition, but the greens were very slow. Good for landing on it, but not so great for putting. There are plenty watering/ice places, which was good since it was a sweltering heat. The price however was a bit steep for some water, 40 or 60 baht where most courses charge you 10-20 baht. The caddies are friendly, but not great. For a course like this you would expect good caddies. As with most things Phuket is quite a bit more expensive than mainland Thailand and that is definitely the case here. But if you are already staying on Phuket, it is a great place to play golf

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“Good value in rising prices”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

I visit the island annually with the family for R&R and have always included 1-2 golf games in my trip. After trying all the courses on the island, Loch palm is my favourite. Its not as tight as the next door red mountain and has a great mix of water, Forrest and mountain holes. The driving range is conveniently located with the club house and the caddies are of acceptable standards. I just hate it when they assign trainee caddies and you end up being their trainer on course equitette. Booking is done thru a golf broker who is about 10-20% lower than the walk in rate. My only dissapointment is the ever rising cost of golf games on the island. I havevseen the prices for a game rise steadily in the past 5 years and its now about us$150 to 170 per game , inclusive of buggy fees and compulsory caddy tips. That is even higher to prices in Singapore and Bali and to me is too much to pay for in a game in Phuket. It's unlikely due to rising labour cost so I take it that it's just simple old human greed that is bringing the prices up.
I will be leaving my clubs at home my next rip to Phuket.

Visited December 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Great golf in Phuket”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

Booked to play Loch Palm through Phuket Golf Leisure. The booking process was extremely easy. Alissa responded to emails very quickly and made the process effortless. I was booked to be picked up in Khao Lak which is about an hour and a half from the course. The driver arrived and took me out to the course

On arrival I was greeted by my caddy Ya #74. She took my clubs and directed me to the locker rooms. The locker rooms have beautiful views over the driving range and putting green

The course itself offers challenges for levels of golfer. Do I try to carry the water and make birdie or place safe and make a par? Tight driving holes and some difficult greens mixed with open fairways makes you think about every shot.

As mentioned Ya was an excellent caddie, she knew the course well and by the end of the round was selecting clubs for me

When I finished it was off to the locker room, nice showers offering soap, shampoo, body lotion for after the shower as well as hair gel.

The bar area provided a beautiful setting and very reasonably priced 320 Baht for 2 beers and a bowl of fried rice

Golf was priced at 5700 Baht including green fees, club hire, and caddy fee ( mandatory) on top of that you must tip the caddie usually between 300 -500 Baht

Clubs were supplied by Phuket Golf Leisure and were new Titleist Clubs

Overall a really enjoyable day

Visited October 2013
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“Golf In Phuket”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

Loch Palm Golf Course honestly takes most relaxing golf course in Phuket awards. This course is designed to provide challenges for the intermediate golfers, while also providing a very scenic & relaxing experience. The caddies here are first-rate and well trained to assist you with club selection and ball placement, they are fun, and just make the golf in Phuket experience that much better. Expect fairways & greens to be in above average condition.

Nice pro-shop & a nice place to sit and have a beer afterwards over-looking the lake which is also the driving range.

Message me if you have any questions about Golf in Phuket.


Visited August 2013
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