There are just a couple of golf courses on Samui; the 9-hole Royal Samui and the 18-hole Santiburi Samui Country Club. The latter is a par 72 championship course designed by Piraporn Namatra and constructed over a three year period.
Opened in 2003, it plays 6,461 yards from the blue tees and has waterfalls and streams running through the land adding abundant, natural beauty. A surprisingly high mountain range borders the course and makes for an inspiring backdrop.
Each hole on the Santiburi course sits at a different elevation, and the fairways follow the natural line of the hills to create an interesting and challenging multi-level game. Throughout the round, players enjoy views of the sea and beaches below. The setting and design are unique and the course has received high praise in a number of golfing publications, as well as on websites dedicated to the sport.
The course may soon become a regular part of the PGA Asian Tour. The back nine is slightly more challenging than the front nine due largely to the undulating terrain, which requires players to hit a number of shots blind. There are several delightful par threes and short par fours included in the course that offer even non-handicap players the opportunity to keep their scores respectably low.