Located just a 30-minute drive south of Chiang Mai, Hariphunchai Golf Club is an excellent 9-hole, par-36 championship layout located only 6 km south over the Lamphun province border. Rolling hills and tall mountains including Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon, and Doi Wat Bhuddhabart surround the Chiang Mai golf course.
Japanese golf course architect Yoshikazu Kato, who was also responsible for other excellent courses such as Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, designed Hariphunchai. Well-manicured fairways and smooth rolling greens are comparable to conditions of a private members club.
Each hole on the course features risk and reward shots with water in play on six of the nine holes.
Best hole at Hariphunchai Golf Club
Two of the best holes include the sixth, a 460 yard par-4 and the finishing hole, a par-5 measuring over 650 yards. The former plays straight into the prevailing winds with a water hazard running up the entire right side of the fairway. The latter is a three-shot hole for par, with a large tree in the middle of the fairway that demands precision to lay up far enough away so that the there is ample room for the second shot.
Hariphunchai Golf Club is set up with two tee boxes on each hole for those wanting to play two rounds. Each tee box is at different angles and distances from the fairway that requires different clubs being needed to hit most greens.
Overall the experience at Hariphunchai is excellent, and the course is one of the best conditioned and tests of golf near Chiang Mai and north Thailand.