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Red Mountain Golf Course

July 14, 2010

Winding its way through a truly dramatic 1400 rai former tin mine site in the heart of Phuket, Red Mountain is surely one of Asia’s most exciting new courses.

The course has been cleverly routed to take advantage of a huge variety of landforms and dizzying elevation changes. Scars left from the tin mine era have been imaginatively incorporated into the overall scheme, creating a unique character at the same time as establishing an indelible link with an important era in the Island’s past.

Designer Jon Morrow and co-designer Al Tikkanen, have created a highly strategic and challenging 6,900 yard lay out to complement the shorter and gentler old Loch Palm Course. While the course is undoubtedly challenging, numerous risk and reward options create a fun playing environment, an exhilarating test of golf and a breathtaking scenic tour around a course destined to become a golfing landmark in the region.

  • As you walk in to Red Mountain’s clubhouse you will be welcomed by responsive staff and will find a modern yet stylish Pro Shop on the left hand side where you may register your tee-time and purchase your green fee or make a future reservation. You’ll also find that our friendly Pro Shop staff caters to all golfers needs whether it is a piece of memorabilia, a new glove to rental clubs or shoes.
  • Once you’ve checked-in you may make your way to the locker rooms located just around the right hand corner at the end of the clubhouse lobby where we allow guests to freshen up after their round. As you enter the locker rooms sign yourself in and a locker key will be handed to you, then put away your fresh set of clothes and any other possessions you won’t need on the course.
  • For golfers looking for a sensational meal before or after hitting the course head to Red Mountain’s Restaurant where we serve first-class breakfasts and a variety of western and Thai fine cuisines.
  • If you’re not feeling like a full meal then head down to our Staging Area just past the locker rooms and down the stairs. Here you can order a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a snack from our restaurant while overseeing golfers tee-off on the first hole. Your clubs will be close by on you golf cart with your assigned caddie ready to assist you around the mountains and if you would prefer to get a feel for the greens prior to your round you may head down to the putting green adjacent to the first tee. Once it’s time for you to tee-off you will be approached by a Starter who will direct you to your allocated tee-box.
  • Red Mountain golf club has kiosks spread out along the course every 3 holes filled with refreshing beverages and snacks keeping golfers energy levels high throughout the round. We also provide marshals on the front and back nine to maintain the pace of play at all times.
  • Searching for the golfing experience second to none? We cater specifically to your requests to make your day at Red Mountain GC unforgettable to your business partners and colleagues. Organizing your day, from scoring to ‘closest-to-the-pin’ challenges you’ll find our operation is highly service minded. So lay back, relax and allow us to prepare an array of dishes and keep the drinks flowing.
  • Make your next family celebration or special event even better by enjoying our selection of western and Thai dishes accompanied by a bottle of great wine and if you like, we’ll even arrange the cake!
  • Furthermore, Red Mountain golf club provides golf club storage, scoring teams and a taxi pick-up service.

Red Mountain Golf Course is the second course at Loch Palm Golf Club and the newest golf course on Phuket Island. The course was designed to take advantage of a huge variety of landforms and dramatic elevation changes, making it Phuket’s hilliest course.

The entire Loch Palm site, like Blue Canyon, Phuket’s other famous golf course, is an abandoned tin mine. The hole routing explores the four corners of the former tin mine property representing a memorable tour of Phuket’s historical landscapes. Cliffs and gullies etched in sandy tailings over the years by storm waters feature on several holes. Towering cliffs cut out of the hills and flooded canyons frame several other holes. Golfers face the full range of natures hazards; wind, water, slopes and elevation changes. This is the highest golf course on Phuket Island and dramatic views are realized from many of the points on the golf course.

The concept of variety has been carried into all areas of Red Mountain. There are large and small greens; some with subtle breaks, some with wilder contours. Bermuda grass is used on the greens which make for fast but smooth putting surfaces. Fairways and tees are grassed with Seashore Paspalum; a popular turf being used at other Thailand championship courses like Amata Springs and Best Ocean, both in Bangkok. Wild, local grasses have been preserved in some rough areas to complete the natural look.

The course has a few shorter par 4’s to give some good birdie chances, but also for the longer hitters there is the 12th, a 481 yard par 4. The par 3’s all require accurate shot placement and they are as beautiful to look at as they are challenging to play. For example, the signature ninth hole has a vertical drop of 50 meters from tee to green and the shot must be carefully threaded through large pine trees lining both sides of the hole. The four par 5’s are also all unique. The 6th and 10th holes play downhill and are both over 500 yards. The 8th and 18th are uphill and shorter. Each of the four holes presents golfers with different challenges that require a variety of shots.

The Loch Palm site, being located almost in the exact center of Phuket Island makes this course one of most accessible to those staying on the poplar Patong and Karon beaches. Only 15 minutes is needed to get to/from the course which makes it a real possibility for those with non-golfing families to spend the better part of the day with their family after a quick early morning round.

For golfers wanting to spend more time at the course, there are excellent shared practice facilities, a grass driving range, as well as a fully stocked club house for 19th hole formalities. While Loch Palm is an optional walk or ride course, golf carts are compulsory at Red Mountain. This is usually a negative, but in the case of the hilly Red Mountain course, it is unlikely that anyone on a golf vacation would opt to walk this layout anyway. Loch Palm’s new Red Mountain course is one of the top three Phuket courses and should be part of any golf package to the area.

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