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Non-golfers are equally welcome at the restaurant and clubhouse of Santiburi Samui Country Club.


9Santiburi Samui Country Club has a reputation as being one of the top golf courses on the Asian circuit. Perhaps a lesser-known fact is that the clubhouse offers great local food at reasonable rates, and it’s fast becoming a popular place for lunch, even for those not up to a round of golf.

      Being part of the well-established Santiburi Group that has several locations on Samui, and also in Hua Hin, Chiang Rai and Khon Kaen, it’s no wonder they know how to run a clubhouse well and keep players happy and well-fed. On Samui, you can experience Santiburi’s fine-dining at The Santiburi Samui Golf & Resort in Maenam, as well as at their sister resort, the Bo Phut Resort & Spa. And if you’re after a romantic beachside setting in the cosmopolitan Fisherman’s Village, then do give Krua Bophut a try.

       But it’s the clubhouse at the Country Club that we’re focusing on, and here it’s all about wholesome local dishes and ice-cold drinks at reasonable rates – just what a golfer needs after a few hours of swinging clubs in the hot sun. Of course a view worthy of printing on a postcard just adds to the appeal. Now while this view could be quite distracting while playing a round, relaxing in the clubhouse after a game lets you take in the full panorama and truly appreciate it without compromising your score.

      Non-golfers who are looking for a lunch spot with a view are more than welcome to enjoy a meal at the attractive open-air clubhouse which overlooks the course, as well as the bay of Maenam and over to Koh Pha-Ngan. Either relax while you wait for your golfing partner, or drive up just for lunch. The road is concrete all the way, and is well sign-posted.

       But don’t take our word for how great the clubhouse is. Here are a few snippets from the tried and tested review site, TripAdvisor:

      “We liked the great view from the restaurant. The food is great and burgers are made of a patty of real ground beef. Presentation is of a standard that would show up more expensive places. A mixture of Thai and European food is offered and the service is excellent.”

      “Even if you don’t play golf, the view from the clubhouse is just stunning! The food was really good and for such a location, at a fair price!”- Well she sounds like a happy golf widow who doesn’t mind waiting for hubby to finish a round.

     So looking at the menu that everyone is raving about, the appetiser selection will tempt you with favourites such as spring rolls, prawn or fish cakes, deep-fried chicken wings and pork or chicken satays with peanut sauce, to name but a few.

         Soups include tom yum goong (hot and sour clear soup with prawns) and tom kha gai (coconut milk soup with Thai herbs and chicken), and then there’s a selection of spicy seafood and noodle salads to get the taste buds going. Favourite main course dishes include phad Thai, noodle soups, various curries and noodle dishes as well as stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts. If you’re not in the mood for Thai, look on the specials board for burgers and sandwiches, or try the English-style fish and chips, German sausages served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes or French fries or German pork leg with mashed potatoes and gravy. The menu offers a good choice whether you’re looking for meat, seafood, chicken or vegetarian options. And the fully-stocked bar helps whether you need celebrate or commiserate after the game.

         Other facilities at the clubhouse include a fully-equipped locker room and dressing rooms, as well as a driving range and practice green to sharpen skills before a game. The pro shop sells anything a golf enthusiast may require, from branded clothing to the latest equipment. Here you may also rent equipment, so unless you’re touring several locations to play golf, it’s not necessary to travel with your clubs. And if you feel you need to brush up on your swing, pro lessons are available on request.

         So a satisfied appetite aside, what can you expect from the course itself? Well, this five-star, 18-hole, par 72, championship course was designed jointly by Pirapon Namatra and Edward Thilele, who were able to make the most of not only the mountainous landscape along Samui's northern shore, but also the sweeping views. The terrain stretches from 30 metres to 290 metres above sea level, with greens and fairways strategically positioned between waterfalls, creeks and ravines.

         It's estimated that an 18-hole game should take about four and a half hours to complete. That's a long time in the tropical sun, especially with hills to climb and clubs to carry; one reason why carts and caddies are compulsory. For players teeing off from the correct tee, the course rewards accuracy, not a distance shot. Now most golf courses have tee boxes for men and for ladies, changing the distance appropriately. Santiburi has four – all marked by coloured coconuts. There are the gold coconut markers for professionals, blue for those with handicaps of four to ten, white for players with a handicap above ten, and ladies tee off from the red coconuts. This appeals to the pride of male golfers with high handicaps, who, at this course, don't have to use the ladies tee box! There is no handicap requirement to be able to play on the course, but beginners should start on the slightly easier nine-hole variant of the course due to its less demanding nature.

         A good clubhouse in an integral part of any golf course worth its name. “All I've got against golf is that it takes you so far from the clubhouse.” ~Eric Linklater, Poet's Pub, 1929.


Rosanne Turner


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