Just opened in August 2012, the Mezzanine Golf course is the newest addition to Chiang Mai‘s golf courses in northern Thailand. The course offers 9 holes as part of the Koolpunt 9 village to the south of town in Hang Dong.
Drive down the Hang Dong Road, to the outer ring road (this is the road that connects to Sameong). Turn left, towards the Ping river and the Super Highway to Lamphun. After around 2.5km you’ll see yellow silos on the right and look for the turn to the right shortly after – another 2.5km takes you to the village entrance.
Let’s start with the positives! The course is close to town and easy to find. The clubhouse is excellent, with good service (many staff hired from Lake City). The course is mostly in good condition, challenging and has some well designed holes (#5 is memorable). There is night golf – and it appears to be happy to open until 10 at night, or later – the lights are very good, so if you lose a ball, it’s your fault not the courses! The course is in excellent shape. There is a grass driving range – note it is one of the few grass driving ranges in Chiang Mai, certainly near the city! The caddies, while novice, were professional and happy to help.
However, it is only 9 holes, and it doesn’t look like it will extend to 18… The 9 holes measure just 3,100 yards from the back tees which means it is a short course – and it has been somewhat squeezed into the available land, so there are back to back narrow fairways. The narrow fairways add positively to the challenge of course. Strangely there was only one beer stop, on the 7th tee, which meant going to the clubhouse restaurant for pre-round drinks. The greens are currently new… – they aren’t terrible, but they are very slow and sandy, something that will improve in time I’m sure, but it was difficult to hold a ball on the hard surface.
So my overall verdict is that it is an OK course, and one that I would be happy to go back and play again. But that depends on what else is available!
I’m not sure if Mezzanine golf course at Koolpunt 9 has got the pricing right…
Right now it’s 700B for 9 holes (walking) and 1,100B for 18 holes. The cart is an extra 500B for 18 holes making it 1,600 including cart and caddie. There is a membership deal of 35,000 for a year (or 25,000 if you are resident in Koolpunt 9), which is expensive. Alternatively you could become a Club House member for 2,900B for the year. That reduces the green fee by around 300B for 18 holes, so if you’re likely to play there once a month it makes sense to be a club house member…
Is Mezzanine Koolpunt Golf course another 9 hole course?
If so, then we have to compare it to Hang Dong, Sand Creek, Star Dome, Sansai, New Sansai and Gymkhana. Mezzanine blows Sand Creek and Hang Dong out of the water, but has lights along with Star Dome. The main differences are that Mezzanine is considerably more expensive than Star Dome and much further away from the city. Based on my one experience there, it is much less crowded though, so I would probably prefer Mezzanine than dealing with the traffic and crowds at Star Dome.
But Mezzanine Koolpunt Golf course isn’t 18 holes…
Which means it isn’t in the same league as Green Valley or the other Chiang Mai courses. Currently I believe Green Valley is offering excellent rates for night golf – cheaper than the 1,100B at Mezzanine, without any need for membership. That still seems to be the best deal in town, so I’m not sure that I would choose Mezzanine over Green Valley.
Hole #1 – Par 5 – 472yards
We begin with a par 5 that is relatively straight but has water left and right. A narrow fairway, but a relatively short par 5, that makes and easy opener.
Hole #2 – Par 4 – 350yards
A narrow fairway with water along the right. Hit the fairway and the green is surrounded by water so accurate approaches are essential.
Hole #3 – Par 4 – 369yards
Serious dogleg right on this one. The caddies might not know it’s OB if you go too far straight, and there is water to the right. It will take another visit to find the right line off the tee. There is water in front of the green as well.
Hole #4 – Par 4 – 345yards
Back past the club house, but the 4th is a straight par 4, a bit of water on the left, but to be honest not that memorable…
Hole #5 – Par 4 – 304yards
Interesting, and probably the most memorable hole. A serious dog leg left but it still looks like you need a driver off the tee. Bunkers straight and water left, again it will take a 2nd visit to figure out the right line or club.
Hole #6 – Par 3 – 195yards
A longish par 3 with water on the rightt and not the best view of the green. At least there is a beer stop after it!
Hole #7 – Par 4 – 326yards
Narrow, narrow fairway, which gives you very little to aim at. It’s got to be straight with bunker and water on the right, but for once there isn’t water behind the green.
Hole #8 – Par 3 – 169yards
Water in front of the green, but not the most memorable par 3.
Hole #9 – Par 5 – 570yards
Finally a long hole, takes you back to the clubhouse with water both sides and well placed bunkers. The approach has to deal with the water in front of the green.