The Golf Course Inside An Airport

This has to be one of the world's most unique golf courses

golf course inside an airport

"It's probably the only course in the world where you could be arrested for being a bad golfer.''

The Golf Course Inside An Airport

Introducing one of the world's most unique golf courses - Katarat Golf Course in Bangkok, Thailand.

Normally golfers have to avoid hazard such as lakes, bunkers and out of bounds areas, but here players have to avoid the huge passenger aeroplanes.

A slice or shank at the wrong time could prove seriously costly around Katarat.

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The course is actually set in between the two runways at Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport, where golfers tee off just 20 yards away from passenger jets.

The 18 holes are laid out in a narrow strip inside the airport where international and domestic flights arrive and depart every few minutes, it really is a plane-spotter's dream.

The video below, shot last month, shows footage of the course which has CCTV installed and a rule that golfers must be accompanied by caddies at all times.

They even have to pass through an explosives detector and have their bags scanned before teeing it up there.

A British holidaymaker told the Associated Press that Katarat Golf Course was ''utterly surreal'' and expressed concerns about players being able to venture onto the runway.

The keen golfer said: ''You're teeing off and there's literally an aeroplane going up 20 yards away.

''One bad shot and the ball could slice right into its path. It's probably the only course in the world where you could be arrested for being a bad golfer.''

The golf course sits inside the airport (Screenshot: Google Maps)

Don Mueang Airport, which is home to a Royal Thai Air Force base, has had commercial flights since 1924 and last year carried 40 million passengers.

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The airport was given a "red flag" in June 2015 by the International Civil Aviation Organisation which led to safety changes.

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x