As you may have heard, parts of the Kingdom of Thailand have been suffering from flooding over the last few weeks. As monsoon rains continue, the situation has now become more critical.
Bangkok is bracing for the worst flooding it’s seen in decades as waters from the flooded central plains continue to rush in. Rising water levels on the Chao Phraya River and city canals have left some riverside restaurants, shops and homes submerged, while public piers are covered in makeshift platforms and sandbags to keep ferry passengers dry.
While the flooding is having some impact on golf in Thailand, most key golf destinations throughout Thailand have not been affected by the floods and almost all Thai golf courses remain open. The floods are mainly affecting the provinces in central Thailand and a few provinces in the north and northeast. Provinces in the south of Thailand, such as Phuket and Samui have not been affected by the floods.
In Bangkok, major city tourist areas such as Sukhumvit Road and Silom are unaffected by the floods. The airport has a variety of flood protection measures in place, so things are expected to be fine.However, Bangkok will be hit particularly hard between October 20 and 24, as a high spring tide will prevent the Chao Phraya River from draining into the sea, leaving Bangkok and its surrounds fighting to keep waters from flooding the city.
Here is some more information from other parts of Thailand. The provinces on the Central Plains are severely affected. Road access from Bangkok to the north is also affected as part of the highway is flooded. This means that overland golf tours from Bangkok to northern Thailand cannot be operated as planned.
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I have been reading and seeing on TV the horrendous chaos caused both in the States and across Europe recently by the snow storms and freezing temperatures. Well over here in Thailand the nearest we got to snow was a few fake snow drops on the Christmas trees in all the shopping centres!
Currently the weather in Thailand is very pleasant at around the mid 20’s centigrade with some cool breezes. It’s the perfect golfing weather. Sorry, I am not trying to make you jealous, but at this time of year, the birds are singing, the caddies are smiling, the courses are in tip top condition and the only reason for taking the golf umbrella is to get some shade from the sun.
Ok so you are jealous…well after the snow has eventually melted, your local green keepers will be working overtime, as I expect your local course will probably need some serious maintenance. No golf today!
So if I was you, I would pack the clubs and the sun block and grab a plane….I hear they are all flying again, so why not head over here and join us? Playing golf in Thailand is very easy. The only problem is which out of the 250 course you pick.
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Asian and European Golf Teams will be able to boast their own royal connections when Europe and Asia do battle in the fourth Royal Trophy this weekend January 8-10 at Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok.
Asia's bid to defend the trophy donated by His Majesty the King of Thailand, will be spearheaded by Ryo Ishikawa, also know to his army of fans as 'The Bashful Prince'.
The European challenge will be led by Colin Montgomerie, who was installed as a Member of the British Empire and awarded the even more prestigious Order of the British Empire.
While Ishikawa's royal link is an affectionate one, born out admiration for the way he handles himself on and off the golf course, Montgomerie is justifiably proud that his talents have been officially recognized by Britain's royal family.
Despite his youth and relative inexperience, Asian Team Captain 'Joe' Ozaki was happy to pinpoint Ishikawa as the man to inspire his team when he made his debut in the 2009 Royal Trophy. As the Asian team's highest ranked golfer and a hugely charismatic figure, the 18 year old Japanese star is certain to take on the role of their talisman again this time.
The Royal Trophy sponsors include Heineken, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), PTT, Sports Authority of Thailand and Siam Commercial Bank. The Championship is also supported by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Chonburi Provincial Government. Anyone in the country on a Thailand golf tour should not miss the event, which is free to the public.
See everyone on Sunday at the event!