Thailand Golf Club Memberships

Thailand_golf_membership If you are coming to Thailand often and play golf regularly, it’s always a great debate on if you should buy a golf membership. 

In Thailand, you can buy a membership at a good golf club for between 100,000-300,000 baht ($3000-10,000 US), quite a bargain considering most of the golf clubs don’t charge monthly or annual dues, and even better when comparing costs to clubs in the US or Europe. 

Lifetime memberships at the best clubs, for example Alpine Golf and Sports Club, Blue Canyon Country Club, and Thai Country Club run upwards of 1,000,000 baht ($30,000 US). All of these memberships come with full transfer privileges making them a kind of investment. In addition, some clubs offer additional services at reduced costs for members. These can include stays at the golf lodges and golf tuition, and spa or massage treatments depending on the on-site facilities.

However, the main draw back with buying a membership is that you feel compelled to play at that course, and because there are so many good Thailand golf courses, why play at just one? There is no doubt that buying a membership at most Thailand golf courses would be good value, especially if you are planning on staying in Thailand long term, but I personally prefer variety. Playing the same course every weak might get boring, especially when there are so many other great courses in the area.

Most memberships are transferable, meaning you can resell them and in principle get your money back, or even make a small profit. There are transfer fees, and it may be a problem if you try to resell a membership in a market that is already in over supply.  Fortunately, membership prices have been on a upward trend over the last year, the demand rising as the economy continues to strengthen.

Memberships can be bought directly from the golf club itself, or if you’re looking for a bargain, you can search on line or in the newspapers, some brokers offer memberships for around 10% less expensive than what they’re going for at the course itself.

A few courses offer annual memberships at reduced costs; Bangkok Golf Club, Lam Luk Ka Country Club, and Muang Kaew Golf Course in Bangkok being a couple of the more popular ones. In these cases, members are charged green fees, albeit at greatly reduced rates. For example, at Lam Luk Ka Country Club members pay 100 baht each time they play during weekdays, and 300 baht each time they play during weekends. This is a fair system based on pay-as-you-play and allows the club to generate some revenue from the members, which in turn facilitates keeping the course in top condition.  If you are seriously looking for memberships, I would recommend playing all the courses around the area of interest before deciding. Selecting a course that you enjoy and have some friends who are also members will ensure you play regularly, getting the most out of your golf club membership.

If you have any experiences, thoughts or questions about buying, or selling a Thailand golf membership please feel free to post a comment. Alternately, if you prefer drop me at my Thailand golf vacation company and I will be glad to discuss your Thailand golf membership question.

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  • Golf Sports Blog December 22, 2006 at 9:26 am

    Thailand Golf Club Memberships

    [Source: Thailand Golf Zone: Thailand Golf Vacation and Holiday Information] quoted: However, the main draw back with buying a membership is that you feel compelled to play at that course, and because there are so many good Thailand golf courses, why p…

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  • Golf Travel Pro November 1, 2007 at 12:21 am

    Thailand was recognized in the golf travel industry as a great up and coming golf destination and I am glad to see it come to flourish. The European Tour stops in Thailand have done wonders for golf in the country. I would like to see the PGA Tour end up there some day.
    Matt
    http://www.linksgolftravel.com

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  • VictorL. Sim October 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Hi! I am an expat working and living in BKK (Sukhumvit area). I am looking for an annual membership type program with a good golf course near Bangkok. I like Panya Indra, Lakewood, Green Valley, etc. Pls advise. Thanks!
    Regards,
    Victor

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  • jeong November 18, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    i want to sell summit windmill golf club
    16 years family membership
    cheap price 150,000thb
    transfer fee included
    pls. call jeong 081 374 5634

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  • Youngwoo April 1, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    i want to buy a muang kaew membership card for less than 15 years. Plz leave me a comment if anyone is interested selling a muang keaw membership, i am looking forward to buy it. Thx
    Call: 081-777-9554

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  • Shuen Harrison April 22, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Hi
    I am considering to buy a golf membership. But I worry that there may be VAT or Withholding tax needed in the price. So may I know do I need to pay any tax for buying a golf memberhsip? Is there any difference on tax for buying directly from a new golf club or buying in secondary market? Thx.

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  • Lau Poey Fong September 28, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Hi im looking for golf membership in Alpine. Please contact me at 081-3729308
    Karen

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  • Boontawee Viboonlarp January 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Hi
    I want to sell my Golf Membership at Blue Canyon Phuket for 1.10 million Baht including Transfer fee. The golf course Membership selling price will be 1.50 mb. soon.

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  • Lau Poey Fong February 24, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Interested in buying membership from Muang Kaew or Vintage, would also consider others.
    Please drop me a note or contact me 081 372 9308. Thank you!

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  • robert March 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Hi
    I am looking for Loch Palm and red mountain membership , any offer ?
    robertchen620@gmail.com

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  • Kevin July 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Golf memberships can give you many perks that make it worth it, even with the price of the membership.

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  • Amarjit Banwaitt (Raji) December 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Hi , I live in Banglamung in PATTAYA and am looking for membership at Siam Golf club
    Raji

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  • Stiig March 5, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Hi,
    We welcome the Best offer for our Family membership at Blue Canyon, Phuket.
    Regards

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  • changbok kim April 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

    want to sell Windmill membership

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  • Mats May 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Hi, I have not managed to get the rest of the family interested so I want to sell our family life membership at Springfield Golf & Country Club.
    We welcome your offer!
    Best Regards
    /M

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  • Jeff May 22, 2012 at 11:32 am

    How much do you want for the golf membership?

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