Author Archives: Thailand Golf Holiday

Muang Kaew Golf Club, Bangkok Thailand

Constant upgrading continues at Muang Kaew Golf Club and it will be interesting to see how the course copes with the addition of the new motorway which cuts right through the course.  Scheduled to open in 2008, the freeway will complete the western out ring road around Bangkok allowing for through traffic to bypass the city. Hopefully, for those of us golfing in Bangkok, this will reduce the traffic in the city center. However, I am not holding my breath. Muang Kaew Golf Club is one of the ...

Online Thailand Golf Holiday Information : 6 Ways To Avoid Distre

Thinking about a Thailand golf holiday? These days, what most people do is start a search on the web to gather information to use in planning their holiday. The internet is teeming with information about Thailand golf vacations- but is it any good? The world’s full of internet doom-mongers warning that we’ll be snared by those who provide information to mislead or steal from us. Well, don’t believe them! Yes, there are plenty of unreliable, incorrect and downright daft websites about golfing i...

Down And Through In Thailand Golf Chipping

Golfers in Thailand who maybe experiencing trouble with their chips and pitches usually create their difficulty with improper movement of the hands and the club head through the ball. The club head must contact the ball crisply while moving down and through the ball as seen in the photo insert at left. This is just the reverse of intuition which suggests that when the hands are allowed to slow down and stop, and the wrists break sharply up at impact the ball will go up and short, well it does n...

Golfing in Thailand: Checklist of Essential Items to Bring to The

Here are the eight essential items I always bring with me to the golf course when playing golf in Thailand. 1. Every golf course in Thailand has lockers and showering facilities so make sure you bring a change of clothes. Many first time visitors don’t realize how hot it gets and most visitors will find themselves very wet after 18 holes in Thailand. Also, it is more enjoyable to relax in the club house, sip a cold beer and get a bite to eat after your round in a dry and clean set of clothes. T...

Cascata Golf Club: Thailand’s Newest Golf Course

For Thailand’s golf new years first post I thought it appropriate to take a look at Thailand’s newest golf course, Cascata Golf Club. Opened only 2 months ago, this championship golf course is located in the Bangkok suburbs quite near the popular 36 hole Lam Luk Ka Country Club. Like its neighbor, driving to Cascata Golf Club takes around 80 minutes from Bangkok’s city center. Although a little further than most of the Bangkok golf courses those making the journey to Cascata will be well rewarde...

Thailand Golf Zone Final 2006 Post

This will be the last Thailand golf post for 2006. As such, I wanted to personally thank everyone who has contributed and have become part of the steady growth of the Thailand golf zone. Looking back over the 148 posts in 2006, it has truly been a remarkable year. We have here developed an excellent community of golfers all with genuine interest and great experience about golf in Thailand. You now regularly contribute and we have started to personally correspond about all sorts of topics and new...

Game Improving Golf New Years Resolution From Thailand Golf Zone

We’ve reached that point on the calendar when you need to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. Here is my Thailand golf resolution. Keep a history of each golf shot you hit during every round of 2007. It will be both beneficial to your golf game and fun.  And it’s easy! After each round, when possible and fresh in your mind, record the shots you hit with each club.  The way to do this is to design an easy to use chart where you can quickly list, following the ...

How To Avoid Slow Play While Golfing In Thailand?

If you play golf in Thailand you will once in awhile find yourself behind a slow group.  This is especially common during the next few months as it is the peak of the tourist season and Thailand golf courses are at their busiest levels. Some of the lesser courses in Thailand allow five players per group, and municipal ones can even allow six balls.  In addition, golfers from Korea are known to be some of the slowest players and rounds at courses which are heavily used by large Korean g...

Golf Pros of Thailand and Volvo Masters Asia Update

I was glad to see Thailand’s pro golfers do so well in the US$650,000 Volvo Masters Asia Tournament being played over at the Thai Country Club in Bangkok last week. Thai star Thongchai Jaidee needed only a par in his last round to win, whilst compatriot Thaworn Wiratchant showed he was determined to sign the year off as Asia’s number one, but his hopes dipped dramatically on the back nine after he ran up a bogey and double-bogey on the 15th and 16th holes, finding water on both occasions,...

Thailand Golf Club Memberships

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...

Best Tips For First Time Thailand Golf Visitors

When playing golf in Thailand it’s not always necessary to do as the Thais do. Indeed certain Thai customs such as resting on one’s haunches for hours at a time, or sleeping atop a motorcycle, might present some physical difficulties to the average Western golf traveler. However, if you are planning your first golf tour in Thailand, or even if you have stayed and played golf in the Land of Smiles in the past, here is a list of 10 things for you to avoid doing – and some you s...

Vintage Golf in Thailand: One of the Best 1st Holes in Bangkok

Hole 1, Par 4, at The Vintage Club Most locals will be surprised at my choice for best starting hole in Bangkok. Admittedly the Vintage Club’s 1st hole isn’t a spectacular golf hole, but what appeals is it’s a relatively easy starting hole that will only punish you if you hit an extremely errant shot. Most golf travelers have probably never even heard of the Vintage club, as it is not on the typical playing circuit or any Bangkok golf package that I have ever seen advertised, it should be! The ...

Thailand Golf Tee Boxes: Which One and Where is Best?

When playing golf in Thailand make sure you play from the correct set of tees for your ability to help with speed of play and your own enjoyment of the game.  Also, be sure to take advantage of the tee box area as it is perfectly legal to use the entire width. I believe many golfers would be better off playing from a shorter set of tees as I see a lot of golfers play from the tees one forward from the back tees, usually marked blue, and struggle all the way around because they can’t hit th...

Great Thailand Golf Tip and Bad Thailand Golf Joke (or Vice Versa

I guess that you will all have heard that old story of the desperate golfer who comes to Thailand and takes up a lesson with a local professional for help. The Thai golf professional asks the golf traveler to hit a few shots then says that he can see the problem: “You are standing too close to the ball – after you’ve hit it!” But there is actually a serious fault that some of us have of standing too close to the ball at address. One of the reasons for this is because some people sole the club f...

Thailand Golf Course Locations & Travel Times

One of the best things in Thailand is the plethora of golf courses all within around 1 hour or less from each of 9 major city centers. However, unless you know the exact location and best time to travel to each course, you could be in for some surprises as much of the course directions are in Thai only and oftentimes the “experienced” taxi and limousine drivers do not know the way. Bangkok’s infamous traffic is one of the few things that can ruin a good round of golf. Most of Bangkok’s 60 ...

Thailand Golf Gaming

In a recent post, I mentioned a big money golf match. I know there are different views about betting whilst golfing. My own is that if you want to become a better player, gambling during your friendly golf games can help.  Those five-foot putts aren’t so easy, regardless of whether you have one hundred or  a thousand baht (two or three, or twenty to thirty US dollars) riding on the outcome.  When looking at the photo left, taken at Phuket Country Club last week, one can on...

Golf Equipment in Bangkok Re-Loaded

Golf shopping has gotten better and better in Bangkok with the opening of Siam Paragon, and upgrades and improvements to most of the existing malls such as Central Chidlom, Emporium, Siam Center and Siam Discovery Center. Golf equipment is readily available at most of these malls but you will most likely be paying full or near retail price. For the widest selection and cheapest prices, locals and tourists go to Thaniya Plaza, which can be reached via the BTS Skytrain and getting off Saladaeng (...

Thailand Golf Rules Contest

With Christmas just around the corner I thought I would liven up this Thailand golf travel blog with a small contest along with a special Thailand Golf Christmas prize. Regarding the rules of golf in Thailand, the fact is none of us knows all the Rules,  just most of them. So how is your knowledge? Answer ‘True’ or ‘False’ to the following five questions, and send me your answers marking the email subject "Thailand Golf Rules Contest". The names of all those submitting all-corr...

Best Par 4 Golf Hole in Thailand

With so much great golf in Thailand, this is a hard one, but my personal favorite would have to be the 13th at Blue Canyon Country Club, Canyon Course in Phuket. The tee shot is over a massive canyon, which doglegs sharp right (see photo). This is a perfect risk-reward hole where all players can choose how much they want to chew off.  390 yards from the back tees, the longest hitters may go for the green, and from the forward tees, most players will choose to cut some portion of the daunti...

Best Par 4 Golf Hole in Bangkok

Golf in Bangkok is about the most varied in the world, with over 72 courses to choose from. I’ve golfed at most of the golf courses in Bangkok but a few of them for not quite a while. As with everyones favorite’s in life, this account is my personal best of, and you are free to disagree with my most preferred hole, which I’m sure you will! So here we go, my favorite Par 4 in Bangkok is the 2nd at Bangsai Country Club in Ayutthaya. Except for the sometimes wet conditions, this hole is an ...

Golf Christmas Gifts in Thailand: 3 Unique Suggestions

Christmas is fast approaching and, probably, like me if you are in Thailand, you are wondering what to buy your loved one, or ask your spouse to buy you!. Here are three unique golf gift ideas: 1. Pocketshots™ are a handy pocket-sized set of golf lessons that you can take with you when you practice or play. No bigger than a passport these clever fold-out lessons contain great pictures and instructions to help you improve every aspect of your game. There are nine editions from the Swing and Putti...

Royal Golf and Country Club, Bangkok

Golf courses around Bangkok are plentiful and Royal Golf and Country Club is one of my favorites. Located in Latkrabang – very near to the new airport it is now easily the most convenient golf course  if you are flying into or departing Bangkok and want to get in a quick round.. Like just about every course in the Bangkok area – and, perhaps, even more so the most! – The Royal is very flat. However, each hole is extremely well laid out allowing for a wide variety of hole shapes and lengths...

Snake Encounters While Golfing In Thailand

I was a little taken aback when an overseas guest from Texas asked if snakes were not a problem when golfing in Thailand. In my many years gracing the fairways here, I have had only two encounters with snakes. Once when my wild duck hook landed in a part of the golf course never previously entered by any human being as far as I could see when I foolishly went to look for my ball. The second time was a tiny little garden variety snake in the short rough at Nichigo Country Club in Kanchanaburi. ...

Golfing in Chiang Mai During Special Festivals of Northern Thaila

Chiang Mai is now one of the best cities to visit in Thailand for both golf and culture. There are now over 9 championship courses in the area to ensure balanced golf variety, scenic beauty, and challenge. In addition, the Northern Lanna, people of Chiang Mai  love celebrations and holidays and Chiang Mai has more occasions to celebrate than all other destinations. If you are quick, you can catch the International Horticulture Exposition. This is scheduled from November 2006 through Januar...

The Royal Bangkok Sports Club: Part 2 of 2

My expatriate friend, referred to in yesterday’s posting has been a guest at The Royal Bangkok Sports Club (RBSC) on numerous occasions, playing rugby, soccer, cricket and, of course golf, there. Here he gives his insight into what it is like visiting the grand old club and playing golf there. Once having negotiated your way past the security at the entrance to the RBSC on Henri Durant Road, on entering the club, surprisingly modern-looking from the outside, you feel as though you have been tr...

The Royal Bangkok Sports Club: Part 1 of 2

To start off this posting, a Golf Trivia Question. This has some relevance to what follows, but if you cannot wait, you can find the answer at the end. What is the lowest recorded score for a regular sized course? Now, those of you who have travelled around Bangkok on the Skytrain – more properly the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), which has made it so much easier in recent years to get around the capital – may have wondered, as you passed from Siam Square through to Sala Daeng on the ...

Thailand Top Shots: 5 Keys and 1 Drill To Avoid Topping the Ball

In Thailand golf and on holiday nothing is more embarrassing and frustrating than topping the ball on the golf course. This is a common fault of many golfers in Thailand on holiday as they may have not practiced nor played much during the winter months at home. If you top the ball or hit it thin, it’s because you’re hitting the ball on the upswing, most often caused by trying to either scoop or lift the ball. To eliminate topping you must remember that golf is a game of opposites. ...

Golf Holiday in Phuket: Four Insider Tips

Here are four of my top tips to make your golfing holiday in Phuket more enjoyable: 1. Changing money: There are lots of banks and exchange booths both in Phuket Airport and in the main tourist areas such as Patong and Karon/Kata Beaches and Laguna Resort. They are all competitive and it is much better to change your foreign currency there than at your hotel. You need to have your passport if you are exchanging traveler’s’ checks or getting cash (or shopping) with your credit card. 2. Eat...

Golf Professionals in Thailand: How to Find and Select One?

Yesterday, I discussed golf lesson options while on a vacation in Thailand. But how would you go about finding and selecting a suitable instructor so far away from home that will provide value to you during your Thailand visit? If you are interested in taking some lessons and instruction on your golf vacation, then read on; there are no shortage of opportunities available to you. You may wish to do a bit of research yourself, and try the internet for information on golf instructors. There are s...

Thailand Golf Lessons: Benefits of Combining Golf Instruction wi

For many people visiting Thailand on a golf vacation, a very popular inclusion in their package are golf lessons. Whether you have aspirations to be as good as Tiger Woods, or just someone who enjoys a social game with friends, instruction from an expert PGA certified coach is a sure way to improve your game, thus adding to more overall enjoyment. If you are traveling alone, or part of a larger group, there are many quality golf instructors to assist with your game in Thailand, and to help you ...