Author Archives: Thailand Golf Holiday

Golf Thailand History (Ancient Times)

Thailand golf history is very interesting and I am sure some aspects of it will surprise many of you. Take a look at this and then when playing on some of the mentioned links, you can appreciate not only the beauty and challenge, but also the full story of where you are playing. On this first of 2 parts, I will cover Thailand’s ancient golf history, from the 1906 to 1965. Although Thailand is perceived by many as a very new golfing destination, history shows that golf was actually played...

Thailand Golf Packages: How to Compare and Select One? (Part 2 of

Thailand golf vacations can be some the best the world consisting of great hotels, golf courses, and transportation. While yesterday’s post focued on accomodation ooptions, today I will finish up by discussing about golf course selections and transportation options. The selections of golf courses are  very important, especially for the first time visitor who has no experience of the courses. The standard, dfifficulty level, location and green fees can vary significantly. Once again, ...

Thailand Golf Packages: How to Compare and Select One? (Part 1 of

The Thailand golf high season is fast approaching and many of you maybe looking to take the golf holiday of your dreams. Therefore, I thought it appropriate timing to write on this important topic over the next 2 days. Much of the information I will cover is applicable not only to Thailand, but other destinations as well and I hope you find it useful. When arranging your golf holiday in Thailand, it is always wise and recommended to compare offerings from more than one tour operator. Unless you...

Thailand Square Club (and Final Coup Story)

I promised to get back to posting about golf, but before starting today I wanted to make everyone aware of  this great article summarizing the series of events that took place in Bangkok last week and authored by one of my favorite writers. By the way, if you need any more information about the situation in Thailand, you can contact me anytime at my Thailand golf vacation company or just leave a comment. Now on to to the main post of the day. Have you ever been on course and hit one that f...

Thai Coup 9-22-06 Update

Here is the latest status in Bangkok, Thailand: Today has been a totally normal day in the city, with business going on as usual. Banks, Stock Exchange and Government Offices were open. Some business news: The opening of the stock exchange was successful. After a sharp fall minutes after opening, the market stabilized and closed just 1.42% lower, or 9.99 points. The Thai Baht had weakened in the last days, however strengthened to 37.41 to the US$ dollar, back from US$ 37.76 to the US$ on Wednes...

Thai Military Coup Update

What would you do if you were to bump into these guys at the train station on your way to the office (I really did yesterday) ? Here is my up-to-the-minute Thailand situation report as well as my assessment of how things will progress going forward and advise for travellers coming to Thailand. The military coupe d’etat in Thailand has been reported worldwide in the last 24 hours and I trust you are aware of the main events. I am glad to report that the situation in Thailand is very calm and pe...

Thailand Hotels: Accomodation Selection Factors (Part 2 of 2)

For beach resorts such as Pattaya, Hua Hin and Phuket, then there is a huge choice of accommodation available. In Phuket in particular, there are many stunning resorts located on the shore of the many beautiful beaches, which can be a totally idyllic and relaxing way to spend your holiday. Obviously, they are at the higher end of the price scale, and equivalent properties away from the beach will be less expensive. Luxury beach resorts such as the Laguna Phuket shown at left with it’s ex...

Thailand Hotels: Accomodation Selection Factors (Part 1 of 2)

  For those people considering a visit to Thailand then there is a wonderful and very expansive choice of hotel accommodation available. From international 5-star hotels in the heart of Bangkok, to stunning resorts with private beaches and spa facilities, to more basic beach style bungalows and traditionally styled Thai hotels, incorporating the culture and architecture of this amazing country, you are certainly spoiled for choice! Selecting a suitable hotel for you vacation is extremely im...

Thailand Golf Accessories: Who says shopping is a non-golfer̵

While the main objective in coming to Thailand is playing the many challenging and wonderful golf courses; you can also take advantage of some great deals whist shopping, especially at the many stores and side walk vendors selling golf equipment and accessories. In addition to the wide choice of clubs available, Thailand offers tremendous value for golf accessories, including clothing, golf balls, shoes, head covers, eye wear, and training aids to name but a few. Golf clothing provides a partic...

Thailand Divots and More Divots; What to Do When You Are in One?

Take a look at this amazing array of divots. It is an extreme example, but even at the top Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, you can still find such conditions. There are 2 things you can do. The first one, practiced by many of my fellow Americans is to lift your ball, clean it and replace it in the fairway without penalty declaring a preferred lie. This of course is cheating and will get you thrown out of any tournament and really only penalizes yourself. The second action, and the correct ...

Thailand Golf Clubhouses: Facilities, Services, and Amenities (P

Facilities at such famous venues as the venerable  Thai Country Club, with the best clubhouse in all Asia, can be quite daunting. Here is the second and final part of my clubhouse article covering food, locker facilities, and what to do prior to and after your game to get maximum enjoyment and realize the dream of a total golf experience! I would also recommend a short warm up (just like the Pro’s) and most courses do have a driving range area where you can hit some balls Thereafter, you ...

Thailand Golf Clubhouses: Facilities, Services, and Amenities (P

All of the Thailand golf courses have these grand structures like the one from the Chiang Mai Green Valley Country Club, shown at left. But what is inside and how does such facility affect your game? For the many regular golfing visitors to Thailand, you will be aware of the excellent facilities and services available at the courses and within the clubhouses. However, For the first time visitor, the following information will help you plan your trip to the course more effectively, and ensure you...

Thailand Rental Golf Balls and Golf Ball Diving (NOT Driving)

Every Thailand golf course sells used golf balls, both just outside the front gates to the course and also on the course itself. These balls, in sometimes new condition, can be “purchased” for around 200 baht for a half dozen (around 75 cents each), a significant savings from the new prices. Most of the time they have been “fished” from the many water hazards, by an independent and full time golf ball diver (see photo on the left and No the guy is not me!) These entrepreneurs are often called “...

Golf In Chiang Mai

Golf up North is much different from the rest of the Kingdom. As you can see from the original photo at left (click on the thumbnail for a great high resolution shot), there are many mountains, and thus frequent elevation changes at many of the Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai courses. Also, be located high above sea level, makes temperatures much cooler, with even a light jacket sometimes needed in winter. On the other hand, during the summer months (now!), the rains can be very heavy, thus stopping ...

Thailand Back Breaker or Great Golf Tip To Ensure Consistency?

Here is a tip I came across on a French golf medical blog that had done great things to improve my game. I have taken the liberty to translate the most important aspects of the tip and I urge everyone to give this some thoughts and try it our next time you are on the range or course. Let me know how it works for you.  Playing with a straight spine and back angle is an important fundamental  and something that is literally the glue of swing theory.  Whether you are 5 yards form th...

Golfing in Thailand: A Personal Short Story (Part 4 of 4)

Here is the final part of Shankar’s story. I hope you found this interesting and enjoyed his unique writing style. Stopping briefly for a quick bite and some Coke and so on for our caddies, we went across to the West course for our second half. Fortified well by the rather excellent snacks available at the golf hut, we quite possibly were a little over-confident on our 10th hole, (the first hole on the West Course), a par 5, 499 yard monster, causing both of us to double. The 11th and 12...

Golfing in Thailand: A Personal Short Story (Part 3 of 4)

Here is Shankar and Matthew’s story about their second day golfing in Bangkok, at the venerable Pinehurst Golf Club. By the way I wonder what will happened to this club once the airport moves as the only real attraction is the proximity to Don Muang. Part II – Pinehurst Golf and Country Club, Klong 1, Pathumthanee, Thailand. Monday 28th August 2006. Bright and early on a fine Monday morning, around the time when most normal people perform their ablutions prior to setting out for work, som...

Golfing in Thailand: A Personal Short Story (Part 2 of 4)

Here is the continuation of Shankar’s story, and another Thailandgolfzone worldwide scoop! Shankar and Mathew have just finished the front nine at President Country Club………… We stopped then at the golf hut to re-vitalize our systems with some chilled water and a plantain fruit for some extra energy, (sorely needed to tackle the particularly dangerous, water hazard laden, East course.)

Golfing in Thailand: A Personal Short Story (Part 1 of 4)

Yesterday Mr. Shankar Balan sent me this short story about his personal golf experiences last week in Bangkok. The full story will be published in next month’s Golfline Magzine, India. However, after reading the story, I fell in love with Shankar’s writing style and I immediately asked him if I could use it on the site. He graciously agreed and thus I decided to devote the next 4 days to  the world’s first posting of the best parts Shankar’s story, another Thailandg...

Thailand Golf Etiquette – Special Do’s and Don’t’s (Part 2 of 2)...

Here is the final part of the unique points to consider when playing golf in Thailand. I hope you find this interesting and useful. Caddies are a unique feature of Thai golf, and predominantly female, they perform a great task in very tiring conditions. Always be polite and courteous to your caddy, and you are sure to get a great service. Although the language can be a problem, there are ways to get around this. Tips are greatly appreciated by the caddies and I recommend 300 baht (around 7 US) ...

Thailand Golf Etiquette – Special Do’s and Don’t’s (Part 1 of 2)...

Thailand has no doubt become one of the leading destinations in the world for visiting tourists. There are now over 200 courses with new one’s appearing on a regular basis to accommodate the large numbers of visiting tourists. Over the next 2 posts I will provide some special information that is unique to Thai golf and if well understood will ensure that you have an excellent time on the links here. Golf in Thailand can be a bit different to what you are used to, and certain aspects of etiquett...

Beach or Bunker and the Wedge

Thailand golf courses are generally laid out on flat terrain as most of the resorts and courses are located close to the sea. To compensate for the lack of elevation change, the famous course designers here have resorted to heavy use of sand traps, both in the fairways and also guarding the greens. Therefore, I thought I would cover here a topic that has helped me tremendously excel at this aspect of play in Thailand. No that is not me at the left, but if you look close you can see another ball...

Thailand Golf Holiday: High and Low Seasons (Part 2 of 2)

So much for the "rainy" season. As you can see at left is today’s satellite radar image from Thailand and not a snippet of rain to be seen over the region! Actually, this is kind of an anomaly as this time of year is usually the rainiest month (see rain chart in part 1 of this post). Well "This is Thailand" as they say and anything goes. Now for the final part of this post. The rainy season is from June through to September, when the south west winds from the Indian Oc...

Thailand Golf Holiday: High and Low Seasons (Part 1 of 2)

I have written before about this subject, but no matter, still this is the most frequently asked topic on which I continue to receive many questions. Therefore, I thought I would repost some of my prior recommendations as well as add some new content. As there is a significant amount of important information here, I will cover this topic in two parts over the next two days. (Yes, I will be posting on Thusday this week as well.) When planning your Thailand golf holiday, it is very important to ta...

Presidential Golf Thai Style

Bush, Regan, Ford, and Carter: they all played the game, but I bet they never were on the links or entered the club house at Bangkok’s President’s Country Club. I on the other hand had the good fortune to play at this semi-private course last Friday. Upon driving up to the front gates I was greeted by a horde of smiling caddies dressed in pink caddie uniforms. After being assigned (actually I selected) an able and most cheerful caddie, I entered the cavernous club house, its size a...

Nighttime activities, will they influence my golf in Thailand? (P

Here is the second and final part of my post. Hope you enjoy and please do comment on anything shown or mentioned. Whether you want to play pool, sit and joke with the girls in the many beer bars, enjoy the numerous go- go bars and shows on offer, or sample a special type of massage, then it is all readily and openly available. On many occasions I have witnessed both first time visitors, and many people who know Thailand well, caught up in the amazing atmosphere which certainly adds to an addit...

Nighttime activities, will they influence my golf in Thailand? (P

For anyone who has not visited Thailand previously, then the simple answer to this question is a definite yes! For those that are familiar with Thailand then you will know exactly what I am talking about. There is no hiding the fact that Thailand is popular with many visiting tourists, primarily male, for the unbelievable nightlife and availability of beautiful Thai girls for company. This is something that is unique to Thailand, and whilst variations occur in other Asian destinations, you will...

Thailand Mother’s Day golf

It was Mothers Day here last Saturday and to celebrate I had to play golf at one of the better Pattaya courses, Burapha Country Club. (What a way to celebrate, huh? Well someone has to do it!) Although not especially my favorite (see below), this 36 hole course is always nice and windy as it is located along a small mountain ridge that overlooks the city of Chunburi and with views of Pattaya Bay possible from the higher elevated holes. The 2 courses are of a split design, one being a resort co...

Thailand Golf Weather Report

The rain is over or is it coming late? The last few weeks have seen ever increasing days of better and better golf weather. The usually heavy rains are for the most part over and were short lived this year. Form North to South the golf weather is as follows; Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai: Scattered showers with partly cloudy skies. Daytime golfing temperatures around 30C (85F). No reported rain outs. However, usual heavy August rains may be on the way anytime during the next month.

Most Improved Bangkok Golf Course

When I first heard the name “Lam Luk Ka” my reaction was “what is that?” It sure did not conger up an impression of a championship golf course. Well this is Thailand and as they say anything goes here. In reality Lam Luk Ka is the name of a sparrow like bird in Thai, so I guess if a great golf course in the USA can be named Winged Foot then what’s wrong with a course named Lam Luk Ka in Thailand. It has been a few months since last playing Lam Luk Ka and what I can say is that this course, espe...