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Thailand Golf Holiday and Travel Budgets (Part 2)

In this second part of “Thailand Golf Holiday Travel Budgets” I will give some examples of typical costs for golf holidays. These costs are approximate and will vary depending on time of the year. I have included the top and best golf courses in each area along with private transportation to and from each of the courses. Examples of such packages including accommodation golf and transport are as follows. In Bangkok, a one week stay at a nice 4–star accommodation in a central location, together w...

Thailand Golf Holiday and Travel Budgets (Part 1)

For anyone considering a golf holiday in Thailand, it is important to know the potential costs of your whole package in order to help you budget accordingly. In order to help you with this, I have detailed below some information including the choice and costs of hotels, golf & transport, and additional expenses you will likely incur during your visit. When selecting your holiday the most important aspect for most people is their accommodation. If they are traveling a long distance from hom...

The Thailand Waggle

Waggling consists of moving the club back and forth before striking the ball. You see it most often on the tee, although professional players use it on other parts of the course as well. To produce the waggle, you need to lighten up on your grip and arms. It is also a good antidote for players who tend to "freeze" over the ball or who start the back swing too early.Waggling is a technique professional golfers, such as Arnold Palmer, often use to relieve tension. Palmer, for exampl...

Tiger Played Here!

Have you ever dreamed of standing on the tee box where the professionals play to see what it is like? Well here is a photo from the Thai Country Club (TCC), Bangkok’s finest golf course. It is here where Tiger Woods in 1997 drove the green at the 380 yard, 10th hole. The only problem was that Tiger not only missed the eagle putt, but also the birdie and had to settle for a 3 putt par 4. He walked off the green so angry that he actually cursed at a few of the spectators. Locals who were at...

Golf Festival or County Fair

Wouldn’t it be neat to be the first on your block to attend world’s first and only golf festival? August will mark the first golf festival that I have ever heard of. That is, not only in Thailand, but anywhere! You ask what exactly is a golf festival, so did I when I first found out about it, and I even living here in Thailand where it is being held. I know that you are now dying to know about the festival and you can find out exactly all about the golf festival as described by the T...

How to choose a Golf Travel Agent

Here is a summary of an article I wrote for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). It gives some great advice on choosing a golf travel agent both here in Thailand and also the rest of the world. The original post can be sen at the TAT web site. For anyone selecting a golf holiday, choosing the right golf tour operator is of paramount importance.With the internet now providing so much information, and more and more transactions being completed in this manner, the lack of ‘face to face’ commu...

Exclusive Phuket Blue Canyon Country Club

Here is a great photo of the 18th hole at Phuket’s famous Blue Canyon Country Club. This is the course where in 1994 Tiger Woods won the Johnny Walker Classic coming from behind to overcome a 9 shot deficit and beat Ernie Els in a sudden death playoff. The photo will be part of an upcoming campaign from Blue Canyon and to my knowledge this is the first posting anywhere on the internet! It is even not on my Golfasian web site yet. This is a "must play" course if you visit Phuket...

Checking the Grip with the Clubhead

You may not realize it, but the simple step of aligning your hands with your club face will do wonders towards ensuring that each shot goes, where you intend. Some famous pro once said "I never play a shot without first glancing at my hands. What I check before address is the alignment of the grip with the face of the club. They go together." Give this tip a try and I will guarantee that it will shave 3-4 strokes off your score. Read more about this great tip in the continuation of th...

Golf Holiday in Pattaya or Hua Hin: Pro’s and Con’s (Part 3)...

Today’s post covers Hua Hin as an alternate place to visit for a golfing holiday. The smaller city of Hua Hin  is located on the opposite side of the Gulf of Thailand, and is approximately a three-hour drive from Bangkok.  This city has become a bit of a golfing ‘mecca’ in Thailand, and is extremely popular with couples and families due to the much quieter atmosphere than Pattaya. As you can also see in this photo, the Hua Hin beach is also  cleaner and more tranquil than Pattaya...

Golf Holiday in Pattaya or Hua Hin: Pro’s and Con’s (Part 2)

This is the second part of this post comparing two major choices for a great golf holiday in Thailand. Today’s post will cover the city of Pattaya. Tomorrow I cover Hua Hin. The city of Pattaya is located 100km south east of Bangkok, on the eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand. It is an easy 2 drive from Bangkok now and when the new airport in Bangkok opens in 2007, you will be able to be in Pattaya in just over an hour after touchdown. The region around Pattaya hosts a huge variety of go...

Golf Holiday in Pattaya or Hua Hin: Pro’s and Con’s of each dest...

Without doubt, Pattaya and Hua Hin are two of the leading seaside golf destinations outside of  Bangkok that are frequented most by visiting tourists. Both locations are extremely different in what they have to offer and hopefully the following post will help you decide what is best suited for your requirements. Pattaya while usually thought of only as a party town can not be overlooked as it boasts 20 golf courses within easy reach for serious golfers. Hua Hin on the other hand is a more t...

Golf Course in USA

Here is a great photo from The Tradition Club in Myrtle Beach, SC. It was taken earlier this year and sent to me a few weeks ago by a good friend Mr. Ted Walton from Canada. Ted and I have been trading emails regularly and he plans to visit Thailand later this year. The shot reminds me of some of the Thai golf courses with loads of water and heavily guarded greens. I think Ted may comment more on this picture and I also hope he gives out his contact. For anyone wishing to get some great custom ...

Secrets About Playing Golf on Holiday in Thailand (Part 1)

As an expatriate living and working in Thailand, there are a number of advantages that we have as golfers over someone visiting from outside the country. In this article I would like to share some of these insider golf playing ‘secrets’. Obviously, both as a frequent golfer, and by socializing regularly with fellow golfers, you soon learn the ‘secrets’ of many aspects of better golf in Thailand. This could be simple things as which golf courses are the best values for money, and which are most ...

No More Chili Dips

With the ground often being soft and "mushy" here in Thailand, clean ball striking when chipping is very important. This is a tip I was sent from Richard Meyers who writes the "Think and Reach Par" weekly tips newsletter. It has helped my chipping and totally eliminated my prior tendency to "chili dip" and "skull" my short shots. I estimate that most high handicappers can shave of 2-4 shots per round off their score by following this easy to implement and ...

Thailand Golf On The Runway

For an experience of a lifetime you must try playing at Kantarat Golf Course. This course is located right between the runways of Bangkok Airport and it is really an exhilarating experience driving and putting while a jumbo jet is landing a mere 200 meters away. I had the fortunate experience of playing at this course last weekend and while the golf is nothing spectacular, the sights round were! Read more about the Kanrarat course from this brief excerpt from Time Magazine Asia in the continuati...

Thailand Seaside Golf Destinations : Which is best? (Part 4 of 4)

Hua Hin & Cha Am The Hua Hin and Cha Am area is located on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand, and is approximately a three hour drive from Bangkok. Thailand’s original beach resort, it now sports a selection of 7 excellent golf courses and is a much quieter destination that Phuket or Pattaya, although is particularly popular with visiting Eurpoean tourists during the cool season from November to February. Although Hua Hin still retains the intimacy of a village, it has successfully i...

Thailand Seaside Golf Destinations : Which is best? (Part 3 of 4)

Pattaya The resort of Pattaya is located south east of Bangkok, less than a 2-hour drive from the airport.  The region hosts the greatest variety and highest density of the finest championship golf courses in Thailand, and is a paradise for a golf holiday. Originally, Pattaya was a quiet fishing town with idyllic beaches. However, this soon became the destination for American troops on R&R during the Vietnam War, and a multitude of bars, neon lights and shows quickly appeared. This ...

Thai Country Club Update

Yesterday I had another opportunity to play at the Thai Country Club. This is the course just 40 minutes South of Bangkok that run by the Peninsula hotel group and  is home each year to the Asian Volvo Masters. It is constantly rated as one of the top 10 courses in Asia. If you have not played here, you need to try at least once. (Although I want you to know, once will not be enough!) To summarize, playing at Thai Country Club is a total golfing experience. From the moment you drive up and ...

Thailand Seaside Golf Destinations : Which is best? (Part 2 of 4)

Phuket Golf in Phuket is a great experience for those wanting to combine their holiday with relaxation at some of the world’s best beaches. Phuket is known internationally as one of the most exotic destinations in Southeast Asia. With its endless white beaches, cooling blue lagoons and tropical mountainous interior, it provides a stunning and ideal backdrop for a golf holiday. From basic beach front bungalows, to stunning world-class resort hotels with sumptuous spa facilities, Phuket offers a...

Thailand Seaside Golf Destinations : Which is best? (Part 1 of 4)

I often get asked by friends and clients alike to questions about the 3 main seaside Thailand golf destinations, Phuket, Hua Hin and Pattaya. The most frequent question fro those who have never been to the seaside resorts are which city is best for them? Therefore I thought I would write about this topic over the next few days and try to share my views together with some good overall information that I have been able to gather from various sources and web sites. For those wishing a golfing holid...

Pattaya Golf: Playing and My 5 Favorite Courses (Part 3)

Here are the last 2 of my favorite Pattaya golf courses. 4. Burapha Golf Club consists of 36 holes, on rolling hilly terrain. This excellent course demands both length and accuracy. The course used to be a members only course but now accepts visitors. Course A/B is my personal favorite, and requires a variety of shot-making to master this course. Although not overly tight, well placed bunkers and water hazards means you need to be careful with your tee shots. This will give you the opportunity t...

Pattaya Golf: Playing and My 5 Favorite Courses (Part 2)

Pattaya Golf Courses (Part 2) Here are the next 2 of my favorite Pattaya courses continued from yesterday. 2. St. Andrews 2000 Golf Course was originally designed to replicate a Scottish Links course. Subsequently it was redesigned and in the process has left one of the most challenging courses in Thailand. There are 2 par 6s (yes that is not a typographical error) each measuring some 800 yards from tee to green, which just make then quality for the 3 longest golf holes in the world. This is uni...

Pattaya Golf: Playing and My 5 Favorite Courses (Part 1)

Pattaya Golf Courses (Part 1) This is a sister article to my posts last week about golf in Bangkok. Also, due to the length of the course descriptions I will again post this article as a multi-part series. Pattaya can now be easily be reached from Bangkok by car in around 1.5 hours due to the completion of the superhighway and motorway between the 2 cities, There have always been some excellent golf courses in the Pattaya areas but many golfers shunned the idea of going to Pattaya due to the cit...

Golf Travel Boat

A good friend of mine, Dr. Glenn sent me this wonderful picture of a  traveling golf ship. If you read my post the other day on what Thailand golf destination is best for you and you can not make up your mind from so many great choices, here is one more option for you to consider. Take a golf cruise and go port to port! It does make you wonder and think about the possibilities. My personal comment is that they need to add some trees to the fairways, and the wind conditions make the hole m...

Thailand Golf Holiday: What City is best?

I often get asked about which city is best for playing golf and vacationing in Thailand. Depending on your preferences, there are a number of choices where you can base yourself for a unique golf holiday. First there is the capital of Thailand, Bangkok. Staying here will allow you to choose from  25 championship golf courses and also take advantage of all of great infrastructure that you would expect in a  major capital city. There is some amazing shopping, tourist attractions and wid...

Golf Swing Consitency Improvement Tip

Today is a holiday here in Thailand and I thought I would post this great golf tip that I received by email. It has helped me improve my swing consistency and lower my score. I have for many years concentrated on my improving swing prior to hitting the ball and never thought that the motion of my body after I hit the ball would have such a dramatic effect on the overall result. Here is a tip about proper follow through. Let me know your thoughts and comments if you try it out. A poor follow th...

Bangkok Golf – My 5 Favourite Courses (Part 2)

My Favourite Bangkok Golf Courses: (Part 2 of 2) This is the second part of my favourite Bangkok golf courses. I have saved these 3 gems for last, but certainly not least. If anyone has any comments or other courses on their favourite list, I would most interested in hearing from you as my list by far contains only a small sampling of possible best course choices. 3. Navatanee Golf Club is a Robert Trent Jones Course that opened in 1973 and shortly after hosted the World Cup of golf. Because of ...

Bangkok Golf – My 5 Favourite Courses (Part 1)

My Favourite Bangkok Golf Courses: (Part 1 of 2) Bangkok has an abundance of excellent golf courses located throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. Depending on how you count, there are approximately 75 full 18 hole courses that can be reached within around 1.5 hours or less from the center of the city. Deciding where to play during your Thailand golf holiday can often be difficult. So being a resident of Bangkok I thought I would write about and pass on information about  five of my f...