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Golf 2009 & Political Situation In Thailand

As you have probably heard Bangkok airport has been closed for one week due to political demonstrations. This has obviously greatly inconvenienced many golfers who were here at the time and others who had been planning to visit Thailand in November and December. Fortunately, yesterday the Thai Constitutional Court ruled that the Thai Prime Minister must step down and the ruling party leaders are banned from politics for 5 years due to vote buying and fraud in last year’s elections. The governm...

Best Under $30 USD Golf Course In Thailand

Thailand has many great courses from Alpine Golf Club in Bangkok to Phuket’s Blue Canyon Country Club, both in fact where Tiger Woods won major PGA tournaments. While these golf courses can be played by all golfers in Thailand at green fees half of what similar courses cost in Europe or the USA, they are still nevertheless expensive for some. Most times I sing the praise for all the upper-end championship courses in Thailand, however in these uncertain economic times, I thought it appropriate...

2 Ways To Avoid Hitting Thin Shots In Thailand

Hitting the ball thin, also known as topping the ball, is common among golfers on a Thailand golf tour. It happens allot when golfers do not practice much and then get here ready to tee it up after not playing for weeks, if not months. It's so sad to see golfer’s top the ball when hitting their first approach shot on their first round at say Thai Country Club in Bangkok. Topping an approach shot not only ruins their approach, but adds strokes to their score as well. Instead of being on the...

How To Golf At Amata Spring Country Club?

I often get asked about golf at Amata Spring Country Club. Located halfway between Bangkok and Pattaya, Amata Spring is currently closed to visitors. However, there are 2 ways to get on for those on a Thailand golf holiday and wanting to play.First a little history and update about the golf course. Amata Spring Country Club was opened in 2005 and up until now kept as a private member’s only golf club.  The course was designed by Schmidt-Curley Golf Design from the USA and was initially a...

Hua Hin Golf Tour & Courses Update

A group of 48 Japanese American golfers in Thailand last week played a golf tournament in Hua Hin. Here are the tour leader’s comments on the Hua Hin golf courses, which he had last played some seven years ago: The first day of our Hua Hin golf tour we played we played Majestic Creek Country Club (known to the locals as “Magic Stick”). Whilst it has always been a challenging layout, the course was a bit unkempt, the clubhouse showed signs of age, and there were even rumours from the staff of th...

Top 5 Misunderstood Thailand Golf Rules

Why do people who golf in Thailand often play without following the rules? Do they want to cheat or is it just that they do not understand the rules of golf?  Assuming the later, here  are simple definitions of the 5 most frequently used rules that all Thailand golfers should understand: 1. OUT OF BOUNDS (OB): When you loose a ball in the jungle, say at Santiburi Samui Country Club, you must go back and hit your next shot from the same place that you hit the ball that went out of bo...

Hole-In-One Prize When Golfing In Thailand

 What have you wished for if you could get a hole-in-one on your Thailand golf vacation? Well how about this fitness guarantee? Last week while golfing in Pattaya I ran across this great hole-in-one prize at Rayong Green Valley Golf Club. What better way could the golf club owners think of  to reward the most accomplished (lucky) golfers in Thailand with a prize to guarantee the winner's longevity and golfing career. On the other hand, a check up at the most expensive hospital in...

Hua Hin Golf Clubhouses

Hua Hin now has 9 golf courses, including 2   which make my Thailand’s top ten list, Black Mountain Golf Club and the new Banyan Golf Club, the later which was the subject of recent post. Here are my favorite golf clubhouses in Hua Hin. Springfield Village Golf and Spa. The clubhouse was constructed in an elevated position that will leave you with a lasting impression. The interior is beautifully finished in polished marble and granite, and portrays a feeling of opulence associated ...

Chiang Mai Golf Clubhouses

Chiang Mai now boasts 8 golf courses and is fast becoming a popular Thailand golf holiday destination. My favorite golf clubhouses in Chiang Mai are: Chiang Mai Highlands Golf Resort and Spa. The clubhouse is modern, but yet tastefully integrated with the surrounding mountains. The newly opened spa is one of the best in Northern Thailand, and the golfer’s rejuvenation treatment is really special. Being owned by the same team as Muang Kaew Golf Club in Bangkok it is of little surprise that the re...

Phuket Golf Clubhouses

Phuket is the most famous and popular Thailand golf holiday destination. Given that the courses mainly carter to visiting golfers, it is surprising that all of the Phuket golf courses do not invest in and keep up the club house and facilities.  In fact I only really like 3 of the golf clubhouses in Phuket. These are: Blue Canyon Country Club. An excellent club house, with 3 gourmet restaurants, clean and luxurious changing rooms, massage, swimming pool and spa. Mission Hills Phuket Golf Res...

Bangkok Golf Clubhouses

My favorite golf clubhouses in Bangkok are: Thai Country Club. Managed by the Peninsula Hotel, Bangkok and Hong Kong, the award-winning best in Asia clubhouse which stands surrounded by water between the 1st tee and 18th green caters to every need. Once there, you’ll find the friendliest staff of golf professionals in the Kingdom, committed to making your golf experience a memorable one. The dining facilities are second to none and the dining room’s ever-changing menus feature Thai, Chinese, Jap...

Clubhouses of Thailand Golf Courses

The next few posts will feature my favorite Thailand golf clubhouses, which go a long way towards making your Thailand golfing holiday so memorable. First, my opinion on what makes up a great Thailand golf clubhouse: –    Friendly reception and efficient check-in–    Well stocked and fairly priced Pro Shop–    Spacious, air-conditioned locker rooms–    Golf shoe cleaning service–    Clean, modern showers, with freshl...

Driving Off The Deck When Golfing In Thailand

No this is not about your car, but rather how to drive from the fairway when golfing in Thailand. I do not see many Thailand golfers hitting a driver off the deck, but knowing how to sure helped my Australian golfer friend score well at the new Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin. His shots flew low with plenty of distance, so it was advantageous when he had  ton of yardage to the long par-4 10th and miraculously using the same shot he reached the monster 11thth, a par 5 in two, setting up an eagl...

Pattaya Golf Courses: Three Lesser Known Clubs

For a Thailand golf vacation Pattaya is still the least expensive golf destination. While Pattaya is not a place to bring your mother, or girlfriend for that matter, and swimming in the sea is not recommended, there are quite a few good golf courses in the area; some very reasonably priced, but hardly known. Here are my three favorite of the lesser know Pattaya golf courses. 1.    Emerald Golf Club since re-opening in 2006 has done a great job to improve course and playing conditions. ...

Thailand’s Newest Golf Course: Banyan Golf Club

Opened last week, Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin is the newest Thailand golf course. Adding to the 7 other  Hua Hin golf clubs the course and club at Banyan is first-rate. The Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin just 15 minutes south of town is tucked in between two small mountain ranges. The superb 7030 yard Banyan course has more in common with a top quality European parkland course, than with something hewn from a Thai pineapple plantation. Within the jungle and pineapple-lined perimeter, it’s often h...

How Many Golf Balls Can You Loose in Thailand?

Even with our eagle-eyed caddies here when golfing in Thailand, for some golfers it is not unusual to lose lots of golf balls, especially on golf courses where there is an abundance of water hazards, such as Summit Windmill Golf Club in Bangkok or Phuket Country Club, the New Course in particular. At last weeks golf tournament at President Country Club in Bangkok one chap lost 8 balls in the “klongs” (water hazards). But, to lose fourteen balls before you reach the first tee?! A pal of mine joi...

Stress-Free Thailand Golf Cuts Strokes!

Did you ever notice that right after you or your mate has that first sip of Singha on the golf course in Thailand that drives fly longer and straighter? Why is this almost always the case? The simple answer is stress, or lack thereof. Stress on the Thailand golf course is an insidious golf "disease". Tension starts in your hands and creeps into every muscle in your body. It breaks your golf swing and it strips it of power and accuracy. When tension gets into your address position, it g...

Most Spectacular Thailand Golf Course

Planning a golf Thailand holiday often involves deciding on the best type of courses to include. As part of the golf package planning I often get to discuss with those interested in a golf Thailand vacation about each course. So it is no coincidence when recently a Phuket golf tour operator and I sat down for a few Singha’s to discuss our views on the golf courses in Thailand. We went round and around debating which is the best or most difficult Thailand golf course and ultimately could not dec...

Why Bangkok Was Rated Best City In The World?

Bangkok was recently rated as the 2008 World’s Best City by “Travel + Leisure”. Here is my take on the eight reasons why. 1. Abundance of world class hotels and resorts. I can not think of another city with more 5 star resorts, readily available vacancies, and costs for luxury accommodations as low as Bangkok. 2. Some of the regions best shopping including both local centers like MBK (clothes and telephones), Chatuchak Market (everything under the sun), Pantip Plaza (computers) , and Thaniya Pla...

A Thailand Golf Package With Lesser Known Phuket Resorts

When traveling on a golf tour, do you prefer a boutique resort over a larger branded property? Well here are lesser know Phuket resorts and some offering the best values in Phuket accommodations. My personal favorite is Mom Tri’s Villa Royale right on lovely Kata Noi Beach. This resort has only 26 rooms, nine of which are individually designed in a traditional Thai style. With superb views over the bay, fine dining and probably the best wine cellar on the island. After your round at Blue C...

Phuket Golf Holiday Hotel Considerations

This is the first in a series of two articles about Phuket golf holiday hotels. This first post will cover some of the points to consider when choosing a Phuket golf resort as well as include some “can’t go wrong” suggestions. The second post will give some insider recommendations on lesser known Phuket hotels. Phuket has an enormous range of hotels available. In fact there are over 2000 resorts and other accommodation options on the island on the island. With so much choice how can you be assu...

Thailand Political Situation

For those of you planning on a Thailand golf holiday, here is the real situation as of 12:00 noon on Wednesday September 3. A state of emergency has been declared in Bangkok city as a result of clashes between pro- and anti- government protestors which have turned violent. A number of state enterprise labor unions are to stage strikes and to selectively cut water and electricity to government offices, halt buses and disrupt train service throughout the country. The Bangkok protests have been con...

Putting When Golfing In Thailand

I have spent a lot of time watching golfers putt when golfing in Thailand. I have seen some excellent golfers putt with one hand, and I have seen some terrible golfers putt with the smoothest stroke you can imagine. Now, I have some definite ideas on putting in Thailand based on what I have seen and what works best for me. Try the same grip as you use for all other shots, in other words what come natural and feels comfortable to you. Take a wide stance and set up with a firm tripod-like foundat...

Thailand Golf Holiday Tips

Here’s are 5 ways to get the most from your Thailand golf tour. 1) When you go to the courses be sure to take sunscreen, a hat and umbrella (as much for protection from the sun as any rain that might fall – the umbrella can make it feel several degrees cooler on a hot sunny day). 2) Take a change of clothes along to the courses and plan to use the locker room.  Every Thailand golf course will give you a private locker with a key and also a clean towel on arrival.  All the better...

Golf Glove Tip For Thailand

Does your golf glove become slick when you golf in Thailand; sometimes causing your club to slip during your swing? I know mine does and so do many golfers on holiday in Thailand. Short of carrying a series of golf gloves with you and changing to a new one each hole, which can be very expensive, what can you do? I saw a golfer at Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin do this and thought to share the golf tip with you. It is a good tip for when you play golf in Thailand. Whether it be high over the jungle ...

Thailand Golf Vacation Feedback

Here is a post by one of our Thailand Golf Zone readers who golfed in Thailand last year. I wasn’t sure if I should go on this Thailand golf trip or not, but my wife insisted. (Ed: Don’t we all wish we had wives like this!) I’ll tell you it was one of the best golf trips I ever had. We golfed 14 days out of the 23 days we were there. The Pattaya and River Kwai golf courses were great. The caddies were remarkable. They know how to read a green.  Everyone there was so friendly; it didn...

Kaeng Krachan Golf Club, Hua Hin Thailand

Here is a story of a little known Thailand golf club located near the Burma-Thailand, around 75 minutes west of Hua Hin. My friend and USPGA golf professional Graham Samson was there a few weeks ago and wrote this report. Kaeng Krachan Country Club & Resort has been re-branded as KKC Golf & Country Club (Not to be confused with KFC) KKC Golf & Country Club has operated since 1994. The first 18 holes (Lake and Valley) was designed by Cherd Bunyaratavej, the famous US trained Thai gol...

Where Is The Clubhouse?

What would you do if you were on the way to a Thailand golf course and came across this sign? Well I came across this sign at Lakewood Golf Club in Bangkok on Friday and it made me chuckle. Guess it put me in a good mood because I shot 3 under my handicap. The Bangkok golf course was in the best condition that I have ever seen it in and that probably helped a bit as well. Fast greens, well defined fairways, and even consistency and firmness of the sand bunkers made playing at Lakewood a joy. For...

Secret Beaches For A Phuket Golf Holiday

To help you make the most of your golfing holiday Phuket Island; here is some information on lesser known Phuket beaches. These are great alternative beaches where you can relax after golf and avoid the crowds. The Phuket beaches are a little off the beaten track, but still offer facilities such as restaurants, chairs, umbrellas, massages, and toilets. Not far from the hive of activity which is Patong Beach you will find a haven of peace and tranquility on Paradise Beach. From the Amari Hotel at...

Karon vs. Kata Beach, Phuket Thailand (Part 2 of 2)

After Patong, Karon Beach and Kata Beach are the next likely places you might consider for a Phuket golf holiday. Both Karon and Kata are some 15 or 20 minutes further south than Patong, so add this on to your journey times for golf at all the Phuket golf courses. Blue Canyon Country Club and Mission Hills Golf Club are both around 1 hour from Karon and Kata beaches. Loch Palm, Phuket Country Club, and red Mountain are all closer, but still will take about 30 minutes to travel to from either Kar...