Bangkok Golf Societies

Bangkok_wonderers_golf_society_1 For those of you who are frequent golf travelers to Thailand, you might want to consider joining one of the local golf societies. Not only is it a good way to meet and socialize with like minded gofers in Thailand, it also can be a significant savings on green fees. Most Thai golf clubs are non-profit organizations and receive substantial group green fee discounts from the Thailand golf courses here.

As might be expected, Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, boasts the highest number of golfing societies of the country’s main golfing locations. There is even a Societies Golf League, founded in 1995. Participating clubs and societies have included Thunderbirds (now O’Reillys), the British Club, the Bangkok Wanderers, The Golfers Cocktail Lounge, The Japanese Society, the Lighthouse Golf Group, the British Embassy Golfing Society (now The Londoners), the American Embassy Golfing Society, Delaneys, Dynasty, Larry’s Dive, Soi Dogs, Bourbon Street Gators, R.S. Scandinavians, Gee Gee’s, Doug’s Hoodlums, Dunlop Duffers, the Bangkok Irish and an additional club from the British Club, the BC Lords.

The sponsors, Price Waterhouse Coopers, provide an excellent range of monthly prizes. Mid year, the league is interrupted with the “Mid League Bash” a Texas scramble format competition where players from all teams are mixed together. The whole philosophy of the league is for players to have a good match, meet new people and enjoy the outing. Of course, these societies also run their own regular tournaments aside from entering a team into the PWC Golf League.

Typical is the Bangkok Wanderers Golf Club, a friendly society comprised of fairly eclectic, sometimes eccentric, individuals living in and around Bangkok. Lifetime membership is only 200 baht  (yes around $6 US) and a Wanderers handicap is given after submitting cards at three events. The Wanderers have a comprehensive programme:- “The Majors” are: The Captain’s Cup, a  2-day event held every year around April/May, The Masters, a 1-day event held around July, and The Club Championship, a  2-day event held early December. Year-long events include an Order of Merit, a point scoring system at all events during the year, an Annual Stableford where the best four stableford scores during the year are added together, the Bangsai Eclectic – a Monthly Medal is held at Bangsai Golf Club with an eclectic score being calculated over twelve events, and a Matchplay knockout. Other trophies include The Fred Wade Challenge played annually against The Golfer’s Cocktail Lounge, the Mackenzie Cup, a 2-day pairs competition, and the Magpie Putter played annually against the British Club.

Some societies make visitors welcome. One such is The Honourable Golf Society of Hogs Breath Masters. They organise a Monday Early Bird event, a Tuesday Banker outing, both at Bangkok Golf Club, and a Friday Early Bird at the Royal Golf & Country Club. For lady golfers living in or visiting Thailand, there is the Bangkok Cosmopolitan Ladies Golf, which was founded in 1969 and plays every Tuesday morning at various courses around Bangkok. It offers regular, friendly and competitive golf for ladies of many nationalities, but stresses the social side. Some of the groups above have active ladies’ sections, such as the Golfer’s Cocktail Lounge and Bangkok Wanderers.

If you would like any or have any more information on any of the named Bangkok golf clubs, please feel free or post a comment or if you prefer drop me an email at my Thailand golf vacation company and I will take care of the posting duties.

Tomorrow I will continue this series and post about Thailand golf clubs outside of Bangkok.

13 comments

  1. Dallas Hall

    HI
    I have been here for 4 months and now only discovering this sight. I’m here for another month and would like to play. I’m from the US and carry a 12 index. I like to play for cash but only small money under 20.00US as a maximum loss for a day. I like the competition.
    Dallas Hall

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  4. Ian Laidlow

    Hi to all,
    I’ll be moving back to Bangkok at the end of this month (November 07) and would dearly like to be part of the Bangers golf scene. Of the past couple of years I’ve been a regular w/end & w/day player in Thailand but only half a dozen games in Bkk, some years ago. This website seems packed with options so I wouldn’t know where to start in making individual contact.
    I’m 38 years old, currently a struggling 17 handicapper and British born….any ideas?

  5. Ian Laidlow

    Hi to all,
    I’ll be moving back to Bangkok at the end of this month (November 07) and would dearly like to be part of the Bangers golf scene. Of the past couple of years I’ve been a regular w/end & w/day player in Thailand but only half a dozen games in Bkk, some years ago. This website seems packed with options so I wouldn’t know where to start in making individual contact.
    I’m 38 years old, currently a struggling 17 handicapper and British born….any ideas?

  6. nick revell

    hi myself and a friend are coming to phuket for 8 days from 1 dec 2007 . we were hoping to join a society or be guests of one to get a few games of golf in whilst over there. we are in our mid 30s and play off 12 and 2 h’cap .i know we have left it late but if you have any suggestions it would be appreciated .. nick revell worcestershire england

  7. Gar Walker

    I would like to join a couple of “golf societies” in Bangkok to enjoy social occaisions and play 2 or 3 times per week.I am Canadian and a naturalised Australian.
    08-1770-3634

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