Category Archives: Interesting Thailand Golf Snippits

Tiger Woods’ Last Thailand Golf Visit

Tiger Woods' last trip to Thailand as a golf professional in early 2000 was a bit of circus. Politicians, media and other VIP’s almost stormed his plane when it touched down in Bangkok even before he could get his seat belt off. Tiger would describe it as the craziest week of his life but as usual gave one of his oh-so diplomatic answers he mentioned, "I always enjoy coming back to Thailand," continuing, "It's always neat to be back among family and friends."(ed. ye...

Golf Score Card Man

What do you do back home in the cold winter weather either before or after your Thailand golf holiday? Well how about sifting through all your golf memorabilia collected from past golf vacations? Here is a letter from a fellow reader of the Thailand Golf Zone that you might find interesting, and just maybe you can help Bob out. Hi Mark, I always get a lot of pleasure from reading your interesting articles on your Golfasian website, and I thought that just maybe some of your readers of Golfasia...

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...

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...

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...

Singha Thailand PGA Championship June 26-29, 2008

Here is a trip report from Graham Sampson, one of only a few professional PGA golf instructors in Northern Thailand. Santiburi Country Club in Chiang Rai recently hosted the Singha Thailand PGA Championship. The new Asian Tour event was presented by the Sports Authority of Thailand. Most golfers that have played Santiburi consider it one of the best golf courses in Asia, both in condition and challenge. For the event Santiburi grew the rough to U.S. Open type length and narrowed the fairways. It...

How I Score Well By Not Scoring

Here is an amazing Thailand golf statistic. My best five out of my last 20 Thailand golf scores were all when I shot over well my handicap on the front nine and stopped counting on the back nice. How can this be? Here is what I found out. Normally I track my score hole by hole, but have recently found this to be a recipe for disaster. I determined this to be the case by analyzing my scores and watching my golfing mate.  At Thai Country Club last month my mate, a 2 handicapper, was not pla...

Japanese Golf Course Designers In Thailand (Part 2)

Continuing with a look at the Japanese designers who have contributed to the development of golf in Thailand, other well-known architects include: Isao Izumi: Siam Country Club (1971), Pattaya, Yoshihara Aihara: Pinehurst Golf & Country Club (1990), Bangkok, and Isao Katsumata: Sawang Resort Golf Club (1993), Hua Hin. Siam Country Club is one of the more famous Thailand golf courses, being built more than 27 years ago and completely renovated in 2006.. Over the years the golf course has hos...

Japanese Golf Course Designers In Thailand

Much has been said about the role famous American and British golf course designers such as Nicklaus, Faldo, Dye, and Trent Jones in Thailand, but how about the Japanese? Well, in the next 2 articles I will focus on Japanese designers who have contributed to the development of golf here in the Kingdom and I bet you will be surprised to learn about these great golf course designers in their own right! With golfing in Thailand being so popular with the Japanese, it was inevitable that some of Ja...

Hole In One Thailand

At my Thailand golf vacation company, we are always happy when one of our golfers achieves a hole in one – if only because we can celebrate with them! Last week, there was a double cause for celebration: one of our guests at Blue Canyon Country Club, Phuket, a 28-handicapper from the US tee’d off with a 3-wood and aced the 221-yards, par 3 17th hole on the Canyon course, described by Fred Couples as "one of the best par 3’s anywhere in the world". The next day, another of our c...

Does Your Driver Conform?

Here I am not speaking about the merits of your chauffeur or taxi driver, but rather the golf club you use to tee off on 14 of the 18 holes when playing golf in Thailand. Recently in the Caltex Masters, Chinese player Liang Wen-chong was disqualified for using a non-conforming driver. Liang was using a driver (Mizuno 300 SII) that contravened the Coefficient of Restitution (COR) rules. Liang claimed to be unaware of the contravention. The issue of COR was amicably settled in last year when after...

Montgomerie Golf Invades Asia

While not exactly about golf in Thailand, I thought you would want to know about this new Vietnam golf course. Today, The Montgomerie Links Vietnam broke ground on the clubhouse near the storied sands of China Beach. This destination is already part of our Vietnam Golf Trail tour, so once opened, it is sure to add a great day of golf to the already action packed trip. The Montgomerie Links Vietnam is the only Colin Montgomerie-designed and branded course in Vietnam or Thailand. Located just off ...

3 More Last Minute Thailand Golf Presents

Here are 3 more ideas for presents for the Thai golfer who has everything. 1. The WOW Putter (US$59.95) claims to have “Everything you ever wanted in a putter” It boasts: a tape measure to accurately measure the distance from the ball to the hole; a compass to keep the ball on course and avoid getting lost in the woods; a bike horn to quiet others before you putt (can also be used to celebrate great putts), a plumb to check the lay of the land and to eliminate scuffed putts, and, a rabbit’...

Christmas Presents For Thailand Golfers

With the Festive Season approaching at breakneck speed, like me, you may be in a state of panic as to what presents to buy. Here are six ideas for your Thailand golfing loved one: 1. For his/her next golfing holiday in Thailand, a new travel golf bag will be well received. One of the best I have seen recently is the OGIO Mammoth (US$330.00). This sturdy golf travel bag stands upright and glides effortlessly in transit thanks to four sturdy, swiveling wheels. The OGIO Mammoth has a wide mouth ope...

Thailand Professional Golf Update

Congratulations to the Thailand team that won the Fortis International Challenge at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club, Malaysia two weeks ago. Thai hotshots Thongchai Jaidee and Prayad Marksaeng put on an outstanding exhibition of golf with a final round eight-under-par 64 to win this prestigious event. Thailand had a great start to the tournament by firing an 11-under-par 61 for the joint first round lead. The pair then produced a battling two-under-par 70 to take a one-stroke halfway lead...

Pete Dye in Thailand Golf

Here is the first in a series about famous golf course architects and their activities in Thailand. Pete Dye, through Dye Designs Inc., is associated with three golf courses in Thailand: Subhapruek Golf Club in Bangkok, Khao Kheow Country Club in Pattaya, and Thai Muang Beach Resort in Phuket. All three feature Pete Dye trademarks: tough par 4’s (especially the closing holes) where you need to hit straight, tricky par 3’s, the subtle use of water hazards and, of course, the railway sleepers (...

Unique Thailand Golf Balls

In the past I described how you can save money by buying used golf balls at Thailand golf courses. So it got me thinking last week after loosing a few balls in the water at Thai Country Club if the new golf balls that I was using were really helping my game? Then, a friend drew my attention to four unique Thailand golf balls- well, five really if you include the one from Ted Hoz from the USA. Ted says that he has everything from a ball with the Lord’s Prayer written on it, to a ball advertising ...

Happy Birthday Golf America From Bangkok!

Being an American golfer in Thailand I thought to devote this post to a good cause. First of all, to all golfers in the USA, Happy Independence Day! American golfers celebrate this day not only with a morning round of golf, but also with afternoon family outings like backyard barbecues, picnics, trips to the beach, summer concerts and hot dog eating competitions, and of course glamorous fireworks displays held in both major cities and rural towns alike.. Second for those American golfers servin...

Newest Thailand Golf Blog

Have you ever wanted a place to share your Thailand and Asian golf stories or just read about the antics of an expatriate Thailand golfer who knows more about golf in Thailand than anyone in the world? Well look no further. The word is out; Thailand’s newest golf blog can be read at where else than http://www.thailandgolfblog.com, what an appropriate name indeed! The Thailand Golf Blog author has lived, worked and played golf for over 30 years all around the Far East, with spells in Hong Kong, ...

Father’s Day Thailand Golf Gifts

Father’s Day, June 17 is just 2 days away and finding the perfect gift is no small feat, especially if your dad is a golfer. Even if you just want to drop a heavy hint to your kids for a great present, here are two inexpensive ideas for Thailand golf fathers: 1. All golfers in Thailand know how frustrating it is trying to keep track of the three items used on every hole — a ball marker, golf glove and Thai baht. The new G-Clip Compact Golf Tool provides a convenient solution to the problem...

Thailand Golf Zone Q&A

Over the last few weeks several emails have come in requesting advice on Thailand golf some serious and others more light-hearted. I a qualified to answer those about golf travel in Thailand, but those golf playing questions are another matter all together. For these, I have passed the queries on to a good friend of mine who is an expatriate golf professional in Thailand here. Here are a few of the questions and answers from both myself and our pro. 1. Should I abstain from sex the night before ...

Happier Family Life and Better Golf In and Out of Thailand

One of my pet dislikes is when money is spent on so-called research by scientists, only for them to come up with what was already blindingly obvious, or if in Thailand the not so obvious. You may have come across a recent example of this. Sports psychology researchers at Exeter University in the UK have pronounced that a happy home life can make you better at golf. They found that the emotional support a golfer receives off the course is directly linked to the quality of his performance on it. ...

Eagle Par Birdie Welcome From Thailand

To start the week off on a high note I thought I would let you know about the great golf site which I came across the other day. Eagle Par Birdie is a multi-media blog site devoted to amateur golfers. It’s written by Chris Henry, a veteran Canadian broadcast journalist and golf writer with more than 30 years experience covering international news and sports. Eagle Par Birdie touches all the bases for the amateur player: equipment news, instruction advice, tour news, course reviews, golf travel d...

Thai Golf Dictionary

After our round at the regular weekend Bangkok golf tournament, my golf friends and I got to talking about our amazing Thai golf shots. I took some notes and came up with a sort of list of the best of the best Thailand golf shots dictionary. Some of these Thailand golf terms can be found elsewhere, while others are totally new. Here are some of the highlights, including saving the best few for last! Tee ShotsA Princess Di – shouldn’t have taken a driverA Princess Grace – shoul...

Amazing Golf Cart (Buggy) Sharing in Thailand and Special Prize C

Long time Thailand Golf Zone readers know of my preference for not using golf buggies when playing golf in Thailand. I feel that riding takes away from the social nature of golf, provides limited exercise for the golfer, and disrupts the natural environment I so much love about the game of golf. Well the other day I found a Thailand golf course that allows 4 person to share a cart, all but eliminating my anti-social argument against the use of electric buggies. Imagine this, 4 farang golfers bar...

Asian PGA Golf Tournament 2007 Schedule

As a follow up to yesterdays post, the next and last Asian PGA tournament events of 2007, the Johnnie Walker Classic and Asian Volvo Masters, respectively, will both be good examples of prestigious golfing in Thailand this year. Therefore, I thought it appropriate timing to post this years remaining event schedule. Also, just a thought, but if anyone is thinking about a golf vacation in Asia this year, why not plan it to coincide with one of these golf tournaments. Not only will you be able to s...

Asian PGA Golf Tour

Officials of the Asian PGA Tour which began its 2007 season last month are heralding the start of a "golden era" for professional golf in the region – and Thailand golf courses and stars will figure prominently. A bumper schedule consisting of a minimum of 29 events with an all-time high of US$26.5 million in total prize money await Asia’s best golfers in their chase for the coveted UBS Order of Merit crown. Established names will include Thai stalwart Thongchai Jaidee, who was ...

Pok Daeng; A Thailand Golf Game For Thais

Further to my recent post, Thailand Golf Gaming, the Thais love to gamble and all over the Thailand golf courses’ gaming is prevalent. A few years back I learned a hard lesson when, playing at the old Natural Park Hill Golf Course in Chonburi, near Pattaya  and now called Mountain Shadow Golf Club. That day a Thai friend of mine introduced me to a golf gambling game the Thais all play called Pok-Daeng, the same name as a popular Thai card game. Pok-Daeng is best described as a sort of var...

5 Thailand Golf Rule Violations (Part 2 of 2)

The last 3 of the 5 most common Thailand golf rule errors are: 3. Nearest point of relief. (The so-called “free drop” rule). The USGA definition for this rule is so complex that might as well be written in Thai. In simple terms, when you take relief from ground under repair, cart paths, staked trees, or an immovable object, there’s no penalty.  You simply take a stance and place the club head (no closer to the hole) where you will strike the ball. Put a tee down where the club head ...

5 Thailand Golf Rule Violations (Part 1 of 2)

Regular readers of this blog will know that I often extol the virtues of our delightful lady caddies in Thailand. One exception is that, sometimes, Thailand golf caddies let you get away with transgressions of the rules of golf. Normally, this is not because the Thai caddie does not know the rules – most caddies are well trained in this respect. Rather it is a case of their preference not to upset golfers by pointing out that they are in error in their interpretation of the rules. Over the next...