Category Archives: Interesting Thailand Golf Snippits

My Winter Golf Life Over 20 Years

The other day I was thinking about my Thailand golf life today and that of 20 years ago. Boy how time flies (but that is the subject of another post entirely)! February 3, 1987 San Jose, California It’s 7.30am on a Sunday morning. I jump out of bed looking forward to my regular Sunday Stableford match with friends at San Jose Municipal Golf Course. Opening the curtains to check the weather, I find an overcast sky with a smattering of rain, a howling wind and the temperature somewhere around 45 d...

Golf Pros of Thailand and Volvo Masters Asia Update

I was glad to see Thailand’s pro golfers do so well in the US$650,000 Volvo Masters Asia Tournament being played over at the Thai Country Club in Bangkok last week. Thai star Thongchai Jaidee needed only a par in his last round to win, whilst compatriot Thaworn Wiratchant showed he was determined to sign the year off as Asia’s number one, but his hopes dipped dramatically on the back nine after he ran up a bogey and double-bogey on the 15th and 16th holes, finding water on both occasions,...

Great Thailand Golf Tip and Bad Thailand Golf Joke (or Vice Versa

I guess that you will all have heard that old story of the desperate golfer who comes to Thailand and takes up a lesson with a local professional for help. The Thai golf professional asks the golf traveler to hit a few shots then says that he can see the problem: “You are standing too close to the ball – after you’ve hit it!” But there is actually a serious fault that some of us have of standing too close to the ball at address. One of the reasons for this is because some people sole the club f...

Thailand Golf Gaming

In a recent post, I mentioned a big money golf match. I know there are different views about betting whilst golfing. My own is that if you want to become a better player, gambling during your friendly golf games can help.  Those five-foot putts aren’t so easy, regardless of whether you have one hundred or  a thousand baht (two or three, or twenty to thirty US dollars) riding on the outcome.  When looking at the photo left, taken at Phuket Country Club last week, one can on...

Thailand Golf Rules Contest

With Christmas just around the corner I thought I would liven up this Thailand golf travel blog with a small contest along with a special Thailand Golf Christmas prize. Regarding the rules of golf in Thailand, the fact is none of us knows all the Rules,  just most of them. So how is your knowledge? Answer ‘True’ or ‘False’ to the following five questions, and send me your answers marking the email subject "Thailand Golf Rules Contest". The names of all those submitting all-corr...

Golf Christmas Gifts in Thailand: 3 Unique Suggestions

Christmas is fast approaching and, probably, like me if you are in Thailand, you are wondering what to buy your loved one, or ask your spouse to buy you!. Here are three unique golf gift ideas: 1. Pocketshots™ are a handy pocket-sized set of golf lessons that you can take with you when you practice or play. No bigger than a passport these clever fold-out lessons contain great pictures and instructions to help you improve every aspect of your game. There are nine editions from the Swing and Putti...

Phuket Golf: Flight of the Condor

The 10th hole at Phuket Country Club, one of the few par five holes where you can be on or close in one, was covered yesterday! Now I thought best to go over some related golf research and trivia regarding the little know flight of the golf “condor”. There are only three recorded instances of a ‘condor’ – four strokes under par on a single hole. The longest hole-in-one in the UK was set when Shawn Lynch cut the corner off a dog-leg on the 496-yard 17th hole at Teign Valley Golf Club in Exeter....

Thailand Golf Caddies Re-loaded (Part 1 of 2)

Thailand golf caddies raise so many questions for golf travelers here that I thought to completely re-write, including some original photos,my prior Thailand Golf Caddies article. As regular golfers in Thailand know, one of the undoubted joys of playing golf here is being aided and abetted by our delightful lady caddies. Yet, first time visitors are sometimes nervous about having to take a caddie (even when they rent a golf cart), perhaps feeling that their standard of golf is not up to being o...

Golf History Thailand (Modern Times)

Thailand golf history is steeped in tradition as covered in last Friday’s post. Here is my information about the modern times golf history in Thailand. You can recognize many of the courses mentioned, and feel proud when you step up to the tees there, not only are you playing a a great course, but one with a royal history. Modern times golf was introduced into Thailand at the beautiful Navatanee Golf Course in Bangkok, which was purposely constructed in 1973 and hosted the World Cup of Go...

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 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 “...

Hole In One

Well there are many ways to get a hole-in-one but this has to be the easiest I have ever seen. I am not sure where this course is located, but if anyone has a clue feel free to post a comment. Things are really starting to pick up here in Thailand. This coming season is shaping up to be fantastic as the word is getting out about Thailand golfing all over the world. Inquiries are flooding in and this is taking more and more of my time. Also, in Bangkok now the weather has cooled off and the norm...

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...