Category Archives: Thailand Golf Holidays and Vacations

Best Place For A Thailand Golf and Culture Holiday?

Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North”!  Elephant camps, mountains, hill tribe villages, a 900 year old city with over 500 temples, gentle people, arts and crafts, a moated ‘old city’, a popular night market, a Sunday walking street and a vibrant riverfront scene.  Gourmets can feast on tasty local Lanna cuisine, which is generally less spicy than the more famous southern Thai dishes. Chiang Mai attracts nature enthusiasts, history buffs, lovers of fresh mountain air, and golf enthusia...

Best Place In Thailand For A Golf and Beach Holiday?

Phuket wins this one easily with eight championship golf courses, some of most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world, first class resorts, and unsurpassed Thai hospitality. Phuket is the largest Thailand island and is located in the Andaman Sea. Spectacular scenery, tropical sunsets over palm lined clear blue water beaches, luxurious accommodations and a vast array of nightlife are what made Phuket famous with Europeans looking for a warm weather winter getaway. Golfers will find eight top c...

Become An Expert At Reading Thailand Golf Greens

Probably the most important thing to learn about golf in Thailand is how to read the greens.  While Thai caddies can tell you where to hit a putt, it is always helpful to understand why putts break the way they do.  Grass in Thailand is mostly Bermuda and very grainy.  Grain, or the direction the grass blades grow, is many times just as important to the line and speed of a putt as is the slope of the green itself.  To read the grain, there are a couple of things to pay at...

Thailand Golf Tips

Golfers travel from thousands of miles away everyday to enjoy Thailand golf courses, tourist attractions and cultural experiences.  Tour guides can answer many questions and provide necessary insights regarding the sights.  Likewise, golfers in Thailand benefit from the help they get from the delightful caddies at all Thai golf courses.  Still, there are some things all golfers should learn about golf in Thailand, which will make their rounds more enjoyable.Thailand is in th...

6 Thailand Golf Picks That Are “Twice As Nice” (Part 1 of 2)

Of the many quality golf courses available to visitors in Thailand, some of the best are at facilities with 36 holes.  A visit to any of these will provide a golfing experience that is “twice as nice” as an 18-hole offering. Here are 6 of the best picks; 3 today (all by chance happen to be Bangkok golf courses) and 3 in the next post. 1. Lam Luk Ka Country Club is located about 30 minutes from the old Don Muang International Airport.  Lam Luk Ka is a real “sleeper”, as it is quietly...

Phuket Golf Memberships

Owning a membership at of one of the golf courses in Phuket seems like a good idea to some, especially frequent golfers to the island who shun the idea of paying high green fees. Thailand golf club memberships may be held by overseas residents and their prices are much lower than what one would pay at clubs in the USA, Europe, and Australia. Generally, the golf club membership secondary market in Thailand offers some even better deals than from the clubs directly. That is the good news. Howev...

5 THAILAND GOLF ETIQUETTE TIPS

When golfing in Thailand remember these 5 simple points of golf etiquette and everyone will be assured of a satisfying golf experience. The overriding principle is that consideration should be shown to others on Thailand golf courses at all times.   1. The Spirit of the Game in ThailandUnlike many sports, golf in Thailand is played without the supervision of a referee. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other golfers in Thailand and to abide by th...

How To Golf With A Caddie In Thailand?

More from our roving golf reporter in the USA, Mr. Andy Harris. Golf with a caddie is the most enjoyable way to play golf. To have the best possible experience and get the most out of your rounds with your Thai golf caddies, I’d like to offer six helpful tips: 1.    First and most importantly, establish a rapport with your caddie quickly. Ask your caddie her name, tell her you’re going to have fun today, smile and generally have a positive attitude. 2.    Fig...

The best thing about golf in Thailand…!

Here is another post from our roving golf reporter in the USA, Mr. Andy Harris. Ok, ok. I know, there are many reasons to love golf in Thailand. The courses are fabulous (many have held European and Asian Tour Events); the clubhouses are positively palatial; the golfing conditions are universally good; the weather is fine year round; the after round massage is a delight and all this for a fraction of the cost in the USA or Europe. Still, my favorite part of the Thai golf experience without dou...

Expansion Of ‘ The Thai Golf Experience’

‘Golf in a Kingdom: The Thai Golf Experience’ is just a month old but already having an impact. Another luxury hotel property has joined and the region's top pro tour has again put a Kingdom track on its schedule. Last week, the distinctive Woodlands Hotel & Resort Pattaya became part of ‘Golf in a Kingdom’, which launched in June as an itinerary and golf-travel resource that matches Thailand’s top golf courses with its most desirable hotels. Also, the Asian Tour has tapped ‘Golf in a ...

The Thailand Golf Experience

Here is a Thailand golf post by Gerry Norquist, former Asian Tour star. There is a special magic about playing golf in a Kingdom.  It has been said that the golf experience in “the land of smiles” is like no other anywhere in the world.   The many diverse courses available to the golf enthusiast throughout the nation cater to the beginner and the expert with equal delight. A round of golf in Thailand typically begins with a friendly greeting at the club drop off area near the ...

Thailand Extends Royal Golf Invitation

In an bid to tell world golfers what Asian golfers already know, the golf establishment in Thailand has launched ‘Golf in a Kingdom: The Thai Golf Experience’, a cooperative itinerary that matches the country’s top courses with its most desirable hotels. The Kingdom of Thailand has for decades been the destination of choice for Asian golfers, thanks to its stellar courses, superb year-round climate and welcoming culture. By banding together to form ‘Golf in a Kingdom: The Thai Golf Experience’,...

The Biggest Hassle About Golf In Thailand…. And How To Over

Here is an article by Andy Harris, long time visitor to Thailand and one of the board members of the Gallipeau-Harris Foundation. For many of us, relaxing on the couch for a Sunday — watching golf or football — is one of life’s simple pleasures, on we enjoy all too infrequently. We would gladly sit there for 8, 10 even 12 hours, so long as we were periodically replenished with suitable liquids and sustenance. The idea that our wives or children would serve us the beer and chips without our ev...

Relief For Thailand Golf: Perspectives From Both Tourists and Loc

Golf in Thailand measured by numbers of players, rounds played, and equipment sold could be generously described as flat this year. While some golf tour companies are seeing increases in arrivals, the number of rounds played at Thailand golf courses overall are 30% off from last season. Why the slowdown in the game’s growth and where is it headed? First of all, the good news for golfers who like to take golf vacations. Just look at how many people are discovering Thailand as the premier afford...

Is Thailand Golf Vacation Insurance Necessary?

I was golfing at St. Andrews in Pattaya recently, and witnessed an unfortunate accident (thankfully, not involving a client of my Thailand golf vacation company). A visiting golfer from overseas was driving a golf buggy near to the clubhouse after his round when it appeared that the accelerator pedal jammed. As a result, the buggy smashed through six or seven sets of clubs awaiting their owners’ collection, and into the wall of the clubhouse, causing considerable damage to the golf club sets, ...

Asian Golf Tour Comes To Hua Hin

Thailand’s royal seaside town and one of the best Thailand golf destinations, Hua Hin, will play host what promises to be one of feature tournaments on the Asian Tour. The Black Mountain Masters will be held at the Black Mountain Golf Club Hua Hin from March 23 and 29. It is the first professional golf tournament aimed not just to promote golf in Thailand, but also Hua Hin golf tourism; check out this FREE Hua Hin golf offer. With a prize pool of US$ 500,000 on offer and an impressive list of&#...

8 Cost Saving Thailand Golf Holiday Tips (Part 2 of 2)

Here are 4 more cost saving ideas for your next Thailand golf vacation. 5. ACCOMMODATIONSWe are seeing some travelers stepping down this year from 5 star to 4 star hotels, and others from 4 star to 3.5 star.  And for those who do want to keep the same standard as before, some hotels are offering special deals such as free room upgrades or perhaps a free night after x number of paid nights. This can bring the cost per night down significantly. Local agents will usually have the best and la...

8 Cost Saving Thailand Golf Holiday Tips (Part 1 of 2)

With all the economic gloom and doom these days, many golfers are looking for ways to save money on their next Thailand golf tour and yet still have a great golf holiday.  Over the next 2 posts I will summarize 8 ways our clients are doing just that: 1, TIMINGHotel prices can fluctuate significantly throughout the year depending on season.  This is particularly true for beach destinations such as Phuket, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Samui.  ‘High Season’ for tourism and prices in thes...

Singha Thailand Open 2009 & FREE Phuket Golf

The Thailand Open will make an emphatic return to the Asian Tour schedule from March 5 to 8 at the Laguna Phuket Golf Club and boast prize money of US$500,000. Having not been played since 2005 due to a lack of sponsorship the event is now back in full swing. The tournament welcomes on board Singha Corporation (as in Singha beer) as the title sponsor and the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and PTT Public Company Limited as premier sponsors. It will be a full-field event on t...

A Dozen Reasons For A Golf Holiday In Thailand (Part 2 of 4)

Here are the next 3 of my 12 reasons for taking a Thailand golf holiday this year. 4. Caddies. What better a way is there to golf on unfamiliar resort courses then with someone to assist you in reading greens, judging yardages, and alerting you of hazards? Not to mention having an assistant to help with the mundane chores of tending the pin, raking bunkers, and cleaning clubs and balls sure makes golf in Thailand one of the most enjoyable ways to play the game. Most Thai caddies are female. Gen...

A Dozen Reasons For A Golf Holiday In Thailand (Part 1 of 4)

Before guests of my Thailand golf vacation company finish their golfing holidays here, I usually make a point of seeking out their opinion about their stay, what was good and what was not so good. This vital information helps me to continually improve our services, but also re-confirms to me what it is that makes Thailand so special as a golfing destination. Over the years I have distilled our clients’ views into a Dozen Reasons for a Golfing Holiday in Thailand, the first three of which are in...

CAMBODIAN GOLF ADVENTURES – part 3 of 3 (Off the Course)

So, why would you combine a Thailand golf tour with Cambodia, that is aside from getting to play 2 great golf courses? In other words what else is there to do in Siem Reap? Well the obvious thing (and the main reason most people go there in the first place), is take in the famous World Heritage Site ‘Angkor Wat’ and other ancient Khmer temples in the area. Angkor Wat was built in the early 12th century for King Suryavarman II as his state temple and capital, though it didn’t become well known t...

CAMBODIAN GOLF ADVENTURES – part 2 of 3

Siem Reap’s second championship golf course opened in early 2008.  The 7,279 yard Nick Faldo designed Angkor Golf Resort is conveniently located near the airport and close to all area hotels.  Carved out of land that was previously flat, featureless rice paddies, Faldo was able to use all his imagination at the Angkor Golf Resort, with the end result being a fun and challenging course that is very playable, though will play you if you are careless. This is one course you can’t just...

CAMBODIAN GOLF ADVENTURES – part 1 of 3

Golf in Cambodia can easily be combined with golf in Thailand and now more than ever golfers from around the world are discovering this new golf destination. The fabulous Buddhist temples of Siem Reap, Cambodia date back nearly 1,000 years and are one of the true wonders of the world.  When constructed Cambodia was home of one the world’s great civilizations.  Angkor Wat is by far the largest and most famous of the temples, though there are numerous others and each is unique, with i...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...