Category Archives: Thailand Golf Holidays and Vacations

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...

Patong vs. Karon vs. Kata Beach, Phuket Thailand (Part 1 of 2)

Today’s post is the first of a two part article to help you plan your golf holiday in Phuket. It is a comparison of three popular locations to stay: Patong Beach, Karon Beach and Kata Beach. Patong is the most famous – some would say infamous – beach resort on Phuket. With its wide variety of activities and nightlife, Patong is an ideal place to golf and party. Phuket Country Club, Loch Palm Golf Club, and Red Mountain Golf Club are all just a 10 or 15 minute ride away. Laguna Golf C...

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...

Thailand: Golf and My 2008 Ryder Cup Plans

If you are planning a Thailand golfing holiday later this year, you may wish to consider being here at the same time as the Ryder Cup. The 2008 USA versus Europe shootout is scheduled for the weekend of 19-21 September at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Thailand is a great place to catch all of the action on TV at one of the many sports bars in the main golfing centers. Valhalla is the Jack Nicklaus designed course where Tiger Woods beat Bob May in a thrilling US PGA play-off in 2000...

The Best Way To Bring Your Golf Clubs To Thailand

Often, I get questions from clients of my golf travel company firstly as to whether to bring their golf clubs with them or to hire when they are here; and secondly, if they bring their clubs with them, what sort of golf travel or carry bag should they use? I have dealt in a previous posting with the question of rent or bring your own clubs. Actually, I too wrestle with the second question. When I pack to leave on a golf trip, the main conundrum is always which travel bag should I use for my cl...

Golf Caddy Selection In Thailand

One of the great pleasures of playing golf in Land of Smiles is the availability of walking and having your own caddy. Having your own “assistant” to hand you water, clean your clubs, hold your umbrella, track your ball flight and “carry” (though virtually all caddies pull a cart nowadays) your clubs really enables golfers in Thailand to truly focus on their game. Often you can book a caddy that you have used previously, however there is no guarantee that she will be available when you arrive at...

A Hua Hin Golf Holiday: 3 Pros and Cons

Hua Hin, located on the Western shores of the Gulf of Thailand is not as well known for golf as Phuket or Pattaya. However there are some very good reasons to plan a Hua Hin Golf Holiday and a few other points to also consider when choosing your Thailand golf holiday destination. The 3 best reasons to take a Hua Hin Golf Holiday are: 1.    Hua Hin is one of the cleanest and most sophisticated Thailand golf destinations. There town itself is quaint and clean, a stark contrast to many ot...

Useful Thailand Golf Expressions

Do you want to be admired and respected by golf club staff, caddies and other local Thais on your Thailand golf vacation? Here’s a tip: learn a few words of Thai golf vocabulary! Aside from hello and goodbye (sawadee), are you well? (sabai dee mai), and what is your name? (khun chue arai), good luck (chok dee) is a nice thing to say when you are leaving someone, or when having a drink and raising your glass to someone (like “Cheers!”). Remember, though, to be polite by ending with krap if you a...

Walking vs. Riding While Golfing in Thailand

One of the great things about golfing in Thailand is that at most courses, you have a choice, unlike in other golf destinations. Many golf courses in Thailand are relatively flat, especially the Bangkok golf courses, but it is quite hot here so riding will require less energy in the heat and humidity. A golf cart or buggy will also provide a measure of shade protection from the intense sun and of course a breeze while moving. Speed of play may be improved here as one can get to their ball faster...

A Tale Of 2 Bangkok Thailand Airports

If it is a little while since your last Thailand golf tour, or if your on a golfing holiday in Thailand for the first time, you will need to be aware that Bangkok now has two airports, Suvarnabhumi (pronounced su-wan-na-poom), and Don Muang. All international airlines fly in and out of Suvarnabhumi, while domestic flights are operated at both airports. Domestic flights with 3 digit flight numbers and the airport code BKK operate at Suvarnabhumi, while those with 4 digit flight numbers and the a...

Solo or Group Golf Travel in Thailand?

The great majority of guests of my Thailand golf vacation company travel in golfing groups, some large and some small. There are plenty, however, who choose to take their Thailand golfing holiday independently or as a couple. So what are the pro’s and con’s of the two approaches? When you are traveling in a group you have partners to play with, and you can have a lot of fun participating in a tournament or  matches over the course of your holiday. Depending on the size of the group often yo...

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...

Dress For Success On The Thailand Golf Course

Do you want to be admired and respected by golf club staff, caddies and other local Thais on your Thailand golf vacation? Here’s a tip – wear the right color clothes on the right day! In Thailand the days of the week are named after the planets in the same order as some Western countries. In Thai, wan (pronounced wun) means day and it comes before the name of the planet. Each day is also associated with a color. Traditionally, people wear items of clothing according to the color of the day. A f...

Golf Villas In Thailand: A Dream Or A Drag

In an earlier posting about living in Thailand so that you can golf here year round, I referred briefly to the pro’s and con’s of buying golf course property. Nobody loves their golf more than me but, personally speaking, the last place that I would want to live is on a Thailand golf course – and that goes double for my wife. OK, you have easy access to golf whenever you want; particularly if a golf membership  is included in the golf course real estate. Some Thailand golf courses have a ...

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...

A Phuket Golf Lesson

A golf pal of mine living in Phuket told me recently that, for the first time for many years, he needed a golf lesson. He plays off a steady handicap of fourteen but for some six or nine months now, usually when the pressure is on and he has a good score going, or when there is a tight finish to a match, he finds himself slicing badly. He then tries to correct the fault by bringing the club back inside, but ends up duck hooking. So, last week he called me to arrange a golf lesson with Steve Ha...

Golf Phuket vs. Golf France

Yesterday at Phuket Country Club I golfed with a group of French golfers from Paris on a Phuket golf holiday. During the round, I asked them how golf in France compared with golf in Thailand. The first difference they mentioned was the locations and settings of golf courses. The courses in France tend to all be in beautiful surroundings. For example, there are no Thailand golf courses in the grounds of a 14th century chateau, although there are some with Buddhist shrines dotted around notably R...

Thai Hospitality, It Makes Your Golf Day

I have been traveling to Thailand now for just over 15 years and, during this time, have made many friends both Thai and farang (foreigner). As a avid golf traveler, most of these friends are linked to the Thailand golf scene – or maybe a local bar, but that is another story. Also, as an owner of a golf travel agency I regularly get asked to play golf at many different courses throughout Thailand and in particular the Bangkok area. A couple of weeks ago, I, and a visiting friend from Phuket, wer...

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, ...

“Q” Thailand Golf Tip

Q is for asking Questions. When planning a Thailand golf vacation always good to ask allot of questions. My posts can never answer everything about Thailand golf holidays, or those dicey questions about how to improve your golf game when in Thailand. Fortunately there are many golf websites that are good resources for getting information on Thailand golf and golf instruction. My golf travel company has information and photos from the top 60 Thailand golf courses. For even wider Thailand golf co...

A 3 Country Golf Comparison: Thailand, United Kingdom, and Hong K

Last week I had dinner with an acquaintance who used to live here in Thailand, but who is now residing in Wales, where he is a member of his local golf club. He spent over 10 years living, working and golfing in Thailand but, before that, he spent a similar length of time in Hong Kong. I asked him how golfing in the three locations mainly differed.  Here are his views. The first difference is in membership. In Hong Kong it is exceedingly difficult and expensive to become a member of a golf ...

Ladies Golf in Thailand

Whenever I am traveling overseas and extolling the attractions of golfing in Thailand, sometimes I hear men whining, “Oh, my wife would not let me go on a Thailand golf trip”.  In fact, I am seeing a growing trend where couples are favoring a Thailand golf tour over more traditional destinations. Also, my Thailand golf travel company is hosting more and more dedicated lady golf groups. Thailand is indeed a ‘Paridise For Lady Golfers‘, not just because of its wide range of golf ...

Phuket, Hua Hin, and Chiang Mai Golf Societies

Here is the continuation of my posts about Thailand golf societies, which can be an excellent choice for frequent Thailand golf travelers. Golf societies also thrive in Phuket and Hua Hin. The Phuket Expat Golf Society (PEGS) was established some 12 years ago and has grown to a membership of over 500 golf enthusiasts from many parts of the world and different walks of life.  There is a  program of regular tournaments on golf courses on and around Phuket whilst periodic challenges with ...

Bangkok Golf Societies

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 societi...

Thai Golf Societies

As with many other places in the world, Thailand has its fair share of golf societies (clubs). There are many regular golf groups in the main Thailand golf destinations for travelers, especially Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, and Hua Hin. Apart from the natural tendency for golfers to play with the people they socialize with, there is one other very good reason for this. Thailand golf club memberships can be very expensive, even though memberships can be traded or sold. In any case, most golfers wan...

Phuket Golf Road Show

Are you planning a Phuket golf holiday and do you live in one of the following countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Korea, Hong Kong, UK, Sweden, Russia or India? If so, read on! Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit announced recently that to promote Phuket to foreign tourist markets the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will be going on a 14-country road show. If you can attend this, you will have every opportunity to find out all a...

Thailand Guest House, Is It Suitable For A Thailand Golf Vacation

Some of you planning a golf trip to Thailand may wonder about staying in a guest house to save costs during your Thailand golf holiday. Unless you specify a particular location, I usually suggest that you would be better staying in a recommended and, if possible, internationally branded hotel. Let me explain. In Europe and the USA you are likely to find a wide selection of bed and breakfasts, which are most always clean and comfortable at a reasonable cost. This is not the case in Thailand. In t...

Insider’s Guide To Non Golf Activities in Bangkok Thailand

Here are the final 8 of my best suggestions for non golf and non tourist activities to do while winding down or taking a day off from your Bangkok golf. 9. Take a walk in the park. Lumpini Park, at the intersection of Silom Road and Rama IV, is the city’s oldest and most popular park. It’s location near the centre of the business district means that is attracts an upscale early morning crowd of exercisers and Tai Chi practitioners from the time it opens at 6am until around 8am. The p...

Insider’s Guide To Non Golf Activities in Bangkok Thailand

Some people come to Thailand on golf trips, play golf everyday for two or three weeks and, by the end of their trip, whilst still enjoying their golf, are beginning to tire of tourist traps, partying, or sitting in their hotel room or in a bar each evening. Over the next 2 days I will discuss 16 alternative things to do in Bangkok on your days off from golf or in the evenings. Please note that I am not talking here about the ‘must do’ tourist attractions such as the Grand Palace, the Chao Praya...

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...