Category Archives: Thailand Golf Holidays and Vacations

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 ...

A Winter Golf Thought

When was the last time you picked up your golf clubs? The winter has finally hit the USA and Europe and the short cold days means that golf is, at best, difficult. More likely, even for the die hard golfers, playing has become a difficult experience, practicing is out of the questions, and instead of being in the trunk of your car, your golf clubs reside in some closet at home. Late March and longer days will be evident;  warmer weather cannot come quick enough! What is going to happen in ...

6 Best Phuket Golf Vacation Activities

Here are my six suggestions to insure complete Phuket golf vacation satisfaction: 1. Golf: Well what else would be number one? The magnificent seven! There are no less than 7 (or 8 depending on how you count) golf courses in (or near) Phuket. They are, in specific order of my personal preference;Blue Canyon Country Club Canyon Course (18): expensive, nevertheless a famous must play. Loch Palm Golf Club Old Course (18) and New Course (9): new course maybe the best in Phuket as of February 200...

Rent Or Bring Your Own Golf Clubs To Thailand?

Most Thailand golf courses and Thailand golf travel agents offer rental golf sets and there is quite a difference in quality.  At all but the best courses, like Thai Country Cub or Blue Canyon, the available golf clubs are generic brand clubs. The same is true for the Thailand golf agents. If you are booking a Thailand golf vacation through a golf tour operator, many of them carry their own rentals. However, being in the business I can tell you without exception and contrary to what may be...

Thailand Golf Pigs

No, I do not think Thailand golfers are “pigs”, read on: A popular time to be in Thailand for a golfing holiday is in February, which often coincides with Chinese or Lunar New Year. This year is the Year of the Pig and the start of the New Year falls on February 18. The first-time Thailand golf visitor may register a bit of confusion as to why the timing of some important Buddhist and traditional holidays seems to float across the calendar rather than occurring on fixed days each year as is cust...

Food and Drink Costs at Thailand Golf Courses

As with almost any golf course throughout the world, food and drinks are available at all Thailand golf clubs. On the other hand, unlike golf clubs in the USA or Europe, the food and drink prices at Thailand golf clubs are very reasonable and of good value. While more expensive than outside the course, 15 baht (US$0.40) for bottled water is not bad. Coke and other soft drinks can be purchased for around 25 baht (US$0.70).  At each of the rest stops, found every 3 holes on Thailand golf co...

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...

Songkran Festival Golf in Thailand

If you are thinking of a Thailand golf trip in next few months, why not aim to be here in April and join in Thailand’s Songkran Festival. Songkran is the Thai New Year celebration which starts on April 13, when the sun moves into Aries. This national holiday customarily lasts for three days, and even longer in Chiang Mai and Pattaya. The word ‘Songkran’ originates from the Sanskrit meaning ‘beginning of the solar year’. So, the holiday-loving Thais get to celebrate New Y...

Chiang Mai Thailand Golf Overview (Part 4 of 4)

Here is the final post in my Chiang Mai golf overview, otherwise known as the three ‘Gassans’: Gassan Khutan Golf Club and Resort and Resort is located one hour south of Chiang Mai. Khuntan means “Devil Mountain’ and this 18-hole, 7,100 yard, par-72 course created in 2004 is devilishly difficult. When you stand on the tee of the par-3, 5th hole and face a mid-iron shot to a tiny island green, in the middle of a huge lake, into the teeth of swirling winds, you will know why this course is aptly...

Chiang Mai Thailand Golf Overview (Part 3 of 4)

Here is the third post in my Chiang Mai golf overview. Today I will finish discussing  the most traditional northern Thailand golf courses and start mention more modern and recent additions to the Chiang Mai golf scene. The older courses also include the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort, designed by 5 times British Open winner Peter Thomson using elements from a British links style course. The Royal Chiang Mai also features bumpy gently rolling fairways, pot bunkers, and closely mowed areas ar...

Chiang Mai Thailand Golf Overview (Part 2 of 4)

Here is the continuation of my Chiang Mai golf overview. For the next 2 or 3 posts, starting with the most traditional northern Thailand golf courses and going all the way through to the most modern championship Chiang Mai golf courses, I will review each golf option and, hopefully, convey the range of available area golf choices. Chiang Mai is also known as the ‘Land of a Million Rice Fields’, and that is certainly your first impression as you ride out from your hotel to the golf course. The t...

Chiang Mai Thailand Golf Overview (Part 1 of 4)

The next several posts will focus on Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand. In the past perhaps, this has not been the most obvious Thailand golf destination but, now, with the addition of some fine new courses, bringing the number from which to choose to ten, you should definitely consider it for your next Thailand golf tour. The first thing to understand is that the north is distinctly different from anywhere else in the Kingdom. The region bordering Laos in the east and Myanmar in the west is ...

Bangkok, Thailand: How Much Golf Can One Play?

A little known fact:- Within about an hour’s drive of Bangkok city center there are approximately 60 golf courses! Most budding golf travelers assume that, like most cities in the world, Bangkok only has a few courses within ‘striking distance’ and that the best golfing locations in Thailand are at the seaside resorts of Pattaya, Phuket, or Hua Hin. Whilst these locations are very good for golf, Bangkok truly reigns supreme for choice of course. Obviously, the actual standards of courses vary ...

Golf Carts In Thailand: Availability and Costs

I often get asked about golf buggies and Thailand golf course policies with respect to cart rentals so I thought to post my experiences today. There has long been a debate amongst golfers whether to walk or ride. Even the staunchest of walkers may consider riding when playing golf in Thailand. It can provide shade and a pleasant breeze on a hot day and keep you relatively dry.  Most of the golf courses in Thailand have a one person per cart policy, the reason being to prevent too much wear...

Pattaya Golf and City Update

Here is the latest Pattaya city and golf scene information. I had the good fortune of spending a long weekend in Pattaya these past 3 days and I came away with two thoughts. (1) The city continues to be unimpressive, in spite of the enormous ongoing construction projects, and (2) it is shame that there is such excellent golf in the area. Let me explain. First the golf. Playing at my 2 favorite courses (Laem Chabang and St. Andrews 2000) was pure joy. The golf clubs were fully booked each day, ...

Phuket: 3 Arrival Tips For Golfers

This is the time of year when many of you will be jetting into Thailand for your annual golf holiday, escaping the snow and ice in your home country. What better destination than Phuket, with its beautiful white sand beaches, fine cuisine and exciting night-life? Here are three tips for when you first arrive on this tropical island to ensure the smooth beginning of your Phuket golf holiday.  1. Phuket Airport has a Domestic and International Terminal, both housed in the same building. If y...

Thailand Golf Vacation Costs

Often, especially when I am traveling overseas, when I tell people what I do for a living, people want to know how much it would cost to go to Thailand for a golf vacation. There are 5 main questions that need to be answered to determine the cost of a golf holiday in Thailand.. 1. What standard of accommodation do you wish to stay in? You can stay in the most desirable and exclusive property in Phuket, the Amanpuri, at around US$1,000 per night. At the other end of the scale, a clean and comfort...

Thailand Golf Vacation Costs

Often, especially when I am travelling overseas, when I tell people what I do for a living, people want to know how much it would cost to go to Thailand for a golf vacation. While difficult to generalize, there are 5 main questions that need to be answered to determine the cost of a golf holiday in Thailand.. 1. What standard of accommodation do you wish to stay in? You can stay in the most desirable and exclusive property in Phuket, the Amanpuri, at around US$1,000 per night. At the other end ...

Online Thailand Golf Holiday Information : 6 Ways To Avoid Distre

Thinking about a Thailand golf holiday? These days, what most people do is start a search on the web to gather information to use in planning their holiday. The internet is teeming with information about Thailand golf vacations- but is it any good? The world’s full of internet doom-mongers warning that we’ll be snared by those who provide information to mislead or steal from us. Well, don’t believe them! Yes, there are plenty of unreliable, incorrect and downright daft websites about golfing i...

Golfing in Thailand: Checklist of Essential Items to Bring to The

Here are the eight essential items I always bring with me to the golf course when playing golf in Thailand. 1. Every golf course in Thailand has lockers and showering facilities so make sure you bring a change of clothes. Many first time visitors don’t realize how hot it gets and most visitors will find themselves very wet after 18 holes in Thailand. Also, it is more enjoyable to relax in the club house, sip a cold beer and get a bite to eat after your round in a dry and clean set of clothes. T...

Thailand Golf Zone Final 2006 Post

This will be the last Thailand golf post for 2006. As such, I wanted to personally thank everyone who has contributed and have become part of the steady growth of the Thailand golf zone. Looking back over the 148 posts in 2006, it has truly been a remarkable year. We have here developed an excellent community of golfers all with genuine interest and great experience about golf in Thailand. You now regularly contribute and we have started to personally correspond about all sorts of topics and new...

How To Avoid Slow Play While Golfing In Thailand?

If you play golf in Thailand you will once in awhile find yourself behind a slow group.  This is especially common during the next few months as it is the peak of the tourist season and Thailand golf courses are at their busiest levels. Some of the lesser courses in Thailand allow five players per group, and municipal ones can even allow six balls.  In addition, golfers from Korea are known to be some of the slowest players and rounds at courses which are heavily used by large Korean g...

Thailand Golf Club Memberships

If you are coming to Thailand often and play golf regularly, it’s always a great debate on if you should buy a golf membership.  In Thailand, you can buy a membership at a good golf club for between 100,000-300,000 baht ($3000-10,000 US), quite a bargain considering most of the golf clubs don’t charge monthly or annual dues, and even better when comparing costs to clubs in the US or Europe.  Lifetime memberships at the best clubs, for example Alpine Golf and Sports Club, Blue Canyon...

Best Tips For First Time Thailand Golf Visitors

When playing golf in Thailand it’s not always necessary to do as the Thais do. Indeed certain Thai customs such as resting on one’s haunches for hours at a time, or sleeping atop a motorcycle, might present some physical difficulties to the average Western golf traveler. However, if you are planning your first golf tour in Thailand, or even if you have stayed and played golf in the Land of Smiles in the past, here is a list of 10 things for you to avoid doing – and some you s...

Thailand Golf Course Locations & Travel Times

One of the best things in Thailand is the plethora of golf courses all within around 1 hour or less from each of 9 major city centers. However, unless you know the exact location and best time to travel to each course, you could be in for some surprises as much of the course directions are in Thai only and oftentimes the “experienced” taxi and limousine drivers do not know the way. Bangkok’s infamous traffic is one of the few things that can ruin a good round of golf. Most of Bangkok’s 60 ...

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...

Golf Equipment in Bangkok Re-Loaded

Golf shopping has gotten better and better in Bangkok with the opening of Siam Paragon, and upgrades and improvements to most of the existing malls such as Central Chidlom, Emporium, Siam Center and Siam Discovery Center. Golf equipment is readily available at most of these malls but you will most likely be paying full or near retail price. For the widest selection and cheapest prices, locals and tourists go to Thaniya Plaza, which can be reached via the BTS Skytrain and getting off Saladaeng (...

Snake Encounters While Golfing In Thailand

I was a little taken aback when an overseas guest from Texas asked if snakes were not a problem when golfing in Thailand. In my many years gracing the fairways here, I have had only two encounters with snakes. Once when my wild duck hook landed in a part of the golf course never previously entered by any human being as far as I could see when I foolishly went to look for my ball. The second time was a tiny little garden variety snake in the short rough at Nichigo Country Club in Kanchanaburi. ...

Golfing in Chiang Mai During Special Festivals of Northern Thaila

Chiang Mai is now one of the best cities to visit in Thailand for both golf and culture. There are now over 9 championship courses in the area to ensure balanced golf variety, scenic beauty, and challenge. In addition, the Northern Lanna, people of Chiang Mai  love celebrations and holidays and Chiang Mai has more occasions to celebrate than all other destinations. If you are quick, you can catch the International Horticulture Exposition. This is scheduled from November 2006 through Januar...