Category Archives: Thailand Golf Holidays and Vacations

Phuket Golf Course Update

After one month of solid rain I am glad to report that the Phuket golf courses are returning to their generally excellent conditions. Last week I had the opportunity to play Laguna, Blue Canyon, and Loch Palm. Of the 3 only Loch Palm showed any serious signs of weathering. Laguna, being built on a good sandy base was not surprisingly in the best condition. Although I am not too fond of the front nine, mostly open and flat, the entire course played well. The back nine, especially holes 16, 17, a...

Myths and Facts About Playing Golf in Thailand (Part 2)

Here is the second half of "strange facts about Thailand golf". I hope you enjoy reading the post and find a few things of interest. Please also let me know your experiences and comments. Also, can anyone recognize this beach? A copy of the soon to be published 2007 Thailand golf map awaits the first person who can correctly identify it by submitting a comment to this post. Now on to the Myths and Facts. Myth – The courses are of inferior quality. Thailand hosts many championship stan...

Myths and Facts About Playing Golf in Thailand (Part 1)

There is no doubt that many people have many misconceptions about Thailand as a golf travel destination. Over the years, Thailand has developed a reputation for many of the wrong reasons, and only those who have visited, realize what a wonderful and beautiful country it is, with so much to offer the golfing traveler. Thailand is now by far the leading travel destination in South East Asia, and is now regarded as one of the leading tourist destinations in the world. With regards golf, it has rec...

Golf Caddies of Thailand (Part 2)

Here is the continuation of the post I started yesterday. Caddies are very knowledgeable about the rules of golf, and quite amazingly, after only a few shots they can club you extremely accurately. The more experienced ones are a fantastic assistance on the greens, being very accurate with their assessment of the speed and line of your putt. They will mark and clean your ball on the green, leaving you only to put the ball in the hole. Remember; do not blame them if you miss as it means you have...

Golf Caddies of Thailand (Part 1)

  Over the next 2 days I will be writing about an amazing aspect of golfing in Thailand, namely the caddies. I often speak about this with friends and we all have the same conclusion, playing golf with a Thai caddie adds a whole new dimension to the game of golf and is a MUST experience for all golfers. What can I say? For anyone who has not played golf in Thailand before, then the famous Thai caddies will be without doubt one of the unique and wonderful experiences of your golf holiday. Ho...

Thailand Golf Holiday and Travel Budgets (Part 2)

In this second part of “Thailand Golf Holiday Travel Budgets” I will give some examples of typical costs for golf holidays. These costs are approximate and will vary depending on time of the year. I have included the top and best golf courses in each area along with private transportation to and from each of the courses. Examples of such packages including accommodation golf and transport are as follows. In Bangkok, a one week stay at a nice 4–star accommodation in a central location, together w...

Thailand Golf Holiday and Travel Budgets (Part 1)

For anyone considering a golf holiday in Thailand, it is important to know the potential costs of your whole package in order to help you budget accordingly. In order to help you with this, I have detailed below some information including the choice and costs of hotels, golf & transport, and additional expenses you will likely incur during your visit. When selecting your holiday the most important aspect for most people is their accommodation. If they are traveling a long distance from hom...

Golf Festival or County Fair

Wouldn’t it be neat to be the first on your block to attend world’s first and only golf festival? August will mark the first golf festival that I have ever heard of. That is, not only in Thailand, but anywhere! You ask what exactly is a golf festival, so did I when I first found out about it, and I even living here in Thailand where it is being held. I know that you are now dying to know about the festival and you can find out exactly all about the golf festival as described by the T...

How to choose a Golf Travel Agent

Here is a summary of an article I wrote for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). It gives some great advice on choosing a golf travel agent both here in Thailand and also the rest of the world. The original post can be sen at the TAT web site. For anyone selecting a golf holiday, choosing the right golf tour operator is of paramount importance.With the internet now providing so much information, and more and more transactions being completed in this manner, the lack of ‘face to face’ commu...

Golf Holiday in Pattaya or Hua Hin: Pro’s and Con’s (Part 3)...

Today’s post covers Hua Hin as an alternate place to visit for a golfing holiday. The smaller city of Hua Hin  is located on the opposite side of the Gulf of Thailand, and is approximately a three-hour drive from Bangkok.  This city has become a bit of a golfing ‘mecca’ in Thailand, and is extremely popular with couples and families due to the much quieter atmosphere than Pattaya. As you can also see in this photo, the Hua Hin beach is also  cleaner and more tranquil than Pattaya...

Golf Holiday in Pattaya or Hua Hin: Pro’s and Con’s (Part 2)

This is the second part of this post comparing two major choices for a great golf holiday in Thailand. Today’s post will cover the city of Pattaya. Tomorrow I cover Hua Hin. The city of Pattaya is located 100km south east of Bangkok, on the eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand. It is an easy 2 drive from Bangkok now and when the new airport in Bangkok opens in 2007, you will be able to be in Pattaya in just over an hour after touchdown. The region around Pattaya hosts a huge variety of go...

Golf Holiday in Pattaya or Hua Hin: Pro’s and Con’s of each dest...

Without doubt, Pattaya and Hua Hin are two of the leading seaside golf destinations outside of  Bangkok that are frequented most by visiting tourists. Both locations are extremely different in what they have to offer and hopefully the following post will help you decide what is best suited for your requirements. Pattaya while usually thought of only as a party town can not be overlooked as it boasts 20 golf courses within easy reach for serious golfers. Hua Hin on the other hand is a more t...

Thailand Seaside Golf Destinations : Which is best? (Part 4 of 4)

Hua Hin & Cha Am The Hua Hin and Cha Am area is located on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand, and is approximately a three hour drive from Bangkok. Thailand’s original beach resort, it now sports a selection of 7 excellent golf courses and is a much quieter destination that Phuket or Pattaya, although is particularly popular with visiting Eurpoean tourists during the cool season from November to February. Although Hua Hin still retains the intimacy of a village, it has successfully i...

Thailand Seaside Golf Destinations : Which is best? (Part 3 of 4)

Pattaya The resort of Pattaya is located south east of Bangkok, less than a 2-hour drive from the airport.  The region hosts the greatest variety and highest density of the finest championship golf courses in Thailand, and is a paradise for a golf holiday. Originally, Pattaya was a quiet fishing town with idyllic beaches. However, this soon became the destination for American troops on R&R during the Vietnam War, and a multitude of bars, neon lights and shows quickly appeared. This ...

Thailand Seaside Golf Destinations : Which is best? (Part 2 of 4)

Phuket Golf in Phuket is a great experience for those wanting to combine their holiday with relaxation at some of the world’s best beaches. Phuket is known internationally as one of the most exotic destinations in Southeast Asia. With its endless white beaches, cooling blue lagoons and tropical mountainous interior, it provides a stunning and ideal backdrop for a golf holiday. From basic beach front bungalows, to stunning world-class resort hotels with sumptuous spa facilities, Phuket offers a...

Thailand Seaside Golf Destinations : Which is best? (Part 1 of 4)

I often get asked by friends and clients alike to questions about the 3 main seaside Thailand golf destinations, Phuket, Hua Hin and Pattaya. The most frequent question fro those who have never been to the seaside resorts are which city is best for them? Therefore I thought I would write about this topic over the next few days and try to share my views together with some good overall information that I have been able to gather from various sources and web sites. For those wishing a golfing holid...

Pattaya Golf: Playing and My 5 Favorite Courses (Part 3)

Here are the last 2 of my favorite Pattaya golf courses. 4. Burapha Golf Club consists of 36 holes, on rolling hilly terrain. This excellent course demands both length and accuracy. The course used to be a members only course but now accepts visitors. Course A/B is my personal favorite, and requires a variety of shot-making to master this course. Although not overly tight, well placed bunkers and water hazards means you need to be careful with your tee shots. This will give you the opportunity t...

Pattaya Golf: Playing and My 5 Favorite Courses (Part 2)

Pattaya Golf Courses (Part 2) Here are the next 2 of my favorite Pattaya courses continued from yesterday. 2. St. Andrews 2000 Golf Course was originally designed to replicate a Scottish Links course. Subsequently it was redesigned and in the process has left one of the most challenging courses in Thailand. There are 2 par 6s (yes that is not a typographical error) each measuring some 800 yards from tee to green, which just make then quality for the 3 longest golf holes in the world. This is uni...

Pattaya Golf: Playing and My 5 Favorite Courses (Part 1)

Pattaya Golf Courses (Part 1) This is a sister article to my posts last week about golf in Bangkok. Also, due to the length of the course descriptions I will again post this article as a multi-part series. Pattaya can now be easily be reached from Bangkok by car in around 1.5 hours due to the completion of the superhighway and motorway between the 2 cities, There have always been some excellent golf courses in the Pattaya areas but many golfers shunned the idea of going to Pattaya due to the cit...

Thailand Golf Holiday: What City is best?

I often get asked about which city is best for playing golf and vacationing in Thailand. Depending on your preferences, there are a number of choices where you can base yourself for a unique golf holiday. First there is the capital of Thailand, Bangkok. Staying here will allow you to choose from  25 championship golf courses and also take advantage of all of great infrastructure that you would expect in a  major capital city. There is some amazing shopping, tourist attractions and wid...

Great Golf in Thailand

When is the perfect time of year to play? I often get asked about the best time of year to play golf in Thailand so I thought to share my experience on this topic. Without doubt, the best time of year for golf is from November through January. This is the cool and dry season, with average temperatures only around 20 degrees centigrade. On the other hand, this is also the peak season for visiting tourists. As such, one should be prepared for busy golf courses and it is a must to plan your holiday...

Thailand Golf Holiday: How to Arrange Your Own.

I often get asked how someone can arrange and go about taking a golf holiday in Thailand. While this is fairy obvious to those who live here in Thailand, it may not be so simple and can be quite intimidating to those who are not so frequently traveled and view Thailand as a destination halfway around the world (which it is!). Therefore, I though I would write this short guide covering the major aspects of a golf holiday in Thailand. For anyone considering arranging their own golf tour, then ther...

Thailand Golf Blog Introduction

Sawasdee krap (Greetings) From Thailand! Since this is my first post, I thought to take this opportunity to introduce all readers to the Thailand Golf Blog. It is my intent to share my, and other peoples, valuable knowledge and expert information about playing golf and golf travel in Thailand. I will be writing on such topics as my day to day golf experiences, prior tours and travels I have made throughout Thailand, useful golf tips which have helped me improved my game and other related subjec...