Category: Thailand Golf Related Activities (Nightlife, Spas, Sightseeing)

Thailand Lazy Putter Syndrome

Thailand Lazy Putter Syndrome

Lazy_putter My last 2 tournament rounds golfing in Thailand I counted 6 missed easy short putts. This was very frustrating indeed considering my golf club does not allow tournament gimmies and the rest of my golf game was spot on.

Who hasn’t experienced the same thing now and then? I have found golfing when in Thailand that it is easy to get a “lazy putter” causing more than your share of short missed putts. This putter laziness comes because either you have had a late night on the town before an early morning golf round or you’re decelerating the putter head before impact, causing you to hit the ball offline.

Well I can not do anything for the former, but if the cause is the later then read on.

Acceleration is the increasing speed at which the club head moves through the ball. It’s important for all shots, even putts. The key to accelerating and curing putting laziness is keeping your hands ahead of the ball, which prevents excessive wrist motion on the forward swing.

One technique for encouraging acceleration is the left-hand low grip. It forces you to accelerate through the stroke. This has worked so well for me I sometimes use my shortened putter with extra long grip, allowing me to keep both hands fully on the grip, even when gripping low. The grip prevents the hands from releasing too much and helps keep the putter head square to the target line, even after contact.

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6 Best Phuket Golf Vacation Activities

6 Best Phuket Golf Vacation Activities

Phuket_country_club_par_4 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;

  1. Blue Canyon Country Club Canyon Course (18): expensive, nevertheless a famous must play.
  2. Loch Palm Golf Club Old Course (18) and New Course (9): new course maybe the best in Phuket as of February 2007, one of only 3 courses with golf buggies.
  3. Blue canyon Country club Lakes Course (18): now even better after the 2006 renovations.
  4. Phuket Country Club Old Course (18) and Country Club Course (9): both courses are great, probably most under-rated of all Phuket courses.
  5. Thai Muang Golf and Marina (18): takes 1.5 hours to reach but worth it, spectacular golf adjacent to the Andaman Sea.
  6. Laguna Phuket Golf Club (18): balanced resort course with mostly average golf.
  7. Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort (18): fairways unplayable, avoid for a while.
           

Although all the courses deserve more of their own mention, Blue Canyon Country Club Canyon Course is by far the most famous being the site where the site of the 1998 Johnny Walker Classic — won by Tiger Woods who came from a last round 9 stroke deficit to beat Ernie Els in a sudden death playoff, one of the most spectacular finishes in golf ever. Blue Canyon will again host the Jonnie Walkker Classic, from March 1-4, 2007

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Rent Or Bring Your Own Golf Clubs To Thailand?

Rent Or Bring Your Own Golf Clubs To Thailand?

Thailand_golf_club_rentalsMost 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 advertised, the branded rental clubs from agents are 100% fakes! While not disastrous, you should nevertheless be aware of the situation. These clubs usually look new and very good. The irons are practically indistinguishable from the real clubs, but you will probably notice a difference in performance, especially with the woods.
 
Thailand golf course club rental fees range between 600 and 1,000 baht a set a round. If you are planning on playing multiple rounds in Thailand and are on a tight budget, it may make financial sense to bring your own clubs. For left-handed golfers the choices are limited, and calling ahead to make sure the course has left handed rental sets available is a good idea. Some Thailand golf courses require a deposit or passport for renting clubs and few will reserve clubs in advance. So again, it’s a good idea just to check on the day of play if there are any tournaments or large groups that may have taken all the rental clubs.

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Songkran Festival Golf in Thailand

Songkran Festival Golf in Thailand

Songkran_thailand_golf 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 Year three times each year: the Western New Year on January 1, the Chinese New Year in February, and the Thai New Year in April.

Traditionally, Thais visit temples at this time of year to offer food to the monks and to participate in bathing ceremonies for Buddha images. Another custom is the releasing of small fish into rivers and canals. This merit-making act is thought to come from the old practice of collecting small fish from dried out pools, to keep and later release back into the wild.

These days, during Songkran festival most people throw water on one another to keep cool and have fun. It is the one time of year where the Thais and visitors freely mix together and let their hair down, so to speak. Whatever part of Thailand you happen to be in, you can go out on the streets and enjoy the good fun. But watch out, and keep your cool the first time you get wet!

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Pattaya Golf and City Update

Pattaya Golf and City Update

Laem_chabang_caddie_resize 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, but despite the popularity, my 5 hour rounds were of reasonable speed. Golf course conditions were superb as the fairways reminded me of someone’s living room carpet and the greens were both rolling fast without a hint of top dressing and at the same time were able to hold well struck approach shots.

The 800+ yard St. Andrews 4th and 13th par 6 holes, usually a comedy act for me, proved to better than expected as I was able to make par and bogey, respectively. These 2 holes alone made my day, as I was able to get match play points against my opponents and bragging rights for the best scores of the day.

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Golf Equipment in Bangkok Re-Loaded

Golf Equipment in Bangkok Re-Loaded

Bangkok_golf_shop 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 (Silom)
Station. There is a walkway through from the BTS station.

As mentioned in a previous post, Thaniya Plaza consists of 4 levels of no less than 50 golf shops. You will find almost every brand available.  Golf clubs are generally more expensive than in the US, but golf accessories, especially gloves, are cheaper. You can bargain on the price a little, but paying cash will certainly get you the lowest price. 

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Golfing in Chiang Mai During Special Festivals of Northern Thailand

Golfing in Chiang Mai During Special Festivals of Northern Thailand

Chiang_mai_golf_course 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 January 2007 at the Royal Agricultural Research Center, Chiang Mai. The expo, also known as Royal Flora: Ratchaphruek 2006, will celebrate His Majesty the King’s Diamond Jubilee of His Accession to the Throne and His Majesty’s 80th Birthday anniversary in 2007. The exhibition is divided into 14 weeks with different themes.

There is great golfing in Chiang Mai, some notable courses being Chiang Mai Green Valley Country ClubChiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa, Chiang Mai Lamphun Golf Club, Gassan Khutan Golf and Resort, Gassan Lake City Golf and Resort, Mae Joe Golf Club, and Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort, and the newest course just opened this month, Gassan Marina Golf and Resort.

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Golf Holiday in Phuket: Four Insider Tips

Golf Holiday in Phuket: Four Insider Tips

Phuket_golf_1 Here are four of my top tips to make your golfing holiday in Phuket more enjoyable:

1. Changing money: There are lots of banks and exchange booths both in Phuket Airport and in the main tourist areas such as Patong and Karon/Kata Beaches and Laguna Resort. They are all competitive and it is much better to change your foreign currency there than at your hotel. You need to have your passport if you are exchanging traveler’s’ checks or getting cash (or shopping) with your credit card.

2. Eating out etc.- there are loads of restaurants, bars etc. in Patong. Walk along the beach road until you get to Soi Bangla. ‘Soi’ means street. Turn right. Explore the small Soi’s leading off Soi Bangla, and also go to the top of Soi Bangla onto the second road back from the beach (200 Year Road). There are also restaurants going past Soi Bangla on the beach road. Some recommendations: for seafood, The Savoey (sic) and No. 6 Restaurant. Good inexpensive Thai: Sabai Sabai Soi Post Office, and Kaab Gluay on the outskirts of Patong near the (only) Temple (soon after the Esso Gas Station). If you get tired of Thai food and just want a good steak: Sam’s in the Holiday Inn, not far from the Amari. Out of Patong: Kang Eng Chalong Bay, about 30 minutes from Patong by tuk-tuk, and Ka Jok Si in Phuket Town (you need to make a reservation).

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River Kwai / Kanchanaburi Golf: Conclusions

River Kwai / Kanchanaburi Golf: Conclusions

River_kwai_kanchanburi Golf in Kanchanburi is staring to see a resurgence as the weather has now turned cooler and we are in the mist of probably the best Thailand golf season ever! Over the last 2 days I had discussed the various golf options in the region by reviewing 5 best Kanchanburi courses. Here is the final post in my River Kwai golf series, covering accommodation selections as well as mentioning a great local dining tip, regional culture and history.

If you want to stay in the area, you basically have three options:

1. In Kanchanaburi itself. The River Kwai Hotel is a comfortable, reasonably priced hotel suitable for golfing groups being centrally located not far away from tourist bars and restaurants, with a lively discotheque next door.

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Thailand Golf Joiners at the Hard Rock Pattaya

Thailand Golf Joiners at the Hard Rock Pattaya

Hard_rock_pattaya_joiner_1Nick, a good Thailand golf buddy of mine who had recently returned from a long weekend Pattaya golf trip with six of his best friends was in a state of shock when he saw his Thai wife looking through his credit card bills. Being a curious and non-trusting type, his wife asked him to explain a 1,500 baht charge marked “joiner” from the Hard Rock Hotel in Pattaya (see photo at left).

Fortunately my friend was quite fast on his feet, maybe due to other past and similar occurrences, and explained that he and his friends had engaged in some play boxing which accidentally damaged the hotel room where they were staying. Upon checking out and learning of the room damage, the hotel management demanded the big foreigner pay the repair bill. The room needed a new joiner to “fix the door” my fiend told his now slightly confused Thai wife, who, by all accounts, accepted the explanation, albeit reluctantly.

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Thailand Golf Food and Drink

Thailand Golf Food and Drink

Thailand_golf With great Thailand golf plans in hand, golf holiday dates firmed up, and tee times confirmed, what else do you need to be aware for your Thailand golf vacation? 

The short answer is food and water! Here are some tips to help ensure that you enjoy your time golfing in Thailand.

Before play, don’t skip meals. This could affect your focus and energy levels dramatically. I suggest you eat a small, balanced meal 30 to 60 minutes before tee time. An example of this may be a low-fat and low-carbohydrate snack, a piece of fruit and at least 12 to 16 ounces of bottled water. Skip the caffeinated drinks like soft drinks, coffee or tea. Caffeine will cause you to dehydrate, which is a very bad situation when walking a hot Thailand golf course.

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Thailand Golf Tips Or Giving Tips in Thailand? (Part 2 of 2)

Thailand Golf Tips Or Giving Tips in Thailand? (Part 2 of 2)

Thailand_tips Thailand golf is what you are all here for and in today’s continuation post I will cover common tipping practices on the golf course, in bars, and while traveling on the road here.

On the golf course, tips are one of the main ways the caddie generates their income. Although you pay a caddie fee in the cost of your green fee, only a portion of this goes to the caddie so the emphasis is then on them receiving good tips. At my golf travel company a 300 baht minimum is suggested to all Thailand golf holidaymakers. Although you can consider paying more, 500 to 1000 baht, if you have a particularly excellent caddie that helps you shoot under your handicap or you feel overly generous. Certainly any caddie that gets a 500 baht or more tip, will be the pride of her group for the evening.

As for the bars tipping again is expected, although certainly not compulsory. Although the girls employed in many of these establishments will very tactfully try to ensure you buy as many drinks as possible, a small tip at the end is expected. A guideline here would be to leave around 50-100 baht ($1.25 to $2.50 US), especially if you are satisfied with services received.

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Thailand Golf Tips Or Giving Tips in Thailand? (Part 1 of 2)

Thailand Golf Tips Or Giving Tips in Thailand? (Part 1 of 2)

Thailand_golf_tip_sheet1I bet you thought I would post another golf tip. The next 2 articles deal, not with golf advice, but rather with gratuities. I find this an even more appropriate discussion topic since many golf travelers to Thailand may be wondering about local practices.

Although not traditional in Thailand, you should plan to tip drivers, porters, and restaurant and bar staff and of course your golf caddies.

However, please note that the level of tipping is still extremely small in comparison to that in the US and Europe, where as much as 10 – 15% of your bill in a restaurant would be expected. In Thailand, tips are much less and the following is a guideline which will ensure you are neither offending, nor over generous whilst tipping.

In hotels, a porter will take care of your luggage both whilst checking in and leaving. A tip of around 20 baht (50 cents US) is sufficient, although if you would like to give more, then this will be gratefully received.

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Thailand Golf Expat Retruns To Phuket: His Story (Part 3 of 3)

Thailand Golf Expat Retruns To Phuket: His Story (Part 3 of 3)

Mission_hills_phuket Here is the final portion of this article which deals with a returning expats first golf impressions in Phuket. The other courses, except Blue Canyon, are covered and a good suggestion for after golf dinner on the eastern side of Phuket is also included.

Mission Hills Country Club (shown at left) is a great alternative to Blue Canyon. The hotel, clubhouse and other facilities at Mission Hills are superb, even better than Blue Canyon. The course is stunniung as it is laid out right on the Andaman Sea. The greens are good and the fairways are improving from last year.

Contrast Blue Canyon and Mission Hills (shown at left), Loch Palm Golf Club, Phuket Country Club, Laguna Golf Club and Thai Muang Beach Resort, it is also possible to have other great rounds of golf  in Phuket. Loch Palm in particular have put their money into developing a second 18 holes, the first 9 now being open for play. I drove around the course last week and the views from many of the holes are absolutely chin-dropping – and the condition and lay-out are just fine. Give it a try, and don’t forget to take your camera with you. Your Phuket golfing memories will last a lifetime!

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Thailand Golf Expat Retruns To Phuket: His Story (Part 2 of 3)

Thailand Golf Expat Retruns To Phuket: His Story (Part 2 of 3)

Phuket_golf_blue_canyon Here is the second of three parts of this post covering the possible reasons for the price hikes at Blue Canyon Country Club and an excellent  suggestion that would benefit everyone.

The reasons for the green fee increases depend on whom you talk to. One view is that the new owners of Blue Canyon, Deutsche Bank, want to make it the most exclusive course in Asia, on a par with courses which host the majors and PGA tour events. This is fine, in my view,  the BCCC courses are challenging and well-maintained, and are as good  as many top championship courses around the world. There are some excellent holes and a number great challenges, especially on the Canyon Course where the Pros have been very complimentary about playing there.

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Thailand Golf Expat Retruns To Phuket: His Story (Part 1 of 3)

Thailand Golf Expat Retruns To Phuket: His Story (Part 1 of 3)

Golf_flight_to_phuket I have a special treat for all readers. A good friend of mine and long time golfing resident of Phuket has agreed to author a series of original articles about golf in Thailand. These articles will be published exclusively here at the Thailand golf zone.

Over the next 3 days I will publish the first of these articles dealing with impressions and new golf experiences in Phuket, from a returning expatriate who has been away for several years.

Here is the first part covering green fees and recent changes in the Phuket golf scene.

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Thai Military Coup Update

Thai Military Coup Update

Thailand_army What would you do if you were to bump into these guys at the train station on your way to the office (I really did yesterday) ?

Here is my up-to-the-minute Thailand situation report as well as my assessment of how things will progress going forward and advise for travellers coming to Thailand.

The military coupe d’etat in Thailand has been reported worldwide in the last 24 hours and I trust you are aware of the main events. I am glad to report that the situation in Thailand is very calm and peaceful as of 8:44 AM Thursday morning.

In the last 24 hours the following has occurred;

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Thailand Hotels: Accomodation Selection Factors (Part 2 of 2)

Thailand Hotels: Accomodation Selection Factors (Part 2 of 2)

Laguna_phuket For beach resorts such as Pattaya, Hua Hin and Phuket, then there is a huge choice of accommodation available. In Phuket in particular, there are many stunning resorts located on the shore of the many beautiful beaches, which can be a totally idyllic and relaxing way to spend your holiday. Obviously, they are at the higher end of the price scale, and equivalent properties away from the beach will be less expensive.

Luxury beach resorts such as the Laguna Phuket shown at left with it’s excellent and accompanying golf courses are available for as little as $125 US per night, while off beach 4 star accommodations can be found for as little as $75 US per night. Obviously, these prices will vary depending on the season, November to April being the most expensive high season, and  when advanced booking is required  to avoid the disappointment of your selected hotel being unavailable.

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Thailand Hotels: Accomodation Selection Factors (Part 1 of 2)

Thailand Hotels: Accomodation Selection Factors (Part 1 of 2)

Oriental_hotel_1  For those people considering a visit to Thailand then there is a wonderful and very expansive choice of hotel accommodation available.

From international 5-star hotels in the heart of Bangkok, to stunning resorts with private beaches and spa facilities, to more basic beach style bungalows and traditionally styled Thai hotels, incorporating the culture and architecture of this amazing country, you are certainly spoiled for choice!

Selecting a suitable hotel for you vacation is extremely important as it will form the base for your Thailand golf vacation as well as for the most part determine your overall holiday cost. A very important factor to consider is that 4 & 5 star standards of hotels in Thailand are more than likely to be superior to similar standards in your own country. This is due to a number of factors, including fierce competition, and quality of service on offer.

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Thailand Golf Accessories: Who says shopping is a non-golfer’s acitvity?

Thailand Golf Accessories: Who says shopping is a non-golfer’s acitvity?

While the main objective in coming to Thailand is playing the many challenging and wonderful golf courses; you can also take advantage of some great deals whist shopping, especially at the many stores and side walk vendors selling golf equipment and accessories.

In addition to the wide choice of clubs available, Thailand offers tremendous value for golf accessories, including clothing, golf balls, shoes, head covers, eye wear, and training aids to name but a few.

Golf_apparel_1 Golf clothing provides a particularly wide choice for visitors, with all the leading brands and new “alternate” materials available. Particularly popular now are the ‘Dry Fit’ shirts that many manufacturers have introduced into their range. Unlike traditional cotton shirts, they do not hug your body when wet, and are extremely comfortable. Many of the leading brands are available ensuring you look the part on the course.

In addition to shirts, there are also specially designed gloves and hats with the same principle for playing golf in the hotter climates. All are very reasonably priced and available in both ladies and men’s sizes.

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Thailand Golf Clubhouses: Facilities, Services, and Amenities (Part 2 of 2)

Thailand Golf Clubhouses: Facilities, Services, and Amenities (Part 2 of 2)

Thai_clubhouse Facilities at such famous venues as the venerable  Thai Country Club, with the best clubhouse in all Asia, can be quite daunting.

Here is the second and final part of my clubhouse article covering food, locker facilities, and what to do prior to and after your game to get maximum enjoyment and realize the dream of a total golf experience!

I would also recommend a short warm up (just like the Pro’s) and most courses do have a driving range area where you can hit some balls

Thereafter, you should spend at least 10 minutes on the practice putting green fine tuning your stroke and getting the pace of the greens you are about to encounter.  Whilst not every course has a driving range, all courses have practice putting facilities.

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Thailand Golf Clubhouses: Facilities, Services, and Amenities (Part 1 of 2)

Thailand Golf Clubhouses: Facilities, Services, and Amenities (Part 1 of 2)

Clubhouse1_chiang_mai_green_valleyAll of the Thailand golf courses have these grand structures like the one from the Chiang Mai Green Valley Country Club, shown at left. But what is inside and how does such facility affect your game?

For the many regular golfing visitors to Thailand, you will be aware of the excellent facilities and services available at the courses and within the clubhouses.

However, For the first time visitor, the following information will help you plan your trip to the course more effectively, and ensure you can get the maximum from the facilities available.

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Nighttime activities, will they influence my golf in Thailand? (Part 2 of 2)

Nighttime activities, will they influence my golf in Thailand? (Part 2 of 2)

Nana Here is the second and final part of my post. Hope you enjoy and please do comment on anything shown or mentioned.

Whether you want to play pool, sit and joke with the girls in the many beer bars, enjoy the numerous go- go bars and shows on offer, or sample a special type of massage, then it is all readily and openly available.

On many occasions I have witnessed both first time visitors, and many people who know Thailand well, caught up in the amazing atmosphere which certainly adds to an additional handicap whilst playing golf the next day. Golf in Thailand is difficult enough with the challenging courses and hot climate, but add a hangover and only a few hours sleep – well I don’t need to say anymore.

That is not to say I do not recommend it. Heck,  I came here myself as a single golfer for almost 15 years  until meeting and marrying my beautiful Thai wife 4 years ago and even now once in a while I can be persuaded to join some friends for a night out on the town. I appreciate that the main purpose many people come is to combine the nightlife and golf, and I am just trying to make the first time visitor more aware of what to expect.

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Nighttime activities, will they influence my golf in Thailand? (Part 1 of 2)

Nighttime activities, will they influence my golf in Thailand? (Part 1 of 2)

Pattaya_at_night For anyone who has not visited Thailand previously, then the simple answer to this question is a definite yes! For those that are familiar with Thailand then you will know exactly what I am talking about.

There is no hiding the fact that Thailand is popular with many visiting tourists, primarily male, for the unbelievable nightlife and availability of beautiful Thai girls for company. This is something that is unique to Thailand, and whilst variations occur in other Asian destinations, you will certainly not find anything like it outside Thailand.

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Golf Girls and Equipment in Thailand

Golf Girls and Equipment in Thailand

Thaniya For anyone looking to purchase the latest golf equipment available, then Thailand can certainly satisfy your needs. Just look at the photo on the left, read the rest of this post, and you will see what I mean.

Golf is becoming a huge sport here, and to accommodate both the local demand, and with so many visiting tourists from such places as Europe, United States, Japan, and China, the golf retail market is very much alive and flourishing. From the major department stores, to more specialist shops selling particular brands, there is no shortage of choice.  Major brands such as Callaway, Taylor Made, Ping, Titliest, and Nike, are especially popular, but many other brands, including all the leading Japanese manufacturers have their products for sale. All the latest models of drivers, irons and putters can be found, together with all the usual accessories including shoes, balls, gloves and clothing. Golf bags, travel bags, holdalls, and really anything else you can relate to golf is available.

Apart from the United States, where it is fair to say that equipment is cheaper than anywhere else in the world, you will find the prices very competitive compared to Europe and other parts of Asia.

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10 Best Reasons to Come to Thailand to Play Golf (Part 3 of 3)

10 Best Reasons to Come to Thailand to Play Golf (Part 3 of 3)

Thai_food_2 Here are the last 3 of my best reasons to take a golf holiday in Thailand.

8. The food. From local Thai dishes to those with other Asian influences it is truly amazing. There is such a variety in choice with the local cuisine I find I am constantly changing my favourite dishes! In addition, there is a huge selection of international cuisine for those who prefer a bit of something closer to home.

9. The culture & customs. Thailand is a unique country with its own identity unrivalled in any other part of Asia. As a predominantly Buddhist country, it is steeped in amazing culture that you will unlikely find anywhere. A very polite and respectful country, you will be amazed how different things can be. Trust me, this alone will leave you truly amazed.

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10 Best Reasons to Come to Thailand to Play Golf (Part 2 of 3)

10 Best Reasons to Come to Thailand to Play Golf (Part 2 of 3)

Floating_market_medium Here are the next 4 great reasons to choose Thailand as your most favored golf holiday destination.

4. The locations. Thailand is a beautiful country and offers a number of totally different destinations to play golf. From the bustling capital of Bangkok, to the beautiful mountainous countryside of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. From the stunning beaches in Phuket and Koh Samui, to the bright lights and amazing nightlife of Pattaya. From the quieter seaside town of Hua Hin, to the waterfalls and stunning scenery of Khao Yai, Thailand has a location for everyone.

5. The people. Without doubt I find the Thai people to be the friendliest I have ever found throughout the world. Always with a smile on their face (it is not called the ‘land of smiles’ for nothing) I find them very humble and always extremely welcoming towards visiting tourists. You will be stunned by their hospitality and how much they are prepared to do for you.

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Phuket or Koh Samui – A Comparison of 2 Beach Resorts for a Golf Holiday (Part 2)

Phuket or Koh Samui – A Comparison of 2 Beach Resorts for a Golf Holiday (Part 2)

the web site.This is the continuation about Phuket and comparison to Samui as  golf holiday destination.

In Phuket in the evening there are many choices for dining and entertainment especially in the lively town of Patong where selections range from beer bars to live music, and shows. The restaurants provide a massive choice from local seafood to 5 star international cuisines. There is an abundance of night markets and there are modern shopping malls, selling all brand name products.

Without doubt, Phuket is most definitely one of the great holiday destinations in the world and will provide you with a golfing holiday you are sure never to forget.

Koh_samui_chaweng_beach Koh Samui, referred to as the island of coconut trees, is Thailand’s third largest island and is now host to one of the most stunning championship golf courses in Asia. The only course on the island, Santiburi Samui is set in the northern part of the island, and provides some of the amazing sights of the surrounding ocean and mountains that you are likely to see anywhere in the world. I have been recommending this course since it opened a couple of years ago and the feedback is always first class.

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Phuket or Koh Samui – A Comparison of 2 Beach Resorts for a Golf Holiday (Part 1)

Phuket or Koh Samui – A Comparison of 2 Beach Resorts for a Golf Holiday (Part 1)

PhuketPhuket, Thailand’s largest island, is without doubt one of the most exotic destinations in Southeast Asia. The island hosts a number of first class golf courses, and is a dream destination for those wishing to combine golf together with some stunning beach resorts, providing total relaxation.

Fully recovered from the tragic and unfortunate events of the December 2004 tsunami, Phuket is looking better than ever and a continuing to attract huge investment in further developing the island.

In addition to the world famous Blue Canyon Golf Resort which has 2 different courses, Phuket hosts other championship courses in Laguna, Phuket Country Club, Loch Palm (soon to open a second 18 holes), and the recently completed Mission Hills resort. This gives golfers plenty of options whilst holidaying on this stunning island. The one strange fact is that only half of the courses (Loch Palm, Mission Hills, and the Blue Canyon Lakes course) have golf carts available for rent. This strikes me as rather odd since practically all other Thailand golf course have carts available. Moreover, since Phuket is a resort area one would think that all of the courses on Phuket would provide for this optional service.

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

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

Hua_hin_beach_1 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 standard courses designed by leading golf professionals and top golf course architects. Many of these courses are simply stunning, and are of excellent quality and in extremely well maintained condition. Overall, the quality of courses in Thailand is far superior than I have come across in other established golf tourist destinations throughout the world.

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