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

Thailand Lazy Putter Syndrome

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 ear...

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...

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...

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, ...

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 (...

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...

Golf Holiday in Phuket: Four Insider Tips

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. Eat...

River Kwai / Kanchanaburi Golf: Conclusions

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 ...

Thailand Golf Joiners at the Hard Rock Pattaya

Nick, 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 t...

Thailand Golf Food and Drink

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 l...

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

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 Thaila...

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

I 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 ...

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

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 Andama...

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

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...

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

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...

Thai Military Coup Update

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 pe...

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

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 ex...

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

  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 im...

Thailand Golf Accessories: Who says shopping is a non-golfer̵

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 clothing provides a partic...

Thailand Golf Clubhouses: Facilities, Services, and Amenities (P

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 ...

Thailand Golf Clubhouses: Facilities, Services, and Amenities (P

All 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...

Nighttime activities, will they influence my golf in Thailand? (P

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 addit...

Nighttime activities, will they influence my golf in Thailand? (P

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...

Golf Girls and Equipment in Thailand

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 sho...

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

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 o...

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

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 st...

Phuket or Koh Samui – A Comparison of 2 Beach Resorts for a Golf ...

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. Withou...

Phuket or Koh Samui – A Comparison of 2 Beach Resorts for a Golf ...

Phuket, 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 addit...

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...