Because I can get out into the fresh air, hit some balls and enjoy the company of some friends, for maybe five hours.
OK maybe we don't always want to be with them all the time, so if they are fading their drive to the left, maybe if I want some peace and quiet I will drive purposely to the right.
But that is being a bit extreme!
Perhaps what makes playing around of golf here in Thailand, is it's all just a bit more relaxed. In fact it can be very relaxed indeed.
As soon as your car drives up, you really don't have to lift a finger. All is required is a greeting to your caddie and they take over.
Maybe after changing into your trendy Loud Mouth outfit, or your Ian Poulter Tartan Trousers, you can indulge in a pre round snack in the club house.
No cups of tepid tea here…..how about some chicken Satay, washed down by a fresh young coconut. OK and a cold beer perhaps too.
Then outside where the golf cart awaits, with your smiling Thai caddie ready and willing.
She tells you her name is Beer! Oh really I thought she said did I want another drink!
She already has your tees and golf balls ready for the battle ahead, so off we head for the first tee, a Par 4, 350 yards. No problem!
Beer tells you it is a 'Dog red reft'. (I think she meant 'Dog leg left' but no matter…. ), with bunker at 240 yards ahead. Aim 'light', she kindly explains.
Cheers from the Thailand Ball Manufacturers Associations, as my ball drops in the water, and they see their turnover doubling before their eyes!!!
Trying to impress Beer now, so completely miss hit my third shot and end up getting a miserable seven. Not a great start.
By the time we reach the back nine we have stopped at some very pleasant rest stops, wolved down numerous beers and enjoyed some excellent snacks to boot. My caddie now realises that I am no Tiger Woods, more like in the woods!
We then decide to involve our four caddies in some betting. Whoever gets closest to the pin on the next par 3, gives their caddie a chance to putt for a birdie or par. All other players chip in to pay if she succeeds.
Caddies all join in the fun, and we are now eight merry players wobbling up the 15th.
Must say it is a bit much when you tee off again over a lake, to find three scantily clad Thai men waiting to dive in and get your ball….I will probably buy it back a few times in the club's pro shop over the next few months.
Luckily I make it to the green, much to Beer's delight and she putts in two to win a few more baht.
I think we have maybe let two groups through, laughed when the caddies tried to tell us about their favourite movie 'Hally Potter', and had a thoroughly enjoyable four hours of good fun….called golf!
Of course I forgot to mention that we had played amongst some fantastic scenery, saw a few cheeky monkeys, some lizards, a number of colourful birds (feathered variety) and it did not snow!
Playing in Thailand is a unique experience not to be missed, and it is all done with a big smile too.
Yes, now I can remember why I like to play golf!
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