Caddies are a unique feature of Thai golf, and predominantly female, they perform a great task in very tiring conditions. Always be polite and courteous to your caddy, and you are sure to get a great service. Although the language can be a problem, there are ways to get around this. Tips are greatly appreciated by the caddies and I recommend 300 baht (around 7 US) or more if you are pleased with her service.
Call holes at par 3’s are also a fairly unique feature. When all of your group’s balls are on the green, simply have your caddy mark the ball, then stand aside and let the group behind play their tee shots. You then proceed onto the green and complete the hole. The concept of this is to speed up play but I am not convinced that it works at all. However, it is a rule on many of the courses and must be adhered to.
The refreshment and drink stops that are located every 3 or 4 holes are a great concept in Thailand. When you stop for a break, remember to ensure that you do not fall behind the group in front. By maintaining your group in relation to the players in front will avoid any unnecessary confrontation on the course with other groups behind.
For visitors that have played golf in Thailand before, you will be certainly be aware that there are many water hazards on the courses. Often these ‘lakes’ are frequented by young Thai males with the purpose of finding your ball should you hit an errant tee shot. If you should be in this situation, a small tip of 20-40 baht is expected by the ‘crocodile’, should he manage to retrieve your ball.
In summary, by following a few basic rules of etiquette, and showing courtesy and being polite, will go a long way to ensure you have a great golf holiday in Thailand.
Everybody should be playing golf for fun and enjoyment, and although golf can provide us with many frustrations, by keeping a cool head you will get far more out of the game and ensure you have a great time while playing golf in Thailand. I hope that this information is useful to you and would love to hear about your unique Thailand golf experiences and comments.