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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Golf in Thailand

Thailand Golf.
Thai people are mad on golf. To play golf gives you a social standing and the Thai face of someone of importance. There is no other sport that has piqued the Thai's imagination. Golf, the infamous struggle of mind and club against ball and hole has ensured
an amazing number of golf clubs through out Thailand. Around all the major towns there are golf courses and the business classes while away many a fruitful hour chewing over opportunities as well as enjoying some of the most delightful golfing in the world. If you like golf then Thailand is an ideal holiday destination for you.

Another charming aspect of golf in Thailand is the Caddy system. 200-350 THB gets you an attentive, quiet caddy who will carry your bags and offer when needed, some helpful advice on each hole. Play in the morning or evening to avoid the heat and you will have some delightful days ahead of you.

Only one caveat and that is be prepared for a wager. There seems to be nothing like the thrill of money riding on the next putt to get Thai golfers smiling and laughing. Often per hole this can be quite a cost if you are having an average day.

There is a vast variety of golf clubs in Thailand and here are a few that give an idea of what to expect.

Bangkok golf
Golf in Bangkok is an exclusive past time as with all major cities in Asia. Land is precious, golf is played at golf country clubs that often enjoy the full gamut of club facilities like restaurants, pools and often gyms and or spas. The whole golf experience is based on the gentile pastime of the haves and or businessman. These golf clubs have long histories and often high membership prices which encourage a luxurious surroundings and luxury apres enjoyment.

Alpine Golf and Sports Club

As one of the top two golf clubs in Bangkok and on of the best in Thailand as a whole the
Alpine Golf and Sports Club is a very difficult course with fast green and rolling fairways. Tiger Woods won at this exclusive private club which hosted the 2000 ’Johnnie Walker Classic’.

Alpine Golf and Sports Club, Bangkok, Thailand

Facilities;
Pro Shop Driving Range Tennis Pool Sauna Massage Restaurant.
Par 72. 18 Holes.
Designed by Ronald Mr. GARL
Time from Hotels.
(downtown approx) 1 hour
Suggested Hotel: Banyan Tree Bangkok

Bangkok Golf ClubRated in the top 10 of Bangkok Golf courses that has a collection of delightful water hazards that's keeps you guessing till the final hole. The Bangkok Golf Club is a highly rated for the club house ambiance and greens.
Features; Additions are a 9-hole Par 3 course. Pro Shop Driving Range Tennis Pool
Sauna
Massage Restaurant Night Golf .
Par 72.Designed by Chird BOONYARATHAPANTime from Hotel; (downtown approx) 45 min.
Suggested Hotel:
Green Valley Country ClubNear the new Suvarnabhumi airport and just off the Bang Na Trat Highway this is one of Bangkok's more traditional golf course. The fairways, greens and water obstacles make for a great afternoon out in this immaculate kept course.
Green Valley Country Club Thailand
Features; Opened 1988 Pro Shop Driving Range Pool Sauna Massage Restaurant
Par 72, 18 HoleDesigned by Robert TRENT JONES jr.Time from Hotel; (downtown approx) 45-60 min.
Suggested Hotel:

Hua Hin golf.Golf in Hua Hin is often treated as a weekend by the sea for many, an escape from the hectic and busy ritual of Bangkok life. And why not. Just 3 hours drive out of the center of one of Asia's biggest metropolis's is one of the primary oasis's with so many things to do for the those who enjoy a bit of luxury. A bit more laid back and a lot more country makes a weekend out to Hua Hin a tremendous phillip after a week in the grind.

Banyan Golf Hua Hin
This one of Hua Hin's most famous recent landmarks, opened in 2008 it is already considered one of the top 3 courses. Elegant greens and fairways make for a lovely day out amongst nature.
Banyan Hua Hin Thailand
Features; Pro Shop Driving Range, Restaurant
Par
72. 18 Hole

Designed by
Pirapon NAMATRAT
Time from Hotel; (
downtown approx) 15 min.

Suggested Hotel:
Evason Hua Hin And Six Senses Spa
Black Mountain Golf Club.A golf course that is notably one of the best in the region offers 18 holes of pure pleasure. Set amongst the rolling hills that breath pure oxygen, this is a superb location for any golfer.
Black Mountain Golf Club Hua Hin Thailand
Features; Pro Shop, Driving Range, Restaurant, Spa,Par 72. 18 HoleDesigned by Phil RYAN (Pacific Coast Design)Time from Hotel; (downtown approx) 15 min.
Suggested Hotel:
Black Mountain Golf Club Hua Hin Thailand
The Imperial Lakeview Hotel and Golf ClubThis resort course offers an 18 course and 2 nine hole courses which gives a wonderful variation to a golfing vacation. As a typical resort course it is not too difficult and there are a multitude of golf buggies to to keep the strain to a minimum.

Features; Phil RYAN (Pacific Coast Design)Par 72. 18 HoleDesigned by Phil RYAN (Pacific Coast Design)Time from Hotel; (downtown approx) 15 min.
Suggested Hotel:

Pattaya golf.
Pattaya is the seaside fun town of Bangkok but has a rather good reputation for golf. Just a couple of hours outside Bangkok itself, you can let yourself go a bit down on the beach. The courses are more in land and benefit from the real magic of the Thai countryside. When golf is finished the famous nightlife in Pattaya will add to your enjoyment.

Bangpra International Golf Club.This well established golf course has been redesigned many times since it's opening in 1958. The Japanese design style comes with the incorporation of nature, trees and water features that make a game here a real pleasure. The hills as back drop add a borrowed scenery to a wonderful club.

Bangpra International Golf Club Thailand
Features; Pro Shop Driving Range Tennis Pool, Sauna Massage Restaurant Par 72. 18 HoleDesigned by Japan Golf PromotionTime from Hotel; (downtown approx) 60 min.
Suggested Hotel:
Amari Orchid Pattaya
Burapha Golf Club
The 2x 18 hole
Burapha Golf Club courses are a championship course and an intriguing and charming British style Country Course. Both courses present challenges and with their location a possible day out from Bangkok itself.
Features; Pro Shop Driving Range Tennis Pool Sauna Restaurant
Par 72. 18 Hole.

Designed by
Gary PANKS David GRAHAM
Time from Hotel; (downtown approx) 30 min.

Suggested Hotel:


Crystal Bay Golf ClubThe renovated 27 holes
Crystal Bay Golf Club enjoys lush landscaping with water features that are not always there as hazards. The club has a Hawaian feel with the extensive use of palms and a well watered fairways. Some of the par 3's are testing!
Crystal Bay Golf Club Pattaya Thailand
Features; Pro Shop Driving Range Pool Sauna Massage RestaurantPar 108. 27 HolesDesigned by THAI TAKENAKATime from Hotel; (downtown approx) 30 min.
Suggested Hotel:
Amari Orchid Pattaya

Golf on Thailand's islands.There's nothing quite like golf on the islands of Thailand and Phuket dominates the scene with 6 well turned out courses. Along side the courses you get some fabulous views (Mission Hills) and some wonderful settings Country Club that make a day, weekend or week highly memorable.
Phuket Golf.Phuket is an ideal Golfing destination. Phuket has a wonderful range of luxury Hotels and resort and host of further activities to make a trip to Phuket truly eclectic. The diving or jungle safaris can take your mind away from a bad day of golf and the restaurant and nightlife scene can sooth away a hard day on the greens.

Blue Canyon Country Club
The
Blue Canyon Country Club is one of Thailand's finest clubs that boast both a Champion Course, The Canyon Course and the Lakes Course. The exquisite nature of the Canyon Course is a must experience for all serious golfers. Golf carts only available on LAKES.

Blue Canyon Country Club Phuket Thailand

Features; Pro Shop Driving Range Pool Sauna Massage Restaurant
Par
72/72. 2x 18 Holes.

Designed by
Yoshikazu KATO/Gary PLAYER
Time from Hotel; (
approx) 20min.

Suggested Hotel:
Banyan Tree Phuket
Laguna Phuket Golf Club
The Laguna
Phuket Golf Club is the classic Resort course that is quite forgiving. The atmosphere is typically relaxed and allows you to take in the Kamala Highlands. No golf carts available.
Laguna Phuket Golf Club Thailand
Features; Pro Shop Driving Range Tennis Pool Sauna Massage Restaurant
Par 71. 18 Holes.

Designed by
Max WEXLER
Time from Hotel; (approx) 5 min.

Suggested Hotel:

Phuket Country ClubThe Phuket Country Club is the established course in Phuket for all the old families and those who have spent time on the island. The wonderful setting takes in the Phuket Highlands in a vast panorama that almost surrounds you. It's location close to Patong Beach makes it very popular with weekend golfers.
Phuket Country Club Thailand
Features; Pro Shop Driving Range Pool Sauna Restaurant Par 72/36. 18/9 HolesDesigned byTime from Hotel; (downtown approx) 10 min.
Suggested Hotel:

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