You are here: Golf Information / Daily Golf Reports
Wednesday, 2017-02-22

Thailand Golf Daily Posts

Golfasian - The Asian Golf Experts
21/02 - 2017
Golfer Testimonials
Hi, my name is Wayne, that's me second from the right. I'm from Figtree in New South Wales, Australia. I've played golf for almost 30 years and am a member of Port Kembla Golf Club which is a short distance south of town on a beautiful spit of land bordered to the west and east by water and the beach. The course is long at 6,300 metres, tree-lined, and a legitimate championship test. I am currently playing off a 6... Read More Read More The post Thailand Golf Tours – Great Getaways... [Read More...]
12/02 - 2017
Thailand Golf
In all likelihood it could spoil that day…it’s certainly not helping. A common question from clients intending to travel with Golfasian is; "While I'm there, will the greens have been aerated?" Showing up to a golf course only to discover that it has recently undergone an aerification process is never a good thing. Clients have, after all, paid a relatively large sum to travel to play overseas. You were expecting the golf course, and especially its greens, to be in... Read More... [Read More...]
23/01 - 2017
Golfer Testimonials
My name is John Billington. I live in Aukland, New Zealand, which is the largest and most populace area in the country. I am a member of Titirangi Golf Club, a course designed by Alastair McKenzie on his trip south to design Royal Melbourne. I have played golf in most continents and especially on the McKenzie courses in California (including Cypress Point). I was a scratch handicapper but at 66 years I am now playing off a respectable 7. I... Read More Read More The post Golfing Thailand... [Read More...]
23/12 - 2016
Golfer Testimonials
My name is Catherine Capozzi, and I'm from the golfer heaven state of Arizona in the US. Now, I live with my husband in India. Despite growing up in a place renowned for golf, I can't say I'm very good at the sport: we don't belong to any golf club, and the extent of our practice involves playing 9-hole courses around sunset at a discount. Nonetheless, my husband and I have made a concerted effort to improve our swing every... Read More Read More The post Golf in Myanmar appeared first on... [Read More...]
21/12 - 2016
Other Golf Destinations
Vietnam is a truly bad choice for your next golf holiday destination. Here’s why. Note: Please don’t tell your friends. 1) The golf courses in the north of the country are plain ugly: Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club 2) …and in the center: BRG Da Nang Golf Resort 3) …as well as in the south: The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip 4) The caddies don’t know how to smile: 5) The hotels are uncomfortable at best: InterContinental Nha Trang... Read More Read More The post 8... [Read More...]
22/11 - 2016
Golfer Testimonials
Hi, my name is Gary. I am an Australian, originally from New South Wales, but now very comfortably domiciled in Perth, Western Australia with a wife of 35 years marriage and two grown up kids! I have played golf since my father stuck a golf club in my hands when I was about 10 years old. At 61 years old now, I guess you could say I have been a long-term golfer. I have been a member of private golf... Read More Read More The post Thailand Golf, Off the Beaten Track – A Golf... [Read More...]
24/10 - 2016
Interesting Thailand Golf Snippits
Thailand's caddies are one of its unique selling points generally because they work with an easy smile and just like the rest of Thailand's renowned service industry just want you to enjoy yourself. But we golfers are far more demanding than just requiring a smile, we want Steve Williams on the bag. Therefore, that can't be where the story ends. If you have golfed here for many years you will have played with good, less good and somewhat mediocre caddies,... Read More Read More The post Good... [Read More...]
24/10 - 2016
Golfer Testimonials
Hi, my name is Willy Ma.   I was born in Hong Kong and moved to Canada to finish high school.  I then attended college in the US and made Los Angeles my permanent residence.   I am a member at Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, Los Angeles, California founded in 1924: Bing Crosby was club champion 5 times. I am also a member at Village Country Club at Lompoc, California in Santa Barbara County. My current SCGA Index is... Read More Read More The post Amazing Asia Golf Double-Header: Vietnam... [Read More...]
3/10 - 2016
Chiang Mai Golf
My name is Tim Spriggs, an Englishman who lives and works in Singapore. For the past couple of years a group of friends and I have undertaken a short golf tour elsewhere in Asia, last year in Danang Vietnam and this year in Thailand. Whilst we play in Singapore, membership is prohibitively expensive so travelling works out cheaper and we enjoy exploring new places and their golf offer. We loved Danang, but having done quite a bit of research knew... Read More Read More The post Group’s... [Read More...]
16/09 - 2016
Chiang Mai Golf
Having moved to the area of Chiang Mai I am reminded how beautiful the place is, full of culture and fabulous to explore. Thailand’s most mountainous region (albeit “mini-mountains”) it supplies fabulous opportunities for great golf. Additionally, unlike Bangkok which tends to be hot all year round, Chiang Mai has a genuine “winter” period (end November until start April) when the temperatures can fall to the sublime mid twenties and prompt the actual wearing of a... [Read More...]
12/09 - 2016
Thailand Golf
For some of us golfers it’s a dream, certainly for me. I’m sitting on the balcony of my rented condominium looking out over beautiful Chiang Mai Highlands Golf Resort in the north of Thailand, my new home. Am savouring the view but also having to pinch myself and acknowledge how lucky I am. It won’t be all plain sailing because the site is quite remote and my wife (also a golfer) and I have spent the last 9 years in bustling... Read More Read More The post Living on a... [Read More...]
29/08 - 2016
Golfer Testimonials
Hi, my name is Tony Spanjers. As you can see from the photo we were a group of sixteen, made up of "Captains and Presidents", Captains being Orange and Presidents being blue. We played a two ball match play stableford format with Captains prevailing on this particular trip. We are all from Perth, Western Australia and are members of Araluen Golf Resort, which is situated in the hills South East of Perth. Those of us who are no longer working... Read More Read More The post Our Best Hua Hin... [Read More...]
28/07 - 2016
Golfer Testimonials
My name is Graham Cater, an Aussie who plays Southport Golf Club on the Gold Coast of Australia. It is there I hone my skills and test my mental strength to ready me for our annual Thailand Golf Tour. Playing golf in Thailand is not just about the game it is an exotic experience that has left me with the most wonderful memories from the Land of Smiles. Now I don't always play well and I have been known to... Read More Read More The post A Big Fan of Golfasian appeared first on Thailand... [Read More...]
25/07 - 2016
Thailand Golf Courses and Playing Conditions
We are aware that Thailand's tropical climate has a rainy season (Apr-Nov, see http://www.thailandgolfzone.com/thailands-rainy-season-how-does-it-affect-our-golf) and the remaining months enjoy hot and predominantly dry weather throughout, resulting in a tourist "high season" especially in respect of golfing visitors. The 4 main golf areas, Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai all have to manage their water in this period in order to sustain good playing conditions throughout the year. When... [Read More...]
19/05 - 2016
Golfer Testimonials
Hi my name is Paul Keefe. My wife and I live in Montreal in Canada. I am 72 and have been a Member of a golf club for 50 years. My current club of 33 years is Royal Montreal. We have 45 holes and our claim to fame is we are the oldest golf club in North America. We have hosted the President’s Cup and many Canadian Opens. My lowest handicap was a 12. While I was working golf was limited... Read More Read More The post Your Views…Hua Hin appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [Read More...]
2/05 - 2016
Golfer Testimonials
Hi, my name is Craig Philpott. I am from the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. I travelled to Hua Hin with 4 mates from Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane.  I have played golf for approximately 30 years. My handicap is 4 at the moment. I am a member of Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane. Nudgee is a members' course but open to guests as well. This was my first time to Thailand. We selected Hua Hin so we could watch a... Read More Read More The post Your Views on Golf in Hua Hin appeared first on... [Read More...]
11/04 - 2016
Interesting Thailand Golf Snippits
It seems like the golf architect Pirapon Namatra (Ope) of Golf East listened quite a lot to Tina Turner's famous song 'Break every rule' when he designed Nikanti Golf Club, Asia's first 18 hole, par 72 golf course comprising three six-hole layouts each with two par-threes, two par-fours and two par-fives. Thailand's 291st golf course was opened in May 2014. The Nikanti Golf Club is almost adjacent to Suwan Golf Club. When Pirapon Namatra (the designer of Banyan Club and part of... Read More... [Read More...]
4/04 - 2016
Thailand Golf Holidays and Vacations
Golfasian, Thailand's largest Inbound Golf Tour Operator, has been bringing clients to Thailand for amateur tournament golf since 2012. In the following year, for their Amateur Golf Weeks the venues were expanded to include Cambodia and Vietnam. Although the company has been providing Asia golf packages to clients throughout the world since the late 1990s, including transport, accommodation and golf, a gap in the market was recognised for a 5-star offer with an additional... [Read More...]
29/03 - 2016
Interesting Thailand Golf Snippits
The Gary Roger Baird-designed Royal Gems Golf City's life and operations did not start smoothly (in the 1960s and early 1970s Baird worked as a senior architect with Robert Trent Jones). Right after the opening in 2011, it suffered significant flooding in December. However, they were able to reopen the golf club in 2012. Royal Gems Golf City is Asia's first replica golf course and combines 9 of the best holes in the world (see list below) like TPC Sawgrass,... Read More Read More The post... [Read More...]
22/03 - 2016
Golfer Testimonials
  Hi, my name is Joe. I started playing golf in 1992 as a club member at Amstel Golf Club, but am now playing off a 10 handicap at Drouin Golf and Country Club at Drouin Victoria in Australia. The Drouin course is predominately couch fairways set amongst a picnic day racecourse, quite picturesque. My lowest playing handicap has been 7. Before this trip, I had travelled to Thailand twice before, backpacking, and not staying in any one place for... Read More Read More The post Your... [Read More...]
16/03 - 2016
Golf Events
It seems like we are looking forward a very busy month in June. The next tournament, the Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort 2-Ball Golf Championship ,will be held between June 19-25. Unlike the Centara World Masters Championship, the Pattaya event will be played in 2-ball format for each of 4 rounds, adding a new dimension to the concept. The championship will be held on 3 golf courses of the Siam Country Club and at the Laem Chabang International Country Club. Shall we use all... Read More Read... [Read More...]
10/03 - 2016
Golf Events
How do you decide on which amateur golf championship is worth to participate? Based on the positive responses from golfers from 23 countries who played in the first Centara World Masters Golf Championship in 2015, I can strongly recommend to you to come and play this year. The Centara World Masters Golf Championship is Asia's largest and richest amateur week of golf. The Centara World Masters Golf Championship will be hosted in the royal city of Hua Hin (Thailand), between 12-18 June 2016. Entry... [Read More...]
10/02 - 2016
Thailand Golf Holidays and Vacations
My name is Steve Hall.  I am originally from England but migrated to Australia just over 8 years ago.  We live on the beautiful South West Coast of Australia in a small place called Australind, approximately 2 hours South of Perth.   Here we are fortunate to be able to enjoy the outdoor life; lovely beaches, many BBQ's, beach fishing, numerous wineries and of course golf. I started to play golf with my sons when we first came to Australia and later,... Read More Read More The post Thailand... [Read More...]
18/01 - 2016
Golfer Testimonials
My name is Aki Mustonen. My father, who accompanied me on this very special father/son trip is Timo. We come from Finland; Dad lives in Helsinki and I live and work in Beijing. My father started playing golf in Finland at the age of 35. Once my sister and I arrived he stopped playing but once I became old enough (aged 10) he got me a couple of modified clubs and I was able to practice with him occasionally. At... Read More Read More The post The perfect Father/Son golf trip – Hua Hin... [Read More...]
18/01 - 2016
Travel
The popularity of golf has skyrocketed across the world with several unexpected countries emerging as world-class golfing hubs. While the sport was previously confined to the shores of Europe and North America, the modern game has taken a turn towards the Orient with Asia emerging as a key travel scene for golf lovers. Paying tribute to the budding attractiveness of this sport in the region, unbeatable golf courses have rapidly sprung to life across Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia... [Read More...]
8/01 - 2016
Golf Events
There are a slew of great amateur Thailand golf tournaments to participate in during the spring/summer of 2016. Some of the best tournaments are those located in southeastern Asian countries like Thailand & Vietnam. If you don’t mind a little traveling, you can enjoy some of the best golf experiences often at a rather low cost. Amari Pattaya & Hua Hin Golf Weeks (March 6-12 & 13-19, Pattaya/Hua Hin, Thailand) Almost 100 club golfers from 10 countries are expected to... Read... [Read More...]
21/12 - 2015
Golfer Testimonials
Hi, my name is Bob Wood. I am from the Sunshine Coast, just north of Brisbane in Australia. I have played golf for over 50 years but have become more serious in recent years after my retirement from Secondary School teaching. I play off a handicap of between 6 & 8, depending on the benevolence of the golfing Gods and am a member of Caloundra Golf Club a parkland course north of the town of Caloundra and just a few kilometres... Read More Read More The post Thailand Golf Holiday... [Read More...]
17/12 - 2015
Thailand Golf Holidays and Vacations
Having reviewed the superb Chiang Mai Highlands golf course recently, I just got back from another short trip to Chiang Mai, this time with visitors doing the tourist “bit”. Courtesy of blogs like this, for those of you who are novices to Thailand in respect of golf I’m guessing the destinations most familiar to you will be Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin (less so) for something that combines golf and other holiday-typical activities, in their case the beach. Chiang Mai turns out... [Read More...]
15/12 - 2015
Thailand Golf Holidays and Vacations
When you contemplate booking your next golf holiday, the superior courses of Thailand are beckoning to you to come experience some of the best golfing in Asia. Thailand, known as the Land of Smiles, features excellent golf courses dotting the kingdom, and none of them is more in demand than those of Phuket. Thailand’s largest island, Phuket is easy to get to and a proven destination point for tourists of all stripes. For golfers in particular, Phuket’s array of amenities... Read... [Read More...]
11/12 - 2015
Thai Culture and Thailand Country Information
For the true golf aficionado, distance means nothing unless it pertains to judging which club to grab from your golf bag to make that sweet shot on the back nine. As such, the world is your oyster when it comes to locating the next great golfing destination, and Thailand is the pearl you will find when you schedule your Thailand golf holiday. A fully inclusive Thailand golf package puts you directly on the green for some of the best golfing... Read More Read More The post Top 3 Reasons to... [Read More...]
3/11 - 2015
Thailand Golf Courses and Playing Conditions
This month I was invited by the General Manager, Derek Schade, to review Chiang Mai Highlands’ new nine holes which opened to the public on November 1st. Derek had only taken up his post at Highlands recently after a successful period running Lotus Valley Golf Resort. There was a "return of the prodigal son" element as he had previously managed the Golf Club and enjoyed working closely with the inspirational owner Khun Vichai who persuaded him to re-join the Team. ... Read More Read... [Read More...]
23/09 - 2015
Interesting Thailand Golf Snippits
Last Sunday I turned up to play alone at Lam Lukka and was sensibly paired by the starter with 2 Thai gentlemen. After a few polite introductions we completed the first 3 holes and at the first drinks stop started a more involved conversation. This was about the differences between being a member of a club in Thailand versus England where I come from.  First of all I need to say that this is my experience and there are some... Read More Read More The post Golf Club membership in England... [Read More...]
21/09 - 2015
Golfer Testimonials
My name is Steve Madden and I live in Sydney, Australia. I have played golf since I was a young boy, however it's only in the last 4-5 years that I have had time to play on a regular basis. My current GA handicap is 13 and I am a member of Pennant Hills Golf Club in Sydney. With its roots established over a hundred years ago Pennant Hills is considered a "Private" A Grade golf course, featuring tree-lined fairways... Read More Read More The post Your Views of Golf in Thailand appeared... [Read More...]
31/08 - 2015
Thailand Golf Playing Tips
Of all the variables that determine a golf ball’s performance compression may be the most mysterious. You’ll know it as a number on the ball, usually 90 or 100. If you see slow motion videos of balls impacting the club face you’ll see it as the ball deforming or “mushing”. The ball launches as this compression releases. Generally, professional advice says the faster you swing the less compression you need but there are way more issues to consider namely spin... [Read More...]
13/08 - 2015
Interesting Thailand Golf Snippits
Two things have happened to me in the past several days, neither of them very good and both I regret. First I became frustrated that a Golfasian client wasn't appreciating Thailand golf for what it is, an overall experience rather than the ultimate golf environment, like say Myrtle Beach in the States. Then stupidly I fell into a very similar trap albeit subtly different, even after 15+ years of playing here and almost 8 living in the country. The ingredients... Read More Read More The... [Read More...]
23/07 - 2015
Interesting Thailand Golf Snippits
It's all relative, but we've all had that "banner" golf round, when everything clicks...when we're "in the zone". It may be scoring less than a hundred for the first time or breaking par, but all of us had to keep going right to the 18th to reach that milestone, keep the concentration, the rhythm and the focus. I was engrossed by Eddie Pepperell at the Open Championship on Sunday. One of England's brightest new talents, he was having a fabulous... Read More Read More The post Don't get... [Read More...]
2/07 - 2015
Interesting Thailand Golf Snippits
By Ian Morgan –  Golfasian’s Hua Hin & Phuket Manager Having played golf all around Thailand over the last 11 years, there are very few areas I haven't seen. So living in Hua Hin it's amazing I have never taken the road north to look at Kanchanaburi and the surrounding area. The main attraction was to see Grand Prix Golf Club which so many of my friends have talked about; surely it wouldn’t be as good as they said? On this... Read More Read More The post My Kanchanaburi... [Read More...]
20/06 - 2015
Golfer Testimonials
My name is David Rendall. I recently travelled to Thailand with a golfing party of 12, the majority from Scotland & Ireland, however a couple of our group are based in Dubai and Thailand. Most of the guys are members of the same golf club, Pumpherston, which is 10 miles from Edinburgh. Pumpherston is a lovely parkland course but also features a lot of water; it's a very modern design considering its age. I have been a member for the... Read More Read More The post What do you think about... [Read More...]
23/05 - 2015
Interesting Thailand Golf Snippits
I can't remember when I lost my first tee traumas. I remember having them; feeling super conscious about people watching and living in fear of a top, shank, massive slice (probably) or a huge pull. But they've gone, not because I'm a superb golfer but rather I have definitely gained in confidence since those days and as a single figure player I'm not supposed to have traumas...nerves maybe but not traumas. Importantly, I have also conditioned myself to be more... Read More Read More The post... [Read More...]
22/04 - 2015
Interesting Thailand Golf Snippits
Every commercial organisation is looking for an edge, something different, unique; golf tourism is no different. The stock formula has worked for decades because the market has very identifiable requirements with a few adjustments around the fringes, namely the location, style and class of the offering which therefore dictates the price. Historically, the USA and likes of Spain/Portugal have dominated as preferred golf holiday destinations with the UK close behind due to its association with the... [Read More...]
17/04 - 2015
Thailand Golf Courses and Playing Conditions
Undoubtedly Thailand golf is gaining in profile and quality thanks to a growing golf tourism market and increased television exposure of tournaments such as the Thailand Classic (Black Mountain) and Thailand Championship (Amata Spring). These 2 courses compare with some of the best in the world but understandably with that comes a price premium. I can see that someone arriving to play in Thailand probably will be looking for something special but perhaps they might wish to look further for an... [Read More...]
9/04 - 2015
Thailand Golf Courses and Playing Conditions
Thailand’s rainy season runs from approximately May to November when it gives way to the cool season ending in the particular hot and humid month of April. Both terms are slightly misleading (we will deal with rainy) given Thailand has a tropical climate so temperatures are generally high throughout the year although the high ground in the north around Chiang Mai can produce genuinely frigid weather. Rainy season is influenced by the south west monsoon, but Thailand does not actually... [Read More...]
30/03 - 2015
Interesting Thailand Golf Snippits
Thailand is a truly bad choice for your next golf holiday destination. Here’s why. Note: Please don’t tell your friends. 1) The golf courses in the north of the country are plain ugly: Alpine Golf Resort in Chiang Mai 2) …and in the center: Thai Country Club in Bangkok 3) …as well as in the south: Mission Hills Phuket 4) The Thai caddies don’t know how to smile: 5) It’s almost impossible to find a massage or spa: 6) Nightlife... Read More Read More The... [Read More...]
23/11 - 2014
Thailand Golf Courses and Playing Conditions
Oftentimes I get asked about the supply and demand of the Thai golf courses. While I am no expert about the economics of golf courses and the Thai golf industry is some 20-30 years old, new golf courses are still coming online at a rate of around 5 per year. Some of these projects are completely new construction like Nikanti Golf Club in Bangkok and Katathong Golf club in Phang Nha. Others, such as Chiang Mai Highlands, are expansions, and... Read More Read More The post 2014 New Thailand... [Read More...]
31/07 - 2014
Thailand Golf Courses and Playing Conditions
The recently redesigned Laguna Phuket Golf Club is both a strategic and memorable golf experience. The redesign by golf course architect Paul Jansen has highlighted the character of the existing property making for a memorable golf experience. Golfers are now asked to think their way around the golf course as each hole offers a multitude of shot options and both nines have good variety. The Phuket golf course is more undulating than before which has helped improve the surface conditions... [Read More...]
10/06 - 2014
Thailand Golf Courses and Playing Conditions
Most golfers in Pattaya agree that the Siam Country Club Old Course and Siam Country Club Plantation Course are the two best golf courses in Pattaya. However, if there are any complaints about the two courses, it is that they are both quite difficult for high handicap golfers. Around the greens it is not uncommon for weekend golfers to take five or more shots to get up-and-down as the slopes, elevated greens, and bunker complexes require accuracy and precision in... Read More Read More The... [Read More...]
15/05 - 2014
Thailand Golf Courses and Playing Conditions
Major golf destinations share several things in common. They include, 1.    Three or more golf courses of international standard 2.    A range of golf resorts to accommodate all levels of price and luxury 3.    Easy to get to/from 4.    Reasonable prices 5.    Non-golf activities such as cultural, gastronomic, spa, and/or beaches Koh Samui has technically three golf courses, However, only Santiburi Samui Country Club is 18-holes and of international standard. The course is a spectacular... [Read More...]
25/03 - 2014
Thailand Culture
Khao Yai, relatively unknown outside of Thailand golfers,  is a mere 2 hours from Bangkok and is the home of Thailand's second largest national park. Will this area develop into a full-fledged golf destination for tourists? The short answer is maybe and here are the reasons why and why not. Why? Good proximity of Khao Yai to Bangkok and it can also be linked easily with Pattaya for a 2-center golf holiday. Critical mass of golf courses. With 10 courses... Read More Read More The post Will... [Read More...]
19/02 - 2014
Thailand Golf Courses and Playing Conditions
Although sister courses, the only thing in common about Loch Palm Golf Club and Red Mountain Golf Club is the common drive way entrance and pedigree. Owned by MBK (the same company who owns the famous Bangkok shopping center), each of these two Phuket golf courses presents itself to the visiting golfer in very different ways. Loch Palm is set tranquilly set around a large palm tree lined lake, hence its name of the old Scottish term "Loch" combined with... Read More Read More The post 2... [Read More...]
11/02 - 2014
Thailand Golf Holidays and Vacations
It is very rare these days that I get to play a new course in my own backyard. Therefore, when my golfing buddies suggested playing at Pattana Golf Resort in Pattaya, I jumped at the change with much excitement. Pattana is a bit out of the way as getting to the course involved around a 1 hour drive from Pattaya or 2 hour ride from Bangkok. Either way the drive is pleasant enough as the road are good and there... Read More Read More The post Pattana Golf Resort appeared first on Thailand Golf... [Read More...]