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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 […]The post Thailand Golf, Off the Beaten Track – A Golf Group’s Tale appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Good Caddy, Not so Good…Some Answers Why appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Amazing Asia Golf Double-Header: Vietnam & Thailand Combined appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Group’s Long Weekend Golf in Chiang Mai appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Fabulous Chiang Mai, a Great Golf Destination appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Living on a Golf Course in Thailand appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Our Best Hua Hin Golf Holiday appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post A Big Fan of Golfasian appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Drought - A Golf Course's Greatest Challenge appeared first on... [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 […]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 […]The post Your Views on Golf in Hua Hin appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post What makes Nikanti Golf Club an unusual golf course? appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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, […]The post Amateur Weeks – Spice up your Golf Vacation appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post What makes Asia's 1st replica golf course unique? appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Your Holidays in Focus appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 post What is like an ultimate golf championship in Pattaya? appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post 7 reasons to play on the Centara World Masters Championship appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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, […]The post Thailand Golf Trips – Not Just for Golfers appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post The perfect Father/Son golf trip – Hua Hin appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Worry-Free At The Golf Tee: Enriching A Well Protected Golf Lifestyle With Travel Insurance appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Great Thailand Golf Tournaments to Participate in During Spring/Summer of 2016 appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 post Thailand Golf Holiday Experiences appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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, […]The post Surprising Chiang Mai appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Golfing on the Enchanting Island of Phuket appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Top 3 Reasons to Golf in Thailand appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Chiang Mai Highlands – Just got better appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Golf Club membership in England versus Thailand appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Your Views of Golf in Thailand appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Which golf ball should I play in Thailand? appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Is Thailand Golf Good for the Blood Pressure? appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 post Don't get carried away appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post My Kanchanaburi Adventure appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post What do you think about golf in Thailand? appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post The Opening Tee Shot – Some trickier than others appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Is Innovation in Thailand Golf Tourism Possible? appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Pattaya Golf – Take the rough with the smooth appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Thailand’s rainy season – How does it affect our golf? appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post 10 Reasons Why You Should Never Choose Thailand as Your Next Golf Holiday Destination appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post 2014 New Thailand Golf Courses appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Laguna Phuket Golf Club Update appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Siam Country Club, Waterside - Comparison With Old and Plantation Courses appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Is Koh Samui Golf For Real? appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Will Khao Yai become Thailand's Newest Golf Destination? appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post 2 Phuket Golf Courses Are Sisters appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [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 […]The post Pattana Golf Resort appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [Read More...]
7/01 - 2014
Thailand Golf Holidays and Vacations
Thailand has 5 main golf destinations, two are cities (Bangkok and Chiang Mai) and three are beach resorts (Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Phuket). Bangkok is home to over 10 million residents. However, it's safe to say that Bangkok has the most golf courses of any destination in Thailand. There are 60 golf courses located within […]The post Where To Golf In Thailand - A City Or A Resort? appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [Read More...]
26/12 - 2013
Thai Culture and Thailand Country Information
Why golf in Thailand?   Thailand is probably the most spectacular golfing destination in the world, the beauty of her golf courses expresses it all.  We have lush greenery year round with palm trees and every other type of tropical flora and flowers creating a feast for the eyes.  Beautiful lakes and waterways, birds you've never […]The post Golf Holiday Destination Thailand appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [Read More...]
28/11 - 2013
Thailand Golf Courses and Playing Conditions
Nowadays golf resorts like Mission Hills Phuket and Bangkok Golf Club are offering unlimited golf holiday packages. These golf vacations are nothing new, but in fact they may be only a ploy to lure visitors to less than ideal courses. Think about it, there are only 12 hours of daylight in Thailand and the weather […]The post Thailand Golf Resorts Offer Unlimited Golf Packages appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [Read More...]
5/11 - 2013
Uncategorized
Thailand golf courses are notorious for having soft sand. Many of the budget courses here use normal beach sand to fill their bunkers. This powdery and fluffy sand tends to promote many fried eggs or as the caddies call them in Thai "kai dao" because of the circular splash pattern created around the ball in […]The post Thailand Golf Fried Eggs (Kai Dao) appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [Read More...]
22/10 - 2013
Thailand Golf Courses and Playing Conditions
Wherever and whenever you play golf in Thailand, you'll find courses designed by some of the best golfers, including Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Peter Thomson, Greg Norman, and Arnold Palmer. Jack Nicklaus is the great who left his mark the most in Thailand. Six Thailand courses are Jack Nicklaus designed. The two best by far […]The post Golf's Great Legends In Thailand appeared first on Thailand Golf Zone. [Read More...]