A Day in the Life of a Golfasian Golfer

Leaving your hotel It’s golf day! Your first time in Thailand and your first game! Excitement levels are through the roof! Here is what you can expect… Before you leave, have you packed your change of clothes for after golf? It’s customary here to shower after the game, all of the courses have shower facilities and some better than 5* hotels! Get freshened up after the game, it is well worth it! Your driver will be waiting in the lobby …

Tips for Planning Your Next Golf Holiday to Asia

A tradition enjoyed by golfers all over the planet! Here are some tips to get the most out of it Look at different destination and time to visit Time of year to travel is Asia will have a big impact. During the rainy season you can take a chance with the cheaper prices or come in High season when the temperatures are lower. Choose a great group of people! Is this a fun holiday with friends and family or a …

Don’t forget these essentials!

Travelling overseas requires a bit of planning. It has happened to the best of us that we have forgotten the one or other essential. We have put together a check-list for you to print out when packing your bags for your next golf holiday in Asia. Let us know if we forgot anything. Keys – Simple Wallet – Crucial Passport – Missed two flights leaving this behind Tickets – Ok you can reprint these but good to have. Hat – they can sometimes be long …

Top 7 Tips for the Greatest Golf Holiday Ever!

It’s coming to that special time of the year when you can turn on your out of office and get ready for some time away on the fairways, with a bit of luck! Booking Early – Usually golf is top priority in a golf holiday to Thailand! If you want tee times that suit your group the best way to ensure it is to book early, the later you leave it the busier the courses are likely to be. Not only …

Golf Tips for Playing in Thailand

One (Nueng): If your caddie says “Nice putt” can usually be translated to “useless putt.” Two (Song) : The more expensive the golf ball the more water-magnetic it is! Buy them by the bag outside of the golf course! Will you find at some courses men swimming in the lakes and rivers, poised waiting for your ball! You can sometimes buy it back for a small fee! Three (Sam): Topping an iron is the most painful torture known to man. …

5 Obscure Golf Rules

Identifying or searching for a ball covered by loose impediments in a hazard I recently hit my ball into one of the many bunkers lining the fairways at Springfield in Hua Hin. I thought it might be buried but I couldn’t see it. I finally found what I thought was the ball! My playing partner told me I could sweep away some sand to check it was mine would be allowed to recover the ball with sand and play it …

Playing from the Right Tee Markers

Coming from England we have reds tees for juniors and ladies, yellows for men and general play and whites for competitions. Not in Asia – There can be four, five or six sets if tees at each golf course! However choosing the right one can have a big impact on your golf holiday. Look at the yardages and course map before you start or ask us what we think. If I’m hosting a group or playing the odd game I …

In at the Shallow End! Rule 14-6

I can’t think of a golf course I’ve played in Bangkok that doesn’t have some kind of water hazard running through it…. In fact there is generally some kind of hazard on every hole! Playing at Panya Indra one scorching hot Sunday afternoon in November our group reached the 537 yard Par 5 third hole on the C Course. It was going to take two cannons to reach the elevated green! A tough drive with OB down the right and …

Bring Your Hybrids

Bring Your Hybrids

When I first came to Thailand 11 years ago I carried just two woods and a full set of irons including a 3 & 4 iron. Now I find it is easier to carry a five wood and two hybrids because the modern woods go the grass much easier, and here in Thailand the grass is much thicker to resist the high temperatures. My tip this month is leave the long irons at home and bring the hybrids, it will …

Gloves & Golf Balls

Gloves & Golf Balls

Golf balls are quite heavy to carry in your golf bag, and with the weight restriction of the airlines, it’s a good option to buy your balls when you arrive. Leather gloves do not last very long in this heat and if you sweat a lot, a good tip is to bring two or three all weather gloves with you, as its likely you will use more than one during a round of golf.

Weight Allowance on Aircraft

Weight Allowance on Aircraft

Unless you are travelling with Emirates Airlines who do not charge for golf equipment, the weight allowance can be a problem especially with some of the low cost carriers such as Air Asia. Leave your golf balls at home as they are quite heavy, and they are very cheap and easy to buy here. I bought 30 grade A golf balls at Loch Palm last week for 600 Thai Baht which included Titleist, Callaway and Tailor Made balls, which is …

Rent Clubs or Bring Your Own?

Rent Clubs or Bring Your Own?

Often, we get asked the question if one should bring their own clubs or rent clubs at the golf courses here in Thailand. Despite the fact that you actually can rent clubs at most golf courses in Thailand for about 1,000 Thai Baht for a standard set and up to 1,500 Thai Baht for a quality make such as Ping or Callaway we recommend that you bring your own clubs. The reason being that there will be no disappointments in …

Best Time to Tee-off at a Thailand Golf Course

When is the Best Time to Tee-off at a Thailand Golf Course?

I am often asked by my customers when the best time to tee-off is when you play golf in Asia. Many people choose to tee-off in the morning which is their personal choice and it would be my recommendation too particularly in the low season which is generally from July to October. If you are going to get rain at this time of year its normally late afternoon so a morning tee-off is a good option. However, in high season …

Swing Tip: Alignment

Swing Tip: Alignment

Alignment is how you line up to your target. It’s important in achieving your goals, because a great swing and poor alignment does not make a happy golfer. In putting, it’s particularly important, and the better you get, the more crucial it becomes. There are a lot of ways you can properly align yourself to your target. When you look at the target and away from the ball, you lose all your orientation. So use an intermediate target. Something between …

What Is Posture And How Important Is It?

What Is Posture And How Important Is It?

Posture is how you set up to the ball, very important and one of the main fundamentals of golf. Everything is built on this foundation and if you have a problem here, it’ll show up later in your swing, possibly disguised as something else. Stance: Feet should be shoulder width, both feet slightly flared, toes pointing out about five to ten degrees. Knee flex: Minimal knee flex. If you lock your legs and then unlock and slightly bend them, that’s …

How to Get Out of a Bunker

How to Get Out of a Bunker

Most golfers have a great fear of being in bunker, leaving the ball in the bunker, fear of blasting it over the green, fear of looking foolish, etc. It’s not so difficult with a good technique The clubface must be open at address Opening the face effectively exposes the all-important bounce of your sand wedge, which allows it to easily slide under the golf ball. You must sit down in your stance Get set with most of your weight in …

Putting: The Short Game

Putting: The Short Game

An average of 43 percent of the strokes you make in a game of golf will be putts. The next highest is your woods, at 25 percent, followed by 13 percent chipping, 10 percent irons, and 5 percent hazard shots. Putting is incredibly important. Most people want to hit the ball farther and straighter. That’s important, but effective putting makes the difference between an average golfer and a good golfer. Don’t forget the mental side; tell yourself you are a …

Custom Fitted Clubs

Custom Fitted Clubs and Their Importance

With dozens of grips, hundreds of heads and thousands of shafts making for literally millions of club combinations, more of us are turning to custom fitters to make sense of the equipment minefield. It is a fact that 90 per cent of golfers are playing either the wrong clubs and shafts, or inappropriate specifications for their game.  Out of every ten golfers, nine will probably need non-standard lie angles; six will need non-standard shaft lengths – maybe as much as …

Back to the Basics

Plenty of times I have been asked what can I do to make the ball go further and straighter, well if I had the magic potion, I would be selling it on the PGA tour by the litre. Hitting the golf ball straighter and further comes down to 5 basic laws 1. SPEED The velocity with which the clubhead is traveling. Speed influences the distance the ball will be propelled, as well as the trajectory and shape of the resulting …

Get the Best Results from your Hybrid

Get the Best Results from your Hybrid

This months tip is how to get the best results from your hybrid. The caddies in Thailand will call this club “Mei Khatoey” meaning half wood half iron, or “ladyboy” as they so passionately call it. Hybrid clubs are incredibly useful from the close cut fairways and long grass that the courses in Thailand have, as long as you know how to swing one. You’d be surprised at how many golfers often with no clue of how-or of what the …

Putting on Thailand Golf Courses

Putting on Thailand Golf Courses

As if putting wasn’t hard enough already, you pack your clubs to come play in Thailand and you come up against a different style of grass that you haven’t played before. If you’re from the tropics then you are familiar putting with, against and across the grain. The grain generally follows either the direction in which water drains off the green, or it grows towards the setting sun or a water source. On severe slopes it will grow towards the …

Best Cambodia Golf Destinations

Best Cambodia Golf Destinations

Six years ago there were no international standard golf courses in Cambodia.  Today there are three 18 hole championship venues, all in Siem Reap.  Siem Reap is best known as the home of UNESCO World Heritage site Angkor Wat and several other ancient Khmer temples. and that continues to be the main draw for foreign visitors, however now there is reason for golfers to stick around a few extra days. Phokeethra Country Club was the first course in the area …

Best Vietnam Golf Destinations

Best Vietnam Golf Destinations

Da Nang / Hoi An (China Beach) A beautiful and unspoiled beach, the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An, and 2 great golf courses designed by Colin Montgomerie (Montgomerie Links) and Greg Norman (Danang Golf Club) (maybe the 2 best in the entire country).  Getting there involves connecting via a domestic flight from either Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi (several flights daily), though once you are there everything is close with minimal traffic hassles like you encounter in …

Bunker Play

Bunker Play

It is perceived by most amateur golfers that sand shot or bunker shot is often one of the most intimidating shots to execute, and can often leave a golfer discouraged. As I have mentioned before, I believe that this game is 60% mental and 40% physical; therefore what we see and believe we will do with a golf club is most of the time what does happen. Hence, if you take a negative thought into the bunker chances are you …

How To Achieve the Proper Alignment in Golf

How To Achieve the Proper Alignment in Golf

So you have arrived in Thailand and had your first game of golf here and it looks like to you forgot to pack your game!  It seems like anything you try just seems to make things worse. One area of the game that is so simple yet so confusing and overlooked for the average golfer, is the alignment and is generally the root of all evils in the golf swing. What I mean by this?  Are you coming over the …