Golf in Thailand Travel Information By Hotel Thailand
Thailand's Top Courses
Thailand had become the " Golf
Capital of Asia ". And its popularity has increased with new courses
continue to be built with the help of some of the world's top golf course
designers. Championship courses, competing with the best around the world,
have been designed by the legends of the game. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus,
Gary Player, Seve Ballestreos, Isao Aoki, Greg Norman and Nick Faido,
all have contributed their special talents to building some of the best
courses in the world. One of the most fascinating aspects of golfing in
Thailand is the broad diversity of locations and environments, in which
the courses are situated. From the urban excitement of Bangkok and the
seaside charms of Pattaya and the eastern seaboard, to the island paradise
of Phuket in the south, or the verdant hills of Chiang Mai and Chiang
Rai in the north, Thailand offers a veritable tapestry of golfing delights.
One thing that has not changed
is the Thai caddie. Generally female, often young and pretty, she will
lug your bag around the course with a smile on her face. She will mark
and clean your ball, give you the distances, and some of the experienced
ones will even read your putts. Strangers to Thailand should beware,
however, not to confuse their caddies with the types of girl who work
in the bars of Patpong. Your young caddie may be genuinely upset if
you upset Thai taboos such as touching her hair or head, pointing a
finger or throwing things about.
How to get a game
Most large hotels will organize
a game for you. Courses are often difficult to find, especially as few
taxi drivers speak English. It is a good idea to get someone to write
out your destination in Thai before leaving the hotel.
Bangkok's traffic being what
it is, your best chance is to set off from your hotel early in the morning.
At weekends you should get as far away from Bangkok as you possibly
can - the courses around town tend to be very crowded.
Another idea is to get in touch
with one of the expatriate golf societies, who always welcome visitors,
The two largest are The Golfers' Cocktail Lounge named after a long-defunct
bar in Patpong, which plays every Sunday morning (contact Fred Waid -Tel
Bangkok 392 6735) and the Bangkok Wanderers (two Saturdays and one Sunday
per month) at the Ship Inn in Sukhumvit Soi 23. Details of both these
societies' activities are posted in several bars, including the Bourbon
Street Bar and the Silver Dollar in Washington Square, and the Quiet Side,
also in Sukhumvit Soi 23. This is where golfers meet. See you there!
Thailand's caddies our best-kept secret
Caddies are mandatory in Thailand and they have gone through three months
of training that made then fluent in golf. They drive your cart, know
what clubs to select, measuve distane, read the contours of greens and
also help to keep score.
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