My Name is Wihan du Preez, that’s me second from the left. I’m 27 years old and from Johannesburg, South Africa. I have been playing golf for nearly 18 years and am currently a 12 handicap. I’m a member of Magalies Park Country Club in the North West Province. I would describe the course as a quite challenging “safari-course’, with several species of animals roaming the area such as impala, warthogs & zebras…fortunately the lions avoid us.
This was our family’s first trip to Thailand (Phuket) and we were very excited to experience the wonderful beaches and well-known golf courses the country has to offer. Our family consists of my dad, mother and 2 older brothers, all of whom play golf and came on this tour. My brother’s 2 kids, aged 4 and 2 respectively, also joined us.
We stayed at The Nap Patong Hotel in Patong beach. We were all very impressed with the location, professionalism of staff and the high quality of the hotel. The staff were also exceptionally friendly and helpful at all times.
I absolutely loved Thailand. As quite a conservative South African, Thailand was a culture shock but in a good way. The local people were some of the most humble I’ve ever met and exceptionally friendly. The quality of the beaches exceeded my expectations and you really have to be there to appreciate the clarity and beauty of the waters of Thailand.
We also went on a boat trip to Phi Phi Island where we snorkeled; definitely another highlight of the tour. After that we went to the famous Maya Beach where the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed. The scenery was incredible; I definitely recommend it to everyone.
We played 4 courses in Phuket: Red Mountain, Blue Canyon (Canyon course), Loch Palm & Blue Canyon (Lakes course), all of which were exceptional. Red Mountain was by far the best golfing experience of my life and the scenery on the course is any golfer’s dream. The signature 17th with its huge elevation change was spectacular. The whole course can be described in one word, dramatic!
As the golf-courses are quite expensive compared to South Africa we were glad that all the golf was included in our trip with Golfasian. I played my best round on the last day at Blue Canyon with a steady and satisfying 84.
The weather was great and after a few days in Phuket you get used to the humidity. The sunsets in Phuket are breathtaking! After golf the whole family went back to the hotel and hit the beach. As our hotel was only about 200m from the main beach it was really convenient. At night we took tuk tuks into town and walked around the city, tasting various local dishes washed down with an ice-cold local beer (Chang was my personal favorite and relatively cheap).
All in all we were exceptionally pleased with the whole Thailand experience and will definitely return in the near future together with Golfasian.