Dufftown Golf Club clubhouse circa 1930

Dufftown Golf Club clubhouse circa 1930

The bar at Moffat Golf Club, Scotland

The bar at Moffat Golf Club, Scotland

 

 

 

 

In 1768 the House of Leith (Scotland) is erected, widely acknowledged as the first golf clubhouse. As a place for members and guests to congregate, discuss their day’s game and refresh themselves, little has changed. What has changed is the nature of the facilities and what they have to offer.

Whilst most argue that it is the course itself that matters most, people’s expectations have evolved such that modernization and development of the accompanying facilities must be a reflection of the surroundings, culture, market and patrons. Golf in Thailand, because it started relatively late, has had the opportunity to take the very best from what’s on offer around the world, yet still leave its mark.

To international golfers Thailand represents extremely good value. In local terms, it is very much a game for the well-heeled and so golf course development has enjoyed wealthy backers with expensive tastes and expectations. Clubhouses are, on the whole lavish in scale. In terms of architecture, services (locker rooms, spa/massage), food and beverage they retain a Thai influence. What has changed is their adaptation to meet the needs of international markets particularly in respect of food and beverage.

Golf in a Kingdom Members represent many of the best Thailand has to offer; here we look at examples of their world class clubhouses and stylish interiors.