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Golf in a Kingdom - The Thai Golf Experience   Thai Golf Insider

November 2011

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Golf in a Kingdom - The Thai Golf Experience

Siam Country Club, Plantation Course - PattayaFloods in Thailand have caused disruption to some golf courses around Bangkok, but NOT elsewhere in the country.

Courses in Pattaya, Phuket, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai are completely unaffected. Several courses on Bangkok's outskirts have closed temporarily, mostly due to access difficulties rather than flood damage. Some, like Thai Country Club and Muang Kaew, have remained open, as has Suvarnabhumi airport. If in doubt, check with individual courses around Bangkok to ascertain the situation.

The floods have been caused by above-average rain in northern and central Thailand during the past three months, with a huge amount of water now flowing to the sea. The normal dry-season weather pattern of dry, sunny days and low humidity is expected from November to March - the perfect time of year to play golf in the kingdom.

Six Golf Regions of Thailand

Thailand Golf MapThailand's six golf regions - Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Phuket, Khao Yai and Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai - are spread from one end of the country to the other, a distance of 1650 kilometres or more than 1000 miles, so it's unlikely you'll visit them all in one trip.

Thailand's bustling capital of Bangkok has it all - with great shopping adding to its many other attractions. Thai Country Club and Muang Kaew golf clubs are within easy reach of the airport and downtown. Both welcome international visitors and are a perfect start or finish to a Thai golf holiday.

Pattaya is only 80-90 minutes by bus or shuttle from Bangkok's international airport. Its 17 courses provide a plethora of choice, but you can't go past the twin layouts at Siam Country Club - the Plantation Course and Old Course - which are among the best in Thailand.

Hua Hin is a two to three-hour drive south of Bangkok. The seaside city is the holiday destination of the Thai Royal Family. More relaxed than Pattaya, Hua Hin offers a perfect combination of food, culture, beaches and golf. Banyan Golf Club and Black Mountain are the region's best.

Phuket is an hour's flight south of Bangkok, but also can be reached direct from Europe, Asia and Australia. If beaches, diving, snorkeling and sailing are your other pleasures, Phuket is the place to go. The golf is also great, with Blue Canyon and Red Mountain the two standouts.

Khao Yai, two hours' drive north-east of Bangkok, isn't so well known outside Thailand. But if you seek tranquility, a rural setting and great scenery, make sure you try the courses at Kirimaya and Toscana.

Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai, an hour's flight north-west of Bangkok, offers a whole different climatic, cultural and golf experience to the rest of Thailand. It's in the heart of the famous Golden Triangle, with hill tribes, mountain scenery and cool air. Chiang Mai Highlands is a memorable golf experience, while Santiburi at Chiang Rai is also worth checking out.

For great Thailand golf packages visit www.golfasian.com

Thai Golf Tourism is Booming

Thai Country Club - BangkokA group of European golf and travel writers who visited Thailand in October have sent glowing reports of their visit.

"I took back with me the pleasure of a nice country, the smiling people, great places to visit and exiting golf courses. In one sentence: the perfect place for a relaxing and amazing golf holiday," reported Italian freelances journalist Pietro Busconi.

"Thailand is a great golf destination, with wonderful courses and outstanding service. It's fascinating to play a round there. You're soon addicted and all you wish is returning pretty soon to Thailand," is how German writer Ingo Gruenpeter of Golf Time magazine recorded his experiences. [Read more...]

Golf in a Kingdom Members Meet in Bangkok

Peter Walton meets Golf in a Kingdom MembersGolf In A Kingdom golf club members met in Bangkok at the end of October to plan the elite golf destination-marketing group's promotions and other activities for 2012. The venue was The St Regis Bangkok, the city's newest five-star hotel, situated on prestigious Rajadamri Road. The St Regis became a member of Golf In A Kingdom in September.

Peter Walton (pictured center with Banyan's Richard Mehr and Stacey Walton), chief executive of the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators in London addressed the group of Golf in a Kingdom golf course members.

Golf In A Kingdom will be represented at the International Golf Travel Market at Belek, Turkey from November 14 to 17 and at the Asia Golf Tourism Convention in Kuala Lumpur next April. [Read the Press Release]

Featured Golf Course

Featured Hotel / Resort

Muang Kaew, Bangkok

Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa

Peter Walton meets Golf in a Kingdom Members The closest course to Bangkok's CBD is anything but a big-city experience. Lakes and creeks are so abundant you'll think you stepped into the countryside. Indeed, water comes into play on every hole.

Completely redesigned in 2003 by renowned US firm Schmidt-Curley Design (which also designed and redesigned the two courses at Siam Country Club, Pattaya and Muang Kaew's sister course, Chian Mai Highlands), this layout plays a formidable 6910 yards from the blue tees. Even from the whites it may seem enticing, but there's plenty of trouble with strategic bunkering and big fast greens.

For more information, visit www.muangkaewgolf.com

Bangkok's only true riverside resort, the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, previously known as the Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa, is the third Anantara property in the city following its rebranding from November 1.

As a one-of-a-kind five-star resort right on the Chaophraya River, guests experience an idyllic, quiet tropical retreat while maintaining easy access to Bangkok's renowned shopping, entertainment, food and cultural attractions.

Special guest packages available until December 20 include free upgrade (when available) from a deluxe room to a deluxe river-view room, free breakfast and in-room wi-fi and 25 percent discount off all food, beverages and spa treatments.

The property is a member of Golf In A Kingdom: The Thailand Golf Experience. For more information, visit www.bangkok-riverside.anantara.com

About Us

Golf In A Kingdom is a co-operative marketing group comprising Thailand's best golf courses/resorts, hotels, Golfasian and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Established in 2009, Golf In A Kingdom promotes golf tourism in Thailand - the world's third largest golf tourism destination.

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Paul Myers, Asian Travel Media, Bangkok
Email: paul@asiantravelmedia.com
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