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

September 2012

Bumper High Season Ahead

Golf in a Kingdom - The Thai Golf Experience

Red Mountain Golf ClubThailand is expecting a bumper high season of tourist arrivals from around the world, and the kingdom's golf courses are preparing for what may be their biggest and best winter season.

Last year's floods, which interrupted tourism during November and December but had little effect on golf courses frequented by visitors, is all but a memory. So far, as the autumn/fall season begins, there has been only moderate rainfall and all Golf In A Kingdom member courses are in tip-top condition.
If you are planning a trip to Thailand during the high season (November to March), we suggest you make your arrangements early as the best accommodation and tee times during peak periods are already in high demand.

For travellers planning to arrive or depart on the Asia/Pacific budget carrier, AirAsia, be aware that from October 1 all its flights will be from Bangkok's Don Muaeng airport, which is located on the northern side of the city, about 40kms from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. You will need to allow at least an extra hour to travel from Suvarnabhumi by taxi to Don Muaeng.

Several other budget carriers also operate from Don Muaeng, but international airlines and Thai Airways will continue to operate from Suvarnabhumi.

New Members Join Golf in a Kingdom

The big news about Golf In A Kingdom is that the program has six new members: five golf clubs in Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya and one of the leading resort hotels in the northern city of Chiang Mai.

Asia's largest and most successful golf destination marketing program now has 25 members: 12 golf clubs and 13 hotels and resorts in Thailand's major golf destinations.

The new members are:

  • Laem Chabang International Country Club, a 27-hole complex designed by Jack Nicklaus near Pattaya.
  • Suwan Golf and Country Club near Bangkok, which has hosted four professional tournaments in the past two years
  • Red Mountain Golf Club, Phuket, which has rapidly built a reputation as the resort island's top course.
  • Red Mountain's adjacent sister course on Phuket, Loch Palm Golf Club.
  • Riverdale Golf Club, regarded as one of Bangkok's best public-access courses.
  • The Chedi, a five-star luxury hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai.

With the Tourism Authority of Thailand also a leading member and strongly promoting inbound golf tourism, Thailand's number one position as the leading golf destination in Asia is set to remain intact well into the future. [Read More]

Why Golf in Thailand is so Popular

Black Mountain Water ParkThailand is well established as Asia's leading golf tourism destination, and ranks third behind Spain and the United States among all countries worldwide.

The reasons are as simple as ABC: attitude, access, attention to detail, bars and nightlife, courses, climate, cost, culture, comfort and caddies.
The Thai people's attitude - their friendliness and genuine welcoming approach to visitors - sets Thailand apart. Everyone is treated as a guest, wherever they come from, and are considered part of the family as soon as they arrive.

Access to Thailand and its golf courses couldn't be easier. Direct flights from all over the world arrive in Bangkok daily. Two of Thailand's major golf tourism destinations - Phuket and Chiang Mai - are also well served by direct international and internal flights, while Pattaya and Hua Hin are both within easy drives of the capital.

When visitors arrive at these destinations, there is an abundance of golf courses within easy reach.

When it comes to attention to detail, Thailand has no peer. As a nation that genuinely loves tourists, everything actually works!

Tee times are meticulously observed, course marshals ensure players maintain their pace to finish rounds within four and a quarter hours, on-course refreshment and comfort stops are positioned every few holes, the cleanliness and presentation of clubhouses and locker rooms is exemplary, and food service is invariably first class.

Every detail is observed with your clubs and equipment from the moment you arrive at a course until the time you leave. Bag drop and pick-up services mean you don't have to do anything from the time you arrive until you reach the first tee, and similarly after your round. Clubs are counted and cleaned, shoes cleaned, locker rooms have first-class facilities and there is always someone available to attend to every need, no matter how small.

Bars and nightlife are legendary. Every major centre has a huge array of bars where you can relax after the game, and there's always something for everyone.

Many of its public-access courses - including GIAK members Thai Country Club and Black Mountain - have hosted international professional tour events. These are the same courses visiting golfers can play themselves and test their abilities to the limit.

Thailand's climate is conducive to enjoyable golf throughout the year. Rarely is it too hot or too wet to play golf at any time of the year, while it is never too cool. The high season from November until March is the ideal time to visit, when milder sunny days prevail, with very little or no rain.

If cost is a factor, then Thailand offers unbeatable value. Hotels are cheaper in Thailand than virtually anywhere else on earth. A five-star hotel room can be secured in Bangkok for $US100 or less during the low season. Rates for name-brand hotels in Thailand are usually 30-40 percent cheaper than in other major capitals cities, even in Asia.

Thailand also has a wonderful culture that intrigues most visitors. Wherever you go you'll find numerous cultural attractions - including temples, the Grand Palace and floating markets in Bangkok, hill tribes in northern Thailand, handicrafts and much more.

Comfort is a feature of the kingdom's hotels, villas and resorts. Not only is value for money better than other destinations, the quality of inclusions is as good as you'll find anywhere. Golf clubhouses are the same, with comfortable recreation areas, restaurants, cafes and outdoor areas always a feature of the leading courses.

And finally, there are Thailand's legendary caddies. Every course has an army of fully-trained, knowledgeable and attentive female caddies, who not only often make the difference between a poor round and a good one, but who also add to the enjoyment.

Visiting golfers experience genuine Thai friendship in many ways, but especially with caddies, who really have fun and are extremely helpful and knowledgeable about golf. They are Thai golf's secret weapon. The result is that everyone who comes to Thailand to play golf is a winner.

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.

For more information, contact:

Paul Myers, Asian Travel Media, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 84 125 1894
Asian Travel Media
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