Saturday, July 15, 2006

Golf in Thailand

Golf is one of the most popular sports in Thailand. The game arrived in the county a century ago and was quickly taken up by the elite and the fashionable. Among the first sponsors of the game were the armed forces and government institutions, which built and continue to own some of the finest courses in the country.

About 350,000 visitors are believed to have played golf in Thailand in 2002, generating an expenditure of nearly 6.2 billion baht. The Tourism Authority of Thailand is planning to raise these figures to one million golfers, generating an estimated 18.45 billion baht by 2007. In 2004 alone, the plan is to attract 400,000 golfers. Who will generate an estimated 7.1 billion baht, an increase of 14.29% over 2002.


There are over 200 high standard golf courses nationwide, many of them championship standards. The world’s top designers have made a significant contribution. Jack Nicklaus, Roboert Trent Jones Jr, Pete De Gar Player and many others have perfected modern layouts, using the best grasses and latest techniques.
The result is some of the most attractive courses in Asia, with excellent facilities, memorable signature holes and regular maintenance to keep them in top-class condition. Every course has its caddies; it's mandatory to empoly one caddie for your round. They are Thailand’s secret weapon in making golf such good fun. These brightly clad ladies, in smart uniforms and straw hats, know lots about the course, smile almost all the time, and very good at reading putts.

There are at least a few courses in or within easy reach of all major cites. Most of the newer courses offer accommodation on site or nearby, plus recreational facilities for the whole family.

For the more adventurous, there are older, natural courses in remote areas around the courses in remote areas around the country owned by the Royal Irrigation Department, the Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand, all offering good value. So for golfers who not only appreciate a challenging course, but an exotically different one too, there is an extraordinary choice.

The best time to plan a golfing trip is the cool season, from November to March. From April to October it is hot and wet, but even in the rainy months the downfall usually comes in the afternoon, and for only a few minutes. Most courses have good drainage systems, and the rains should not interrupt your game for long. At some facilities you may need to book ahead, through your club or your hotel, and advance booking is recommended for weekends. Greens fees continue to be very reasonable, as are the fees for caddies.

As most of the golf courses are located in the provinces, promoting golf also furthers the TAT policy of ensuring that throughout the provinces.

Golf Courses in Thailand

Monday, July 10, 2006

The Day I turned pro


Some things happened to my life,during July 6th-7th ,2006 at 36 holes Sawang Resort Golf Club,Petchaburi,Thailand--after I had missed the cut 2 times this year,I finally turned pro!!




Actually,I should have got it at the first tournament but my lady of luck was away as the last 4 holes of competition had to be suspended due to untimely darkness.On the next day I got to play 22 holes and I completely lost my game plans and took 5 strokes over missing the cut. Later on ,the second tournament I missed again as the result of sudden changing of my Driver. It worked o.k on practicing but turned inconsistently during the tournament.

Last week,I felt great and had lots of confidence. What impressed me a lot was that I got to control my scorecard not to be over 1 stroke in the last 4 holes --- and I really did !!!.....Pro Mann

just do it , anybody can !


Finally ,Year 2006 has come to an end. My goodness , what a wonderful year. Some things happened to my life,during July 6th-7th ,2006 at 36 holes Sawang Resort Golf Club,Petchaburi,Thailand--after I had missed the cut 2 times last year,I've finally turned pro!

Actually,I should have got it at the first tournament but my lady of luck was away as the last 4 holes of competition had to be suspended due to untimely darkness.On the next day I got to play 22 holes and I completely lost my game plans and took
5 strokes over missing the cut. Later on ,the second tournament I missed again as the result of sudden changing of my Driver. It worked o.k on practicing but turned inconsistently during the tournament.

A week later,I felt great and had lots of confidence. What impressed me a lot was that I got to control my scorecard not to be over 1 stroke in the last 4 holes ... and I really did !!!

ProMann : http://realgolf.in.th/