Golf is one of the most popular sports in Thailand. It arrived here a century ago and was quickly taken up by the elite and 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.
The world’s top designers have come and left their marks, so have many world-class players. Now there are at least a few courses in or within easy reach of all major cities. Most courses built in the last 10 years offer accommodations on site or nearby, plus recreational facilities for the whole family.
Below is Thailand’s golfing credentials
- Thailand was voted the Best Golfing Destination in Asia by Asia Golf Monthly Awards (April 2001)
- The Thai Country Club was voted as Best Clubhouse in Asia, the 3rd for Best Course in Asia and Thai Country Club, 6th hole as Best Par Three Site of the 1997 Asian Honda Classic”
- Blue Canyon Country Club, Canyon Course was voted Best Championship Course in Asia and its 13th hole was voted the 5th for Par-Four
- THE TOP-10 by Golf Digest in June 1999
The state of the economy not withstanding, greens fees continue to be very reasonable. So are the fees for the well-trained, helpful caddies. Service on green and at the clubhouse, as befitting the Land of Smiles, is prompt and courteous.
Since the country is well connected by road, rail and air, you can take day trips to the courses and return to stay in the city, or hire a car and draw up your own itinerary. Lodging facilities in all major cities run the full spectrum from the cozy to the luxurious, and in every town there is at least one comfortable place to stay. For the family, or to fill a break in your schedule, there is a diverse choice of culture, adventure, dining and shopping available wherever you choose to tee-off.