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Discover the treasures of Thailand

31 Aug 2017

Surat Thani Golf Course in Thailand

As one of the world’s leading tourism destinations, Thailand is a land of secrets and surprises for visitors to discover and enjoy. Tourists who love challenging, adventurous outdoor activities will find much to satisfy their desires here; and if golf is high on your list, then it is definitely for you, because the Kingdom is renowned as Asia’s most popular golfing destination. Golf has been played in Thailand for almost a century, with games recorded at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club as early as 1905.

For a century, Thailand has greeted millions of tourists to experience the beautiful scenery as well as welcomed golfers around the world to tee off and swing in the superb courses nationwide. Many Thai golf courses and destinations have achieved international recognition and the resort towns of Pattaya and Hau Hin were voted as the Golf Destination of the Year for Asia and Australasia by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) in 2012 and 2014. Chiang Mai was voted The Golf Destination of the Year Asia and Australasia 2017 by 220 golf tour operators worldwide.  Here are some of the reasons that make Thailand a wonderful place to visit and play golf:

Value for money
Thailand provides tremendous value in all the areas that really matter to visiting golfers. From the wide range of hotel accommodation and golf, to shopping in the local markets or high-class department stores, to the breadth of dining options and nightlife, travelling in Thailand is remarkably affordable for the quality provided. 

The Courses
The golf itself is the main reason golf enthusiasts travel to a premier golf destination, and with layouts designed by Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Jr, Nick Faldo, Pete Dye, and Greg Norman, you will not be disappointed in Thailand. In addition, there are dozens of top-quality courses from Thai and Japanese architects that will not be easily forgotten.

The Locations
Even a golf course architect will tell you that ultimately it is the landscape that makes a golf course attractive, challenging and memorable. Thailand is a beautiful country that offers an amazing spectrum of physical environments; it only follows that the courses are equally diverse and spectacular. From the bustling capital city of Bangkok, to the beautiful mountainous countryside of Chiang Mai and Chiang…from the stunning beaches in Phuket and Koh Samui, to the bright lights and amazing nightlife of Pattaya…from the quieter seaside town of Hua Hin, to the waterfalls and stunning scenery of Khao Yai…Thailand has an extraordinary diversity of golf courses owing to an extraordinary diversity of landscapes.

The Caddies
A unique and truly memorable part of playing golf in Thailand.  Predominantly female, Thai caddies provide a level of service that will stun many first-time visitors. Greeting you upon arrival at the clubhouse, Thai caddies take care of everything before you tee off. They will guide you around the course, while giving you the distances to the green, mark your ball, rake your bunkers, read your putts and cool you down when the sun gets a bit hot. Through it all, smiles and good cheer. 

The Accommodations
No matter where you are staying in Thailand, you can find accommodations to meet your budget.  From stunning 5-star hotels, to modest Thail-style bungalows, Thailand is truly set up to cater to the broadest possible tourist market.

The people and attractions
The Thai people are known to be some of the friendliest in the world. Always with a smile on their faces (it’s not called ‘the land of smiles’ for nothing), they are very welcoming towards visitors. There is so much to do outside of golf, you will be spoilt for choice. From amazing temples and shrines, to night markets and street stalls selling everything imaginable, Thailand is at once magnificent, offbeat and surprising. 

The Food
The cuisine is exquisite in and of itself, a truly mesmerising fusion of Asian, Indian and Western influences. There are so many variations on these themes, it is quite difficult to describe. There is a huge variety in choice, style and spice. 

The Culture and Customs
Thailand has developed a unique, wholly organic identity that is truly distinct from any other country in Asia, or the world for that matter. It is a predominantly Buddhist country, but here again, Thailand has developed its own particular brand of Buddhism, one you are unlikely to find anywhere else.
This extends to the golf culture. It has been estimated that 900 000 Thais play the game; it is another reason there are so many good courses in the country. They have their own golfing societies, their own golfing heroes, their own après golf habits, their own on-course fashions and off-course cuisine.  Thais are genuinely happy to see you on their top tracks. Good thing, as visitors shouldn’t be surprised to find a foursome of Thais playing in front of you. But don’t worry – Thai golfing culture has another prominent trait: they play fast.  

If you are looking for the world’s best golfing experience, then look no further. Great value, year-round warm weather, over 200 courses, location diversity, trained caddies, accommodations, Thai people and Thai food, combine to make Thailand the world’s best golf holiday destination.  

Advertorial Feature provided by Thailand Tourism Authority.

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