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There’s no disputing the fact that golf has been around in Thailand for quite some time. Less certain, however, is the identity of the country’s first golf course. Royal Hua Hin, which was inaugurated in 1924, is often cited as the granddaddy of Thai golf layouts. And, certainly, it was the first 18-hole, international standard course. It was even designed by a Scot, giving it an added stamp of authenticity. The oldest golf option though is believed to be the nine holes at the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Golf and Sports Club, which date back to 1898.
5 Reasons to Travel to Thailand for Golf
1) GREAT GOLF COURSES EVERYWHERE!
Thailand’s long relationship with golf and tourism gives it the edge over other countries in Southeast Asia. With over 200 courses scattered liberally throughout the nation, golfers are literally spoiled for choice. What’s more, the standard is incredibly high, with big names in course design such as Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye among those responsible for masterminding layouts.
2) PHENOMENAL WEATHER
With gentle breezes and near-constant sunshine, the cool season in Thailand from November to February offers ideal golfing conditions. The weather is particularly inviting further north, with cool mornings giving way to warmer climes within a couple of hours. Ok, it can get hot as the summer months kick in, but who — except masochists — wants to play in a howling gale anyway?
3) ACCOMMODATION FOR EVERYONE
Thailand’s spread of accommodation options make it suitable for golfers on any kind of budget. At the top end of the scale, opulent five-star hotels and resorts rank as some of the most alluring on the planet. There’s no need to break the bank however and visitors will find ample value, comfort and charm in options further down the price scale.
4) A WEALTH OF OFF COURSE ATTRACTIONS
From mall hopping and exploring street food culture in Bangkok, to pedalling around temples in ancient cities such as Ayutthaya and lazing on your paradise beach of choice, Thailand is superbly kitted out for visitors. We guarantee that you won’t tire of the country’s golf courses, but rest assured there will be plenty to keep you occupied should you ever desire a breather.
5) THAI CUISINE
Sampling the local cuisine is an undoubted highlight of any golf trip to Thailand. Thai food is widely recognised as one of the world’s most prestigious gastronomic traditions, and its variety of spicy curries, salads and grilled dishes can be sampled at clubhouses and restaurants around the Kingdom.