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    Golf in Thailand?

    I've been living in the Philippines for a few years now and enjoy it. But, I'm considering a move to Thailand in a few years. Hua Hin looks like a nice city with a lot of golf and close to BKK and nice beach cities if I choose to go there. I plan to rent a nice condo and join a club and play 4 times a week. I'm looking for advice on Hua Hin, golf and other cities you may have experience with. Thanks in advance for the help!

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    Many claim that the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand, which includes Pattaya is the new golfer's paradise.

    Within 30 minutes drive from my home there are at least 10 international standard golf courses to choose from.

    There are also many bars organizing daily rounds of golf with very good first tee attendance.

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    I played a few times at Majestic Creek.

    http://www.majesticcreekcc.com/

    Hua Hin has plenty of very good courses.

    http://www.golf-tours-thailand.com/g...FYEn4godWj4ARg

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    It looks like a good golf community in Hua Hin. I'll have to check the Pattaya area as well. Thanks for the replies!

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    Rocketman by all means have a look at Hua Hin, some of the courses there are sensational but there's not that many and they are expensive.

    Pattaya is the place to be in Thailand if you like golf though, there's about 25 courses within a 30-60 min drive and around 10 of them are either 27 or 36 holes. Lots of really good layouts and some tough courses too, I'm off 12 and get my arse handed to me often. You should join Pattaya Sports Club and get the membership card, that drops the green fees down considerably and you'll save the money membership costs after just a couple of rounds. The prices of most courses are on the PSC website but to give you an idea, we're playing Kao Keow tomorrow that costs 1900 Baht total for green fees, a buggy each, and caddy fees (+ a caddy tip of 200-400 Baht is normal). PSC have great handicap software with all the local courses pre-loaded to keep track of your game as well. As mentioned above, there's a ton of golf societies here that welcome new players. You'll find their names and contact details in the Friday Pattaya Mail newspaper where each society does a write-up about what they got up to that week.

    Finally, I use to live and play golf in the PI for many years in Angeles and Manila. Thailand is way better when it comes to golf (and pretty much everything else for that matter).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx
    Rocketman by all means have a look at Hua Hin, some of the courses there are sensational but there's not that many and they are expensive.
    No matter where you are in Thailand there is no shortage of courses. Even up here in the sticks plenty to be found.

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    ^ And that's one of my grand plans for the future Norton. Just load up the car and drive around Thailand for a month or more with no destination in mind, just checking into hotels in towns anywhere that have golf courses. Oddly enough, Mrs Worx who's a non golfer and thinks it's a stupid game isn't too keen on the whole idea .

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    Pattaya is awesome for golf, and really good value, especially if you play midweek.

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    Thanks for info.! It's what I'm looking for. I prefer to join a club and be a member. Which clubs would you recommend I check out? Also, I'm not a bar guy, so would choose to live away from the city a bit. I'd like an upscale condo. Any suggestions with that?

    Our handicaps are about the same - maybe I can join u when I come.

    Thanks again!

    [quote=Headworx;2721978]Rocketman by all means have a look at Hua Hin, some of the courses there are sensational but there's not that many and they are expensive.

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    Rocketman by all means have a look at Hua Hin, some of the courses there are sensational but there's not that many and they are expensive.

    Pattaya is the place to be in Thailand if you like golf though, there's about 25 courses within a 30-60 min drive and around 10 of them are either 27 or 36 holes. Lots of really good layouts and some tough courses too, I'm off 12 and get my arse handed to me often. You should join Pattaya Sports Club and get the membership card, that drops the green fees down considerably and you'll save the money membership costs after just a couple of rounds. The prices of most courses are on the PSC website but to give you an idea, we're playing Kao Keow tomorrow that costs 1900 Baht total for green fees, a buggy each, and caddy fees (+ a caddy tip of 200-400 Baht is normal). PSC have great handicap software with all the local courses pre-loaded to keep track of your game as well. As mentioned above, there's a ton of golf societies here that welcome new players. You'll find their names and contact details in the Friday Pattaya Mail newspaper where each society does a write-up about what they got up to that week.

    Finally, I use to live and play golf in the PI for many years in Angeles and Manila. Thailand is way better when it comes to golf (and pretty much everything else for that matter).

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    Well you really wouldn't want to join any club as a member here in my opinion (assuming that's what you meant) because there's just so many good golf courses so why would anyone want to just play one over and over?. You can buy memberships to some courses, but I don't know anyone who ever has.

    As for upscale condos, there's no end of them and at least half a dozen more 20-30 story buildings are going up right now. Start surfing Pattaya Real Estate sites and you'll be dizzy for a month, there's so many options. If I felt like spending a motza on an upscale condo that was away from the bars but close enough to easily come into town for shopping/banking etc I'd be looking at Na Jomtien. There's a few new hi-rise developments recently built down there and more either going up now or planned.

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    Thanks for the replies to my questions about condos and golf! Looks like I will get a lot more for my money than in Cebu for a condo. You mentioned that you lived in the RP for a while. What were the good and bad points you saw moving from the Philippines to Thailand? How long did you live in the RP and in Thailand?

    I play 4 times a week and really like being a member of a club for the socializing. I belong to Cebu Country Club for about $300 U.S. per month, considering everything. Will it cost me a lot more there? Hua Hin looks like a nice place too, but is more expensive, huh? Not being a bar guy, Pattaya didn't really appeal to me, but I know I could live away from the bars. Any other cities I should consider?

    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Well you really wouldn't want to join any club as a member here in my opinion (assuming that's what you meant) because there's just so many good golf courses so why would anyone want to just play one over and over?. You can buy memberships to some courses, but I don't know anyone who ever has.

    As for upscale condos, there's no end of them and at least half a dozen more 20-30 story buildings are going up right now. Start surfing Pattaya Real Estate sites and you'll be dizzy for a month, there's so many options. If I felt like spending a motza on an upscale condo that was away from the bars but close enough to easily come into town for shopping/banking etc I'd be looking at Na Jomtien. There's a few new hi-rise developments recently built down there and more either going up now or planned.

    Have fun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman
    Any other cities I should consider?
    Unless you're a beach person look at Chiang Mai area.

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    Korat/Khao Yai area has some top courses.

    Khon Kaen also has 3 very playable 18 holers, including Singha Park which is undoubtably the finest within a 200 kms radius.

    Closer to Pattaya, try Sattahip/Rayong area which has around 4/5 courses. Eastern Star imo being the pick of the bunch. Life membership was available there in 2005.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    What were the good and bad points you saw moving from the Philippines to Thailand? How long did you live in the RP and in Thailand?
    That would be a long topic in itself. In short though I lived in the PI for around 13 years, moved there in my very early 20's (Oilfield work allows such things) and I've been in Pattaya since the 90's. As for the good and bad points of both countries, the most polite way to put it is the only reason the Philippines is a 3rd world country is because there is no 4th world category. As a young guy with permanent wood and an unquenchable thirst for beer it served its purpose, as a matured person now who values quality of life, there's no comparison.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I play 4 times a week and really like being a member of a club for the socializing. I belong to Cebu Country Club for about $300 U.S. per month, considering everything. Will it cost me a lot more there?
    As mentioned, the prices of golf in Pattaya are on the PSC website. But for sure 300 bucks a month won't cover anything like 4 rounds a week here.

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    Thanks for the feedback guys!

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    I was a member at Lake View (36 holes now) for several years.
    Sold my membership and got back the money I paid for it.
    Yearly green fee today is about 10,000 baht, you pay the caddie ticket and tip.
    So works out at about 500-600 per round.
    I live in Cha-am and have just taken out a membership (yearly) at Sawang GC for 2,000baht, they've just put that up to 4,000 baht ...500 baht per round including caddie tip.
    IMHO, the only way to play golf here is to have a membership.
    You can join associations but will still be paying 1200 baht and upwards.

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    Joining a club has its advantages. It's usually cheaper if you play a lot and you develop a group of playing partners along with activities throughout the year. I get bored with 1 course after a while, so having at least 27 holes is nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by charleyboy View Post
    I was a member at Lake View (36 holes now) for several years.
    Sold my membership and got back the money I paid for it.
    Yearly green fee today is about 10,000 baht, you pay the caddie ticket and tip.
    So works out at about 500-600 per round.
    I live in Cha-am and have just taken out a membership (yearly) at Sawang GC for 2,000baht, they've just put that up to 4,000 baht ...500 baht per round including caddie tip.
    IMHO, the only way to play golf here is to have a membership.
    You can join associations but will still be paying 1200 baht and upwards.
    Last edited by Rocketman; 10-03-2014 at 08:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman
    Joining a club has its advantages. It's usually cheaper and you develop a group of playing partners along with activities throughout the year. I get bored with 1 course after a while, so having at least 27 holes is nice.

    Home - billabonggolfbar.com



    This group play a different course almost every day of the week.

    The round is relatively cheap, transport too and from the course is provided and there seems to be always a good turn-up at the first tee to enjoy a well organized round.

    If your ever down this way give me a call and I can point you in what I feel is the right direction.

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    Thailand has a much more involved golf community than the Philippines. I've met many good Filipinos and foreigners playing here and developed close friendships. I'm assuming, due to the language issue, I'll be playing mostly with ex-pats in Thailand.


    [/QUOTE]Home - billabonggolfbar.com



    This group play a different course almost every day of the week.

    The round is relatively cheap, transport too and from the course is provided and there seems to be always a good turn-up at the first tee to enjoy a well organized round.

    If your ever down this way give me a call and I can point you in what I feel is the right direction.[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman
    I'll be playing mostly with ex-pats in Thailand.
    Mostly but these days a lot of Thai wives are joining their husbands playing golf.

    Some are quite good also.

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    Great thread for a addicted hacker who is looking for a group!!

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    Not many of the above hackers above you ^ are gone.

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