Thailand is one of the most visited holiday destinations in the world in its own right and is also one of the fastest-growing golf holiday destinations in the world. There is something magical about playing golf in Thailand. Maybe it is something to do with being able to merge a stunning sub-tropical holiday experience with some fantastic golf options.
There are so many reasons why people visit Thailand not just for a golf holiday, but a holiday in general. Here are 11 reasons why you need to book a Thailand golf holiday today. Believe us when we say it will be a choice you will never regret.
1. Thailand has the perfect climate for golf
Let’s be brutally honest here, as much as we love all the things about Thailand, if the Kingdom was located in the middle of Siberia, we would never go there on holiday. The all-year-round high temperatures that douse Thailand in the beautiful sunrays is always a massive factor for holidaying here. Because of the stunning climate, playing golf in Thailand is a very comfortable experience. The temperatures very rarely go under 30 degrees. The only places in Thailand that is not blistering hot all year round is in Chiang Mai in the North of the nation.
The best time of the year to visit Thailand with the least rainfall and humidity is between November and April. Between May and October, you might stumble into a bit of rain, but you will most definitely experience the humidity of what is now called ‘Green Season’. Playing golf between November and April is usually the best time to play in Thailand in terms of the least rainfall and humidity, but is also a time when the courses are at their busiest. Between May and October, you might get some rainfall, but the courses are relatively quiet, so it’s easy to get your desired course and tee-off time.
2. Affordable Thailand Holidays – Golf and Otherwise
Although since the world economic crash, the Thai baht has been very strong against Western currencies, Thailand is still a place of undoubted value for money. Whether we are talking about finding affordable golf courses or all the other things that create a holiday experience, Thailand pretty much has it all in terms of value. You can get yourself a hotel room with air-con in Thailand for as little as 500 THB per night. Extremely nice rooms in 5-star resorts can cost as little as 2,000 THB. Some of the best value in terms of accommodation is renting out a villa.
Some holiday villa rentals cost as little as 5,000 THB per night and have 4-beds that can sleep 8 people or 4 couples. Put this together with such cheap food, cheap shopping and much more, and Thailand is still one of the most affordable places in the world. When it comes to affordable Thailand golf, at BTT, we offer some of the most competitive green fee prices in Thailand.
Because of the vast amounts of golf courses in the Pattaya region, the city is probably one of the cheapest golf holiday destinations in Thailand. Because there are 21 courses in a 45-minute drive of Pattaya, this has driven down the prices and is the cheapest place to play golf in Thailand with the most choice.
3. Diverse selection of Thailand golf holiday destinations
Thailand is widely known and loved across the world for its fascinating culture, earth-shattering cuisine, blood boiling temperatures, stunning natural wonders, its hedonistic nightlife charms and its relationship with the third gender, but not many people ever talk about Thailand golf. Why is that? Thailand should already be known as the ultimate place to visit for a golf holiday. Are people really more interested in exploring Buddhist temples, tampering with sultry go-go babes, getting smashed on alcohol or relaxing on stunning beaches? What is the world coming to? Thailand is a place that successfully merges many factors to create the ultimate golf holiday destination.
Not only does it have an eclectic choice of courses across the nation that suits every ability and budget, but the golf scene also leverages that famous Thai hospitality and intertwines it with your golf experience to take the service to the next level. If you choose to play golf in one of Thailand’s major tourist locations, you can also take advantage of a vast cacophony of hotels with all price ranges and all the local amenities such as top-notch international eateries, nightlife options, and world-class shopping. Some would say that playing golf in Thailand is like basking amidst the best holiday destination in the world that has a vast range of top-notch courses! And that’s exactly what it is!
If you are looking for a tropical-style Thailand golf holiday, we would recommend that you visit somewhere such as Phuket Island, Phang Nga or Koh Samui. If you are looking for somewhere that is a bit cooler but still offers top-notch courses and tourism amenities and options, we would highly-recommend you play golf in Chiang Mai. For affordable golf, nowhere in Thailand can beat the choice and prices in the Pattaya region. There really is a Thailand golf holiday destination for everyone.
4. Fantastic choice of golf courses in Thailand
Some people come to Thailand just to enjoy a golf holiday. Playing golf in Thailand is pretty amazing. There are some top-notch golf courses in Thailand in major tourist destinations such as Phuket, Pattaya, Bangkok, Phang Nga, Chiang Mai and Hua Hun. The nation has some stunning courses such as the courses at Siam Country Club in Pattaya, Red Mountain GC and Blue canyon Country Club in Phuket, Amata Springs in the Bangkok Countryside and Black Mountain in Hua Hin.
The courses are always in immaculate condition and you will get a Thai caddy, which means you won’t have to carry your own clubs or clean your own balls, which always gives me a bad back. From major championship courses that host international tournaments to small and laidback courses that offer affordable prices such as Emerald GC in Pattaya and the Phuket Country Club, there is a vast range of quality courses in Thailand for players of all abilities and budgets. Please click below to see all our golf course listings across Thailand’s major golf holiday destinations: Phuket Golf Courses Pattaya Golf Courses Chiang Mai Golf Courses Hua Hin Golf Courses Bangkok Golf Courses
5. Thai Golf and Holiday Hospitality
When it comes to hospitality, charm, and smiling faces, nobody does it quite like Thailand. The country is known as ‘The Land of Smiles’, and it really is infectious when you are enjoying a Thailand golf holiday. Whether you are turning up at a top-notch eatery, to a hotel or for a round of golf, there always seems to be a hoard of Thai females waiting to greet you like a long-lost explorer, hands clasped together while saying ‘Sawadee Ka’ in unison. It gets me every time! Hospitality is also something that is big on Thailand’s golf courses. One of the best parts about playing golf in Thailand is that at many courses it is mandatory to have a caddy.
A Thai caddy is usually a female who will carry your club, clean your balls and equipment and even give you tips about the layout of the course and the slopes on the greens. Generally speaking, caddy fees are usually between 200 and 300 THB. At the end of a round, a tip should be given to your caddy ranging between 300 to 500 THB depending on your experience with the caddy. Having your own caddy is one of the most unique things about playing golf in Thailand.
6. Thailand Nightlife
If you have never heard about Thailand’s infamous nightlife escapades, you have probably been living under a rock somewhere in Patagonia. Such a subject needs an entire article, or if written in a book needs an entire Hectare of an Amazonian rainforest. Whether you are in any of Thailand’s major holiday destinations such as Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya or Koh Samui, there is a fantastic selection of go-go bars, beer bars, nightclubs, theater shows, and live music venues. Some of the most popular Thailand nightlife areas are Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza and Khao San Road in Bangkok, Bangla Road in Phuket, Walking Street, Soi 6 and Soi Buakhao in Pattaya and the Fisherman’s Village in Koh Samui.
7. Amazing Thai Cuisine
Another great part about visiting the kingdom for a Thailand golf holiday is that you get to sample some of the finest and most unique dishes on the planet with the world-famous Thai cuisine. From famous and popular seafood dishes such as Tom Yam Goong (spicy shrimp soup) and all manner of fishes such as Grouper and Snapper to a wide variety of noodle and rice dishes, Thai food is stunning. Or maybe you want to push the boat out to try a Thai delicacy such as fried cockroaches, grubs, lava, fire ants, pigs blood and many more!
8. The Thai Island Holiday Experience
There is nothing that can match that ultra-special Thai island holiday experience. Whether you go the more commercial route of visiting the dreamy shores of Phuket or Koh Samui, or opt for other interesting and less-traveled islands such as Koh Lanta, Koh Chang or Koh Samed, the choice is amazing and the atmosphere is breathtaking. If you find yourself in Phuket or other Southern regions such as Phang Nga and Krabi, make sure you get out to the James Bond Island and Phi Phi with its surrounding isles that were the location of the Leonardo di Caprio movie, The Beach.
9. Beautiful Thailand Beaches
While you are here in Thailand playing golf, it only makes sense to take advantage of the beautiful beaches in Thailand that are some of the most picturesque in the world. The one thing that goes hand-in-hand with having copious amounts of sunshine is the beautiful beaches in Thailand. Some tourists come and stay in regions such as Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket and Koh Samui just to bask on Thai beaches all day long to bronze their torsos. If you want any recommendations for beaches in Thailand, we would recommend Railay Beach in Krabi, which really does have to be seen to be believed. If you are in Phuket, we would recommend Nai Harn Beach, and if you are in Samui, not many beaches can compete with Maenam. Although Pattaya is not generally known for its beaches, Bangsaray Beach and the Thai Navy Beach at Sai Kaew are great choices.
10 – World-Class Diving Locations
Thailand literally has some of the best scuba diving sites in the world. Out in the waters surrounding Phi Phi Islands and Phang Nga, you will find awe-inspiring dive spots. Exploring the Andaman Ocean in Phuket, you will find the Similan Islands, which are known as one of the best dive locations in the world. In and around the Gulf of Thailand near Pattaya there are also some quality wrecks and reefs. Koh Lipe, Koh Lak and the Surin Island are just a few more islands that make Thailand a scuba diving paradise.
11. Best Tee Times can simplify your Thailand golf holiday needs
When it comes to booking a Thailand golf holiday, Best Tee Times can simplify your whole experience. We can simply book a single round of last-minute Thailand golf if you have suddenly decided to play golf while you are here on holiday. We can also book you multiple-tier golf holiday that combine 2 or more Thailand golf holiday destinations that include hotel accommodation in the areas and also taxi transfers.
We can also cater to large group bookings such as team-building holidays and golf societies. We can organize every part of your Thailand golf holiday so all you have to do it turn up with your clubs in hand, ready to play. From renting golf clubs and equipment to tours and excursions, we can offer you the best advice imaginable.
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