Exclusive Thailand Golf Tour 03-12 October 2016
03 October - 12 October 2016
Monday, 3 October 2016
Arrival Bangkok and transfer to your hotel
Arrive at Bangkok International Airport and transfer to your centrally located hotel off the main Sukhumvit Road. An ideal location for shopping, restaurants & bars, and just 5 minute walk to the Sky Train.
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Your first round of golf in Thailand
After breakfast, transfer to Thai Country Club for a round of golf at this prestigious private golf club. Thai Country Club has hosted US PGA events, with past winners Tiger Woods & Vijay Singh. From the moment you arrive, the quality of the golf club becomes evident from the reception to the staff, caddies, course & clubhouse facilities. Your first round of golf on this tour will be one to remember. For non-golfers, there is an optional ½ day city tour, or of course the famous Bangkok shopping malls to explore.
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Transfer to Kanchanaburi Province
After breakfast and hotel check-out, we take a comfortable 2 hour coach transfer to the central west district of Kanchanaburi, where the tour will be based for the next 3 nights. Check-in to hotel and either take the option of an afternoon 9 holes round at Grand Prix Golf Club or explore the local area for a true Thai cultural experience. Grand Prix Golf Club is one of Thailand’s newest and most spectacular courses. The shorter round will prepare you for the full circuit at Grand Prix the next day. Return to the hotel, which is located on the banks of the River Kwai and surrounded by mountains that border Burma.
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Golf at Grand Prix Golf Club
After breakfast, transfer to Grand Prix Golf Club for a round of golf including carts & caddies. This “hidden golfing gem” is a visual feast … the course is set in a vast open space with panoramic views of the Burmese mountain ranges in the distance. A large river bisects the course and adds to the spectacular native scenery and challenge. For non-golfers, take advantage of the hotel’s modern facilities, including Fitness Centre, large outdoor pool and the luxurious Le Dheva Spa.
Friday, 7 October 2016
Kanchanaburi - Bridge over River Kwai, Train Ride and Hellfire Pass Museum
After breakfast, it is decision time! You have the option of another round of golf at Grand Prix, or take what is the #1 tourist excursion in the Province, a tour of the Bridge over the River Kwai, Hellfire Pass and Museum. This is a very poignant and moving attraction … the museum is a tribute to the allied forces who built it as a memorial to all who died whilst working on the Pass and rail line. It is in a beautiful setting and the museum is full of artifacts and stories and photos of how it was in World War II as a POW.
Saturday, 8 October 2016
Golf with the monkeys at Royal Ratchaburi Golf Club
After breakfast, check-out of hotel and transfer to Royal Ratchaburi Golf Club for a round of golf. Don’t expect to hear much English today, as we will be well off the tourist route and you will experience a wonderful old style parkland course with great views. Opened in 1994, Royal Ratchaburi is one of the most spectacular Kanchanaburi golf courses. The hilly terrain and excellent views of Burmese mountain ranges make for aesthetically pleasing, yet challenging golf. Greens are well-kept, which is unusual for courses in such remote settings. Royal Ratchaburi fairways follow the contours of the hills and play for the most part up and down. You will value your golf cart and caddy for this golf course. Apart from the normal challenges of a golf course, there are also many families of monkeys to avoid around the course. After golf, we take the 2 hour drive to Hua Hin and check in to the Hilton Hua Hin, one of the best hotels in this popular seaside town.
Sunday, 9 October 2016
Decision time again … more golf or drinking local wine with the elephants!
After breakfast, you can choose to play the fantastic Par 3 course at Black Mountain Golf Club (try the golf tee on top of the Clubhouse) or join a ½ day tour to Hua Hin Winery for wine tasting, lunch and a ride on an elephant. The Black Mountain par-3 course may be the best you will ever play. Set in a natural valley, there is water on every hole – requiring precise aiming and concentration, just as you need on a full-length course! Just west of Hua Hin in the tranquillity of the mountainous Thai countryside lies the Hua Hin Hills Winery. Traditionally not a wine producing country, Thailand now has a number of vineyards in several locations producing excellent wines. In fact, the wines from the Hua Hin Winery have recently won several medals in international competitions. The drive up to the vineyards which takes some 40 minutes from Hua Hin goes through some very scenic countryside, passing several small traditional Thai villages. The vineyard and restaurant are very well maintained, and are a great place for a relaxed afternoon trip in natural surroundings and amazing views of rolling hills all around.
Monday, 10 October 2016
Hua Hin … the golfing mecca of Thailand!
The golfers on the tour are about to lift a notch in golfing quality with a round at Banyan Golf Club. This award-winning golf club has spectacular views to the mountains and the ocean, and was voted best new course in Asia when opened in 2008. It offers golfers a world-class golf experience from the course to the caddies to the magnificent Clubhouse. Banyan Golf Club is a memorable golf experience and a cold Singha beer in Mulligans Bar is a wonderful way to finish your round at Banyan.
For the non-golfer, there are lots of things to do in and around Hua Hin. Island cruises, Nature Parks, Art Galleries, shopping malls and “flea” markets are just some activities to keep you away from the Hilton’s pool and Spa.
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
And next … Black Mountain!
If golfers were impressed with Banyan Golf Club … prepare yourself for the #1 golf course in Hua Hin and one of the best in Asia. It is the only course in Thailand ever named in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses Outside the USA. This is truly a great golf experience in a wonderful setting, with sweeping vistas from almost every hole, a challenging yet highly enjoyable design and tour-standard conditioning. Since opening in 2007, Black Mountain has hosted three Asian Tour events, including the 2014 King’s Cup, the co-sanctioned Asian Tour and European Tour event True Thailand Classic, and has won a string of international awards, including best course in Thailand for the past four years in a row, and “Best Course in Asia Pacific” in 2014.Outstanding service, the most modern carts and electric buggies available, first-class practice facilities and a modern clubhouse overlooking the course make Black Mountain a golf experience you will long remember.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Farewells are not easy in Thailand
The last day of this tour, and it is a late checkout before a 2 ½ hour transfer to Bangkok International Airport for your return flight. For those who want more time in Thailand, extensions can be arranged for both Bangkok and Pattaya.
Accommodation & Package Pricing
Bangkok: 4* Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18 / Deluxe Room
The Park Plaza is an excellent base for a city break, being conveniently located for the Skytrain/MRT for access to Bangkok attractions. The rooms are very comfortable with well stocked bathrooms and a minibar. The hotel is very convenient located on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok and next to the Skytrain station of Asoke.
Kanchanaburi: 5* Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa / Superior Garden Room
The Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa is set out on a large land parcel near the center of Kanchanaburi. The River Kwai Resort is designed in colonial styled and features lavish accommodations, on-site spa, and an impressive natural environment. The excellent location and high service standard makes the Dheva Mantra perfect for Kanchanaburi golf holiday makers looking for the ultimate in luxury and convenience. After your golf in River Kwai do make time for a Thai massage at the spa. Dheva Mantra Resort and Spa is more than just a resort, it is a River Kwai golf experience to be remembered for a lifetime.
Hua Hin: 5* Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa / Ocean-view Room
Centrally located on the beach and just steps away from a range of attractions, Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa is an ideal location for a Hua Hin golf tour. The guest rooms feature large balconies and there are several excellent restaurants and bars in the hotel. In fact, in the hotel’s disco is the liveliest in all Hua Hin and stays open late. Moreover, the Hua Hin Brewing Company is home to Hua Hin’s only microbrewery. Some of Hua Hin’s best sea and panoramic views are found on the hotel’s higher floors and from the sky bar.
Price per golfer twin share: AUD $2596
Price per non-golfer twin share: AUD $1463
Price per golfer single: AUD $3278
- Tour hosted and escorted by IGS Managing Director Gary Allomes
- 1 round of golf in Bangkok
- 2 rounds of golf in Hua Hin
- 2 rounds of golf in Kanchanaburi
- 2 nights' accommodation in Bangkok
- 4 nights' accommodation in Hua Hin with late checkout
- 3 nights' accommodation in Kanchanaburi
- Daily breakfasts
- One caddie per golfer at each golf course (caddie fees included but not caddie tips)
- Golf carts & caddie included (except Black Mountain Par 3 course)
- All airport, land, and golf course transfers
- All transfers by private VIP coach or high top touring van
- 24/7 tour hotline staffed by knowledgeable service personnel
- Escorted local staff with knowledge, expertise, suggestions, and support throughout trip
- All taxes and compulsory service charges
- Airfare, airport taxes, visa fees
- Personal items, meals (other than those mentioned), gratuities
Terms & Conditions
- All bookings confirmed on receipt of a 10% deposit payment
- Price based on payment by direct bank transfer
- Credit card payments subject to 4% merchant fee
- Price is subject to supplier and currency rate changes
- Final payment required 60 days in advance of tour dates
- Cancellation Fees may apply from 60 days in advance of tour dates
- Travel insurance is recommended for cancellation fees, delayed flights medical coverage or tour disruptions
Detailed Golf Course Information
Thai Country Club - 18 holes par 72 (7151 yards)
(prestigious club has hosted PGA wins by Tiger Woods & Vijay Singh)
Thai Country Club is a prestigious member's course and is managed by Peninsula Hotels. Thai Country Club is one of the best in Bangkok and sets the standard for service excellence. Designed under USPGA standards by Denis Griffiths, the course opened in December 1996. The design adapts to members use up to very tough challenges for major international tournaments. The 7,157-yard course was the venue for the 1997 Asian Honda Classic, where Tiger Woods cruised to a comfortable 10-stroke victory after shooting a final round of 68 for a 20 under-par total of 268 for the championship. One year later the 1998 Johnnie Walker Super Tour was also played in ideal conditions at Thai Country Club, won in style by Vijay Singh, who carded a magnificent final round of 66. More recently Thai Country Club hosted the 2007 and 2008 Volvo Masters.
This golf course is well-maintained year-round, features a great design variety, and an abundance of water hazards and sand bunkers. With its immaculate presentation and conditioning, coupled with a very strong and classic parkland layout, Thai Country Club is regularly voted as a Top 5 course in Asia.
Designer: Denis Griffiths
Location: Eastern Bangkok along Bangna-Trad Highway
Grand Prix Golf Club - 18 holes par 72 (7136 yards)
(spectaular course is one of Thailand's best)
Grand Prix Golf Club is a well-conditioned golf course in Thailand’s Kanachaburi Province that will take the breath away. The course is set in a vast open space with panoramic views of Burmese mountain ranges in the distance. A large river bisects the course and adds to the native scenery. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the site from Kanchanaburi town.
Grand Prix makes excellent use of significant mounding and undulations through the fairways and greens. Many holes have split fairways offering golfers both a more challenging and a relaxing approach to the greens. Multi-tiered greens have lots of break so it pays to select the correct club for each approach shot; otherwise 3-putts or worse is likely.
Designer: Mr. Prayard Chinnaraj & Dr. Prachin Eamlumnow
Location: 30 minutes from Kanchanaburi.
Royal Ratchaburi Golf Club - 18 holes par 72 (6785 yards)
(scenic course is a hidden gem - watch for the monkeys)
Opened in 1994, Royal Ratchaburi is one of the most spectacular Kanchanaburi golf courses. The hilly terrain and excellent views of Burmese mountain ranges make for aesthetically pleasing, yet challenging golf. Greens are well-kept, which is unusual for courses in such remote settings.
Designer: Artanan Yomchinda
Location: Between Hua Hin and Kanchanaburi
Black Mountain Golf Club - 18 holes par 72 (7343 yards)
(1st class European Tour & Royal Trophy venue)
Black Mountain was transformed from lush jungle and pineapple plantations and is located around 25 minutes west of Hua Hin. It is set in a valley surrounded by large black granite rock-covered mountains.
The Hua Hin golf course was the site for Asian PGA tour events in 2009 and 2010 and the Europe versus Asia match play Royal Trophy in 2011. In 2012, Black Mountain was selected as one of the 100 best golf courses outside the USA by Golf Digest magazine. In 2014 Black Mountain hosted The Thailand Classic, the first European Tour event to be staged in Thailand. The Thailand Classic is now a major fixture on the European and Asian Tours.
Designer: Phil Ryan
Location: 10 kilometres west of Hua Hin
Banyan Golf Club - 18 holes par 72 (7361yards)
(2009 Best New Course In Asia: scenic & challenging)
Built among a pineapple plantation, Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin opened in October 2008. Immediately following, the course was awarded 2009 Best New Course in Asia Pacific by the readers of Asian Golf Monthly. Since then Banyan Golf Club has consistently claimed 'Top 3 in Thailand' awards and been featured in the 'Rolex Top 1000' in the World. The world class 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Thailand golf course architect Pirapon Namatra from Golf East and is known to be one of the best layouts in the country. The course provides for spectacular mountain and ocean views from most all of the holes and is one of the best layouts in the area. Each hole has 6 tee boxes making the course more or less challenging depending on ability and tee selection. Strategically placed water hazards, waste bunkers, and sand traps are spread out throughout the course. Dark green Paspalum grassed tee boxes add to the stark color contrast on the course and are a nice decorative feature. Greens, constructed of premium Tiff-eagle Bermuda grass, make for fast and receptive putting surfaces and are well-maintained year round. The signature 15th hole is a 139 yard par-3 with panoramic ocean views all the way to Singtoh (Tiger) Island in the Gulf of Thailand. Hole 12, a par-5 monster is 610 yards, all uphill, making it a challenge to reach for even the most accomplished of golfers. Other holes feature elevated greens, sloping fairways, and well placed fairway and greenside bunker complexes.
Designer: Golf East (Pirapon Namatra)
Location: 5 kilometres south of Hua Hin
Thailand Golf Travel Advice
Should I bring my own golf clubs?
Weighing both the pros and cons of bringing your own golf clubs to Asia, our advice is that if your trip is mainly for golf, you will be happier using your own full set of clubs. You will feel more comfortable, confident and not have to get used to anything new or of less quality.
How do I ensure the safety of my golf equipment during travel, especially during transit?
In the case where golfing in Asia is your main holiday objective, you most likely would have booked your golf holiday through a specialized golf tour operator such as Golfasian who is well equipped to properly handle and secure golf equipment and has already factored in baggage transfers into your package.
Other essentials to take on your golfing travel to Asia aside from the standard equipment?
In addition to your golf clubs there are the 7 essential items to bring when golfing in Asia.
1. The tropical sun is much stronger than in the west, especially in winter, and too many a visitor has suffered severe sunburn after playing only one round in Asia. This is easily avoidable if you bring light colour clothing to deflect the sun, Sun block (the highest SPF available), and a golf cap or hat.
2. A rain cover is an excellent idea as you never know when an Asia downpour will occur. The good thing is any rain, even during the middle of the rainy season, will cool things off and is unlikely to stop your round for too long.
3. Of value may be a small first aid kit for blisters, insect bites, or scratches.
4. Perhaps the most important thing to remember about going to an Asia golf course, and in fact any golf course, is a good attitude. This is rarely included in a "must bring" list, but I find if you make a conscious effort to be positive, that you are much more likely to score well, thus ensuring a good time on the links and a memorable golfing holiday in Asia.
5. Most of the golf courses in Asia accept credit cards for purchases in the pro shop such as caps, balls and gloves. However, sometimes they're systems can go down and in any case all Asia golf courses require cash for caddies, so make sure you have a good supply of local currency for any purchases or caddy tips. Around AUD 20 per round is acceptable.
6. Bring an umbrella, not just for the rain but to give you shade from the sun. As strange as this seems, a golf umbrella can lower on course temperatures by more than 5 degrees and make the difference between being dehydrated and exhausted from the heat before you even finish your round, to actually making for pleasant playing conditions.
7. Finally you should always bring the usual items any properly prepared golfer has including spare gloves, a towel or two (particularly useful for wiping sweat from yourself and your grips).
Should I stock up on golf balls or buy them on my travels?
Most Asian golf courses have many water hazards and it is not uncommon for even good golfers to loose several golf balls during their round. Stock up on your favourite golf balls and think of it as a “donation” to the local area.
How important is travel insurance?
Whether it's your trip, your possessions, your golf bag, or your health, travel Insurance has become an essential item for all golf travellers. The top reasons are: peace of mind, and protection against the unexpected. Some 85 percent of our golfers buy travel insurance from their home country and travel agent. This covers you if:
- Your flight has been delayed or cancelled
- Your bags are lost
- Your wallet is stolen, and you need emergency cash
- You need to cancel your trip due to illness
- You have a medical emergency in a foreign country
Any custom or immigration requirements that the travelling golfer must be aware of when travelling to the Asian region?
Citizens of ASEAN, European, Australian, and America countries do not require a visa to enter Thailand on golf tourism up to 30 days duration.
Is it better to hold national currency like Thai Baht or US dollars when golfing abroad? Travellers should change money on arrival to pay for incidentals, gratuities, and small items at stores that do not accept credit cards. All major airports have money changing kiosks, banks, and ATM machines where local currency can be purchased at competitive rates.
Playing on an Thai golf courses, what are the dos and don'ts?
Asia has no doubt become one of the leading destinations in the world for visiting golfers. Here are a few special golf tips that if well understood will ensure that you have an excellent time on the courses in Thailand. Golf in Asia may be a bit different to what you are used to, and certain aspects of etiquette should be considered. You must remember that you are in a country that has completely different culture and customs, and you should adapt to this as a visitor.
1. The cultural style in Thailand is certainly more relaxed when organizing or arranging things. While this can lead to some frustration, it is mpolite to show this, and certainly will not lead to any great assistance. A simple smile and show of courtesy goes a very long way on the golf course.
2. When playing golf in Asia remember you are a visitor, and respect the locals who are also playing. Golf is still quite a new sport in Thailand and some locals may not be as familiar with the etiquette that we have been taught.
3. Caddies are a unique feature of golf in Asia, and predominantly female, they perform a great task in very tiring conditions. Always be polite and courteous to your caddy, and you are sure to get a great service. Although the language can be a problem, there are ways to get around this. Tips are greatly appreciated by the caddies and I recommend around AUD 20 or more if you are pleased with her service.
4. The refreshment and drink stops that are located every 3 or 4 holes are a great concept in Asia. When you stop for a break, remember to ensure that you do not fall behind the group in front. By maintaining your group in relation to the players in front will avoid any unnecessary confrontation on the course with other groups behind.
5. For visitors that have played golf in Asia before, you will be certainly be aware that there are many water hazards on the courses. Often these 'lakes' are frequented by young males with the purpose of finding your ball should you hit an errant tee shot. If you should be in this situation, a small tip of AUD 1 is expected by the 'crocodile', should he manage to retrieve your ball.
Any other advice for golfers?
Everybody should be playing golf for fun and enjoyment, and although golf can provide us with many frustrations, by keeping a cool head you will get far more out of the game and ensure you have a great time golfing in Asia. I hope that this information is useful to you.