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H.E. Pote Sarasin Trophy, Pong Sarasin Cup & Pol. Gen. Pow Sarasin Cup Seniors Prove They are as Energetic and Enthusiastic as Young Guns! RBSC vs. HKGC Interport Match Old-time Friends from Hong Kong Prove they are a Perfect Match! RBSC Juniors Shoot Amazingly Low Scores! Ladies’ Club Championship, RBSC Cup & RBSC Platinum Cup RBSC Ladies Display Gritty Talent, while Duangphorn Makes a HAT-TRICK! LIFE AT RBSC


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From Formal and Elegant to >>>>> >>>>> Free and Enterprising! ELITE FASHION


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COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT Saknarong Jitpornsup MARKETING MANAGER Nawinta Tangnimitsakul GENERAL MANAGER Naphat Mitchob ADVISOR J.R. Jackson PUBLISHER/CEO P.M. Kalai Mobile: +668-1823-4883 Elite is the official monthly golf magazine of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club published on behalf of the Sports Club by: KI PERUMAL CORPORATION CO., LTD. 731 PM Tower 21st Floor Asoke-Dindaeng Road Dindaeng, Bangkok 10400 Tel: +662-642-9918 | Fax: +662-642-9917 E-mail: COLOUR SEPARATION AND PRINTING Thaiunion Graphic Co., Ltd.

Dr. Rattachat Mongkolnavin (Vice Captain)

Khun Surin Banyatpiyaphod (Vice Captain)

Khun Chawalit Chanarat (Captain)

Khun Poomhatai Svetasobhana

Khun Anut Chatikavanij

Mr. Garrick Law

Khun Lerdpol Bhakdibhumi

Khun Palit Mahadumrongkul

Khun Sudhisak Bamrungtrakun

Khun Vichai Srisakulyanon

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Mrs. Fuyumi Watanabe (Vice Captain)

Khun Niraporn Wongsommat

Khun Narumol Mulligan (Captain)

Khun Sasitorn Chokwatana

Khun Supitr Jivamongkol (Vice Captain)

Khun Boonsiri Foorungsriroj

Khun Sunun Mahasandana

Captain’s Address



irst of all, I would like to congratulate the respective winners of the Club Championship, Senior Club Championship and the RBSC Chairman’s Cup, Khun Veerawatt Subcharoen, Khun Piyabutra Vasudhara and Khun Sompiti Rattanasudjai. Most remarkable was the achievement of Khun Veerawatt, better known as “Em”, for establishing a back to back victory, having won the H.M. The King’s Birthday Cup earlier. These two tournaments are considered the most esteemed and difficult competitions which proved Khun Em was capable of both the stroke-play and match-play competitions. By the time you read this, we would have played the Interport Match with the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC). I would like to thank everyone for joining and making the event fun and memorable for our guests. The details of the Interport Match and the Club Championship event will appear in the next issue of ELITE. As members of RBSC, we are very fortunate to have such wonderful facilities to enjoy in the middle of Bangkok. We have a golf course which occupies the bulk of the Club’s land and also the largest circle of friends and comrades than any other sport sections. In addition we are very privileged to have our own high quality publication, the ELITE Magazine. As many of you know, the magazine was first published as RBSC Golf Magazine over 30 years ago to provide members with our community news and golf related information. Today, it still serves its purpose well, in particular as a medium for recording the golf events and for announcing the Golf Committee’s messages to the members. The magazine has proven to be an important part of our lives at RBSC, especially for those members, who do not have the opportunity to frequent to the Club, to be able to maintain a link with our golf community. ELITE is successful today because of your support. Many of you have kindly contributed news and articles. Several have supported financially by buying advertising pages. To make it even better as our personal magazine, I would like to invite everyone to share your thoughts about our facilities, services and ways to improve our course. Please contribute and write comments to me or the Golf Committee or the Editor. All relevant comments will be published in the new page titled Members’ Forum and the winner will get a prize in the month that has a comment or more to publish.

Yours sincerely, Chawalit Chanarat RBSC Golf Captain

Golf Committee 2010-2011

VICE CAPTAINS Dr. Rattachat Mongkolnavin Khun Surin Banyatpiyaphod CONVENORS

CAPTAIN Khun Chawalit Chanarat

HANDICAPS & RULES Dr. Rattachat Mongkolnavin


GREENS & FAIRWAYS Khun Surin Banyatpiyaphod


FINANCE, GOLF DRIVING RANGE & PRO SHOP CADDIES Khun Anut Chatikavanij Khun Poomhatai Svetasobhana PUBLICITY Mr. Garrick Law

ENTERTAINMENT Khun Sudhisak Bamrungtrakun

COMPETITIONS Khun Lerdpol Bhakdibhumi

JUNIOR PROGRAMME Khun Vichai Srisakulyanon

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Captain’s Corner

Dear Lady Golfers Where in the world do you get to celebrate New Year 3 times a year? It’s Thailand. Hope you had a festive celebration of Chinese New Year at the beginning of February. This month also brings bouquets of red roses and the Queen Rambhai Barni Trophy. The latter will take two and a half weeks of match play battle to find the winners. Feisty fields of contenders participated in the first major tournaments of the year: Club Championship, RBSC Cup and RBSC Platinum Cup from 19-21 January. Congratulations to the winners of the respective championships: Khun Duangphorn Tangchitnob, Khun Ekdarun Srisanit and Khun Phensri Wanchai. For runners-up: myself (two years in a row!), Khun Onchittra Veerasaksri and Khun Fuyumi Watanabe, keep practicing! Let it be in the record book: our Best Golfer 2010 Khun Duangphorn is a treble winner for the Club Championship 2009-2011. Congratulations for this grand achievement! I also would like to express my appreciation to Khun Chenchonnee Sunthornsaratul’s fighting spirit. She signed up to play in RBSC Cup but since she hadn’t put in enough score cards, her handicap came up as N/A (not available). However, she made the effort to play in Club Championship, as that was the only one that has no limitation in handicap. This should be a good reminder for the rest of lady golfers to put in your scorecards regularly. There is a subject that I’d like to address: slow play. It has been one of the eternal problems in tournaments. Are you a slow player? Time yourself. After your playing partner hits her ball, you should strike yours within 35 seconds. If you take longer time than that, you would be considered a slow player. I got these tips below from golf websites. I hope you will find them useful: • Use the time you spend getting to your ball to think about the next shot - the yardage, the club selection. When you reach your ball you’ll need less time to figure out the shot. • Begin reading the green and lining up putts as soon as you reach the green. Don’t wait until it’s your turn to putt to start the process of reading the green. Do it as soon as you reach the green so that when it’s your turn you can step right up and putt. • Do not delay making a stroke because you’re having a conversation with a playing partner. Put the conversation on hold, make your stroke, and then pick up the talk again. Let us lady golfers get rid of slow play! Enjoy the game.

Narumol Mulligan Ladies’ Golf Captain


SUB-COMMITTEE 2010-2011 CAPTAIN Khun Narumol Mulligan

VICE CAPTAIN Mrs. Fuyumi Watanabe (Handicapper & Competitions)

HON. SECRETARY Khun Niraporn Wongsommat

VICE CAPTAIN Khun Supitr Jivamongkol (Honorary Treasurer)

COMPETITIONS & ACTIVITIES Khun Sasitorn Chokwatana


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PUBLICITY Khun Boonsiri Foorungsriroj

ACTIVITIES Khun Sunun Mahasandana

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February 2011

Club Competitions

H.E. Pote Sarasin Trophy

Pong Sarasin Cup & Pol. Gen. Pow Sarasin Cup Seniors Prove They are as Energetic and Enthusiastic as Young Guns!


February 2011

H.E. Pote Sarasin Trophy : 18 holes | Stableford | 7/8 Handicap | 60 years & over Pong Sarasin Cup (Super Seniors) : 18 holes | Stableford | Handicap N/A| 70-74 years Pol. Gen. Pow Sarasin Cup (Great Seniors) : 18 holes | Stableford | Handicap N/A | 75 years & over


hen it comes to golf tournaments, every competition organised by the Royal Bangkok Sports Club is special in its own right because of the great history associated with such an event. One of such competitions is H.E. Pote Sarasin Trophy which is regarded as the day of reunion of senior, super senior and great senior golfing members of the Sports Club. This year, the tournament which provides a great opportunity for senior to meet their long-time friends and showcase their golfing skills and prove that they are as energetic and enthusiastic as young guns, was played on Saturday, 22 January.

Mr. Leslie Vize, Mr. John Lenaghan, Mr. Ian Stewart and Mr. Ian McLean

H.E. Pote Sarasin Trophy was established in 1975 by Thailand’s former foreign minister H.E. Pote Sarasin. While the H.E. Pote Sarasin Trophy is awarded to the winner of the 60 Years & Over flight, two other cups – the Pong Sarasin Cup and Pol.Gen. Pow Sarasin Cup – are offered as prizes to the winners of 70-74 Years and 75 Years & Over flights respectively. A 7/8 handicap is considered for the H.E. Pote Sarasin Trophy, while the Pong Sarasin Cup and Pol.Gen. Pow Sarasin Cup are played without handicap. The pleasant Saturday morning saw as many as 74 golfers descending on the Club House to participate in the tournament. Exchanging pleasantries at the breakfast, the enthusiastic golfers vying for the coveted silver trophy and the glittering silver cups hit the course with unrelenting spirit and confidence in their talent and capability.

Khun Suvit Kunathigan and Khun Vitoon Tejatussanasoontorn

Khun Somchate Tindukasiri, Mr. Garrick Law, Mr. P.S. Sachdev and Khun Nucha Vatanopas

Khun Choedchu Sophonpanich, Khun Chitti Dansubutra and Khun Manas Limpaphayom


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Khun Sophon Amthong and Dr. Ittiphol Pan-Ngum

Mr. Dominique Mallaret, Mr. Michael Baxter (standing), Mr. Jonathan Sill and Mr. Michael Allan

Khun Chaiyavat Nitayaporn, Khun Manop Parksuwan (standing), Khun Chalit Herabuttaya and Dr. Prachak Prachakvej

Khun Sidhidej Piboontum, Khun Thira Wipuchanin (standing), Khun Charnvit Savangsobhakul and Khun Chinsuk Viravan

After an intense struggle, Khun Pichit Charusorn (13) emerged as the winner of the H.E. Pote Sarasin Trophy with 40 points, while Mr. Jonathan Sill (7) was the runner-up with 73 points. Khun Sukit Pachimsawat was the winner of the Pong Sarasin Cup with 26 points and Dr. Veerapong Sastarasadhit was the runnerup with 25 points. The competition for the Pol.Gen. Pow Sarasin Cup ended in a tie with Khun Thavorn Arthachinta and Dr. Prachak Prachakvej scoring 24 points each. As per the tournament rules, count-back was invoked upon which Khun Thavorn was adjudged as the victor. After a sumptuous luncheon hosted at the Winning Post, Pol. Gen. Pow Sarasin presented the trophy and cups to the winners and runners-up. Special prizes were also given away to outstanding players.

Mr. Roy Barrett, Khun Decho Siddhi Sariputra and Mr. John S. Davidson

Khun Sorayut Phataminviphas, Khun Tiraphon Tipsanit, Pol.Lt.Gen. Ukrit Pachimsawat and Khun Manas Kampakdee

Mr. Hideaki Fujimoto, Mr. Akio Hayashi, Mr. Derek Pott and Khun Thavorn Arthachinta


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Khun Boonyavat Assavarachin, PMG. Sakha Sarathulsingh, Lt. Bhallobh Krairiksh and Khun Woudhjira Pocmontri

Khun Smit Kitjaharn, Khun Choti Chutrakul, Khun Piyatat Chudhabuddhi and Khun Anek Jandrakholiga

Pol.Gen. Pongamat Amatayakul, PMG. Kosone Puawade, PMG. Thavich Kanchanaporn, Dr. Veerapong Sastarasadhit and Pol.Lt.Gen. Therayout Kittivat

Mr. Jan Van Eyndhoven, Dr. Pruthigrai Kraipipadh, Gen. Saiyud Kerdphol and Khun Prasit Mokarakorn

RESULTS H.E. Pote Sarasin Trophy Winner : Runner-Up :

Khun Pichit Charusorn (13) 40 Pts Mr. Jonathan Sill (7) 37 pts

Pong Sarasin Cup (Super Senior) Winner : Khun Sukit Pachimsawat 26 Pts Runner-Up : Dr. Veerapong Sastarasadhit 25 Pts Pol. Gen. Pow Sarasin Cup (Great Senior) Winner : Runner-Up :

Khun Thavorn Arthachinta Dr. Prachak Prachakvej

Special Prizes Nearest to the Pin Hole #1 : Khun Tamchai Kambhato Hole #8 : Khun Wichai Suwansukroj Hole #13 : Khun Pichit Charusorn Hole #17 : Pol. Col. Damrong Pannoi


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Khun Yudhana Techavisitpong, Mr. John Haug (standing), Khun Vasant Supprakorn and Khun Thong Laoboonmee

Mr. Suk Kun Kim, Dr. Banyat La-Ongthong, Khun Pichet Laokasem, Khun and Khun Tamchai Kambhato

Khun Ahtorn Peetathawatchai, Pol.Col. Damrong Pannoi, Air Marshal Chuduang Saeng-Xuto and Khun Piyasak Chu-Kes

Khun Vivat Boonyavanich (standing), Khun Kasem Nakarat, Khun Paichayon Bencharit and Khun Anan Ahandrik


February 2011

Khun Winai Sridranop, Khun Kovit Vudthithamrong, Dr. Somphob Intaraprasong and Khun Piyabutra Vasudhara

Khun Sukit Pachimsawat, Khun Saeng Meenijacin, Khun Wichai suwansukroj and Khun Prayote Sudchainark


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February 2011

Club Competitions

RBSC vs. HKGC Interport Match Old-time Friends from Hong Kong Prove they are a Perfect Match!


n what appeared to be an unprecedented outcome, old-time friends from Hong Kong Golf Club (HKGC) apparently cast their spell on Royal Bangkok Sports Club (RBSC) golfers and tied the Interport Match 28-28 points at the RBSC golf course Saturday, 8 January, proving that they are a perfect match for the hosts when it comes to playing golf! The reciprocal relationship between the friendly rivals has been on for over 30 years now. The RBSC golfers, who played their rivals in Hong Kong in October last, met them once again in this return match, which was the first interport match of the Sports Club in the 2011 season.


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The 1’o clock shotgun start in the afternoon saw 56 HKGC golfers and an equal number of RBSC players participating in the match. The visitors were led by their Captain Mr. John Ball and the hosts by the RBSC Golf Captain Khun Chawalit Chanarat. Although compact in nature and relatively short in length, the RBSC course, with its intimidating khlongs (canals) and large ponds alongside many fairways and strategically located sand traps, is quite challenging to conquer, especially for visitors. Nevertheless, the Hong Kong golfers lived up to the challenge and secured 28 points making the exciting match all square!

RBSC Golf Committee Convenor Khun Poomhatai Svetasobhana, Lee and

HKGC Captain Mr. John Ball, HKGC Past Captain Mr. Rin One of the highlights of the event was RBSC Golf Captain Khun Chawalit Chanarat an unusual ace drilled by none other than Mr. Hideaki Fujimoto on the 190-yard 10th hole. With bunkers on the left, huge rough in the front and a big pond on the right guarding the green, the 10th hole, being one of the longest par 3s, demands perfect execution from the tee. At a delicious after-match dinner hosted in honour of the HKGC members at Henry Dunant Hall, RBSC Captain Khun Chawalit Chanarat and HKGC Captain Mr. John Ball gave away special prizes to the players of both teams who recorded Nearest to the Pin on Holes No. 1, 8, 10 and 13 and the Longest Drive on Hole No. 9.

RBSC General Committee Member Mr. Roy Barret, HKGC General Committee Member Mr. John Arnold, RBSC Chairman PMG. Viraj Vanijaka and HKGC President Mr. Sandy Hamilton


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Nearest to the Pin: Hole # 1 : Mr. Allen Yam (HKGC) Khun Chaisint Sombuntham (RBSC)

RBSC Golf Past Captain Khun Vudhi Lenbury, Mr. Bernard Yap (HKGC), RBSC Golf Committee Convenor Mr. Garrick Law and Mr. William Lo (HKGC)

Hole # 8 : Mr. Kwing Keung Wong (HKGC) Khun Thapakorn Sowanna (RBSC) Hole # 10 : Mr. Leland Sun (HKGC) Mr. Ian Stewart (RBSC) Hole # 13 : Mr. Adrian Cheung (HKGC) Mr. Ivan Choi (RBSC) Longest Drive: Hole # 9 : Mr. Andrew Tsui (HKGC) Dr. Tonphong Kaewkongka (RBSC)

RBSC Golf Vice Captain Dr. Rattachat Mongkolnavin, Dr. Tongphong Kaewkongka (RBSC), HKGC Past Captain Mr. Ronald Lu and Mr. Sidney Cheng (HKGC)


February 2011

RBSC Past Captain Dr. Suriya Chakkaphak, HKGC General Committee Members Mr. Victor Ma and Mr. Mark Roberts and Mr. Eric Hudson (RBSC)

Mr. John Hui (HKGC), Khun Chesada Thammavit (RBSC), Khun Boonsueb Chanarat (RBSC) and Mr. Clarence Leung (HKGC)

Khun Kasem Jaliyawatwong (RBSC), RBSC Past Captain Khun Keree Chaichanavong, Khun Suthat Chatjaval (HKGC) and Mr. Adrian Cheung (HKGC)

Khun Kriangsak Srisilpavongse (RBSC), Mr. Leonard Lun (HKGC), Mr. Simon Lee (HKGC) and Khun Winai Sridranop (RBSC)


February 2011

Mr. David Cheng (HKGC), Mr. Kevin Chau (HKGC), Mr. Hideaki Fujimoto (RBSC) and RBSC Past Captain Dr. Somphob Intaraprasong

Mr. Douglas Williams (HKGC), Khun Soratat Rojanasoonthon (RBSC), Mr. William Chung (HKGC) and Khun Thapakorn Sowanna (RBSC)

Mr. Kenny Wan (HKGC), Khun Vichet Bunthuwong (RBSC), Mr. Danny Chan (HKGC) and Khun Namchai Tejamaitri (RBSC)

Pol. Col. Sinard Ajhanwong (RBSC), Mr. Keat Leung (HKGC), Dr. Pranot Nipatasaj (RBSC) and Mr. David Hui (HKGC)

RBSC Golf Vice Captain Khun Surin Banyatpiyaphod, Mr. Edward Tsui (HKGC), HKGC Director of Golf Mr. Dean Nelson and Mr. Alex K.C. Au (RBSC)

Mr. Brandon Ma (HKGC), Khun Nuttavoud Lertplakorn (RBSC), Mr. David Lie (HKGC) and Khun Chanchai Hantanakul (RBSC)

Khun Thong Laoboonmee (RBSC), Dr. Yanyong Sattasiri (RBSC), Mr. Robert Bong (HKGC) and Mr. Billy Lau (HKGC)

HKGC Past Captain Mr. Sam Wong, RBSC 1st Vice Chairman Khun Bhumindr Harinsuit, HKGC Past Captain Mr. Ning Li and Khun Chinsuk Viravan (RBSC)


RBSC Committee Member Khun Vichai Srisakulyanon, Mr. Andrew Tsui (HKGC), Mr. John Hyun (HKGC) and RBSC Committee Member Khun Sudhisak Bamrungtrakun

February 2011

Mr. John Davidson (RBSC), Mr. Jimmy Pun (HKGC),Mr. Henry Hon (HKGC) and Mr. Ian Stewart (RBSC)

Khun Virasak Tokakuna (RBSC), Khun Prasit Samalapa (RBSC), HKGC General Manager Mr. Keith Williams and Mr. David Young (HKGC)

Mr. Yuen Cheong Yan (HKGC), Mr. Partick Lam (HKGC), Khun Chaisint Sombuntham (RBSC) and Khun Nakorn Plumchitchom (RBSC)

Dr. Supakorn Siddichai (RBSC), Mr. David Wong (HKGC), Mr. Isamu Takemoto and Khun Attapong Thammapala (RBSC)

Khun Prasit Mokarakorn (RBSC), Mr. Sher Limbu (HKGC), Mr. John Barnes (HKGC) and Mr. Ivan Choi (RBSC)

Khun Itsawat Mahadumrongkul (RBSC), Mr. Steven Lau (HKGC), Mr. Kwing Keung Wong (HKGC) and Khun Torchok Balangkura

Mr. Kenneth Ng (HKGC), Mr. David Fang (HKGC), Khun Noppakun Krairiksh (RBSC) and Khun Krisda Leeaphorn

Khun Pichet Laokasem (RBSC), Mr. Brian Keung (HKGC), Mr. Edward Chi (HKGC) and Khun Tamchai Kambhato (RBSC)

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Mr. Alan Railton (HKGC), Mr. Allen Yam (HKGC),Mr. John Lenaghan (RBSC) and Mr. Leslie Vize (RBSC)

Mr. Peter Chan (RBSC), Mr. Alfred So Cheong Ming (RBSC), Mr. Harry Lam (HKGC) and Mr. Leland Sun (HKGC)


February 2011

Mr. Brian Brook (RBSC), Mr. Edgar Cheng (HKGC), Mr. David Chang (HKGC) and Khun Pichit Charusorn (RBSC)

Club Competitions

Ladies’ Club Championship, RBSC Cup & RBSC Platinum Cup RBSC Ladies Display Gritty Talent, while Duangphorn Makes a HAT-TRICK! Club Championship : Handicap N/A| Stroke Play | Gross Score RBSC Cup : Handicap 10 and over | Stroke Play | Gross Score RBSC Platinum Cup : Any Handicap; Age Over 60 | Stroke Play | Gross Score


nthusiastic lady golfers of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club displayed their gritty talent at the Ladies’ Club Champ ionship, RBSC Cup and RBSC Platinum Cup - the first tournament of the 2011 season organised from 19 to 21 January.

The highlight of this triple event was the hat-trick made by Khun Duangphorn Tangchitnob who won the Club Championship for the third time in succession. Played in stroke play format, the competition assumes prominence since three major trophies – Club Championship, RBSC Cup and RBSC Platinum Cup - are made available for the RBSC ladies to stake their claim.


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The RBSC Platinum Cup was instituted in 2009 for avid lady golfers aged 60 years and over. The competition for the RBSC Cup and RBSC Platinum Cup is played for two days, while the Club Championship, which is considered as the pinnacle of achievements, is played over three days. Effective last year, the handicaps of the players are not taken into account considered for deciding the winners of the triple event. Golfers with a handicap of 10 and over were allowed to compete for the RBSC Cup, while the Platinum Cup is open for the lady golfers aged 60 years and over with any handicap. After three days of intense struggle, twotime Club Champion Khun Duangphorn carded a total of 217 (73 72 72) to clinch the Club Championship for the third time

Khun Phandhida Sucharittanonta, RBSC Ladies’ Golf Captain Khun Narumol Mulligan and Khun Niraporn Wongsommat

in a row. In what appeared to be a repeat of last year’s performance, RBSC Ladies’ Golf Captain Khun Narumol Mulligan turned in a score of 220 (77 73 70) and emerged as the runnerup again. No different was the challenge and fighting spirit in respect of the competitions for the RBSC Cup and Platinum Cup. Khun Ekdarun Srisanit lifted the RBSC Cup by turning in a score of 150 (75 84), while Khun Onchittra Veerasaksri, who managed a two-day total of 160 (80 80), was the runner-up. The Platinum Cup was won by Khun Phensri Wanchai with a score of 161 (85 76). Mrs. Fuyumi Watanabe stood as the runner-up with 164 (82 82).

Khun Sumana Na Ranong, Khun Supitr Jivamongkol, Dr. Yolvilai Sethabutra and Mrs. Fuyumi Watanabe

RESULT Club Championship Winner : Runner-up :

Khun Duangphorn Tangchitnob 217 (73 72 72) Khun Narumol Mulligan 220 (77 73 70)

Khun Montira Wongtrakun, Khun Narumol Mulligan and Khun Niraporn Wongsommat

RBSC Cup Winner : Runner-up :

Khun Ekdarun Srisanit 159 (75 84) Khun Onchittra Veerasaksri 160 (80 80)

RBSC Platinum Cup Winner : Runner-up :

Khun Phensri Wanchai 161 (85 76) Mrs. Fuyumi Watanabe 164 (82 82)

Khun Sida Schmidt, Khun Busara Tanphiphat and Khun Tuenjai Asavisanu


February 2011

Khun Janejira Laukaikul, Khun Phensri Wanchai and Khun Angsumal Jotikasthira

Khun Sasitorn Chokwatana, Khun Surasaya Ruttanaporn, Khun Kessuda Sertsorn and Dr. Nadaprapai Sucharitkul

Khun Yuvarin Bongsadadt, Khun Nitayada Purananda, Khun Chittima Kikuchi and Khun Praneet Tinawong

Khun Sudachan Euarchukiatti, Khun Malinee Srutanond, Khun Ekdarun Srisanit and Khun Netrnapis Tangtrongvattana

Khun Phandhida Sucharittanonta, Khun Duangphorn Tangchitnob and Khun Jittakarn Lamsam


Khun Montatip Chandra-Chamnong, Khun Chindarat Kruavanichkit and Khun Chenchonnee Sunthornsaratul February 2011

Khun Bee Hemstapat, Khun Onchittra Veerasaksri and Khun Rommanee Wacharasindhu

Khun Nathinee Paurohitya, Khun Jetsuda Sitachitt and Khun Ratana Homsilpakul

Khun Ausanee Sosothikul, Khun Rujiraporn Lamsam, Khun Somsri Lawatanatrakul and Khun Trisdee Pongtanya

Khun Jittakarn Lamsam, Khun Montatip Chandra-Chamnong and Khun Duangphorn Tangchitnob

Khun Netrnapis Tangtrongvattana, Khun Kessuda Sertsorn and Khun Nathinee Paurohitya

Khun Busara Tanphiphat, Khun Sida Schmidt and Khun Angsumal Jotikasthira

Khun Phensri Wanchai, Khun Sumana Na Ranong and Khun Tuenjai Asavisanu


Khun Surasaya Ruttanaporn, Khun Ausanee Sosothikul and Khun Trisdee Pongtanya

Khun Malinee Srutanond, Khun Onchittra Veerasaksri and Khun Ekdarun Srisanit February 2011

As Beautiful & Colourful As Ever!


rimming with kaleidoscopic flowers and indigenous birds and with lush green fairways separated by ponds, canals, bushes and shade-giving trees, the Royal Bangkok Sports Club’s Golf Course continues to enthrall both golfing members of the Sport Club and their friends visiting from various reciprocal clubs.

Set up on the sprawling grounds of the Sports Club, the compact yet very challenging 4,990-yard golf course can be dubbed as a sanctuary in the middle of the concrete jungle dotted with skyscrapers! Under the able care of hundreds of gardeners and ground maintenance staff, the golf course looks as beautiful and colourful as ever providing the much needed airy respite and awe-inspiring views to the hundreds of dwellers of nearby condominiums and hotel properties.


A Sanctuary in the Middle of the Concrete Jungle!

The RBSC Golf Course is a place to behold where nature is well preserved. From popular native flowers of Thailand such as Orchids, Rhizomatous Perennial and Hidden Lily to exotic varieties such as Orange Trumpet, Hibiscus, Marigold, Allamanda, Petunia, Kamunting Purple, Flaming Katie, Chinese Ixora, Gerberas, Carnation and Chrysanthemum, one can find flowers of various hues and shades at the course. There are many members – men, ladies and children - who hit the course early in the morning to play a round of golf with their buddies and loved ones. They walk the fairways, cut jokes among themselves and have hearty laughs, while enjoying the beautiful nature around.


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To catch up with the ‘early birds’, the team of RBSC ELITE finished their morning chores in the wee hours and drove to the Sports Club. The team met several golfers, including Hansar Rajdamri Condominium and Hotel Managing Director Khun Somboon Chayavichitsilp, property developers Supalai PCL President Khun Prateep Tangmatitham, Mahajak Group Chairman & CEO Khun Chavalit Kanchanachayphoom and his wife Khun Chintana, Seacon Development PCL Director Khun Kobchai Sosothikul, City Mansion Company President Khun Kosol Sudhinaraset, Pol. Maj. Gen. Dr. Chaiya Sorn-Umpol and Khun Vasant Supprakorn. Some of the senior golfers were septuagenarians but were as energetic, active and playful as teenagers and watching them was nothing but FUN!


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From Salesman to


.....A Successful Journey of Life called

‘Chavalit Meesamanyont’

- By Simon Nathan


any people assume that intelligence and luck are a key to success. But more than three decades of research shows that an overemphasis on intellect or talent and destiny or fate leaves people vulnerable to failure, afraid of defeat, fearful of challenges, unmotivated to learn and habituated to being lazy. Once there was a brilliant student called ‘X’. At school, he completed his assignments easily and routinely earned ‘A’ grades. X puzzled over why some of his classmates struggled, and his parents told him he had a special gift. In the 7th grade, however, X suddenly lost interest in school, refusing to do homework or study for tests. As a consequence, his grades plummeted. His parents tried to boost his confidence by assuring him that he was very smart. But their attempts failed to motivate X. Schoolwork, he felt, was boring and pointless. Sadly, our society worships talent, and many people assume that possessing superior intelligence — along with confidence in that intelligence — is a recipe for success. But, in fact, more than 30 years of scientific investigation suggests that an overemphasis on intellect or talent leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and unwilling to remedy their shortcomings. Praising children’s innate abilities, as X’s parents did, can also prevent young athletes or people in the workforce from living up to their potential. Teaching people to have a “growth mind-set,” which encourages a focus on effort rather than on intelligence or talent, produces high achievers – be it in education, business or profession and in personal life.

(USA),” said Khun Chavalit when asked about his early life. RBSC ELITE recently met Khun Chavalit to know more about his successful professional and personal life. Excerpts of the talk:

Parents and teachers can stimulate growth mind-set in children by praising them for their effort or persistence rather than for their intelligence by telling success stories that emphasize hard work and love of learning, and by teaching them about the brain as a learning machine. Then every child can make sincere effort to achieve success in whatever career he/she opts for and grow big in life like Khun Chavalit Meesamanyont.

Any unforgettable moments during your childhood days? Well, it was a story on 14 October 1973 when I was a fresher at Chulalongkorn University. It was a revolution day in Thai politics when the students and the urban middle class joined hand to stage a huge public demonstration and managed to overthrow the combine forces of the old ruling class and the army. It was apparent that the Bangkok was in a chaos. Most policemen fled their police stations for safety reason, therefore, through the student federation of Thailand, I had volunteered to be a law keeper temporary by being a traffic police at Plubplachai intersection for 2 hours and accompanied the police patrol car in China town area and I was asked by the police to make the announcement through loud speaker of the car to ask for cooperation from people to quickly restore the peace to the capital.

An RBSC member and avid golfer, Khun Chavalit was born in a middle class Chinese family with 3 brothers and 2 sisters. His father ran a garage shop in Bangkok. Because of the large size of the family and their busy occupation, his parents didn’t have much time to take care of the kids. This has given a chance to Khun Chavalit to be independent and manage his education and life at a very young age. Commencing his journey of life from a salesman, he rose to the level of becoming the President of ASSAB Steels (Thailand) Co., Ltd, the Thai arm of Associated Swedish Steels AB, or better known as ‘ASSAB’ which was formed in 1945 to market highquality steel for which Sweden is known.

How did you begin your working life? After receiving my bachelor in Engineering, I started working as the quality control manager at Siam Automotive Assembly plant(Nissan brand) for about 7 months before changing job to be a Packaging Engineer at Lever Brothers company for almost 2 years. Then I pursued my Master’s in USA for one and a half years. After returning to Thailand, I worked as a sales engineer and subsequently technical services engineer at Mobil Oil Company for two and a half years. Despite the

“I think I was fortunate to be able to graduate in Industrial engineering from Chulalongkorn University and get a Master degree in Industrial Management from State University in Texas


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What professional qualities made you to become the President of Assab Steels (Thailand)? Firstly, I think it is my education and work experience because you must have the engineering background plus sales and marketing experience as well as knowledge in accounting system. Secondly, I think it is my leadership style and working attitude. I am known to be creative, easily adapt to change, persistent, take charge, self-reliant, determination and positive. If the proverbial slogan – ‘Behind every man’s success, there is a woman’ has come true in your life, who is the woman behind your success? I think I have to mention about two ladies - my mum and my wife (Khun Saovanit). My mum who raised me up to be strong and taught me to be decisive. My wife always gives me encouragement, support and contributes good ideas whenever I want to make any important decision. Beside, she always takes good care of the kids and run the house well so that I do not have to worry about anything.

good progress in my career at Mobil Oil, I decided to move again for higher position in Sales/Marketing job. So, I joined Inchcape Company as sales manager. Here I was so proud and happy that I got promoted 4 times within 7 years. My last position was an executive director. Then in late 1993, I joined ASSAB Steels (Thailand) as the President of the company and I think I was lucky to be chosen because there were almost 80 candidates who had applied for this position. What ups and downs have you seen in your profession? During my profession, the only time that I was down it when I was working as Sales Engineer at Mobil Oil because I had just got the Master in Engineering and most friends and relatives expected that I must have a senior position in the company. In addition, I was asked frequently by customers who knew about my educational background “why wasting time doing salesman job”. However, I think the experience in salesmanship is invaluable for me.

Please tell about your kids? We have 2 lovely sons. Thon, 24, graduated from Chulalongkorn University in International Economics is now further his study in Graphic Design while Turk, 21, is going to complete his 3rd year at the same faculty like his brother. Both of them have been encouraged to play all kind of sports e.g. swimming, soccer, tennis, table tennis, badminton, golf etc. What important lessons you have learnt in your life? • You don’t have to win every argument • Don’t compare your life with others. You have no idea what their journey is all about • Envy is a waste of time • Kindness and hard work will take you further than intelligence • Carelessness is the root cause of failure • Treat other people the way you want yourself to be treated • It’s easy to take a small action now instead of a big action “some day later”. • Never be afraid of making a mistake. A mistake is not a failure. It can make you better and smarter! What are your words of wisdom to those youngsters aspiring to make it big in life? I would like to convey these words of wisdom to the youngsters: • Success is not how high and fast you reach to the top but how high and fast you bounce back when you hit the bottom! • Make an effort every day to feel good about who you are and what you can be...


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Chayavichitsilp (HCP 18)

Who inspired you to take up golf? My friend from Japan Mr. Hirata. He was in need of a golf partner when he visited Thailand in 1985. So, he invited me to join him. Mr. Hirata is a single handicapper who loves to play golf especially on beautiful and challenging golf courses. What did you learn from playing golf? It is a great sport for a businessman like me to get away from daily tasks. It inculcates a sense of concentration to play well. You can control your mind and body so that they work together in perfect coordination and balance. It is like any business. To do well you must know how to lead your team to go together in the same direction. Do you have any memorable moments in your golfing life? If so, please explain. It is a game that takes 4-5 hours. It is wonderful to spend time playing with your family and every such occasion is memorable. Have you got a hole-in-one? NO, not yet. But I hope one day I will ace a hole soon..... Who is your favorite professional golfer? Why do you like him? Fred Couples. Once I had a chance to see him in action from behind the ropes (in 1990). He putts really well. I copied his putting style which works for me. If you get a chance, which pro golfer you would like to play with? I would like to play with Thai pro golfer Thongchai Jaidee. Which courses did you play golf abroad? I played many courses in USA. New Castle, Pelican Hill, Sand in Las Vegas and Mission Hills are to name a few. Which golf course in the world you like the most and why? I do like Santiburi in Koh Samui since it is not only very beautiful but highly challenging. What activities are you interested in other than golf? I do jogging and walking regularly. Which brands of golf clubs and golf ball do you use? Yamaha Express (driver), TaylorMade (woods), Yamaha Express (irons), Ping (putter) and Titleist (ball).


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Tangchitnob (HCP 5) Who inspired you to take up golf? My parents inspired me to play golf. When I was eight years old, my father bought a half set of clubs and took me to the driving range. What did you learn from playing golf? I learnt to be myself and to play my best. The game also helped me to develop concentration and to be mentally strong. You have made a hat-trick by winning the Club Championship three times in a row (in 2009, 2010 and 2011). How do you feel about your great achievement? I am happy that I have won the tournament thrice. But the victory did not put me on cloud nine. I will continue to do my best without worrying about the outcome. After all, it is a game and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Have you got a hole-in-one? Yes, two aces at RBSC and one each at Rajapruek and Krungthep Kreetha golf courses. Have you played a round of golf with any PGA pros? Since I am the Captain of the Thailand National Golf Team, I often times had a chance to play with Nonthaya Sisawang. You may be aware that Nonthaya won the Orient Masters WenZhou (China) in 2006 after turned pro in January the same year. Who is your favorite professional golfer? Please explain why do you like him? Ernie Els. His swing looks easy and effortless. If you get a chance, which pro golfer you would like to play with? Ernie Els, of course. Which brands of golf clubs and golf ball do you use? Superman (driver), Royal Collection and Ping (woods), S-Yard (irons), Yes and Odyssey (putter) and Titleist Pro V1 (ball) As the Captain of the Thai National Team what is your advice to the parents of aspiring golfers among girls? It is a matter of concern that the parents of many young players are rushing their children to turn professionals. I strongly feel that becoming pro so early, without gaining experience, is not at all good for their career. I have seen quite a few Thai girls not working hard after turning pro. Unlike Thais, Korean girls work very hard. You can see many of them are taking part in international tournaments. Could you please brief about your efforts in preparing the three-member Thai team for the upcoming 33rd Queen Sirikit Cup? As you know, the 33rd Queen Sirikit Cup will be hosted by The Indian Golf Union during March 9-11, 2011, at Delhi Golf Club in India. From finding the right coach to soliciting sponsors and supporters and from analysing the players’ abilities to planning their training programme, I am pretty much involved in the preparatory efforts.


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Golf Tips


Good Golfers Come From Texas

If you have never been to Texas, it gets windy there. Because of the wind, the ground gets dry and hard. If you learn your golf in Texas like a lot of the great players of the past, you learn real fast not to hit the ground too soon.

I am beginning my downswing. My weight is shifting nicely on to my left leg and my arms are dropping straight down.

My weight is really moving well on to my left side even more. My right elbow is “tucked” into my right hip. But most important, I still have a ninety degree angle between my left forearm and the golf shaft.....”Very Good!”

You MUST learn to hit the ball first. Keep the shaft tilted forward (left) and hit the ball with a descending blow (clubface will be de-lofted slightly at impact). This also helps to keep the ball flight LOW, another ‘MUST DO’ if you are playing in the windy conditions of Texas!

I STILL have not released the power wrists are still “cocked”. My right arm is STILL bent at the elbow and tucked tightly to my body.

This is how they hit it in Texas....BALL FIRST! We commonly call this position “trapping” the ball. Notice the shaft is tilted well to the left....”Very Good!”


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Now both arms are fully extended and pointing down at the ground. My face is still looking down at where the ball WAS!.....COPY THIS!

You can see my wrists are already “uncocking”...I’m losing the ninety degree angle between my left forearm and shaft.

The clubhead is dropping quickly towards the ground. My wrists are almost completely uncocked already (power is gone).

Let’s now imagine there is a golf match between two golfers, both with a handicap of 5. There’s one guy who learned in Texas and the other one learned his golf in Oregon where the grass grows nice and plush. Because the grass in Oregon is so nice, the ball is always sitting on a nice ‘cushion’ of grass. It is OK to release early and let the clubhead hit the soft grass first (before the ball) and allow the clubhead to ‘scoop’ under the ball and send the ball flying high into the air.

This is a “classic” example of releasing too early. As long as you have a thick cushion of grass under your ball, you might still make the ball fly up in the air (like in Oregon).

the grass first (because he releases early). But in Texas, because the ground is hard, the clubhead bangs off the ground and he skulls it across the fairway (topping) or he hits it fat (behind). And if these two golfers have their match in Oregon where there is lot of grass under the ball, the guy from Texas won’t be at a disadvantage because he still is hitting the ball before the ground. So please start learning to get your weight onto your left side as you can on your downswing and keep your wrists in the ‘cocked’ position longer into the downswing or just move to Texas!

So these two guys have a match down in Texas. The Texan will win every time because he’s learned to hit down on the ball and keep it low in the wind. The guy from Oregon is used to hitting

look at the inset photo...The clubhead is already touching the grass. Also notice the golf shaft is not leaning forward of the ball very much....There’s no “trapping” of the ball here.

The clubhead is in another classically bad “scooping” position here. You don’t want to look like this in the impact position.


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In The News

What We Should Know about GOLF ETIQUETTE


he United States Golf Association (USGA) has recently published on article on GOLF ETIQUETTE on their website. The Royal Bangkok Sports Club has received their permission to reproduce this article in the interest of golfing members. Some points in the article refer to steps taken by our caddies here at RBSC. Members should be reminded that they are, of course, responsible for their caddies when it comes to GOLF ETIQUETTE. The Spirit of the Game Unlike many sports, golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game of golf. Safety Players should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, peb-

bles, twigs or the like when they make a stroke or practice swing. Players should not play until the players in front are out of range. Players should always alert green staff nearly or ahead when they are about to make a stroke that might endanger them. If a player plays a ball in a direction where there is a danger of hitting someone, he should immediately shout a warning. The traditional word of warning in such a situation is “fore”.

Consideration for Other Players No Disturbance or Distraction Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making any unnecessary noise. Players should ensure that any electronic device taken onto the course does not distract other players. On the teeing ground, a player should not tee his ball until it is his turn to play. Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play.


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On the Putting Green On the putting green, players should not stand on another player’s line of putt or when he is making a stroke, cast a shadow over his line of putt. Players should remain on or close to the putting green until all other players in the group have holed out. Scoring In stroke play, a player who is acting as a marker should, if necessary, on the way to the next tee, check the score with the player concerned and record it.

Pace of Play Play at Good Pace and Keep Up Players should play at a good pace. The Committee may establish pace of play guidelines that all players should follow. It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group.

Be ready to Play Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play. When playing on or near the putting green, they should leave their bags or carts in such a position as will enable quick movement off the green and towards the next tee. When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green. Lost Ball If a player believes his ball may be lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, to save time, he should play a provisional ball. Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind them to play through as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found. They should not search for five minutes before doing so. Having allowed the group behind to play through, they should not continue play until that group has passed and is out of range.

Preventing Unnecessary Damage Players should avoid causing damage to the course by removing divots when taking practice swings or by hitting the head of a club into the ground, whether in anger or for any other reason. Players should ensure that no damage is done to the putting green when putting down bags or the flagstick.

Priority on the Course Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, priority on the course is determined by a group’s pace of play. Any group playing a whole round is entitled to pass a group playing a shorter round.

In order to avoid damaging the hole, players and caddies should not stand too close to the hole and should take care during the handling of the flagstick and the removal of a ball from the hole. The head of a club should not be used to remove a ball from the hole.

Care of the Course Bunkers Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others. If a rake is within reasonable proximity of the bunker, the rake should be used for this purpose.

Players should not lean on their clubs when on the putting green, particularly when removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before players leave the putting green.

Repair of Divots, Ball-Marks and Damage by Shoes Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made to the impact of a ball (whether or not made by the player himself). On completion of the hole by all players in the group, damage to the putting green caused by golf shoes should be repaired.

Local notices regulating the movement of golf carts should be strictly observed.

Conclusion; Penalties for Breach If players follow the guidelines in this Section, it will make the game more enjoyable for everyone. If a player consistently disregards these guidelines during a round or over a period of time to the detriment of others, it is recommended that the Committee consider taking appropriate disciplinary action against the offending player. Such action may, for example, include prohibiting play for a limited time on the course or in a certain number of competitions. This is considered to be justifiable in terms of protecting the interest of the majority of golfers who wish to play in accordance with these guidelines. In the case of a serious breach of Etiquette, the Committee may disqualify a player under Rule 33-7. Copyright USGA 2010/Text reprinted with permission of the United States Golf Association.


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THE BEST KEEP GETTING BETTER! Titleist Introduces New Pro V1 and Pro V1x Golf Balls


cushnet Golf (Thailand) Co., Ltd, the marketing arm of Titleist in Thailand, has announced the launch of the most technologically advanced Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls in the Kingdom.

NEW PRO V1x Longer Distance; More Consistent Flight with Exceptional Spin Control. Delivering very low spin off the driver and long irons, New Pro V1x provides longer distance and a more consistent flight along with its renowned Drop-and-Stop greenside control. A fourpiece multi-component design, Pro V1x features a large, high velocity dual core with a soft center, responsive ionomeric casing layer, urethane elastomer cover and a new spherically tiled 328 tetrahedral dimple design (previous generation had 332 dimples).

Titleist Pro V1 loyalists will experience increased spin control and a more consistent ball flight with the new model, while retaining the exceptional distance and durability they count on for their game. The performance improvements of the New Titleist Pro V1x are longer distance and a more consistent ball flight, along with its renowned Drop-and-Stop greenside control. NEW PRO V1 Increased Spin Control; More Consistent Flight with Exceptional Distance: The New Pro V1 provides the exceptional distance and durability that golfers have counted on, and now delivers increased spin control and a more consistent flight. This advanced performance results from a new innovative ZG process core technology, responsive ionomeric casing layer, urethane elastomer cover and spherically tiled 352 tetrahedral dimple design. This new 352 dimple pattern with five different dimple sizes (previous generation had 392 dimples) has more surface coverage and 3 axes of symmetry. These new aerodynamics deliver a penetrating ball flight that holds its line in the wind.

This high coverage dimple pattern with seven different dimple sizes has three axes of symmetry and produces a higher trajectory for Pro V1x’s longer distance and a consistent flight that cuts through windy conditions. The Pro V1x retains its urethane elastomer cover for soft feel and durability. Addressing media persons at a recent news conference, Titleist Product & Marketing Manager Khun Watchara Kunpukdi said: “The new Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls begin shipping to golf shops in mid February with a suggested retail price of 2,499 Baht per dozen. Both models will be sold in traditional dozen. Play numbers 5-8 also will be available in addition to the traditional 1-4.�


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DryJoys Tour™

Built for the Tour

• Full Leather Linings: Comfortable, slip- resistant, waterproof

• Comfort Plus PU Fit-Bed@: Soft and durable underfoot cushioning • Laser Plus Last

• Maximum OptiFlex zones: Soft TPU for superior flexibility, better ground contact throughout the swing and comfort throughout the round. TM

• New TPU integrated EVA midsole: Provides increased stabiity through out the golf swing

• Fiberglass composite support bridge: Provides tremendous mid-foot stability and support

• ECL Leather Uppers: Soft, breathable, waterproof Extreme Comfort Leather • One-year Limited waterproof warranty TM

• New Cyclone cleats by Sof spikes@: Greenfriendly traction


• Next generation Tri-Density TPU Stability PODS outsole: Ensures maximum ground contact TM


ootJoy has announced the launch of DryJoys Tour™ a new category of performance golf shoes born from a 21-year heritage as the #1 all-weather performance shoe in golf!

tions of even the most discernible tour players. Players of all levels will continue to enjoy the comfort, flexibility and all-weather performance synonymous with the DryJoys brand with the new added benefit of several major technological enhancements that deliver unsurpassed platform stability, traction and overall confidence.

Following several years of development driven by player insight, DryJoys Tour delivers the comfort, flexibility and waterproof performance that players at all levels have come to expect from the DryJoys® brand, while integrating enhanced Tour-caliber stability features.

Already twice in the winners’ circle on the PGA Tour, DryJoys Tour has struck a chord with the world’s best players. World #6 Steve Stricker is clearly pleased with the new shoe, “With the new DryJoys Tour, you immediately notice the improved stability and connection with the ground. It’s a significant improvement and one that will benefit performance.

The new DryJoys Tour golf shoes have been engineered to exceed the demands of the world’s top professionals. Featuring the next generation Tri-Density TPU Stability PODS™ outsole, DryJoys Tour shoes provide the stability and performance required to compete on the tour’s most demanding courses.

Equally important, the overall comfort is outstanding. It’s an all-around great product and has been my ‘go-to shoe’ since I first received them.”

Blended with traditional upper styling crafted from the finest premium leathers, this new category surpasses the expecta-


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HausBangkok Introduces 5 New Luxury House Models For more information or details about the special promotion, please call HausBangok on 02-748-0267-8 or visit HausBangkok, a leading builder of luxury houses, has introduced 5 new house models and a hot promotion to give away a free BMW X1 sDrive 18i when a customer bought a house at the Architect Exhibition 2011 at Impact, Muang Thong Thani. The exhibition was held from February 8-13. HausBangkok has hired a team of profound knowledge and understanding to design and build single houses, groupedhousing, and vertical housing. HausBangkok has several new tropical modern Series A house models:Luxx, Boulevard, Harmonious, League, The Vertigo, Ambient, and Synch. The service comes with a hot promotion that is to give away free BMW X1. The car, worth more than 3 million THB, was given to every customer who chose our service for a house valued at30 million.Also, if the customer booked a house at the exhibition, he/she received a FREE 16GB Wi-Fi IPAD or 32GB 3G Wi-Fi IPAD. Mr. Peerachat Prajeeyachat, managing director of HausBangkok, a house and interior design company, is working under concept of “Living Harmony.” The main purpose of the company is to reflect the customers’ choices and thoughts with ultimatecare. All working procedures fit the customer’s thoughts, from choosing the materials to working on the interior design. The customers will feel that all the money they spend with this company is worth it. It is not only the design that makes HausBangkok different but also the functionality of the houses. HausBangkok guarantees that all its houses will make customers very happy and fit the lifestyles of the inhabitant.


Launches New R11 Driver Powered with

Three Game-Changing Technologies Addressing mediamen, TaylorMade-adidas Golf VicePresident and Managing Director for Asia Mr. Jason Bierholm said: “By incorporating our new Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP) Technology, along with our proven Flight Control Technology and Movable Weight Technology, into a single clubhead – R11 - we are giving golfers 48 ways to set up the clubhead to promote up to 100 yards of side-to-side trajectory adjustment, the most of any driver in existence.” The R11 driver is designed with a new white crown clubhead shape intended to suit the eye of better players, while still providing forgiveness and confidence for average players. The white crown color and black PVD face provides optimum contrast against the ground making it easier to aim, especially in low light conditions, such as when the tee box is under shade or shadow, on overcast days or when the sun is low during early morning and evening. With a suggested retail price of 22,900 baht, R11 is available in 9° and 10.5° lofts.

TaylorMade has launched its new R11 driver powered with three ‘game-changing’ technologies – ASP (Adjustable Sole Plate), FCT (Flight Control Technology) and MWT (Movable Weight Technology) - marking a next revolution in golf club adjustability. The synchronisation of three technologies, which TaylorMade calls three Dimensions to Distance, or 3-D, has made possible a total of 48 custom settings as regards face angle, loft and clubhead weight giving golfers the ability to adjust the big stick to fit their individual needs with a never before greater precision!

Sports Authority of Thailand Governor Khun Kanokphand Chulakasem and TaylorMade-adidas Golf Country Manager Khun Urupong Sinthusard were among those present at the news conference.


February 2011

Immerse Yourself in Rich 3D Video and 3D Sound with DENON AVR-4311

Immerse yourself in rich 3D video and 3D sound and online digital content with Denon AVR-4311 - a 9-channel A/V surround receiver that not only offers DENON LINK 4th and high-bit i/p conversion and scaling along with other acclaimed Denon audio and video technologies, but also lets users enjoy a wide variety of media such as Network Audio and Photo Streaming.

The AVR-4311 A/V receiver, with HDMI version 1.4a, can be connected to a TV and other video devices that support 3D video. This receiver supports not only Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio and other HD Audio formats but also Audyssey DSX for a wide, highly realistic spatial expression at the left and right sides as well as the vertical and horizontal directions at the front, allowing you to experience a truly rich 3D ambience of video and sound. For more information, please call 02-2560020 or visit

Mahajak Development Co., Ltd, the distributor of Japan’s leading DENON home audio equipment, has recently launched DENON AVR-4311 in Thailand.

SMOOTH E Organises Largest

Facial Yoga Class

Smooth E, a leader in cosmeceutical products, recently organised the largest facial yoga class for working women in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records. As many as 220 working women participated in the event titled Smooth E Babyface Yoga at the Fashion Hall, Paragon Department Store, and performed facial yoga, under the guidance of Babyface Yoga Instructor Chatrisa (Lek) Srisarntiwong.

the world. Besides using anti-aging products, women should also stimulate their facial muscles, while concentrating on their breathing by doing Babyface yoga to smooth away wrinkles.

In a statement, Smooth E Managing Director Dr. Sangsuk Pithayanukul said: “Babyface Yoga does not only help tighten facial muscles for a youthful skin and babyface look but also helps reduce stress and relax your mind for a healthy body and soul.” Babyface yoga is a new trend in the beauty industry and this kind of session has never before taken placed anywhere in

Babyface Yoga Guru Lek observed that working women now-adays have little time to take care of themselves but still want to maintain their youthful look. “Babyface yoga is something that perfectly fits their busy schedule. It can be done alone, anywhere and anytime and if practised regularly for 3 months, the results will surely be satisfactory.”


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Golf Fashion

From Formal and Elegant to >>>>>

>>>>> Free and Enterprising!


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dvances and innovation in the field of technology have not only changed the way golf is played but also the way it looks too. Golf being a game that demands function to blend as seamlessly as possible with style, the looks sported by golfers have evolved from formal and elegant to freer and enterprising designs for comfort, style and performance. But still, the spirit of golf attire has remained businesslike, from the three-piece suits of Harry Vardon and Tommy Armour to the sleek styled and statement-making outfits of Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy.


Since golf was born on the wind-swept links of Scotland, golfers have taken their style cues from their Scottish forebears. In the early days, men wore knickers, derived from the knee breeches of English court dress, usually with a thick tweed jacket and even a waistcoat. Bulky tweeds provided a warm, thorn-proof shield against the elements, but were hardly conducive to a powerful shoulder turn. Golfers also wore shirts with starched collars and ties. Sturdy shoes and a tweed cap completed the outfit. Stylish men from Piping Rock to Pebble Beach emulated their counterparts at St. Andrews, and still do. Plaid, based on Scottish tartans, remains a staple of golf style.


Golf gains mass popularity, but remains a gentleman’s sport. Affluent players, determined to distinguish themselves from their more plebeian counterparts, pay serious attention to their apparel. The well-dressed golfer typically wore plus fours (that is, knickers cut about four inches longer than usual), golf hose with a pattern, two-tone “spectator” shoes, shirt and tie. A knitted cardigan was often worn on brisk days, and in sharp weather a Norfolk jacket, with vertical box pleats, was added.


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By the 1930s, golfers were abandoning their knickers in favor of flannel trousers, usually white or gray. The shift was practical because many men went directly from the office to the course. Golfers also began playing without neckties. The 1933 U.S. Open was played during a severe heat wave, inspiring more lightweight, less formal clothes, though Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen continued to wear foulard silk ties. Men’s style magazines devoted pages to the wardrobe of Bobby Jones.


Golfwear settled into a basic uniform still recognizable today: a short-sleeved knitted shirt, with a longer tail; lightweight slacks of various colors; sturdy shoes with spiked soles; and a snap-brim hat in porkpie shape. Waist-length jackets, inspired by the famous Eisenhower jacket of World War II appeared on the course. With roomy shoulders for a healthy swing and a waistband for a snug fit, they were made of water-repellent cotton. Shorts became acceptable, usually tan or khaki, but also checkered Bermudas. The shell-stitch alpaca cardigan sweater, with bell-shaped sleeves for easy swinging, became a staple.





To the wild colors of the ‘50s add synthetic fabrics — especially nylon and polyester — in brown, orange and yellow. Ban-Lon shirts and nylon windbreakers ruled. The country club and the street were in different universes. The caddies looked like hippies; the players looked like Tom Jones playing Vegas. A notable exception was Chi Chi Rodriguez, slim, slouchy and cool. Doug Sanders, a stylish dresser whose socks often matched his shirts, was known as “the peacock of the fairways.” The great South African golfer, Gary Player, became conspicuous for his all-black outfits amid the reigning riot of color.

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The man in the gray flannel suit turned into a peacock as ‘50s golf clothes were ablaze with color. The knitted golf shirt, based on the Lacoste shirt invented for tennis, was matched with increasingly colorful trousers and shorts, ushering in an era when golf style became an enduring joke. However, the emergence of Arnold Palmer changed the game’s look. The King was all coiled muscular energy, and his clothes—cotton shirt, lightweight tan trousers, oxford shoes — emphasized his athleticism.

The nadir of golf style, and perhaps all American fashion. Golfers wore trousers — purple, magenta, and kelly green — that could only be worn on a golf course, and paired the likes of brown polyester with orange nylon. As in the office, men wore turtlenecks and mock turtlenecks on the course. The hound’s-tooth pattern became a staple of ‘70s golfwear, on both pants and shirts. The emergence of golf on TV increased the style influence of pros such as Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller.


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The Reagan era kicked off with Caddyshack. Curiously, the slapstick comedy paralleled a revival of interest in golf and a return to tradition in clothing, with a technological twist: stretch fabrics; moisture-wicking shirts; and waterproof leathers. In 1989, Footjoy introduced DryJoys, a traditional golf shoe with waterproof leather. Golfers stepped into designer clothes. No one embodied this change more than Greg Norman, who left his mark with big hats, bold colors, and his own “Shark” clothing line.


The age of sponsorship changed the look of golf, as leading pros flew the colors and logos of their manufacturers. Clothing makers from Levi’s to Tommy Hilfiger jumped into the game. Payne Stewart revived the Scottish-links look, with dandified knickers and tartan sweaters. With the democratization of the sport, a countertrend toward the casual emerged with acid colors, long shorts and slouchy shirts. Fred Couples epitomized the grown-up look: pleated gabardine trousers, polo shirt, visor. All business.

1990s FOR GENTLEMEN: You get all sorts of weather in the game of golf, sometimes many different climates in a single game. A vest can be a convenient way to add an extra layer of warmth while looking stylish at the same time. Reversible vests are some of the hottest trends this year simply because they offer more possibility. You can switch the vest to match your outfit for any given game. When you need an extra layer of warmth that complements your style, vests provide that something extra. When you have on that’s reversible, you have twice the options.


FOR LADIES: By taking the fashion appeal of the skirt but offering better coverage like shorts, skorts bring style and function to spring time weather for lady golfers. Comfortable as well as stylish, skorts bring fashion and function to a new level. Leopard colors are the perfect way to go wild this year, as there’s no limit to style or the accessories you can get. Protect your clubs with the sleek style of a leopard covers.


As the end of the twentieth century approached, golfers began to tone down on their use of primary colours, and were sometimes seen on the golf course not looking in the least bit ridiculous. The entry of companies like Nike into the golf market helped matters, as dedicated fashion designers strove to iron out the lunatic edge in golf fashion by introducing well-cut polo shirts and baseball caps to proceedings.

Fashion Incentive

With so many different trends hitting the golf fashion industry from customised clothing to personalised shoes - you really just need to discover what works best for you. Make golf your game, but don’t be afraid to sport its fashionable side. You’ve really got to look good to be at the top of your game!!

Athleticism and performance rule as golf wear becomes a fertile ground for technical innovation and celebrities give the game a new coolness. Golf clothes are endowed with increasingly exotic technical features: shirts with stretch panels and fabrics that block sunlight; trousers with vents and zippered pockets; and moisture-proofing materials that give new meaning to the term “no sweat.” Sneaker-like golf shoes compete with old-time saddle shoes. Young stars like Camilo Villegas wear form-hugging gear in colors that pop, while the top players — Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh — keep it simple with darker hues and full cut armholes for a free swing.

2010 & Beyond

No longer belonging only to the boys’ club, golf ’s reputation for tacky fashion is changing. As more women discover a love of golf, fashion and golf can now go hand in hand. Women love to look good on the country club green, and fashion trends have responded in kind. Fashion is now central to the game of golf. For a look at the latest styles, here are some golf fashion trends for 2010 and beyond.

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DOLCE & GABBANA SUMMER 2011 MEN’S FASHION SHOW This year’s Dolce & Gabbana’s 2011 Summer collection features extra light, washed and rubbed-down cotton, sandblasted denim, sweaters in jute or in interwoven jute and leather, extra light silk sweaters, open-work leather shoes or made with new techniques to hand-sewn leather and Sicilian style leather sandals. The collection takes heavily from traditional Italian clothing – sensible and comfortable. The string and leather sandals are like those worn by Sicilian fishermen, while the leather bags take inspiration from those used by the farmers in the South of Italy. The D&G Mens Summer 2011 collection is inspired by the mood of a picnic, time to be spent joyfully outside with family and friends. This mood is evoked by T-shirts printed with the image of the famous painting by Édouard Manet, “Le déjuner sur l’erbe”. The true protagonist of the collection, used for shirts, pants, polos that look to the style of the ’50s and shoes. Light coloured tuxedo jackets in pink, light blue, mint green and yellow, matched with white shirts and pants for a summer garden party were some of highlights.


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Best Pick of the month for


MOTOCADDY S3 Digital: The S3 Digital is no ordinary golf cart. To start it, simply twist the controller to your favoured speed setting then tap it. To stop, simply tap again – no fiddly stuff! While you are travelling, the cart displays your current speed and counts every single yard (or metre). There are three distance readouts to choose from, two of which you can reset at any time. When you’ve reached your ball you can use the S3 to pace out exactly how far you’ve ripped it past the 150 yard marker, taking the guesswork out of your approach shots. You can use the other readout to show the distance of your entire round and there’s also a lifetime reading which can’t be reset, showing exactly how many miles (or km) your S3 has on the clock – just like a car.

GALVIN GREEN Golf Jacket: Galvin Green is the leading company in the UK and Scandinavia for the development, design and marketing of high-performance golf wear. Their garments are specially developed for the game of golf, designed to give the golfer comfort, suppleness and freedom of movement when playing. All garment details exist because the game of golf demands it. Designed by golfers, for golfers.

GOLFBUDDY World Platinum: The unit is extremely easy to use – turn it on and it will find the course and hole and off you go. The information is presented in a clear manner, and the menus are organized. Moreover, no additional subscription fees or other charges for access to the golf course database – users simply pay for the device.

NIKE Lunar Control Golf Shoes: Nike has tapped into their running shoe technology and introduced Lunarlon cushioning and Flywire technologies to make their next iteration of golf shoes super lightweight, while retaining the stability necessary for a good set of spikes.

CALLAWAY Golf RAZR Hawk Driver and RAZR Hawk Fairway Woods: The RAZR Hawk woods feature an unprecedented integration of authentic and proprietary technologies, including Forged Composite and a groundbreaking aerodynamic design that significantly reduces energy lost to drag during a golfer’s downswing. For the first time in club development, both the crown and sole components of the new RAZR Hawk and RAZR Hawk Tour Drivers are comprised of Forged Composite.

The difference in weight is immediately noticeable when you lace them up. The Lunarlon cushioning system provides for an almost ground-like feel (that near barefoot sensation). Overall the shoes are very comfortable, both during your swing and the walk between shots.

FOOTJOY AQL Golf Shoes Ladies 2011: Offers the golfer ultra-lightweight comfort with added stability for all year round play. A performance waterproof mid-range golf shoe offering traditional modern and youthful styling. Full grain leather uppers offer outstanding waterproof comfort, breathability and durability. The Proofguard membrane provides total waterproof protection.


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BOOKS for Lady Golfers

Swinging from My Heels by Christina Kim. In this rollicking account of the 2009 season, Kim invites readers deep into her life, providing an intimate diary of a young woman’s struggles on and off the golf course, and revealing the glory and heartbreak of life on the tour.

I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to the Blind Side and Beyond by Michael Oher. The football star made famous in the hit film, The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth.

How the West Was Lost by Dambisa Moyo. The author sheds light on how a host of shortsighted policy decisions have left the economic seesaw poised to tip away from America and toward the emerging world.


Women in Golf: The Players, the History, and the Future of the Sport by David Hudson Jr. This book focuses on the fascinating development of women’s golf, the creation of the women’s tour, and the astronomical rise of the presentday tour greats.

The Big Short by Michael Lewis. This is an assiduously-reported and beautifully-written book, what is probably the single best piece of financial journalism ever written.

Inconceivable by Carolyn & Sean Savage. A Medical Mistake, the Baby We Couldn’t Keep, and Our Choice to Deliver the Ultimate Gift. The riveting emotional and spiritual journey behind the headline-making medical mistake: how one couple became pregnant with the wrong embryo, carried the baby to term, and made the ultimate sacrifice of handing the baby over to his biological parents.


The Grumpy Golfer’s Handbook by Ivor Grump. All the evils of golf are included in this miscellany of misery: the slice, the hook, the snap-hook, the shank, the first tee duff, and the yips.

Chicken Soup for the Woman Golfer’s Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubery and Matthew E. Adams. There are short stories by well known women golfers or even those that had an interesting story to tell about playing golf.

The Next Decade by George Friedman. The author focuses his geopolitical forecasting acumen on the next decade and the imminent events and challenges that will test America and the world, specifically addressing the skills that will be required by the decade’s leaders.

33 Men by Jonathan Franklin. Having had unparalleled access to the Chilean mine disaster, award-winning journalist Jonathan Franklin takes readers to the heart of a remarkable story of human endurance, survival, and historic heroism.

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven. It is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven.

You Say More Than You Think by Janine Driver. Body language expert Janine driver has created the ultimate 7-day plan to help you grasp the essentials of using the new body language to get everything you want - and nothing you don’t and learn to listen with your eyes.

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Welcome to the City that Never Sleeps!

Fly to Mumbai with Bangkok Airways


ulsating, alive, on the move, vibrant and fun - this is Mumbai or as it is still frequently referred to - Bombay. The most modern city in India, it captures the spirit of the changing pace set by liberalization and modernisation.

Mumbai is also a shopper’s delight with bargain buys, exclusive boutiques, ethnic markets and mini bazaars. This busy city is also the hub of a thriving cultural life, with a constant stream of performances in music, dance and drama. The seat of the Hindi film industry, known locally as Bollywood, it produces the largest number of films in the world.

Once a cluster of seven islands, Mumbai was presented to King Charles II in 1661 as part of the dowry when he married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal. Over the years, as colonialism gave way to independence, Mumbai has transformed itself into an entity with thriving markets, business houses and many different communities reflecting a cosmopolitan and trendy atmosphere rarely seen elsewhere. On the surface, it represents the ever-changing face of today’s India -- the old coupled with the dynamic new, and yet at its very core, the heart of the city is steeped in Indian customs and values.

Mumbai caters to the adventurous and the romantic through its sporting activities, nightclubs, pubs, theatres, beaches and restaurants. Old and new, rich and poor, classical and modern -- its all here for you to savour and enjoy! Asia’s boutique airline, Bangkok Airways operates 6 flights weekly between Bangkok and Mumbai. From 2 to 26 March, PG733 Bangkok-Mumbai departs Bangkok at 22.20 hrs and arrives Mumbai at 01.05 hrs. The return flight PG734 leaves Mumbai at 01.55 hrs and arrives Bangkok at 07.50 hrs. From 27 March onwards, PG733 departs Bangkok at 21.40 hrs and arrives Mumbai at 00.25 hrs. Coming back from Mumbai PG734 leaves Mumbai at 01.05 hrs and arrives Bangkok at 06.50 hrs.

It is the capital of Maharashtra state, and its official language is Marathi although English and Hindi are widely spoken and understood. The fast-paced life has given rise to hordes of “fast-food outlets” on almost every road, offering lip-smacking choices of Mumbai’s very own pau bhaji, bhel puri and kababs. There is no dearth, though, of multi-culinary delicacies dished out in posh restaurants by expert chefs.

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Simply the World’s Best Island Bali is magical. As probably the most famous island in Indonesia, Bali’s varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides provide a picturesque backdrop to the colorful and deeply spiritual culture of this “Island of the Gods.”



irst discovered by an international community of traveling surfers and hippies, Bali appeals through its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes and lush terraced rice fields that exude peace and serenity. Bali enchants with its dramatic dances and colourful ceremonies, its arts and crafts, to its luxurious beach resorts and exciting night life. For this exotic island has much to offer, from inspirational spirituality to fine dining and meeting experiences, from world class surfing and diving to exhilarating treks in the wild. And everywhere you will find intricately carved temples. The Balinese, who embrace the Hindu religion, are a most devout people where a large part of their lives is dedicated to rites and ceremonies aimed at maintaining harmony in this world. Indeed, this relatively small island holds many surprises. If you happen to stay in Bali long enough or during the propitious days, you will likely to encounter a religious procession. Lines of Balinese, men and women, young and old, walk down the street with their Sundaybest cloth (mostly white, especially for men). The women carry offerings and paraphernalia of the ceremony, while the men carry replicas of the deities, umbrellas, spears, banners, and of course, musical instruments for enlivening the procession. The procession usually starts from the temple to the nearest springs, sea, or other source of holy water and vice versa. No matter what your travel style or budget is for your trip to Bali, there are lots of options for travelers to customize their dream vacation. After decades of popularity, Bali continues to amaze both local and international visitors alike. In this island, one can meet visitors from around the globe: from those who come to surf the waves of Kuta, Uluwatu and Dreamland, to others who love the panoramic beauty of mountains and lakes at Batur, Kintamani, or  Lake Beratan at Bedugul, to those who merely love shopping, or spending endless days on the beach.


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BALI Golfer’s Paradise Bali is a golfer’s paradise and there are three major courses in diverse locations each with its own unique challenges and attributes. Bali Golf and Country Club: Voted one of Asia’s five best golf courses, the Bali Golf and Country Club does not disappoint. Located in Nusa Dua enclave which offers world-class hotel accommodation, this 18-hole course features three exciting environments: challenging hilly terrain offering spectacular views, sand-dune holes along beautiful stretches of beach, and lush jungle areas filled with lakes and tropical flora. Open to the public, this course caters to both the casual golfing tourist and professional alike.

Being in Bali lets you experience the endless series of offerings, purification, processions, dances, and dozens of other religious rites that Balinese devote their lives to. They believe that life on earth is one stage in the continuity of existence.

Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club: Located two hours from Denpasar and more than 1,000 meters above sea level, the course provides a cool retreat from Bali’s heat. Green mountains and an amazing variety of lush tropical vegetation surround this 18-hole championship course situated in the crater of a volcano. Claiming to be one of the most challenging courses in Asia, it offers thrills for the beginner and pro alike. The course was designed back in the 1970’s by a renowned golfing architect. Bali Handara has the reputation of being a panoramic green and due to its rather isolated location, a small hotel and collection of rustic bungalows is available for overnight stays. Other facilities include a traditional Japanese bath for a hot soak after an invigorating round on the course.

Festivals and events are important features in the social landscape of Bali, and also permanent fixtures in the lives of the Balinese. These festivals and events are determined by the calendars of the Balinese from long ago. The major events in the life of a Balinese is believed to occur on fixed dates, which go according to the Balinese calendar. Unlike temple festivals, these major events take place nearly every six months or every 210 days! The Balinese believe in annual cycles and every six months of a Balinese’s life is a celebration of holidays and life-cycle ceremonies. Since his conception in his mother’s womb, every Balinese passes through certain stages, and this carries on up until marriage. These are the events celebrated to mark the passage of a Balinese as he progresses in his life. But the ritual of utmost importance to the Balineses is the ritual of the funeral rites and cremation. It is, therefore, extremely obvious that festivals and events are an integral part of Balinese life and a huge part of the mysticism and allure that sets Bali apart from any other land.

Nirwana Bali Golf Club: Bali’s most impressive course is the Nirwana Bali Golf Club which is part of an integrated resort that covers 101 hectares of prime land including a 5-star hotel, spa and exclusive residential villas. This 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Greg Norman, provides enjoyment for golfers at all levels. Located 30 minutes to the west of Kuta, it blends in perfectly with its surroundings. It takes in sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, the sacred Hindu sea temple of Tanah Lot on the 7th hole and has lush rice terraces incorporated into the green giving a real Balinese touch. Nirwana is the only course in Bali that has a Course Marshall and a team of all-female caddies that come from the surrounding local villages. While it is essentially a members-only club, with members being given priority on weekends and holidays, the public is welcome to play. February 2011


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On Par Beauty

CREME De La MER Radiant Serum: This new skincare treatment from one of the world’s most luxurious beauty brands is designed to illuminate and balance the look of your skin. Packed with the famous sea-derived ingredients, this ground-breaking powerhouse leaves skin looking flawless, radiant and refined. It also contains anti-ageing Regenerating Ferment, which helps to tackle the appearance of dark spots and discolouration..

Gel Eye Liner by BOBBI BROWN: This awardwinning liner gives you the look of liquid liner with the ease & feel of a gel formula. Longwearing, water-resistant color glides on & let’s you get it just right before it dries - then stays without a smear or crease.

ESTEE LAUDER Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Creme: It’s secret strength lies in the extraordinary fusion of Estée Lauder’s exclusive Life Re‑Newing Molecules, the most advanced lifting technologies, and precious Black Tourmaline, a charged mineral known for its energetic properties. Together, they deliver a revolution in luxury skincare with Estée Lauder’s most dramatic age-correcting results ever.

ESTEE LAUDER Pure Color Crystal Lip Jewels Trio: This chic trio of golden lipstick cases each conceals a handy mirror. Irresistible colour in stylish packaging whenever you need it – the perfect feminine accessory.

CLARINS Neo Pastels Eye Colour & Liner Palette: It comes in a gorgeous gold case compact. The packaging is so luxurious and combines 6 eye colours and 1 eyeliner that can be blended together or used individually. You can apply any of the colours dry for a natural look or wet for a more intense result.

LA PRAIRIE Cellular Serum Platinum Rare: The seum works to maintain skin balance and to restore natural hydration to the skin while also providing skin protection. One of the key benefits is its skin brightening complex. Brightening is one of the most effective forms of reveals renewed, bright skin with a youthful appearance.


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LA PRAIRIE Skin Caviar Luxe Cream: This richly textured cream is not only the ultimate in luxurious pampering; it provides the utmost concentration, utmost hydration and firming action ever achieved. It dramatically improves your skin”s elasticity and tone. Proteinrich Caviar Extract helps nourish and energize your skin, resulting in refined texture and a silken smoothness.

Fashion’s renewable resource pops its cork . . . Cork sandals and shoes . . . fashion’s renewable resource pops its cork. Top eco chic trend is good for the earth too, and it’s back in a big way for spring and summer. Best off, cork is thought of as environmentally friendly as it is a renewable resource - its harvesting does not harm the tree and a new layer of cork regrows on its bark. Let Earth Day awareness open your mind to crave some cork sandals and shoes.

CHLOE cork bottom sandals

PEDRO GARCIA Topaz Cork Platform Sandals

Stella McCartney black patent cork bottom sandals

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Mimi 100 cork sandals

YVES SAINT LAURENT leather cork shoe DIEGO DOLCINI natural cork sandals

REBECCA TAYLOR gold leather cork wedge sandals

CHLOE lace-up cork wedges


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LEXUS CT 200h Exhilarating Ride. Extraordinary fuel efficiency.

The CT 200h will change the way you think about hybrid vehicles


he new Lexus CT 200h is the first full hybrid vehicle to be launched in the premium compact segment. Entering production in late 2010 and set for sale worldwide, the full hybrid model will provide a new gateway to the Lexus range and attract new, younger customers to the brand. Lexus’s first five-door compact car, its size, packaging, full hybrid technology and low emissions fully addresses the requirements of discerning, environment-conscious customers in a key market sector. At the same time, it does not compromise the quality, refinement and driving pleasure that are the hallmarks of every Lexus. The exterior is styled for maximum aerodynamic efficiency and minimum wind noise. The strong front grille, directly referencing the LF-Ch concept

sits over a full-width bumper and air dam. The headlamp units, positioned higher than the grille (a signature feature of L-finesse design), incorporate LED daytime running lights. In profile, the steeply raked windscreen, long, flowing roofline and Lexus slingshot window graphic combine to create an elegant and distinctive silhouette. The front and rear corners have been pulled in tight and the wings are styled to improve airflow down the sides of the vehicle. At the rear, the trailing edge of the roof overhangs a wide, wraparound rear window to create a seamless, integrated spoiler. A pronounced step in the tailgate section flows from the shoulders of the rear wheelarches and is anchored by a tail lamp design that displays the L-shaped motif that Lexus first introduced on the current LS model. The interior combines superior ergonomics with extensive use of metallic finishes and dark, soft-touch surfaces. Lexus has retained the asymmetrical dashboard design seen in the LF-Ch show car. Based on the Future Lexus Interior concept, the dashboard is split into an upper Display Zone, with an eight-inch LCD multi-display screen; and a lower Operation Zone,

with the shift lever and other controls such as Lexus’s Remote Touch multi-function controller. In keeping with the car’s performance, the driving position is set low, with a highly supportive driver’s seat. The instrument binnacle houses large, twin dials; in SPORT mode, the hybrid indicator in the binnacle functions as a tachometer and the ambient lighting turns from blue to red. The two-mode switch ring and a spotlight in the centre cluster also light up in red, changing the whole atmosphere of the cabin. In spite of its compact, efficient design, the CT 200h offers a roomy interior. The 2,600mm wheelbase allows for front and rear passenger accommodation that is among the most spacious in the segment. Luggage capacity is 345 litres, increasing to 700 litres with the rear seats lowered.


Editor’s pick of the month



Turn any business card, document, driver’s license, or receipt into a digital file in seconds with this USB-powered portable scanner. Then export the data into Outlook, or view them as searchable PDFs. LET’S GOLF! HD An entertaining golf game, the 3D environments and cartoon-like characters have amazing detail. The game features 63 holes in 4 settings, and can be competitively played with up to four golfers through a local Wi-Fi connection.

SONY HDR TD10: First true 3D-capable camcorder coming form Sony and targeted at consumers. It has two lenses, along with two sensors in order to provide you with Full HD and full resolution stereo 3D frames (1080p for each eye). To be more precise, the HDR-TD10E uses double Sony G Lenses, double “Exmor R” CMOS sensors and double “BIONZ” image processors - all of which are developed by Sony and also used in single implementations in other of the company’s camcorders.

NIKE SportsWatch with GPS: This new innovative sports watch, powered by TomTom, is sure to be a fan favorite with Nike’s loyal customers. The features include run reminders, heart rate monitor, post run stats, saved run history and an interactive tap screen that allows you to set and record laps.

SONY PlayStation Slim The slim model comes with a 120GB drive, will be 32% smaller, 36% lighter and draws 34% less power. It has 2 USB slots and no cards. WINDOWS 7 PHONES GETS KINDLE App Amazon keeps rolling out software applications for nearly every device it doesn’t make itself. Next up is the new player in the smartphone market, Windows Phone 7. The WP7 Kindle app has virtually the same function as other mobile Kindle apps, but will have Microsoft’s look and feel. Availabe free from the Marketplace, it syncs across multiple Kindle devices and will give you access to 550,000 titles. MICROSOFT Touch Mouse It makes navigating Windows 7 very easy. You can scroll, minimize/ maximize and dock with just finger gestures. You can connect it wirelessly through the USB Nano transceiver for an incredible 30-foot range.

Fujifilm FinePix XP30: Fujifilm has announced the new Fujifilm FinePix XP30 – It’s the “world’s first water, shock, dust and freeze proof model to feature built-in GPS functionality” and features a 14 megapixel sensor, wide angle 5x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen with toughened glass, GPS, CCDshift image stabilisation, 720p video, and ISO100 – 3200. The camera is waterproof to 5 metres, perfect for underwater photography, for taking pictures in heavy rain or snow, or simply for running it under the tap when it gets dirty. Shockproof up to 1.5 metres, it’ll handle being dropped or knocked around in a rucksack. Dust/Sandproof, you can take it to the beach without having to worry about sand clogging it up.


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Once you are done running you can plug your Nike SportWatch GPS into your computer, log into and upload all your information onto your account. It will then give you all the data you can imagine including elevation data, pace and total miles ran for the day.  You can analyze your running details to tweak your run or improve something you were not previously aware of.


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THE GATEWAY TO GOLFING HAVEN From this issue onwards, the editorial team of Elite will bring you top golf courses around the world. In this issue, we introduce the the top ten golf courses in China 1. Spring City Golf & Lake Resort (Lake Course), Kunming, Yunnan Province: It is located 22 miles outside of Kunming, generally about a 45-minute ride. The 10-year-old resort has two, 72 par championship courses - the Mountain Course designed by Jack Nicklaus (7,453 yards) and the Lake Course (the most popular) by Robert Trent Jones Jr. (7,204 yards). The resort portion is composed of luxury villas with excellent views of the golf course, mountains and Yang Zong lake, a spa, two restaurants, bar, tennis courts and small gym. 2. Spring City Golf & Lake Resort (Mountain Course), Kunming, Yunnan Province: The 18-hole Mountain Course is set on high ground overlooking the Yang Zonghai Lake. This offers spectacular views of the soothing lake and the impressive verdant hills. Golfers will find the view both inspiring and soothing while they allow the challenging course to test their skills and bring out their best game. 3. Sheshan Golf Club, Shanghai: The private club overlooks a vast, alluvial plain, and its roughly 360-acre property includes villas, townhouses and mansions built in French, Spanish, Tuscan and “Palazzo” architectural styles. The course has 60,000 trees with names like “cuckoo,” “yulan” and “sweet-scented osmanthus.” Hole four features a 1000-year-old ginkgo. Holes 16 and 17 span a 50-meterdeep rock quarry and overlook the historic Basillica of our Lady of Sheshan. 4. Shenzhen Golf Club, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province: Shenzhen Golf Club is the closet course to the Hong Kong border. The course reopened with a Ryder Cup style tournament featuring top players from China playing against the Rest of the World. It is located in Shen Nan Road of Fu Tian District in Shenzhen, 55 minutes from Hong Kong to Huang Gang. The club was the venue for the 2006 Volvo China Open, which England’s Paul Casey won after a playoff with fellow countyman Oliver Wilson. 5. Tiger Beach Golf Links, Haiyang, Shandong Province: The golf course is located in a scenic city which is about an hour drive away from Qingdao,Yantai and Weihai. Tiger Beach is one of five golf courses approved by the Government. This course has a 2.2 km Golden Beach. The Shandong Province features distinct seasonal charms all year round . The beach area has the natural scenic attractions and is amazingly similar to Scottish beach golf courses. 6. Lakeview Golf Club, Kunming, Yunnan Province: Situated in the heart of Kunming Dianchi National Tourism & Vacation Zone, Lakeview Golf Club nestles along the shores of Dianchi Lake and beneath the sleeping beauty mountainous area of stunning natural beauty! It is only 15 minutes from downtown Kunming and 20 minutes from Kunming Airport, making it the perfect location to enjoy golf in the City of Spring. With its year long refreshingly cool temperatures allied with a constant gentle breeze, it surely is the perfect climate for golf.

7. Jian Lake Golf & Country Club, Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province: It is located in the south bank of the Jian Lake, Shaoxing, where it is a good location and very convenient with connecting expressways to ShanghaiHangzhou-Ningbo, the national highway is G104, 15 minutes to the center of Shaoxing City municipal administration. The Jian Lake Golf Club is an 18-hole course, par 72, and layout of 7,435 yards. The course is surrounded by mountains and water, merging with the sky, island green and rolling bunkers adds interest to the surrounding beauty. The final four holes are adjacent to the Jian Lake, which will give every golfer a true sense of peace and tranquility. Each of the 18 holes has its own individual character and degree of difficulty that allows each golfer to play it hard but safely, hero prototype is unveiled only at the last moment! The club offers day and night undercover golf practice area, refreshment and golf teaching is available. At one end of the driving rang is a members grass area with outstanding short game facilities.

CHINA’S top 10 golf courses

8. Trans Strait Golf Club, Fuzhou, Fujian Province: From Hong Kong to Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian Province, it takes about 1.5 hour. The course is flat and natural, and meadow fescue can be found everywhere. More like a link course indeed. Only few water hazards come into play. The difficulties mainly come from numerous bunkers and the hard blow wind. The course consists of various left and right doglegs holes, straight fairways and a semi island green. The landing area is quite generous, greens are reasonbly large with some contour. 9. Pine Valley Golf Resort & Country Club (Old Course), Beijing: Pine Valley Golf Resort & Country Club is located in Changping County, Beijing about 60 km west from the city’s Central Business District. It offers stunning views of the Great Wall at Badaling and the surrounding mountains. The splendid Pine Valley Golf Resort and Country Club in Beijing was voted “2004 Host Venue of the Year” by the players of the Asian Tour. Pine Valley Golf Club hosted the inaugural Volkswagen Masters and also the Johnnie Walker Classic in April 2005. 10. Mission Hills Golf Club, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province: Mission Hills Golf Club is currently the largest golf resort in the world, with twelve 18-hole golf courses designed by the world’s most respected golf legends. The twelve 18-hole golf courses are built to the highest international standards and spread over 20 square kilometers through Shenzhen and Dongguan. In May 2004, Mission Hills China was accredited by the Guinness World Record as the World’s Largest Golf Club.


Tasteful, Homely Food in Cosy, Spacious Ambience


That’s What The Orient Since 1981 is All About!

- By Jarupat Sukontawat

ho in this world wouldn’t want to savour when tasteful yet homely food is served in a cosy yet spacious ambience? This is especially true when it comes to Thai cuisine. For, if you are a Thai food lover looking for a place to feast on lip-smacking home-made food in a pleasant atmosphere, you may have to compromise as conventional restaurants around the city offer either of the two things you want but not both. If your choice is food, you shouldn’t worry about the ambience and vice versa. Fortunately, there’s a Thai bistro at Thonglor (Soi Sukhumvit 55) where you don’t need to adjust your tastes, modify your preferences or accept anything inferior! Called The Orient Since 1981, the restaurant offers a win-win choice - serving delicious, contemporary Thai food prepared with quality ingredients in an elegant and spacious setting. The Orient is well-known to Thais and expatriates particularly those living/working in Promphong, Thonglor, Ekamai and Prakanong areas. As its name indicates, the restaurant has been in the business serving traditional Thai specialities for over three decades now.


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Dine at The Orient and avail of 10% Special Discount until 31 March. To book your seats or for more information, please call 02-3816667. Founded by an RBSC member Khun Sumal Suriya, The Orient was originally located at Sukhumvit Soi 49. As the landlords wanted to sell the property to an apartment builder, the restaurant recently moved to its present location – Somerset Building between Thonglor Soi 5 and 7. Incidentally, Khun Sumal retired just before shifting the premises and handed over the management of the restaurant to the young generation - her daughter Khun Pimras Suriya and her nieces Khun Chatjira Kiatfuengfoo and Khun Kanokros Bongsadadt. After taking over the reigns, the young ladies converted the problem (of relocation) into an opportunity. While retaining the two most important ‘ingredients’ – the unique homelike cooking style and their two chefs who have been holding Bangkok diners under their magic spell for the last 30 years, they found an aweinspiring new home for The Orient.

at The Orient. The signature creation is also available in three other variations - with Wagyu beef, indigenous beef and chicken. Then followed another delectable entrée crafted by The Orient’s master chef – Sauteed soft-shell crab fried with black pepper, which was not only tasty but colourful as it was adorned with bell peppers and spring onion.

With elegantly designed interior and relaxingly styled patio where guests can dine alfresco, the restaurant quickly wore a complete new look with the exception of the ‘two keys’ of its success remaining very much intact. And obvious was the outcome - increasing number of patrons made up by returning guests and more new guests day in, day out!

Among the many varieties of soups available at The Orient, Tom Kha Plasarid (Snakeskin gourami in spicy light coconut cream) is simply delicious! But the king of all is undoubtedly Tom Yum Koong, King river prawn with young coconut meat in hot and sour soup, which, for sure, will please every palate as it’s perfectly balanced in taste and texture thanks to the harmonious blend of spicy hot and mild seasonings.

As the word about the new-look Orient reached the RBSC ELITE team, they could not but pay a visit to the restaurant to savour its delectable signature creations. The scribes began their culinary journey into the amazing world of The Orient with succulent Grilled pork accompanied by spring roll sticky rice (spring rolls stuffed with sticky rice) and ‘jaew’ sauce (Namchim jaew), a one of a kind appetiser that can be found only

The restaurant has a wide selection of noodles, namprik (chilli paste with shredded shrimp/ crab/ catfish), desserts and fresh fruit juices. This apart, its extensive menu has several vegetarian dishes to the delight of veggies. Draft-beer aficionados can find it nothing but pure pleasure to have a fill of the fresh Hoegaarden, the well-known Belgian wheat beer, while relaxing at the wooden patio deck and watching the world go by. Speaking to RBSC ELITE, Khun Chatjira, (or ‘Belle’) who is a graduate in international economics from New Zealand, said: “We take meticulous care in crafting our dishes. We procure only the top quality ingredients from around the country so that every dish tastes as fine and original as possible. RBSC members with their families and friends are most welcome to The Orient. We will be glad to offer them 10% special discount on food from now until 31 March.”


February 2011

Golf Quiz





three exciting prizes – Albatross, Eagle and Birdie – in this month’s quiz. The Albatross prize is Green Fee worth THB 8,000 for a round of golf during weekdays for a group of 4 players at the Summit Windmill Golf Course, Samuthprakarn, sponsored by Summit Windmill Golf Club Co., Ltd.

Gift vouchers, which can be exchanged for a One-Hour Mulberry Hot Tea Oil Massage for a couple Valued at THB 3,000.- sponsored by Mulberry Spa, will be presented to the winner of the Eagle prize, while a colourful Arnold Palmer Golf Shirt sponsored by Primesport Co., Ltd awaits the Birdie prize winner. In case of more than three winning entries, the winners will be selected through a draw of lots. So what are you waiting for? Hurry up!! Please e-mail your answers to by not later than Monday, 14 February 2011 with ‘Golf Quiz – Jan 2010’ as the ‘subject’ of your mail. Alternatively, you may write your name, contact number or E-mail ID and your answers in the box provided in this page or its photocopy and leave it with the golf starters. So, Best of Luck!

- ELITE Editorial Team

QUESTIONS Please select the response of your choice to each of the below questions. 1. a) b) c) d)

Who was the runner-up at the H.E. Pote Sarasin Trophy held last month? Mr. Michael Baxter Mr. Jonathan Sill Mr. Michael Allan Mr. Roy Barret

2. a) b) c) d)

In which country the European Tour event – 2011 Avan tha Masters – is played? Scotland Ireland India England

NB aFor conditions, please refer to the column in the January edition of RBSC ELITE.

GOLF QUIZ - OCTOBER 2010 Name: ____________________________________

The Editorial Desk of Elite reserves the right to reject invalid entries.

Tel No. / E-mail ID: ___________________________ Your Answers: Q.1 ____________________________ Q.2 ____________________________


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ANSWERS TO LAST MONTH’S QUIZ 1. Name the RBSC lady golfer who aced the 17th hole during the Ladies’ Golf Christmas Competition held in December 2010? a) Khun Sudachan Euarchukiatti b) Khun Sumana Na Ranong c) Khun Pitchaya Burapavong d) Mrs. Fuyumi Watanabe Ans: d) Mrs. Fuyumi Watanabe 2. The RBSC Golf Committee is planning to increase the total number of balls available at the driving range to: a) 7,000 b) 8,000 c) 9,000 d) 10,000 Ans: b) 8,000

Golf Quiz Lucky Draw

Chui Wan (strike pellet), one of the colorful ball games in ancient China, is believed to be the origin of the modern outdoor game of golf. Chui wan was originally called bu da (walk and hit), a game in which the player scored points by hitting the pellet into a socket in the ground. The game was developed from cu ju, or the ancient football game. Wang Jian, a poet of the Tang Dynasty, describes the game in one of his poems: “Stands have been set up on both sides of the palace hall, during the Hanshi festival court people play the bu da ball. They walk and kneel in competition, and the champion thanks the emperor when he wins.” This proves that bu da, a game similar to golf, had been popular more than 1,000 years ago.

RBSC ELITE staff took a draw of lots on 14 February to select the lucky winners of the January 2011 Golf Quiz since there were more than three entries with the correct answers. The three lucky winners are:

Evidence from Chinese paintings and books makes a strong case for the Chinese sport. Paintings from the Yuan (1279-1368) and Ming (1368-1644) dynasties lay out scenes of an emperor waving what looks like a golf club and striking what appears to be a golf ball into a hole.

1. Albatross prize – Khun Leela Khomtharm 2. Eagle prize – Khun Somsak Kiratipanich 3. Birdie prize – Khun Pongchai Tantasethi

Two books from that time about Chui Wan also present evidence that a form of modern-day golf was played.

Our hearty congratulations to the lucky winners!

One is “Wan Jing”( Classic of Chui Wan) by Ning Zhizhai, published in Yuan in 1282. The book says Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty and Emperor Zhangzong of the Jin Dynasty were all enthusiastic players of Chui Wan. The other is “Explanation of Chinese Language” th by Piao, a Chinese language textbook published in Gaoli (today’s Korea) in the 14 Century. In Europe, the game of golf was first seen in paintings of the 14th and 15th Centuries, but that was several hundred years after the Chinese game of Chui Wan. Experts believe Chui Wan has a close relationship with modern golf. Some researchers have concluded that golf only arrived in Scotland after it was ‘exported’ to Europe by Mongolian travellers during the late Middle Ages. During the Yuan Dynasty, China and Western countries’ exchanges in business and culture reached a high level, and it is not surprising that Chui Wan was introduced to other countries at that time.


February 2011

Snapshots from GOLF QUIZ & ELITE PROMOTION Prize Distribution held at RBSC on Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Summit Windmill Golf Club General Manager Khun Tirachai Yenchai (left) presenting green fee vouchers for foursome to Golf Quiz November 2010 Albatross Prize winner Khun Surapol Tippavongse

RBSC Member Khun Choosak Thongmongkolchai (left) receiving the green fee vouchers from Khun Tirachai on behalf of his son Khun Tanakorn Thongmongkolchai who had won the Albatross Prize at Golf Quiz December 2010

Khun Tirachai (left) presenting green fee vouchers for foursome to Golf Quiz September 2010 Albatross Prize winner Khun Chaovalee Chongprasert

Golf Quiz October 2010 Albatross Prize winner Khun Jetsuda Sitachitt (right) receiving the green fee vouchers for foursome from Khun Tirachai

Golf Quiz October 2010 Eagle Prize winner Khun Wichai Suwansukroj (right) receiving a Royal Trophy umbrella and golf cap sponsored by Heineken from RBSC Golf Committee Convenor Mr. Garrick Law

RBSC Member Khun Chaovalee Chongprasert receiving a Royal Trophy umbrella and golf cap sponsored by Heineken from Mr. Garrick Law on behalf of the Golf Quiz September 2010 Eagle Prize winner Khun Chin Navawongse


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Primesport Co., Ltd. Managing Director and RBSC Ladies’ Golf Sub-Committee Member Khun Boonsiri Foorungsriroj presenting Arnold Palmer golf shirt to the Golf Quiz October 2010 Birdie Prize winner Khun Benyarat Charoenteranun (right). Khun Benyarat also received the prize on behalf of Golf Quiz December 2010 Birdie Prize winner Khun Pasit Charoenteranun

Mr. Garrick Law presenting a Royal Trophy umbrella and golf cap sponsored by Heineken to Golf Quiz November 2010 Eagle Prize winner Khun Winai Dulyavidh. Khun Winai also received the prize on behalf of Golf Quiz December 2010 Eagle Prize winner Khun Phayorm Dulyavidh)

One of the lucky winners of ELITE Promotion November 2010 prize Khun Ploynicha Charoenteranun (right) receiving complimentary accommodation voucher (with many added privileges) from Maesa Valley Resort & Craft Village, Chiang Mai, Publicity Advisor and RBSC Member Khun Suthipong Sucharittanonta

Khun Suthipong presenting ELITE Promotion November 2010 prize to RBSC Member Mr. John Leicester

Khun Suthipong presenting ELITE Promotion November 2010 prize to Khun Jetsuda who received on behalf of the winner Khun Manoj Sitachitt

Khun Winai Dulyavidh receiving ELITE Promotion November 2010 prize from Khun Suthipong

Mr. Garrick Law presenting the spa treatment voucher to ELITE Promotion October 2010 winner Khun Phoemchai Subhamitra

ELITE Promotion October 2010 winner Khun Sam Khomtharm receiving complimentary Mulberry Spa treatment voucher from Mr. Garrick Law


February 2011

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