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GOLF COURSE REPORTS

Bangkok, Rayong & Hua Hin INTERVIEW

Chairman of IAGTO BEHIND THE SCENES

Royal Gems Golf City

Jubilee Champion of Wales!

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summer family fun

Come and stay with us at Evason & Six Senses Hua Hin this summer and the whole family will be in for a real treat. We can now accommodate 2 adults and 3 children in our villas at Six Senses Hua Hin and 2 adults 2 children at Evason Hua Hin at no additional charge! - What’s more, we’ll also throw in breakfast. Kids aged 4 – 11 inclusive will also be able to enjoy free access to their own swimming pool and playground at ‘Just Kids!’ where a whole range of other complimentary activities is available to be enjoyed with both child and parent. There’s also a daily 3pm fun activity, game or competition for all kids to join in. For additional value, kids will also be able to eat free of charge for lunch and dinner from the ‘Kids menu’ when accompanied by 2 full paying adults purchasing any main course. Finally, we also offer complimentary babysitting when parents both book the spa. This package is available exclusively online. Prices start at just THB 4,200 for 2 adults and 2 children valid all days from 16th April to 31st October 2012.

For reservations and inquiries: Six Senses Hua Hin: T: +66 (0) 32 618 200 E: salesco-huahin@sixsenses.com www.sixsenses.com Evason Hua Hin: T: +66 (0) 32 632 111 E: reso-huahin@evasonresorts.com www.evasonresorts.com


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CONTENTS 12 22 Editorial

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Interview PETER WALTON IGATO

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Destination report: Lotus Valley

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Destination report: Eastern Star

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Where to go Asiatique

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Pattaya news

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Phuket news

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Behind the Scenes ROYAL GEMS GOLF CITY

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EDITOR’S LETTER Editors letter….

Seems we are blessed with some of the most spectacular courses in Asia, living here in Thailand, many at affordable prices. Smiling caddies add to the enjoyment and most clubhouses serve some excellent Thai food as well. However I have started to notice recently that several golf courses are actively encouraging and allowing five or even six ball groups to play. If you have ever arrived at the tee box and see five or six umbrellas ahead, you know you are in for a 5-6 hour slog around the next 18 holes. Not fun!!! I am all for a game of golf being an enjoyable day out with your friends and work colleagues, and on occasions we have enjoyed a bit of friendly gambling. Here in Thailand the locals seem to take this for granted, and it is not unusual for the group in front to stop of at a food station for a full course meal or a game of cards. This we can handle, as they are happy to wave us through. But following a 5 or 6 ball just becomes tedious, and to be honest completely ruins your own rhythm and the bogies also start to mount. We have spoken to the reception staff at these clubs, and all they say is that their club allows large groups. Basically a club survives on the number of rounds each day, so I realize it can be hard to turn away players. A solution has to be that clubs should avoid accepting more than 4 balls especially at the weekend when they should be busy anyway. Secondly the starter should give a gap of at least 15 minutes before the next group tees off. Then at least everyone should have a chance to enjoy their round and large groups should be obliged to take golf carts as well. GOLF COURSE REPORTS

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Meanwhile seems a lot of you like the additional pages we have added to Thai Golf, especially the golf course directory and our events listings.

INTERVIEW

CHaiRman of iagTo BEHIND THE SCENES

Royal gems golf CiTy

This month we caught up with Peter Walton the CEO at the IAGTO, who gave us some interesting statistics on the power of the golf vacation industry. Also check out another three golf course reports plus tips on new bars, restaurants and even a new course in Phuket…well it’s actually a miniature golf course, but still good fun to play.

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GOLF NEWS... Jaidee is Champion of Wales. Thongchai Jaidee won his first European Tour title outside Asia at the ISPS Handa Wales Open last month at a wet and windy Celtic Manor Resort. The Thai golfer, who recorded all four of his previous victories on his home continent, closed with a one over par 72 for a six under total and a one stroke victory. Dane Thomas Björn, Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, Dutchman Joost Luiten and South African Richard Sterne finished one shot behind on five under, with Ross Fisher and Paul McGinley two adrift in a tie for sixth. England’s Fisher, who made his Ryder Cup debut at this venue two years ago, left with far less happy memories this time after being penalised a shot for slow play when one off the lead. Former paratrooper Jaidee, the World Number 199, led by one overnight, but fell one behind after running up a double-bogey seven at the ninth. At that point he had not had a single birdie, but he started for home with three in a row and was in control once he holed an 18 foot putt for another birdie on the 15th. That gave Jaidee the luxury of being able to bogey the 16th and long 18th and still take the £300,000 first prize. This was his fifth European Tour International Schedule victory in his 225th European Tour event.

He moves to €475,014 in The Race to Dubai, will move to around 110th in the Official World Golf Ranking from 199th. His previous four wins were at the 2004 and 2005 Malaysian Open; 2009 Indonesia Open and the 2009 Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea. Aged 42 years and 208 days, Jaidee becomes the oldest winner of the ISPS Handa Wales Open, beating the previous record of Miguel Angel Jiménez, of 41 years and 151 days in 2005. Not only was this his largest European Tour prize of €372,720, but he also gained a European Tour exemption until the end of 2014, and a place in the 2012 WGC – HSBC Champions and 2013 Volvo Golf Champions. Well done Thongchai Jaidee…..

Bubba Watson and family scared As perhaps the hottest name in golf these days, Bubba Watson is trying to keep his public and private lives separate.

“Teddy was trying to find me in his car so he could block him,” said Watson, who recently adopted a child with his wife. “When you start dealing with that, when you have the kid with you, it’s not a good situation.”

But the two may have intertwined -- no one knows for sure -- in a curious incident last month while the Masters champion and his family were in the Columbus, Ohio, area for the Memorial Tournament.

The Watsons kept driving and driving, watching the headlights in their rearview mirror, until finally the danger passed.

Watson hosted a Christian music concert at a downtown venue Tuesday night. He was with his wife, Angie, as they headed to their rental home.

Watson said earlier in the week he and his wife have been trying to buy a house in the exclusive Isleworth community in Orlando, Fla. Among many other advantages, it’s a gated community with good security. Among other celebrities who have lived in Isleworth are golfers Tiger Woods, Mark O’Meara and 2011 British Open champion Darren Clarke, along with baseball star Ken Griffey Jr., and actor Wesley Snipes.

“A car chased me,” he said after a 74 in Friday’s second round at the Memorial. “Angie was driving. She had to pull over. I switched to driving so I could drive through someone’s yard if I had to. But we had to drive away from our house, the house we rented. We drove for 37 minutes.” Watson called his caddie, Ted Scott, hoping that Scott could intercept the pursuing car. www.thaigolf-news.com

“We kept driving around and they finally gave up,” Watson said. “I was going to keep driving until we felt safe again. That’s the first time that’s ever happened.”

“Isleworth is a beautiful place. I don’t have to leave the gates. Security is a big key there,” said Watson, who previously lived in Arizona. “We want to be in a secure area. We wanted to be where we can be a family, I can play golf, ride the cart around.” ISSUE ISSUEFIFTEEN NINE • THAI • THAI GOLF GOLF NEWS • 7•


GOLF NEWS... Pattaya City Scoops Major Golf Event

Mayor of Pattaya agrees to host AGTC 2013

Pattaya has been chosen as the host venue for The 2nd Asia Golf Tourism Convention which will take place from 29th April to 2nd May 2013 at the Royal Cliff Resort. This premier golf tourism event in Asia is expected to attract over 500 delegates to Pattaya for a Programme of meetings between buyers and suppliers. The event is run by the International Association Of Golf Tour Operators – a trade organisation whose members are responsible for 85% of the worlds Golf holiday package bookings. Itthiphol Kunplome, Mayor of the City of Pattaya, and Peter Walton, CEO of IAGTO, signed the Agreement confirming Pattaya as the 2013 host city. It is estimated that business emanating from the Event is likely to generate US$ millions in high revenue low impact golf tourism over the subsequent 6- 18 months for Asia’s golf courses, hotels and resorts meeting with IAGTO members to showcase their products and destinations. Peter Walton CEO of IGATO said, ‘We anticipate there will be over 180 leading golf tour operators attending, roughly 50% from the Asian markets and the rest from around the World. This will have

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a major economic impact not only for Pattaya but for Thailand’s tourist industry as a whole. According to our research, the average golf vacationer tends to spend in the destinations around 120% more per person per day than other vacationers.’ Itthiphol Kunplome agreed, ‘There are huge benefits for Pattaya hosting the AGTC. We won the IAGTO Golf Destination of the Year Award 2012 for Asia and Australasia, and now winning the right to host this prestigious convention, we have a great opportunity to develop our city and to represent Thailand’s golf industry. It will definitely boost our economy as all these delegates will have the chance to visit our leading hotels, see our fantastic tourist attractions and to sample our first class golf courses.’ Managing Director of the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Mrs Panga Vathanakul, was delighted to be selected as the host venue. ‘We are already supporting the local golf clubs with our Royal Golf Package and we are now honored that so many suppliers and buyers from the golf industry will be staying with us next April. We will be working closely with Solar Golf, Pattaya’s leading destination management company, who will be handling the overall event coordination.’

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GOLF NEWS... World Golf Hall of Fame Golf Expo Traffic Down. Exhibitors participating at the 2012 Golf Expo at the Queen Sirikit Exhibition Centre in Bangkok last month reported lower visitor traffic than the previous year’s event. Considering the contribution the Golf Industry makes to Thailand’s Tourism, it is surprising that more golf clubs were not participating over the four day show that also has a large Dive and Travel exhibition running alongside as well. The ex-golfer turned BBC commentator, 81, joined the likes of American legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer and fellow brits Nick Faldo and Tony Jacklin in the Hall of Fame. Alliss was joined at the event by fellow inductees Phil Mickelson, Sandy Lyle, Dan Jenkins and Hollis Stacy. “It’s all come as a bit of a surprise for me,” said Alliss. “I know people think I am a bit loud-mouthed and arrogant but I don’t take praise very well, I feel embarrassed by it all.”

Those golf courses who did take part still reported that they were selling a lot of discounted green fees to visitors aimed at filling up their courses during the low season. Copies of Thai Golf were readily available at the Banyan Golf Resort stand, ably hosted by their excellent team of girls, all kitted out by Loudmouth. Maybe next year the organisers should consider letting us Golf Editors know about this event in advance, so we can inform all our readers to head down there and grab some great bargains!

Scotland’s Lyle earns his place after winning two majors, as well as 22 tour events. American Mickelson is a three-time US Masters champion, has a PGA Championship to his name and has won 36 PGA tour titles since turning professional in 1992. Last year saw Alliss celebrate 50 years of broadcasting the Open Championship for the BBC. “I have had five or six careers really. I was a club professional, a tournament professional, an international player, a golf course designer and constructor, a writer of books and, of course, I have worked in television with the BBC, ABC in America and Australia, CBC in Canada and all round the world.” BBC Director of Sport Barbara Slater added: “Peter’s relationship with BBC Sport has spanned over 50 years, and he has become a key voice with his distinctive golf commentary and something of a national treasure. “It’s great that he has been recognised with this award, which truly reflects his dedication and love for the game.”

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Interview with Peter Walton CEO of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators…

Pattaya has been chosen as the host venue for The 2nd Asia Golf Tourism Convention which will take place from 29th April to 2nd May 2013 at the Royal Cliff Resort. This premier golf tourism event in Asia is expected to attract over 500 delegates to Pattaya for a programme of meetings between buyers and suppliers. The event is run by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators – a trade organisation whose members are responsible for 85% of the worlds Golf holiday package bookings. Thai Golf caught up with Peter Walton IAGTO’s globetrotting CEO to find out more about golf tourism. TG: IAGTO has just hosted its first event in Asia last month. How did it go? PW: It was our first golf tourism convention we have held in Asia with KL hosting this forum, which attracted over 16 golf destination countries from the Asian region, and around 140 golf tour operators from 38 different countries. It was a great success. 12

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TG: Are you concentrating more on Asian tour operators or are you still attracting operators from outside this region as well? PW: Well most Asian destinations appeal to both Asian and Western markets. They are quite different as the closer the market is to the destination, the shorter the stay is quite often. At the forum we did however appeal to both the Asian and Western markets. TG: When you host your established forums in Europe how many meetings are held between Tour Operators and the Golf Destinations, and how did that compare in Malaysia? PW: This is very different from big events such as the International Golf Travel Market which is the industry’s annual trade exhibition. Whereas the forum is for IAGTO members only, more as a convention style event. We still achieved over 4,000 meetings in total, with an average of over 40 tour operator meetings for every supplier member. TG: Compared with normal spend, Golf tourists tend to spend more on their vacations. Do you have any figures on that spend? www.thaigolf-news.com


PW: Well the average spend per person when they are at the destination according to our previous research into European and Latin American markets is more than double, at 120% per person per day. And that is into the pockets of the local suppliers and the people who work in the industry. In Pattaya it may be a lot more than that at possibly three times normal spend. If we can bring in more golf vacationers you will see high revenue numbers along with a higher average spend, which will benefit the City. TG: Is this because Golfers tend to spend time in more expensive hotels for example, and have to book green fees and ground transport? PW: It’s all of that but golfers have to often get to the course, so you can add drivers, waiting time, food and drinks, caddie fees etc.; In fact up to 75% of that revenue goes outside the actual golf industry, to hotels, restaurants and shops as well. They also have an impact on real estate as buyers as well as attending meetings and conferences. Overall their arrival in a region can have enormous benefits not only to that region’s golf industry, but on a much wider scale. TG: Pattaya won IAGTO’s Best Golf Destination Asia and Australia 2012. Does IAGTO assist regions after they have actually won such an award? PW: Yes we have worked closely with the Mayor of Pattaya City to assist them and you can see the posters on the highway promoting this award as just one example. TG: You have now selected Pattaya as your destination to host your 2013 Forum. Why Pattaya? PW: Thailand is without doubt the most popular golf destination in Asia and is in fact not just one area, but perhaps up to seven excellent golf destinations combined. We then needed to select the right one. We looked at the industry and then decided to take our Forum to the destination that we felt would do the most good. It is a magnet for golf tour operators, so you might get 30 golf tour operators on a normal FAM trip whereas at a forum you can have up to 180 golf tour operators, so it is a great opportunity for Pattaya and Thailand to show off its golf courses and its hospitality over 4-5 busy days next April. TG: What in revenue terms do you think attracting so many leading tour operators could mean not only to Pattaya but to Thailand as well? PW: We have 450 golf tour operators from 58 countries and they control over 85% of all golf holiday packages. 236 sell golf destinations in the Asia Pacific market. If we attract 150 + tour operators to Pattaya that is over 60% of all tour operators selling Asia. It can therefore generate www.thaigolf-news.com

hundreds of millions of baht in incremental revenue bringing new business into the country. Although Pattaya with its 20 top golf courses is the No1 Thai golf destination, there are still a lot of golf tour operators who currently do not feature them. Hopefully through next year’s forum we can improve those numbers. TAT will be hosting many visits to the golf courses plus showing off their excellent hotels and tourist attractions too. ISSUE FIFTEEN

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Lotus Valley Golf Resort

Hua hin / Cha am

Kaeng Krachan Country Club & Resort Tel: +66(0) 2-618-7200-1 www.kaengkrachanresort.com Palm Hills Golf Resort & Country Club Tel: +66(0) 2-238-0782 , +66(0) 32-520-801-5 www.palmhills-golf.com Army Sport Center II Tel: +66(0) 32-515-470-3 , +66(0) 82-052-9072 Banyan Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 32-616-666 www.banyanthailand.com Black Mountain Golf Club Hua Hin Tel: +66(0) 35-703-664-6 www.ayutthayagolfclub.com Imperial Lake View Hotel & Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 32-456-233-40 www.imperialhotels.com

Royal Hua-Hin Golf Course Tel: +66(0) 32-512-475 , +66(0) 32-531-070 Springfield Village Golf &Spa Tel: +66(0) 32-709-222 www.springfieldresort.com Swang Resort Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 32-562-555 www.sawangresortgolf.com The Eagle Milford Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 32-572-444 www.milford.co.th The Majestic Creek Country Club Tel: +66(0) 32-619-168-70 www.golfhuahin.com

Kanchanaburi / Ratchburi Blue Sapphire Golf & Resort Tel: +66(0) 34-581-227-30 , +66(0) 2-235-4560-2 www.bsgolfclub.com

Mida Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 34-527-250 , +66(0) 81-173-1976 www.midagolfclubkanchanaburi.com

Mission Hills Golf Club A luxury boutique golfAnd resort, Lotus Valley is located Dragon Hills Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 34-644-147-8 , +66(0) 2-226-3390-3 Country Clubcommute from down town Bangkok and in an easy www.golfmissionhills.com Tel: +66(0) 32-228-222 Bangkok’s International Airport. Set in a zone outside www.dragonhillsgolf.com Royal RatchaburiGolf Club Bangkok, you can get there via the highway in around Tel: +66(0) 32-227-031-2 Evergreen Hills Golf Club & 75 minutes from the city Centre. www.royalrachaburi.com Resort Tel: +66(0) 2-941-2801-5 www.evergeenhillsgolfclub.com Originally designed by the great Gary Player in 1988, Woosung Castle Hill Country Club +66(0) 32-050-52 , +66(0) 32-228-069-70 this par 72, 7,015 yard country courseTelhas been re Green World Hot Spring www.rachaburi.com shaped lengthened Tel: +66(0) and 2-539-4613-6 , in 2009 by shaper Craig +66(0) 34-685-843 Bertram (Laem Chabang & Thai Country Club) and

Bonanza Golf & country Club Tel: +66(0) 86-977-6658 , +66(0) 44-921-009 www.bonanza-khaoyai.com Dancoon Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 43-255-107 www.dancoongolfclub KBSC Kabinburi Sport Club Tel: +66(0) 37-283-891 , +66(0) 82-486-3633 www.kbscgolf.com Khao Yai Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 44-297-258-9 , +66(0) 81-977-1952 Kirimaya Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 44-426-000 www.kirimaya.com Mountain Creek Golf Resort & Resident Tel: +66(0) 44-323-024 , +66(0) 85 773 9773 www.mountaincreekthailand.com Panorama Golf & Country Club Tel: +66(0) 44-436-300 www.panoramacountryclub.com Rancho Charnvee Country Club Tel: +66(0) 85-418-4078 , +66(0) 88-375-4466 www.ranchocharnveegolf.com Royal Hills Golf Resort and Spa Tel: +66(0) 37-385-210-5 www.royalhillsresort.com Singha Park Tel: +66(0) 43-209-000 www.santiburi.com Sir James Country Club Tel: +66(0) 36-343-200 www.sirjamesresort.com Toscana Valley Country Club Tel: +66(0) 2-745-6999 , +66(0) 87-549-7222 www.toscanavalley.com

designer Jon Morrow (Red Mountain & Riverdale). The fairways have Seashore Paspalum and the Phuket / Southern greens Sea Isle 2000. Blue Canyon Club There is alsoCountry a modern driving range, academy, Tel: +66(0) 76-328-088 practice bunkers, putting greens and full stocked www.bluecanyonclub.com

Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa Tel: +66(0) 76-310-888 www.Missionhillsphuket.com

LAGUNA PHUKET GOLF CLUB Tel: +66(0) 76-270-991-2 Although a relatively flat layout, there are numerous www.lagunaphuket.com

Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort Tel: +66(0) 75-627-800 , +66(0) 2-555-9600 www.sofitel.com/6184

Loch Palm Club golfers of Golf all standards. A risk and reward track, Tel: +66(0) 76-321-929-34 where water comes into play on most holes. www.lochpalm.com

Phuket Country Club Tel: +66(0) 76-319-200-4 , +66(0) 76-319-365-71 www.phuketcountryclub.com

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mounds, bunkers, lakes and features to challenge

Chonburi-Pattaya Golf Festival 2012 Eastern part of Thailand Golf Course, Chonburi Province 1st May – 31st October 2555 Beginning the season with golf championship at Pattaya Golf Festival with an exclusive prize Contact: (TAT) Pattaya Office Tel: +66(0) 3842 3990, +66(0) 3842 8750

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Phunaka Golf Course Tel: +66(0) 76-521-911-5 www.phunakagolf.com Red MountainGolf Club Tel: +66(0) 76-322-000-1 www.redmountainphuket.com Santiburi Samui Country Club Tel: +66(0) 77-421-700-8 www.santiburi.com

Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2012

The golf course participate the project in Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Lampang May-June 2012 Opening the season with golfing in the midst of the mountain, amazed with one price green fee 800 baht/person and join the competition for the whole season 900 baht/person Contact: (TAT) Chiang Mai Office Tel : +66(0) 5324 8604, +66(0) 5324 8607

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Red Mountain Golf Course

Lotus Valley Golf Resort

Only opened since 2008, this superb 18 hole golf course on the island of Phuket really is fast becoming a firm favourite with tourists, locals and expats alike. Designed by Jon Marrow, (he designed Bangkok’s Riverdale golf course as well) the course cleverly follows the contours and layout of an old disused tin mine. The rocks which are genuinely red, hid the next hole, making the trip around the 18 holes similar to your first visit to Disneyland…..a ‘wow’ at each tee box!!! After a fairly straight forward par four downhill, the fun starts on the second hole, a difficult par 5. You tee off over 160 yards of water onto a fairly wide fairway. Your second shot needs to get up to the dog leg, to avoid a blind shot over a large rock hiding the green, which is similar to a switchback train. A par here and you are on the way to a great round. Hole 8 has a spectacular view from a raised tee box with plenty of risk and reward options. Hole 10 should be a worthy signature hole, and also enjoy hole 12 a beautiful par 5 along with the 18th.

Open 2007 May Designer Jonathan Morrow 18 holes 72 Par and covers less than 7,000 yards Grass Type Fairway Grass- Seashore Paspalum Grass on Green- Bermuda Novotek Website: www.redmountainphuket.com Reservation call: +66 (076) 322 000-1 Signature Hole: Hole 17th Par3

The cameras will go crazy at their fun par 3, 17th, literally 140 yards down a mine shaft!! Red Mountain is one of the most expensive courses to play in Thailand, but for once you really do feel you get your monies worth. The tee boxes, fairways and green were in excellent condition, the caddies were very friendly and extremely well versed in the layout and especially reading the greens. The club house is very relaxing with an excellent restaurant overlooking the 18th hole. For once no need to worry about hiring clubs…..check out their selection of brand new clubs. Good driving range and two putting areas to get your eye in too. If you only have one reason to head to Phuket, please try Red Mountain.

Their Boutique Clubhouse has been carefully designed, with a spacious open-air lobby on the entrance, and there is a first class restaurant called ‘The Lotus Leaf’ serving Japanese, Chinese, Thai and European food, overlooking the 18th green. The lockers rooms are very modern, with excellent facilities for both ladies and gentlemen, and they have one of Thailand’s only genuine Japanese Hot baths as well.

Lotus Valley Golf Resort Address: 103/2 Moo 8, Ongkarak-Bangnamprieo Rd., Donkohka, Bangnamprieo, Chachoengsao, 24170 Thailand Telephone: +66(0) 38 835-555 Email: info@lotusvalley.co.th www.lotusvalley.co.th

Chiang Mai Golf Festival

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Eastern Star Golf Course…

Pattaya recently won the coveted ‘Golf Destination of the Year 2012 for Asia and Australasia’ from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO). It was a great feather in the cap for the Eastern Seaboard Region of Thailand golf courses, including Eastern Star Golf Course, in Rayong. Those in the know would connect the Eastern Star Golf Course with former Prime Minister, Mr. Anand Panyarachun, who has a magnificent home on the course. Recently, he was also the committee Chairman for SeaStar Properties Ltd. which is the mother company for the Eastern Star Golf Course. In fact the Eastern Star Golf Course was originally built just for members of SeaStar Properties, however as the number of local golfers and travelers increased, they decided to open to the public.

Moreover, the players often have to play against the wind, making it a hard hole to birdie. Hole 8 par 5 has a zigzag fairway along the lake, and hole 9 a par 4 plays up to the clubhouse with the mountain range as the backdrop. The course itself provides a number of services, so it is a good option for all the family or the big group of friends, who would like to come for a round of golf here. They provide exclusive hotel suite rooms with 2 bed rooms, a living room, and kitchen or even 4 bedrooms apartments. The hotel is just next to the

The golf course was closed for renovation in 2010 and finished in 2011. The course provides a fair but challenging layout for golfers. A bonus during the hot summer months is that the Gulf of Thailand is close to the course, ensuring cool breezes throughout the day. This course features some beautiful surroundings and even a mountain range, ideal for experiencing a relaxing round of golf. Golfers will have some fun on this course with unusual topiary including a hedge cut in the shape of the FA Cup on the second hole, right in the middle of the fairway. The par 5 4th hole also adds to your enjoyment, as the fairway is slightly narrow and has a water hazard throughout on the left.

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Eastern Star Golf Course… golf course, driving range and swimming pool. There is also the Pool Beach with a slide, sport facilities such as the tennis courts and shortly they plan to open a fitness centre. Moreover, there are many interesting projects such as the beach which only 3 km from the golf course, the Silverlake Vineyard project is only 20 km. Eastern Star is roughly a two hour drive from Bangkok. The latest news from the golf course is that they will have the Chairman Golf Championship 2012 to compete for the trophy from Mr. Anand Panyarachunand the winner will receive a golf package Angkor (Cambodia). Golf Course Details: Located 241/39 Moo 3 Pla, Banchang, Rayong 21130. Par 72 the length from the amateur point is 6575 yards. Green - Bermuda Grass , Fairways - Zoysia Grass. For further more information visit http:// www.easternstargolfcourse.com

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Palm Hills Golf Course…

Palm Hills Golf Club & Residence was the first international standard golf course to open in Hua Hin back in 1992. The course located between Hua Hin and Cha Am, is close to the Hua Hin airport, so it takes only two hours to drive from Bangkok. Palm Hills Golf Club is near to the Petchburi mountain ranges, and has some stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand. It is situated with a spectacular natural setting of mountains, lakes and sea, making this course popular with golfers of all abilities. The 18-hole par 72 (6892 yards) championship courses was designed by the world acclaimed golf architect Max Wexler, and the course is laid out on a long strip of undulating terrain which gives the course a Scottish hillside feel. The particularities of this championship course are a beautiful line of hundreds of palm trees plus plenty of hillside lines, thus it is became known as Palm Hills.

On the 10th hole, you have to drive through the left hill line, otherwise there is a chance that your ball will disappear into the forest. Their signature hole is the 11th, a long par three uphill into the sea breeze. It requires at least a club more than normal to reach in regulation. The distance has to be very accurate, since the hill and the wind will affect the distance. This hole especially when your reach the green has a fantastic view of the gulf of Thailand. Palm Hills Golf Club & Residence has excellent facilities which include a clubhouse with locker

The valley and hillside course makes your approach shots vital. The fairways have Bermuda grass and they are generous and wide, making it popular for all golfers, especially on the 9th and 18th holes. Here if you are standing in the wrong direction, your ball can actually roll into the wrong hole! Generally, the greens are well known as some of the fastest in the area, especially when putting down grain. The 10th through to the 14th holes are probably the best holes on the golf course, and require accurate shot placement, after your warm up from the front nine holes.

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rooms, practice areas, a bar and several reasonably priced restaurants. In addition there is also their Sport Club which is an international standard sporting complex with a swimming pool, tennis courts, indoor badminton and squash courts, a fully equipped gym, sauna and a game room for snooker and table tennis. Website: www.palmhills-golf.com Reservation call: 032-520 801-5 or 086-122-9124 Signature Hole: Hole 11 Par3 Be careful: Hole 5 Par 4 and Hole 15 Par 4

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How to go: From Cha Am just before the Hua Hin airport, you will see a detour before going through the runway tunnel. On the right hand side there will be the turnaround point which you can go directly to the Palm Hills Resort &residence.

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A very Central Golf Club‌ Many experts have said that a round of Golf can take up a lot of time compared with other sports. So finding a course that is nearby the centre of Bangkok is one way to reduce the time. Another idea is to play 9 and not the full 18 holes. Thana City Golf and Sports Club ticks all these boxes, as they offer a truly memorable golfing experience so close to Bangkok, that it is less than 30 minutes from downtown Bangkok and only 15 minutes from Airport. The course was designed by Greg Norman, who recently came over to play a Charity Golf Tournament there. Over the past couple of years, the Club has been spending some serious money upgrading the course and have also rebuilt their large club house, which now has some of the best facilities for golfers in the city. TC Promotions: Play 4 Pay 3: Every Tuesday ( Green fee, Golf cart ) Lady Day: Every Wednesday Green fee 1,000B TC News: Newly renovated Thana City Golf Practice Centre The course is currently in excellent condition and is a fair challenge for beginners to those back tee professionals. www.thanacitygolf.com


A Gem of a Course…

Known for its famous “Bridge over the River Kwai,” and its deep-Blue Gems, Kanchanaburi Province is located on the western edge of Thailand, 128 km west of Bangkok. Sapphire and onyx mining in this region occurs at the alluvial pit-mines of the Kanchanaburi Bo Phloi (Amphoe Bo Thoi, Amphoe Bo Phloi, bo Ploi tambon) district, 30 miles north of Kanchanaburi Town. Sapphire in Kanchanaburi’s Bo Phloi region was discovered in the early 1900s, and is one of the main sources to this day. Kanchanaburi is known for its sapphires, which can have a dark or “inky” appearance. Well Kanchanaburi will soon be adding another different type of gem, when the Grand Prix Golf Club opens its door this October. This new 18 hole golf course has been lovingly 22

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creating by the creator of the Bangkok International Motor Show, Dr Prachin Eamlumnow. Covering a vast area of over 2,000 rais, the 7,111yards was once part of a thriving gems industry and many of the water hazards were actually molded from mining excavations. Thailand’s golf courses are recognized as some of the most challenging and beautiful tracks in the World. Now with the help of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, many golf vacationers are discovering that there are actually many wonderful courses away from those popular areas namely Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya. Khoi Yai, Chiang Rai, Hua Hin are all attracting overseas golfers all year round, and those in know believe that the next ‘in’ golfing destination will be Kanchanburi. Historic War Memorials, river trips, great weather, floating hotels, fabulous sunsets, cool mountain views and now a first class Championship Golf Course all awaits the intrepid golfer. Dr Prachin has personally crafted and sculptured a very inspiring and challenging par 72 course with elevated tees, water hazards, www.thaigolf-news.com


huge bunkers and undulating greens, all played against a background of rolling mountains and unusual wildlife. Apart from enjoying a round there recently, we were surprised to see some of the staff sifting through the rubble. Later Dr Prachin showed us some beautiful Blue Gems actually found while they were creating his golf course. I forgot to ask him when his course opens this autumn, if the golfers will be allowed to keep any gems they discovered when chipping out of one of the many bunks guarding the greens around the Grand Prix Golf Club. For more information please check out www.bluediamondgolf.com

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by Rasputin Golf Life by Rasputin a new tournament was hosted at the BuraphaGolf Club last month. Everyone was very happy with the tournament and Rasputin laid on a superb party for the players after the match. 16 happy golfers who won the first match will now go forward to get chance to compete for a New Car! At the last match at Siam Country Club Pattaya Plantation. For the next tournament there will be 8 more winners and those eight lucky winners will also go onto to compete for the New Car! All applicants can participate in the party at Rasputin & every time they have a chance to get a Lucky Draw The winner and the second best at each tournament will get cash THB 35,000/Match plus THB 30,000/ Match for the Lucky Draw. The last Match for the Lucky Draw is worth THB100,000 Furthermore information about how you can enter and to reserve your place check out:www.thaigolfnetwork.com Tel: +66 (0) 22 747 252, +66 (0) 83 899 4453 Options (/ (/ (/ (/ (/ (/ (/ (/ (/ (/

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Where to drink and eat

After a round of golf on the many top class golf courses around Bangkok you are spoilt for choice on checking out some great places to go in the city. However one draw that is hard to resist is the city’s busy Chaopraya River, where there are numerous 5 star hotels bars and restaurants. Asiatique The Riverfront, the first lifestyle project by the Chaopraya River, was launched with much glam and glitz at the official Grand Opening. Aimed at both Thai residents and tourists, Asiatique was in the past the first international port and the largest warehouse area covering 72 rais of land

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owned by the East Asiatic Company. Similar to the piers in downtown Manhattan, the markets of Covent Garden or the docks in Liverpool, the owners have preserved all the original brick and wooden colonial style offices and warehouses, and created a vast shopping, dining and entertainment resort right on the River in the centre of Bangkok. Asiatique has four main distinct zones namely Charoenkrung District where customers can find more than 1,000 shops for souvenirs, home décor items, entertainment and performing arts, and choices of restaurants; Town Square designated

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for outdoor events and activities surrounded by international dining scene and sports bars; Factory District showcases of hip dining outlets and shops selling products with style, and the last one Waterfront area with 300-meters riverside promenade, array of chic international restaurants offering fantastic Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, etc. cuisines plus sumptuous and stylish seafood outlets. Apparently the management has plans to organize variety of events all year round. Because of its unique identity, Tourism Authority of Thailand has endorsed Asiatique, The Riverfront project a member of the official Amazing Thailand Campaign. Asiatique The Riverfront opens every day from 5.00-12.00 p.m. www.asiatiquethailand.com and www.facebook.com/asiatique.thailand

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Pattaya News Amazing Thailand Singha Caddy Championship 2012 Our smiling lady caddies always brighten up our golf round regardless of how badly we might be playing. Now they are being given the opportunity to achieve golfing stardom courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand and Singha. There are 160 places on offer to caddies at a monthly event that will take place on five different courses across Thailand between May and September. The top 24 caddies from each qualifier will compete in the Grand Final at Siam Plantation in October. The winner will get an all expenses paid overseas golf trip and the chance to play against the top Korean and Japanese lady caddies in a special tournament. In addition to the sponsorship from TAT and Singha, the Pattaya Sports Club has generously donated 100,000 baht to support the 2012 EGA caddy programme. Joe Mooneyham, Golf Chairman, presented the cheque at the launch event. “Pattaya Sports Club wants to recognise the importance of Thailand’s caddies and give young talent the opportunity to develop and succeed”.

Singha Chonburi / Pattaya Golf Festival 2012. This highly successful golf competition returns for 2012 even bigger and better than before. The golf festival will run every Sunday across the fourteen golf courses that are members of the Eastern Seaboard Golf Association including Siam Country Club, Laem Chabang, Burapha and St. Andrews. The qualifying rounds take place on the first Sunday every month from May to September with a maximum of 24 places available at each golf course. Players pay a specially discounted green fee for the qualifying rounds and the competition

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uses the 36 system to calculate handicaps based on performance on the day. The best gross and best net scores will qualify for the grand final together with 2 lucky players whose cards will be drawn at random. The grand final of the Championship will take place in October at Khao Kheow Country Club with the lucky draw final taking place at Bangphra Golf Resort on the same day. All the entrants will be invited to the prize giving dinner and party at the Bang Saen Tide Resort. To enter the competition, phone the call centre on 084-465-1112 or 084-465-1118/9 and book your place at one of the qualifying venues.

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Phuket News Peppers. A real institution and the best atmosphere for watching sports anywhere north of Patong! Peppers is in Tinlay Place which is tiny, but also houses Siam Supper Club and Tatonka – two of Phukets best restaurants.

hole 9 at Laguna Phuket

For this month’s Phuket page we are visiting the expat hot spots of Kamala, Surin and Bang Tao. These are some of Phuket’s best beaches and best dining for those ‘in the know’. Kamala is the quietest of the 3 beach scenes, but blessed with smaller crowds, Rockfish restaurant overlooking the beach and an amazing supply of great coffee shops. Pop in to “Garage” or “Live Present Moment” for great cup of Java. For those of you who loved ‘Bucket List’, the local Doi Chang even has Civet Coffee!! Surin is the St Tropez of Phuket - beautiful people in beautiful clothes eating beautiful food. This really is a great beach, but is extremely popular in high season, as much for the beachside dining and the fact that it is THE place to be seen as anything. Catch and Taste are great restaurants that are right on the beach and Twin Palms hotel is best described as truly affordable luxury.

Serious golf in the area is provided at the previously mentioned Laguna Golf Course. A great resort course spreading over 6,698 yards par 71. Whilst the greens are relatively flat for Phuket, it has over 80 bunkers on the course and water in play on 15 holes so it is from easy and shooting net par needs concentration and good course management. Laguna Phuket GC has some of Phuket’s Best practice facilities with 2 chipping greens and a huge putting green. The excellent driving range / academy is run by the personable Andy Coombes – British PGA and former Asian Tour player. Just outside the Laguna area is the Golf Guru driving range / academy run by Martin Platts. Martin has lived and worked in the Phuket golf scene for about 20 years and is one of Phuket’s biggest and best know golf personalities. Not wanting to stereo type, but whilst HE goes to the Golf Guru are real European Café scene can be had by HER at BAKE only 50 yards down the road! A relatively new edition to the golf scene is the Phuket Adventure Mini Golf facility. But this is no ordinary Mini golf, this place is brilliant, it even has little bunkers!! I was really impressed when I was invited to play and have returned many times for enjoyable evenings with friends and this really is a great place to sharpen up your putting skills. I can also highly recommend the Beef Burger!

Bang Tao is the busiest of the 3 but with a beach that stretches for 8kms you can finally find a bit of sand to call your own. Which is a little surprising given the fabulous Laguna Phuket complex is right there with seven four and five star hotels, dozens of million dollar pool villas, many facing the Laguna Golf Course. The pick of the hotels has to be the magnificent Banyan Tree – this really is the place to spoil yourself in Phuket and the recently renovated Angsana Hotel with its 500 million baht face lift recently completed. For the best night out in Bang Tao, follow a (sporty) local and you are likely to end up at

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Behind the scenes at Royal Gems Golf City

Waiting for their luxury club house to open, members are still enjoying this unusual 18 hole golf course 45 minutes from Bangkok’s city centre.

Team at the Pro Shop

The front nine holes are replicas of famous holes from great courses in Europe and the States, including the famous road hole at St Andrew’s and the 17th at the Players TPC Sawgrass. Back nine replicates the final 9 holes at Augusta. This is a members club, so either find a friend who is a member or contact their sales representative Khun Joe for more information Mobile +66 (0)819108615. Their weekday rates for member guests are Green fee 1,750 baht caddy 350 Golf Cart 800. Weekend for member guests is Green fee 2,500 plus baht caddy 350 Golf Cart 800. (5 balls golf cart are mandatory, one golfer per cart policy). We caught up with the team that runs this course like clockwork. Work in progress!

Caddies in Pink! Starter Wanalee (Tun) Mudngern

Varong (Nat) Soopipatt , Director of Golf

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Leaving the UK?

There used to be a time when it was quite clear where one lives. However, nowadays, with travel connections being so good and the possibility to have properties in numerous different countries, the question as to where one might be regarded as residing, has become more complex. This additional complexity has, particularly in recent years, been evidenced in UK court decisions concerning residence. When an individual plans to cease UK residence, therefore, it is necessary to carefully consider whether there is any scope for UK HMRC to still consider that individual to be resident in the UK and to plan accordingly. Once non-residence is achieved, it is also necessary to then look at what taxing rights remain with the UK, and to manage these accordingly.

A Distinct Break

Residence is a concept that refers to the country where an individual spends his time from year to year. For many years, HMRC practice in the UK has focused primarily on daycount tests when assessing whether or not an individual is regarded as resident in the UK, namely the 183 day tests and the 91 day test. However, more recently, UK HMRC has been looking at not just the day count aspects of residence but the more qualitative aspects, such as where one’s immediate family/spouse is located, where one owns a property, where one has business interests, etc. From 6 April 2013, a statutory residence test is anticipated in the UK to make these aspects clearer. In the meantime, for individuals who have been resident in the UK and wish to argue that they have left the UK, much more strict quantitative considerations will apply so that an individual must be able to prove that they have indeed “left” the UK. For individuals who have been previously resident and domiciled in the UK, it will be very important to show that they can be said to have genuinely “left” the UK; there must be a “distinct break” in the pattern of one’s life.

Residence Timing

Given that the UK tax year starts on 6 April, but the tax years for many other jurisdictions work to a different year end, there may be potential for an individual to plan to cease being UK resident, but then not to actually become resident in the new jurisdiction until the start of the tax year of that new jurisdiction. This can open up significant planning opportunities to restructure one’s assets during that timeframe. Another important timing issue is that under UK tax anti-avoidance legislation, if an individual wishes to leave the UK in order to realise capital gains, if the individual returns to the UK within 5 tax years of leaving, then he will be subject to tax in the UK on the gain. For capital gains tax purposes, therefore, individuals plan to remain non-UK resident for at least 5 complete UK tax years. A 5 year test also exists for certain rules in relation to remittance basis taxpayers. For further information or assistance, please contact Janet at janet.paterson@chartertax.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 084 5771. CHARTER TAX CONSULTING LIMITED 11 ST JAMES’S PLACE, LONDON SW1A 1NP


The best Thailand (Vacation) Destinations Cha- Am / Hua Golf Festival 2012 Chiang Mai GolfHin Festival Ninecourses golf courses from theinCha-Am and Hua Hin districts of Petchaburi Golf participating Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Lampang, from are participating in this popular annual festival. 12th May-30th June 2012 1st August 30th September Enjoy the golf–festival with golfing in2012 the midst of the mountains and pay one price

Play golf for onefor price at any every day. for Take or of Baht800 peronly person green fees,nine and courses join the competition thepart whole attend several types of golf tournament every week, plus shopping with season 900 baht/person the special price for golf equipment and enjoy a number of golf activities. Contact: (TAT) Chiang Mai Office Tel : +66(0) 53 24 8 604, +66 (0) 53 24 8 607 Contact: (TAT) Petchaburi Tel: +66 (0) 3247 1005-6

Thailand International Bartender Championship Hua Hinand Jazz Festival 2012 Royal Paragon 5 FlooratSiam Paragon Shopping Centre, Held in front of Hall the beach the Sofitel, Centara Grand ResortBangkok & Villa, Prachuap Khiri Khan in June 2012Join the Jazz Festival concerts with the Bartenders from Thailand and around the World will all come together cooling atmosphere on Hua Hin Beach and enjoy leading bands from to “Shake Shake” and to compete for the top prizes. Thailand and from abroad. Contact: (TAT) Prachuap Khiri Khan Office Tel: +66 (032) 513 885 Contact: TAT Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 – 3496-8

Cha-Am PattayaFeast-Fish-Flock Food & Hoteliers Shellfish Expo 2012 Festival 2012 29th Peach SeptemberConference 7th Center OctoberRoyal Cliff Beach Resort, Chonburi Viewing September terrace 2012. of Cha-am A paradise beach for travelers in Phetchaburi and gourmets alike, who will be Lot of stands offering the best foodand fromdrinks 50 leading seafood and able to sample a variety of sea menus presenting byrestaurants the hotel and hotels from Cha-Am. Exciting eventsduring including a cruise inFood the evening fishing for restaurants from around Pattaya the Pattaya & Hotelier Expo. cuttlefish that are dragged towards the boats the bright lights. Contact:Chef’ Association of Pattaya City by & East and the Housewives Contact: (TAT) Petchaburi (0)996 3247 1005-6 Association of the East Tel:Tel +66: +66 (0) 81 1407

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Bars, Pubs, Restaurants… High up… A new watering hole, aptly names ‘Above Eleven’ recently opened its lift doors to whisk patrons to yet another rooftop view of crazy Bangkok City. Located on the 33 floor of the Fraser Suites on sol 11 close by the famous Q Bar, Above Eleven is an open air bar and restaurant with DJ thrown in for good measure. Their menu is inspired by the ingredients, cooking style and cultural mixtures of Peruvian and Japanese Cuisine often referred to a ‘Nikkel’ cuisine. Great views but until they complete the second floor terrace and covers, can be a bit wet if it rains. www.aboveeleven.com Above Eleven

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Titanium Bar and live music has kept this small club on soi 22 a hot spot to spend a few happy times listening to some excellent new and classic songs performed by two of Bangkok’s best bands. ‘One Brick in the Wall’ performed by the Big Boy Band is well worth the trip. Titanium

Recently celebrated their 5th anniversary, don’t forget to check out their themed nights! A cool bar with an even cooler Vodka Ice Bar….enjoy. www.titaniumbangkok.com Titanium

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For all the latest local and international news, golf course reports, travel, hotel and entertainment information Thai Golf can now be downloaded in English and Thai free at www.thaigolfnetwork.com Also join are free newsletters giving advance info on playing in local golf tournament plus check out our green fee offers and special hotel packages.To register just email us at editor@thaigolf-news.com quoting ‘Newsletter.’ www.thaigolf-news.com


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The Winner Simon Yates

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Oskar is a bar, bistro and restaurant with live DJ, pizzas, salads, burgers, skewers, plus a large selection of superb wine and the best cocktails in town! Located nearby Bed Supper Club on Soi Sukhumvit 11. Tel: t:+66 2 255 3377 www.oskar-bistro.com

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Tee OFFers…

Send your club offers to: editor@thaigolf-news.com HYATT OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT 2012

Riverdale Golf Card is a Big Hit…. The word is out that the Course at the Riverdale Golf Club is in excellent condition and Jon Morrow their designer has created a top class course. You can now benefit from special discounts by registering for a Riverdale Golf Card. Pay just Baht300 and get discounts on your green fees, at the club house restaurant and their pro shop plus 10% discounts at their other courses at Loch Palm and Red Mountain in Phuket. Saving up to Baht900 on your round seems to be a no brainer to us! Contact the club on Tel: 02 501 2789 for more details.

Golf enthusiasts should not miss the 3rd annual Hyatt Open 2012 amateur golf tournament organised by Hyatt Regency Hua Hin and Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, and to be held over the weekend of 21 - 22 July 2012 at the Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin. This event will allow you to enjoy the charm of Hua Hin as a destination, experience the ultimate relaxation and authentic hospitality at Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, and at the same time be excited and challenged by the golf tournament, and to have the chance of winning some great prizes too. You can book their Stay and Play Package starting from Baht 17,800 net for one player, and Baht 24,800 net for two players based on twin sharing basis.

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

The package includes, a two-night stay in a Hyatt Guestroom at Hyatt Regency Hua Hin with breakfast, a welcome dinner at the hotel on Saturday, 21 July, two rounds of golf on Saturday, 21 July (shotgun start at 12:00noon) and Sunday, 22 July (shotgun start at 8:00am), including a golf cart and a caddy plus the awards luncheon on Sunday, 22 July at the Banyan Golf Club. They have even laid on complimentary transfers between the hotel and the Banyan Golf Club. For reservations and further information, please contact the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin Hotline on +66 2254 6200 or +66 3252 1234, or e-mail reservations. hrhuahin@hyatt.com

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Bonanza Golf & country Club Tel: +66(0) 86-977-6658 , +66(0) 44-921-009 www.bonanza-khaoyai.com

Hua Hin / Cha Am Kaeng Krachan Country Club & Resort Tel: +66(0) 2-618-7200-1 www.kaengkrachanresort.com Palm Hills Golf Resort & Country Club Tel: +66(0) 2-238-0782 , +66(0) 32-520-801-5 www.palmhills-golf.com Royal Hua-Hin Golf Course Army Sport Center II Tel: +66(0) 32-512-475 , +66(0) 32-531-070 Tel: +66(0) 32-515-470-3 , +66(0) 82-052-9072 Springfield Village Golf &Spa Banyan Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 32-709-222 Tel: +66(0) 32-616-200 www.springfieldresort.com www.banyanthailand.com Swang Resort Golf Club Black Mountain Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 32-562-555 Hua Hin www.sawangresortgolf.com Tel: +66(0) 35-703-664-6 www.ayutthayagolfclub.com The Eagle Milford Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 32-572-444 www.milford.co.th Imperial Lake View Hotel & Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 32-456-233-40 The Majestic Creek Country Club www.imperialhotels.com Tel: +66(0) 32-619-168-70 www.golfhuahin.com

Kanchanaburi / Ratchburi Blue Sapphire Golf & Resort Tel: +66(0) 34-581-227-30 , +66(0) 2-235-4560-2 www.bsgolfclub.com Dragon Hills Golf Club And Country Club Tel: +66(0) 32-228-222 www.dragonhillsgolf.com Evergreen Hills Golf Club & Resort Tel: +66(0) 2-941-2801-5 www.evergeenhillsgolfclub.com Green World Hot Spring Tel: +66(0) 2-539-4613-6 , +66(0) 34-685-843

Mida Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 34-527-250 , +66(0) 81-173-1976 www.midagolfclubkanchanaburi.com Mission Hills Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 34-644-147-8 , +66(0) 2-226-3390-3 www.golfmissionhills.com

Dancoon Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 43-255-107 www.dancoongolfclub KBSC Kabinburi Sport Club Tel: +66(0) 37-283-891 , +66(0) 82-486-3633 www.kbscgolf.com Khao Yai Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 44-297-258-9 , +66(0) 81-977-1952 Kirimaya Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 44-426-000 www.kirimaya.com Mountain Creek Golf Resort & Resident Tel: +66(0) 44-323-024 , +66(0) 85 773 9773 www.mountaincreekthailand.com Panorama Golf & Country Club Tel: +66(0) 44-436-300 www.panoramacountryclub.com Rancho Charnvee Country Club Tel: +66(0) 85-418-4078 , +66(0) 88-375-4466 www.ranchocharnveegolf.com Royal Hills Golf Resort and Spa Tel: +66(0) 37-385-210-5 www.royalhillsresort.com Singha Park Tel: +66(0) 43-209-000 www.santiburi.com Sir James Country Club Tel: +66(0) 36-343-200 www.sirjamesresort.com Toscana Valley Country Club Tel: +66(0) 2-745-6999 , +66(0) 87-549-7222 www.toscanavalley.com

Royal RatchaburiGolf Club Tel: +66(0) 32-227-031-2 www.royalrachaburi.com Woosung Castle Hill Country Club Tel +66(0) 32-050-52 , +66(0) 32-228-069-70 www.rachaburi.com

Phuket / Southern

Phunaka Golf Course Tel: +66(0) 76-521-911-5 www.phunakagolf.com

Blue Canyon Country Club Tel: +66(0) 76-328-088 www.bluecanyonclub.com

Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa Tel: +66(0) 76-310-888 www.Missionhillsphuket.com

LAGUNA PHUKET GOLF CLUB Tel: +66(0) 76-270-991-2 www.lagunaphuket.com

Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort Tel: +66(0) 75-627-800 , +66(0) 2-555-9600 www.sofitel.com/6184

Loch Palm Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 76-321-929-34 www.lochpalm.com

Phuket Country Club Tel: +66(0) 76-319-200-4 , +66(0) 76-319-365-71 www.phuketcountryclub.com

Chonburi-Pattaya Golf Festival 2012 Eastern part of Thailand Golf Course, Chonburi Province 1st May – 31st October 2555 Beginning the season with golf championship at Pattaya Golf Festival with an exclusive prize Contact: (TAT) Pattaya Office Tel: +66(0) 3842 3990, +66(0) 3842 8750

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Red MountainGolf Club Tel: +66(0) 76-322-000-1 www.redmountainphuket.com Santiburi Samui Country Club Tel: +66(0) 77-421-700-8 www.santiburi.com

Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2012

The golf course participate the project in Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Lampang May-June 2012 Opening the season with golfing in the midst of the mountain, amazed with one price green fee 800 baht/person and join the competition for the whole season 900 baht/person Contact: (TAT) Chiang Mai Office Tel : +66(0) 5324 8604, +66(0) 5324 8607

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Thailand Golf

Pattaya / Chonburi

Directory

Amata Spring Country Club Tel: +66(0) 38-468-888 www.amataspring.co.th

Bangkok / Central Lakewood Country Club Tel: +66(0) 2-312-6275-77 www.lakewoodcountryclub.co.th Lam Luk Ka Country Club Tel: +66(0) 2-995-2300-4 www.lamlukkagolk.net.com

Alpine Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 2-577-3333 www.alpinegolfclub.com

Crystal Bay Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 38-349-370-4

Muang Kaew Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 2-740-2693 to 700 www.muangkaewgolf.com

Eastern Star Golf Course Tel: +66(0) 38-630-410-6 , +66(0) 86-377-6722 www.easternstargolfcourse.com

Panya Golf Tel: +66(0) 2-9430000-24-320,321 www.lamlukkagolk.net.com

Bangkok Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 2-501-2828 www.golf.th.com

President Country Club Tel: +66(0) 2-988-7555-63 www.president.co.th

Bangpakong Riverside Country Club Tel: +66(0) 38-500-500 www.brc-golfcourse.com Bangpoo Golf & Sport Tel: +66(0) 2-324-0320-9

Khao Kheow Country Club Tel: +66(0) 38-318-000 www.khaokheowgolf.com Laem Chabang International Country Tel: +66(0) 38-372-273 www.laemchabanggolf.com

Riverdale Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 2-501-2789 www.riverdalegolfclub.co.th

Mountain Shadow Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 38-389-210-4 Pattana Sport Club Tel: +66(0) 38-318-999 www.pattana.co.th Pattaya Country Club & Resort Tel: +66(0) 38-423-718-9 , +66(0) 81-654-5654 , +66(0) 81582-6073 Phoenix Golf & Country Club Tel: +66(0) 38-239-391-5 , +66(0) 38-239-400 Rayong Green Valley Country Club Tel: +66(0) 38-030-660-2 www.standrews2000golf.com Siam Country Club Old Course Tel: +66(0) 38-909-600 www.siamcountryclub.com Siam Country Club Pattaya Plantation Tel: +66(0) 38-909-600 www.siamcountryclub.com ST.Andrews 2000 Golf Course Tel: +66(0) 38-030-660-2 www.standrews2000golf.com

Chiang Mai Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai Tel: +66(0) 53-880-888 www.alpinegolfresort.com

Gassan Lake City Golf & Resort Tel: +66(0) 53-921-888 www.gassangolf.com

Chiangmai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort Tel: +66(0) 53-261-354-9 www.chiangmaihighlands.com

Gold Canyon Country Club Tel: +66(0) 53-560-333

Chiangmai Inthanon Golf & Nature Resort Tel: +66(0) 53-267-115-6 www.chiangmaiinthanongolfresort.com Gassan Khuntan Golf & Resort Tel: +66(0) 53-963-202-4 www.gassangolf.com

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Greenwood Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 38-263-158-9 www.gwgolfclub.com

Pinehurst Golf & country Club Tel: +66(0) 2-516-8679-84 www.pinehurst.co.th

Bangsai Country Club Tel: +66(0) 35-371-491 , +66(0) 81-905-187 Royal Lakeside Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 38-573-275-9 Best Ocean Golf www.royallakeside.com Tel: +66(0) 34-451-144-50 , +66(0) 2-294 4811-5 www.bestoceangolf.com Subhapruek Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 2-317-0801-4 Cascata Golf Club www.subhapruekgolf.com Tel: +66(0) 37-612-300-1 www.cascata.co.th Summit Windmill Golf Club Green Valley Country Club Tel: +66(0) 2-750-2112-20 Tel: +66(0) 2-312-5883-9 www.summitwindmillgolfclub.com www.greebvalleybangkok.com Thana City Golf and Sport Club Kiarti Thanee Country Club Tel: +66(0) 2-336-0567-68,+66(0) 83-304-4433 Tel: +66(0) 2-707-1700-9 www.thanacitygolf.com www.kiartithaneecountryclub.com The Vintage Club Krung Kavee Tel: +66(0) 2-707-3820-5 Tel: +66(0) 2-577-4141-9 www.vintagegolfthai.com.com www.krungkavee.com Windsor Park & Golf Club Cascata Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 2-989-4200-23-111-114 Tel: +66(0) 37-612-300-1 www.cascata.co.th www.windsorgolf.co.th

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Burapha Golf & Resort Tel: +66(0) 38-372-700-2 www.buraphagolfthailand.com

Lotus Valley Golf Resort Tel: +66(0) 38-835-555 www.lotusvalley.co.th

Naraihill Golf Resort & Country Club Tel: +66(0) 36-426-545-6 www.naraihillgolf.com

Ayutthaya Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 35-703-664-6 www.ayutthayagolfclub.com

Bangpra International Golf Tel: +66(0) 38-341-149-50 www.bangpragolf.co.th

Treasure Hill Golf & Country Club Tel: +66(0) 38-420-766-7 , +66(0) 81-344-8002 www.treasurehill-golf.com

Mae Jo Golf Club Tel: +66(0) 53-354-431-2 www.maejogolfclub.com Royal Chiangmai Golf Resort Tel: +66(0) 53-662-821 www.Royalchiangmai.com Santiburi Country Club Tel: +66(0) 53-662-821-6 , +66(0) 53-774-685 www.santiburi.com

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