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Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

David Herd at Siam golf club.

Siam golf club pattaya

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon, in fact playing golf around Pattaya is one of the great pleasures of a Thai holiday. The choices you have to play world class courses within 30 minutes drive from Pattaya is staggering. It is not necessarily a cheap pastime but its probably around 50% of what you would pay for a comparable course in Australia or America. The bonus here is you are driven around by a beautiful caddy. (ok, some are not too hot)

Caddies are compulsory.

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

Oh! what a terrible impost you cry, fancy being forced to be driven around the course with an attractive young lady while enjoying a cold beer between birdies. Life can be very hard here in Thailand.

They are not all attractive.

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

They are not all attractive, some of them are just drop dead gorgeous, no wonder I rarely get a birdie, I’m too easily distracted.  😳 

Golf is a difficult sport however a good caddy can really help your score.


Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

Phoenix golf club

Many of the clubs have housing estates incorporated so you can live right on the course if you wish. In the off season they offer specials on green fees, for instance if you play Tuesday or Thursday at Phoenix the cost for 18 holes including a buggy & caddy fee is about 1800 Baht or $60, you then tip the caddy at the about $10, or more if you are trying to big note and impress her.  😆 Talking about Phoenix you can buy a membership for 230,000 Baht or around $7500, you can sell your shares later if you decide you have had enough of triple bogeys & 4 putting. Even as a member you still pay 1200 Baht or $40 each time you play for green fees, cart and caddy, so frankly I can’t see the benefit of buying a membership, however I’m sure one of my friends will debate that point with me.

Burapha Golf Pattaya Thailand

Burapha golf club pattaya

Burapha is another nice course close to Pattaya and just across the road from the Laem Chabang course, so if you are keen enough, play one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Laem Chabang

Laem Chabang Pattaya

Above is Laem Chabang golf course, does life get any better than this?

Perhaps it does get better, check out Kabinburi Sport Club

Kabinburi Sport Club ThailandKantary Hotel Kabinburi is rather special, particularly if you are a golfer. The standard of the hotel is fantastic & the golf package can’t be beat. For 3000 Baht or $90 usd, which sadly is now $104 aud, (Jan 30 2014) you get 2 18 hole rounds of golf on the magnificent Kabinburi Sport Club which proudly boasts of being the longest course in Thailand. Add to that one nights accommodation & breakfast included, makes this the best value golf package in Thailand.

You can always slip across to Myanmar.

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

Pun Hlaing in Myanmar is a wonderful course, Yangon is a short flight from Bangkok, get over there soon, the Burmese people are quite wonderful.

The boys in Burma.

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

Last year I played golf in Myanmar (Burma) with friends from Pattaya, I was the only “mug” in the group, big Trevor, the Aussie at the back plays off 4, Clive the “Pommie” plays off 7 and Chris our resident German plays off 8. Sorry boys if I’m a little out on those handicaps, I feel Alzheimers creeping up on me. I have to say even though I am a real hacker, I did manage to beat Trevor on two holes, and trust me I will never let him forget it.  😆

Beautiful homes on Pun Hlaing Myanmar

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

Luxury homes in a great location

Siam, my favourite course.

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

Just 30 minutes drive from central Pattaya.

Pattaya bay

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

After a day on the course breaking your personal best score of 95, sit back, relax in your hotel and enjoy the view. It’s only 90 minutes before you meet your caddy for dinner at the the Mantra.

While you are here dine at the Mantra.

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

Pattaya is not just about golf, there are many world class restaurants here, none better than Sunday brunch at the magnificent Mantra.

Get great hotel deals through AGODA

Pattaya Sports Club has many benefits and discounts for golf in Pattaya, it is well worth joining.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. 🙂 Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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