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Reading the Green - Krabi Magazine article

Besides its stunning islands and bustling cities, one can come to Thailand and enjoy Thai traditions which have grown immensely in popularity in foreign countries, of these we have Thai boxing, Thai massage, Thai cooking, Thai dance, Thai music and also Thai golf.

Golf arrived in Thailand during the reign of King Rama V, a hundred years ago. It was first played by nobles and other elitists of high society but since then, things have certainly changed. Over the past decade or so, the popularity of golf in Thailand has escalated; played both by local Thais and visiting foreign tourists and expatriates.

Golf can be played in Thailand every day of the year. During the rainy season, from June to October, all the courses have drainage systems so they are still playable. The hot season is a good time for playing golf and getting a suntan, this runs through March and April. The cool season is probably the freshest time of the year though for golfing in Thailand from November to February.Like other Asian countries, the standard of golf played in Thailand by local golfers has rocketed over the past few years. Thongchai Jaidee is the country’s most successful golfer, winning a handful of major international tournaments. Other Thais have had international success such as Prayad Marksaeng and Boonchu Ruangjit.

Thai golfPeople come to Thailand on a golf tour to experience the beauty and excitement of Thailand first hand, while enjoying the golf courses. Thailand is every golfers and nature lover’s dream come true and offers some of the best golf courses in the world situated in beautiful South-East Asia.

There are about two hundred golf courses in Thailand and more than sixty five can be classified as outstanding and among those, about thirty are World Class. Some of these are also complimented by their adherence to a traditional Thai style look.

There are two golf courses in Krabi, the first is the 18-hole Pakasai Country Club, located around forty kilometers South of Krabi Town in Neua Klong district. It is owned by the local electricity board and is rated quite highly by local golfers, who enjoy the challenge of its tricky fairways and fast undulating greens in slightly hilly terrain.

This unusual course, that hosts an extraordinary encounter with nature for any golfer, is nestled amongst an exotic forest with beautiful lake views and is situated on a secluded hill, peacefully overlooking the surrounding village.

Its slightly hilly terrain provides different levels of difficulty for golfers of all abilities.

For more information please contact the club at:

Tambol Klongkanan, Amphor Nua Klong, Krabi 81004 THAILAND

086-810-3413

info@pakasaicountryclub.com

The second golf course of Krabi Province is a 9-hole course located in Klong Muang, belonging to the   well-known Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, which is open to outside guests.

With its daring course and its amazing view on the Andaman Sea and limestone cliffs, the 9-hole of the Sofitel Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is a unique experience for all golfers.

For more information please contact the resort at:

200 Moo 3 T.Nongtalay A.Muang Krabi 81180 – THAILAND

075-627-800

h6184-RE@sofitel.com