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Survey reveals lower green fees in Thailand
March 21, 2011

The average round of golf was 29 percent lower in Thailand than a similar number of clubs surveyed across six different countries, according to a recent survey.

Golf is often known as a rich man's sport. Apart from the equipment, membership of a golf course is not only a status symbol, but it can also become a very expensive hobby too. However, one of the most competitive areas to golf is in fact South East Asia's Thailand.

According to a recent survey conducted by Asian golf vacation specialists Golfasian, Thailand has some of the most competitive golf rates for visitors across Asia and the Middle East.

The average round of golf was 29% lower in Thailand than a similar number of clubs surveyed across six different countries. The survey compared the midweek high season visitor rates. The most expensive golf course was US$271.00 at the Emirates Club's Majlis course, home to the Dubai Desert Classic. At the other end of the scale, the lowest rate was US$111.00 at Bangkok's Muang Kaew Golf Club, and that rate even included a free massage!

Mark Siegel founder of Golfasian and President of Golf in the Kingdom said, 'We knew from the feedback we were getting from our regular customers, that golf here was very reasonable. However we were very surprised that our survey showed that there really was such a large difference between Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai or Bali.'

For example, a round of golf at Black Mountain Golf Club in Thailand's Hua Hin, who recently hosted both the Asian Tour Masters and the prestigious Royal Trophy, was only US$130.00. This compares with another Asian Tour venue, Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore, where they charge US$238.00 a round, but without a caddie.

Siegel explained, 'For our survey to be fair, we compared rates with similar top championship courses in Thailand and abroad. Many of the courses selected have held international golf championships, and all offer a first class golfing experience.'

'Apart from the cost of actually playing 18 holes on some great courses, another plus factor for golfers holidaying in Thailand, is that the cost of lodging, transportation and food and beverages is also lower,' said Siegel.

Staying in the well-known Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort starts from US$130.00 whereas starting rates at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur are US$177.00. The Marriott Hua Hin Resort and Spa charges US$157.00 while the Singapore Marriot has their best rate at US$335.00.

Golf in the Kingdom promotes the Thailand golf experience, and features the leading Thai championship golf clubs and top hotels and resorts... basically the cream of the crop:

Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin
Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin
Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort
Loch Palm Golf Club in Phuket
Muang Kaew Golf Club in Bangkok
Red Mountain Golf Club in Phuket
Riverdale Golf Club in Bangkok
Siam Country Club in Pattaya
Thai Country Club in Bangkok

With the golf industry desperate to increase year on year revenues, at least Thailand seems to be addressing the situation, with good quality courses offering realistic rates.

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