Golf is an amazing sport, unlike most of other competitive sports. It is played at different golf courses and each course is so different from the other so much so that not just the outcome of the event might well be decided by the structure of the course, but the course itself becomes the most fascinating part. Golfers will vie for getting some shots at admired golf courses. Thus the golf courses become the destination in themselves. Now, that is the phenomenon we are increasingly seeing around. Golf tourism has become a dedicated offshoot of tourism in general and sports tourism in particular.
A golf course needs large area, big greens and an excellent topography. Since south east Asia has all of this in abundance, therefore many south Asian countries are more and more showcasing themselves as golfing destinations. Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia are prominent among them. Thailand has done this to great length and this was one of the reasons, why Thai Golf Passport was launched, which has now entered its season 3.
Thailand is no doubt renowned as Asia’s most popular golfing destination. Golf has been played in Thailand for more than a century with games recorded at Royal Bangkok Sports Club, as early as 1905. Over the years Thailand has greeted millions of Tourists to experience the beautiful scenery as well as welcomed golfers around the world to tee-off and swing on the superb courses nationwide. Thailand provides tremendous value in all the areas that really matter to Visiting golfers. From the wide range of hotel accommodation and golf, to shopping in local markets or high-bass department stores, to the breadth of dining options and nightlife, as well as travelling in Thailand is remarkably cheap for the quality provided.
The golf itself is the main reason golf enthusiasts travel to a premier golf destination, and with layouts designed by Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones II, Nick Faldo, Pete Dye, and Greg Norman, you will not be disappointed in Thailand. In addition there are dozens of top quality courses from Thai and Japanese architects who might not boast household names across Europe and North America, but you will never forget the golf they have created here.
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There are more than 250 international standard courses located throughout Thailand with new ones opening every year ensuring an embarrassment of riches for the visiting golfer. Thailand is a beautiful country that offers an amazing spectrum of physical environments. It only follows that the courses are equally diverse and spectacular. From the bustling capital city of Bangkok, to the beautiful mountainous countryside of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai…. From the stunning beaches in Phuket and Ko Samui, to the bright lights and amazing nightlife of Pattaya. From the quieter seaside town of Hua Hin, to the waterfalls and stunning scenery of Khao Yai… Thailand has an amazing assortment of golf courses thanks to an extraordinary diversity of landscapes.
A unique and truly memorable part of playing golf in Thailand is predominantly female Thai caddies. They provide a level service that will stun many first time visitors – it must be the best value for money anywhere in the golfing world. Greeting you upon arrival at the clubhouse Thai caddies take care of everything before you tee off. They will guide you around the course. They will give you distances to the green, make your ball, rake your bunkers, read your putts and cool you down when the sun gets a bit hot. Through it all smiles and good cheer. It’s been estimated that 900,000 Thais play the game; it’s another reason there are so many good courses here. Thais really love their golf. Just as important the Thai people are all too happy to share that they’ve created. That is also the reason why Thai Golf Pass is such a handy thing for all golf enthusiasts.
HIGHLIGHTS of the Program:
- Thai Golf Pass is the first ever loyalty program for any country
- Unique initiative by Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi
- A seamless golf experience exclusive to Thailand
- Amazing rewards on redemption of loyalty points
- User friendly online program
- Brings all the suppliers under one platform
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The inaugural season of the initiative saw the Website Launch, 2 Promotional events in India and an event in Bangkok, 83 Loyalty Partners, 2307 membership registrations. A total of 522 Golfers travelled to Thailand under Thai Golf Pass. The Season three will see a number of roadshows , a Promotional events at the Delhi Golf Club with 3 events in Thailand. Increase Number of Loyalty Partners to 200 and increase membership’s base to cover 5000 Golfers. The number of loyalty partners has already reached to around 155 and so far 4000 members have registered themselves for the Thai Golf Passport.
Thai Golf Pass is also looking for promotional activities in 24 Indian cities including Shillong, Kaziranga, Ooty, Shimla etc. to encourage budding and upcoming golfers to play golf in Thailand. More and more emphasis is on vernacular regions of the country. This is besides all the activities planned in Thailand. There are three events where Thai Golf Pass is a partner. There is also a plan to organise Golf 2020 in May next year at Pattaya, where a Guinness Record will be attempted when 2020 players will tee-off simultaneously in a single event on a day across 17 golf courses. Almost 60 percent of these will be Indian golfers.
So, it’s going to be very busy season 3 ahead for the Thai Golf Pass. Anil Dev, Managing Director, SLW moderated the event for launch of season 3 at Delhi Golf Club. Others who graced the occasion were Isra Stapanaseth, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi Office, Shashank Chaudhary, Sales & Marketing Director, Callaway Golf India, Chitranjan Bakhshi, Business Head, Golf Holidays and Rishi Tomar, COO, SLW Golf Management. Thai Airways is also one of the partners of the program.
Therefore, if you are looking to the works best golfing experience, then look no farther. Great value, year-round warm weather, over 250 courses location diversity country infrastructure trained caddies, accommodation, Thai people and attractions, terrific Thai food. and an exotic culture come to make Thailand the world’s best golf holiday destination!
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