Occasionally, every golfer needs a change of scene. So what do you do when you’ve got time to spare and mistress Thailand beckons? Whatever your interests, this beautiful country has something to offer. A big country with a big heart, you’ll fall in love in an instant – and after a lifetime, still finds something new and exciting around every mystic corner!
From idyllic resorts such as Phuket and Cha-am, to the cosmopolitan dynamism of Bangkok; from the monuments and temples of ancient Ayutthaya to the romance of Damnoen Saduak’s floating market, Thailand will reward the first-timer and the seasoned explorer alike. Whether for hours or for weeks, the possibilities are unlimited. Your experiences will be the threads from which treasured memories are woven.
Revel in the cultural heritage of Thailand’s long and colourful history. Marvel at the architectural magnificence of her temples, the intricacy of traditional ‘khon’ drama or the culinary delights of Thai cuisine – never better than when enjoyed in its homeland! And before you leave – we’re sure you’ll return – make sure you treat yourself to a sample of Thai craftsmanship, a special souvenir of your stay. Whether your taste runs to ornate woodcarvings, the most beautiful gold and silver jewellery or the delicacy of hand-woven silks the choice is completely and wonderfully yours!
And then there will be the memories: an ‘impossible to capture on film’ sunset over the Gulf, the putt of a lifetime at Laem Chabang or the tranquillity of moments stolen in a centuries old Buddhist temple. Indelibly etched on your memory, they will be a special ‘thank you’ from Thailand herself!
Does this sound like an impossible dream? Well it’s not, and there’s never been a better time to take the first step towards your taste of paradise. Call Freedom Golf Tours now and, before you know it, you could be teeing-off in ‘the land of smiles’.
Go on, live your dream. You deserve it!
There are few parts of the world that evoke such colourful images as the Orient. Combine these with some of the world’s greatest golf courses and you have the recipe for a truly memorable holiday.
Run ‘by golfers for golfers’, Freedom Golf Tours specialises in organising golfing holidays to the magical country of Thailand. Ian Kelloway, the founder of Freedom Golf Tours, has many years’ experience of Thailand and her wonderful golf courses. Now, he is using this knowledge to tailor golfing holiday packages that will delight novice and seasoned players alike.
Thailand, ‘the land of smiles’, is full of wonders and has something for every taste – whether aesthetic, exotic or adventurous. As well as beautiful beaches and warm seas, the visitor can experience glittering temples, seething markets, historic palaces and some of the world’s friendliest people. The majority of Thais are Buddhist, a characteristic that permeates daily life – even in worldly Bangkok, women still turn out at dawn to offer rice to saffron-robed monks. Furthermore, because Thailand was never colonised, there is no historical resentment towards foreigners; instead, there is a strong sense of pride in the past, respect for the Thai monarchy and a warm welcome for visitors!
Freedom Golf Tours has hand-picked a range of fantastic golf courses, many of which have been designed by golf’s superstars, to challenge the skills of players at all levels. Laem Chabang International Country Club golf course, for example, was designed by Jack Nicklaus, whilst Sriracha International Golf Club was the brainchild of Gary Player. These splendid courses are both included in our itinerary.
The Thai people have a long tradition of hospitality and courteous service, a characteristic perfectly demonstrated by the charming young lady caddies (often 300-400 at each club) who will cheerfully carry your bag – and dispense excellent advice on clubbing and putting lines into the bargain! Be sure to bring your umbrella, to ward off the sun rather than the rain, as you discover the golfing paradise that exists in this ancient, exotic and richly floral kingdom.
Pattaya, situated on the Gulf of Thailand, is a one-time fishing village that has grown, during the last forty years, to a population of approximately 55000. Now Thailand’s liveliest holiday resort, it is a brash and boisterous Mecca for adults seeking fun and exciting entertainment! And if you fancy a break from the golf, it’s easy to explore among the islands located just off the coast. Boats can be hired from the town’s pier and, for the more adventurous, water sports and scuba diving can also be arranged locally. Not surprisingly, given its coastal location, Pattaya is widely acclaimed for the seafood that can be enjoyed at numerous open-air restaurants along the shoreline. All the golf courses included in the itinerary are within a 40-minute drive of the resort.
You will stay at the luxury Pattaya Royal Garden Resort Hotel. Situated just across the road from the beach in central Pattaya, this hotel is set in lovely tropical gardens with a giant lotus pond as a focal point.
For dining and entertainment, you can choose between a coffee shop, a speciality restaurant, the lobby lounge or a poolside bar – the latter being perfect for casual snacks and drinks during the day. And for a change of scene, you can always try one of the many restaurants in the shopping mall adjacent to the hotel.
The Pattaya Royal Garden Resort Hotel also boasts an excellent swimming pool (one of Pattaya’s largest), complete with a luxury spa bath, and water sports can be arranged from the nearby beach. Finally, if you have time, you can even enjoy free daytime tennis!
The hotel’s 300 rooms are attractively and comfortably furnished with garden view and sea view rooms, all of which have air conditioning, telephone, television, minibar, bath, shower and a balcony.
This is a truly amazing 27-hole world-class championship course designed by the great man himself – Jack Nicklaus. Set in a valley surrounded by rolling hills, it’s a course to test the nerve of low and high handicappers alike. The complete layout, with fairways bordered by beautiful exposed rock formations, features three 9-holes, with ‘lake’, ‘mountain’ and ‘valley’ sections offering a variety of testing terrain. Your challenge is completed by plenty of bunkers around large undulating greens and some long water carries. A superb clubhouse, with a delightful restaurant and luxury locker room, complements this outstanding golf course.
Designed by the legendary Gary Player, this magnificent championship course features a good selection of uphill and downhill fairway lies in another stunning rural setting. A unique par 3 third – over a crocodile pit – sets the scene for a very interesting round of golf! Afterwards, a splendid colonial clubhouse offers first class dining and locker room facilities and the luxury of an enormous swimming pool. The exotic scenery of the surrounding mountains, the sparkling sea and the tranquil charm of nature make this course a must for every serious golfer.
Of Japanese design, Bangphra International Golf Club is undoubtedly one of the most attractive championship courses in Thailand. Another well-matured course, set amongst jungle-clad hills, it too features many interesting water hazards. As you would expect, the fairways and greens are immaculately maintained and the imposing clubhouse offers yet another superb restaurant as well as the usual luxury locker room facilities. Whatever your handicap, this course will undoubtedly provide a memorable day’s golf!
Designed by golfing architect Peter Dye, Khao Kheow’s course nestles amongst low surrounding hills with breathtaking views across open countryside. Beautifully maintained fairways and greens will bring out the best in your game – and then there’s the challenge of Dye’s signature ‘island’ hole! Khao Kheow’s clubhouse provides an excellent range of facilities, including luxury locker rooms and a wonderful restaurant with panoramic views across the course and the surrounding countryside.
Like Augusta’s National, the home of the US Masters, the fairways and generous greens on this course look deceptively easy. Architect Dennis Griffiths has placed a premium on course strategy, with each hole having distinct landing areas from which to attack the pins, many of which have been landscaped with bamboo, eucalyptus and other exotic vegetation. As well as enjoying the challenge of the club’s 27 holes (watch out for the tricky dog-leg par 4 17th), you will undoubtedly enjoy some of the best views in Asia, with temples, distant hills and beautiful seascapes providing a perfect setting. A massive cathedral-style clubhouse dominates the course and provides excellent facilities.
Renowned as one of the best courses in Thailand, this famous championship course has been compared with the Royal Berkshire because of its lovely ‘English Countryside’ setting. During your game, you will encounter many interesting features including the demanding fairways, water hazards, numerous strategically placed bunkers and fast, difficult, greens. The long dog-leg par 5 18th finishes on a beautiful green overlooked by a very distinctive open-plan clubhouse.
Designed by Nick Faldo, the Great Lake course is located in a magnificent setting on the shore of the Dok Krai lake. The fairways and greens are immaculate and your first impression may be that this is an easy course! But beware, for golfers whose concentration lapses will find themselves in one of the 120 strategically placed bunkers, six irrigation lakes or the native grass areas that border the rough! We’re sure that, after your game, you will have plenty of tales to tell over a relaxing drink in the excellent clubhouse!
Rayong Green Valley Country Club enjoys a lovely valley setting, designed by Peter Thompson, with lots of water and some tough dog-legs. This is another beautifully landscaped course with the par 3 holes being particularly spectacular. Designed to test the most accomplished golfer, the greens are amongst the fastest and most difficult in Thailand. The clubhouse, although perhaps not quite as spectacular as some of the others, provides fine dining and locker room facilities.
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