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Phuket golf club members outraged by fee hike

PHUKET: More than 180 members of the Blue Canyon Country Club have called on the Phuket Governor to step in over a hike in annual membership fees of more than 300%.


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Wednesday 15 March 2017, 09:18AM


Vice Governor Siwaporn Chuasawad (in uniform) receives the complaint on Monday (Mar 13). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Vice Governor Siwaporn Chuasawad (in uniform) receives the complaint on Monday (Mar 13). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The agitated swingers filed a complaint, addressed to Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan and filed with the Phuket office of the Consumer Protection Board, at Phuket Provincial Hall on Monday (Mar 13).

Present to receive the complaint were Vice Governor Siwaporn Chuasawad, Phuket Provincial Office Chief Administrative officer (Palad) Tawanawat Kongkaew and an official from the Damrongdharma Centre (provincial ombudsman’s office).

The group argued that the club did not inform members before introducing the fee rise, and that members did not accept the hike.

One member at the prestigious club, who asked not to be named, told The Phuket News, said the club announced the fee rise to members in a notice dated Feb 22, 2017.

The rise from B22,500 per member per year to B70,000 per member per year represented a rise of more than 300%, he noted.

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Also, transfer fees for individual members nearly doubled, from B140,000 to B250,000, while the transfer fee for a corporate member jumped to B350,000.

“To protect the rights of both Thai and foreign members under the rules of the Blue Canyon Club, we ask the Chairman of Phuket Consumer Protection Board to investigate the Blue Canyon Golf Course operators to clarify the facts and invite the entrepreneur to negotiate with all the callers,” the complaint read.

“If it is necessary to prosecute business operators, the petitioner (members) wishes to have the Consumer Protection Board prosecute,” it added.

Vice Governor Siwaporn said she would take steps to expedite negotiations between the members and the club management in the hope of quickly reaching an amicable settlement for both parties.

 

 

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Sue Yu2 | 16 March 2017 - 20:14:20

Timothy - get your facts right if you're going to slag someone off. 70000 is an INCREASE of over 200% on the previous 22500 bt fee, but more than 3 TIMES AS MUCH. So I'm right, not you. The article's wrong.

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Kurt | 16 March 2017 - 20:05:26

I like to correct myself. 
I was paying 1000 thb per person for playing exclusive the fee/tip for female caddy.
The golf offer was many months for guest players, only who came with 2 persons.
I still have that promotion recu.  We talk about year 2008.
Members were not shown the promotion offer, it was not for them.
It was under the table promotion for guest players, attracting them to become member.

Hope this cleared matters.
( I not mentioned which Kathu Golf club!)

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swerv | 16 March 2017 - 16:41:46

Pauly44: In 2008 members were paying about 1,500thb, walk ins were about 3,500thb which makes a nonsense of Kurts comment that he played a round for 1,000thb including caddy.
I played Loch Palm before it was Loch Palm ( forget the name)in late 1990's and a round then was 600thb plus 100thb for a caddy.

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Pauly44 | 16 March 2017 - 15:19:12

OK Swerv but you could get around for 1500 at loch palm back then, try doing that these days...greedy buggers, Phuket courses charge upwards of 3 x times that of other courses in Thailand and the punters will pay it & Blue Canyon knows this!

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Timothy | 16 March 2017 - 09:26:12

CaptainJack, Just because people could afford the membership doesn't mean they should be ripped off after the fact. These people bought memberships based on the fees at the time of purchase. The yearly dues were raised from 22,500 to 70,000 in one go, without notice. Sorry Sue Yu2, you can't count. That is over 300%. On top of the yearly dues being increased they also made use of buggys compulsory, so add another 700 baht to your day of golf. Still not satisfied, the club raised the transfer fee from 10% of membership cost, to 250,000 baht. So....this is like buying a Fortuner for 1.4 million, then Toyota telling you (after the fact) that your insurance is going to be raised over 300% and if you don't like it, you can sell the Fortuner for about one-third of what you paid because of the increases, and then give them 250,000, thank you very much.   

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swerv | 16 March 2017 - 06:01:50

Kurt: I am a member of Loch Palm and in 2008 there is absolutely no way you played the course for 1,000thb including caddy. Caddy fee alone was 300thb then. Fairy tales as normal.

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Big Increases | 16 March 2017 - 01:09:16

Why can't you leave and find another course or even better still, another country to live in?

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BenPendejo | 15 March 2017 - 19:22:41

Lucky Kurt...21 holes for 1,000 baht...definitely the good'ol days

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Richard S | 15 March 2017 - 17:33:19

Sorry CaptainJack but it is not the same situation.  You didn't pay 1,000.000 baht or more just to enter the showroom and then found out that the new models cost 3 times the price of the old models.

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Kurt | 15 March 2017 - 17:06:37

I remember the time in 2008, as a non member drive to Kathu golf club, pay 1000 thb. Get a lady-caddy and play all the holes.
That was pleasant.

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