A survey by Asian golf holiday company Golfasian has shown that Thailand is still one of the least expensive places in the world for a round of golf.
A recent survey by the company, looking at midweek high season visitor rates, found that the average round of golf cost 29% less in Thailand than at similar clubs surveyed in six other countries.
The most expensive golf course was the Emirates Club’s Majlis course, home to the Dubai Desert Classic, where a round costs US$271 (B8,200). At the other end of the scale, the lowest rate was US$111 (B3,300) at Bangkok’s Muang Kaew Golf Club, where the price even includes a massage.
“We knew from the feedback we were getting from our regular customers, that golf [in Thailand] was very reasonably [priced],” said Mark Siegel, founder of Golfasian and President of Golf In A Kingdom. “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, which recently hosted both the Asian Tour Masters and the prestigious Royal Trophy, was only US$130 [B3,900]. This compares with another Asian Tour venue, Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore, where they charge US$238 [B7,200] a round, 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.”