Golf tourism has been teeing off big time in the last five years and one of the newest destinations “putting” golf on the map is Thailand.
Anyone who’s become addicted to the art of chasing a small white ball around scenic fairways will know how important it is to have a golf course or two close to the resort hotel – or preferably, at it!
There are well over 50 million golf tourists these days around the world and according to a survey by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the country is one of the top golf destinations in Asia.
Thailand has approximately 260 courses, with new ones mushrooming along with new luxury resorts. The country has always been a favourite with Britons looking for a long-haul escape, and it’s also an American and Australian favourite.
Two new courses, Khao Yai (which is set in a National Park) and The Royal Gems Golf City (in Bangkok) which replicates famous international holes at courses such as St. Andrews and Augusta, Georgia, have been in the spotlight recently.
Rowan Clark from Australia’s Golf Digest magazine visited Khao Yai recently:
“I have never seen an elephant walking along the road to a golf course before! The countryside there was very lush and uninhabited, which was wonderful. We played Toscana and Rancho golf and they were both up there with any resort courses we have in Australia.”
Back home, some of the most exclusive shared ownership resorts are near to, or part of a golf resort. Ireland’s legendary K Club has hosted the Ryder Cup in the past and holds annual celebrity golf matches, while Gleneagles Seasonal Ownership offers buyers the privilege of being able to holiday at a luxury holiday home right on the doorstep of the famous Gleneagles course. More recently, luxury fractional golf development Machrihanish Dunes on the western coastline of Scotland in Mull of Kintyre is already a favourite with some top names in the golf world.