Category: Golf Discounts
Golfing can be a very expensive hobby as we all know, especially if you're playing a few courses abroad.
However, there are ways to save money while golfing abroad and golfing in Thailand is no different.
In this blog post, we will discuss eleven money-saving tips that will help you have an enjoyable golfing experience, without breaking the bank when enjoying your golf holidays in Thailand.
There are many different ways to save money on your Thailand golf tours, and one way is to do some research before you book your trip.
Search for "golf deals Thailand" or "golf discount Thailand" on google.
Although Thailand's golf holidays are often a lot cheaper than many other countries, if you don't do your research you will still be paying over the odds.
There are many forums to check that are an alternative to Birdie such as AseanNow.com’ Golf in Thailand, where you will find topics, opinions, golf course directories and even a few reviews.
You can also ask around for recommendations from friends or family who have been to Thailand before.
The costs of a golf holiday in Thailand can vary depending on the time of year that you travel.
If you're looking to save money, the best time to travel would be during the rainy season or off-season between May and September.
This is when the prices are typically lower, the courses are a lot quieter, but in still top class condition. Courses like rain!
If you're on a budget, consider staying at the golf course.
Many golf courses have very reasonable accommodation and you'll save quite a lot on transport costs.
If you choose the right golf course to stay at you often have more than one course to play.
For example, Rayong Green Valley offers accommodation on-site and there are two other courses there, St Andrews 2000 and Silky Oaks.
Wangjuntr Golf Park also offers a variety of on-course accommodation and they have 3 golf courses within their golf park.
That said the evenings will be very quiet, so if you want to take in the nightlife and culture perhaps stay in a small guest house in town.
Then try to jump on a minibus run by the many golf groups around the country.
Eating like a local is another great way to save money while golfing in Thailand.
Instead of eating at expensive restaurants, try to find cheap local eateries. You'll be able to find delicious local Thai dishes for a fraction of the price. Most towns have night markets with various food stalls offering a variety of dishes.
Teeing off in the afternoon can help you save money on your golfing fees.
Many courses offer discounts for players who tee off after 12pm. If you telephone the club and ask if they have any special golf packages that day, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Some golf resorts even run twilight rates where you tee off around 4pm and pay a small green fee and then you pay your caddie just THB40 per hole.
It gets dark in Thailand around 6.30pm throughout most of the year so you could get in 14-15 holes if you are quick.
Joining a golf society is a great way to meet other golfers and save money.
Golf societies typically have membership fees that are much lower than the cost of playing at a course.
Even after playing two rounds you could be saving a lot, so it is worth joining while on a fortnight's golf break.
If you're planning on playing golf regularly, it's worth renting a golf locker at a local golf bar.
Pretty much all the golf bars have lockers from as little as 5,000 baht per year.
Buy a second set of clubs and leave them in Thailand.
There are many golf discount programs available for Thailand golf courses.
These programs offer discounts on green fees, accommodation, and other services including transport.
Playing during the weekdays is often cheaper than playing on the weekends.
This is because many people travel to Thailand for their vacations and only have time to play on the weekends.
Also Thais like to play at the weekends with friends and work colleagues, so weekend tee time come at a premium.
By playing during the weekdays, you'll be able to take advantage of lower prices.
A Sports Day is a national holiday in Thailand, and many businesses offer discounts on this day.
This includes golf courses!
So, if you're looking to save money, plan your trip around the Sports Day.
Even the best golf courses in Thailand like Black Mountain Golf Club, Thai Country Club and Banyan Golf Club also promote sports days, mainly during the low seasons or on say a Monday or Tuesday.
Choosing the right golf destinations for your Thailand golf holidays can have a significant impact on your budget.
Phuket for example is a lot more expensive to play golf than Pattaya.
There are just six good golf courses in Phuket and demand is high so the prices at courses like Red Mountain golf course and Blue Canyon country club rarely get discounted.
Meanwhile, Pattaya has nearly 30 golf courses, so during the low season when demand is low, even courses like Siam Country Club and Phoenix Gold Golf are known to discount their green fees.
If you want really cheap golf you can go to places like Kanchanaburi or Korat.
Visitors tend to golf in Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai or Phuket but some of the best golf courses in Thailand are actually not in these golf destinations.
If you're looking to save money on your golf holiday in Thailand, there are a few things you can do.
First, ask around for recommendations from friends or family who have been to Thailand before.
Second, choose the right time of year to travel.
Third, consider staying at a golf course.
Fourth, eat like a local.
Fifth, play in the afternoon.
Sixth, join a golf society.
Seventh, rent a golf locker.
Eighth, join a golf discount program.
Ninth, play during the weekdays.
And tenth, look out for the Sports Day.
By following these tips, you'll be sure to save money on your next trip to Thailand!
And by following these tips, you'll be sure to have a fun and affordable golf trip to Thailand!
Alternatively play like a king
Of course, if you don't want the hassle of a DYI golf vacation then your best bet is to check out Golfasian, one of the leading golf tour operators in the region. They offer custom golf holiday packages to suit your needs.
Not only will they look after you like a king, but they also arrange a lot of events where you will meet a lot of fellow golfers from all over the world.
Do you have any other money-saving tips that we didn't mention? Let us know in the comments below!
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