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Lee Westwood chooses Thailand as favorite golfing destination

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Lee Westwood is one of the most famous golfers in the world. His career spans over a 25 year period where he has played in well over 100 countries but in a recent interview with he named Thailand as his favorite country to visit and play golf.

"I’ve traveled a lot, and seen lots of amazing places, so it’s hard to narrow it down to one, but I’ve always loved playing in Thailand, especially in and around Bangkok." "I’ve won few tournaments there in my career and I’ve always loved it.

"Not just the golf courses, but the country as a whole"- Westwood said. He also revealed what makes Thailand specific. "More than anything, it’s the people and the culture. The Thai people are just so unbelievably friendly and welcoming wherever you go."

"Not just at tournaments and hotels, but whenever you’re out and about. The hotels and resorts are incredible, and so is the food. And, if you like it hot, which I do, the climate is superb too, so it ticks a lot of boxes for me as a golfer and as a holiday destination."

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Lee Westwood Favorite Golf course

He also spoke about his favorite golf courses. He's played on a number of courses, but one stands out as his favorite.. "Amata Spring Country Club, where I’ve been lucky enough to have had a couple of wins, is obviously one of my favorites."

"It’s about an hour’s drive outside of Bangkok. It hosted the Royal Trophy a couple of times, which is a Ryder Cup-style tournament between Europe and Asia, but I won the first Thailand Golf Championship there in 2011."

"I remember shooting 60 in the opening round – a career best for me – and then I won it again when Amata hosted it in 2014, so I have some good memories there."

Westwood is a huge fan of Thailand, and has stated that another golf course he enjoys playing in Thailand is Alpine Golf Club, which is 20 minutes from Bangkok.

"It was originally built on a flat piece of land, so all the hills and elevations are man-made, but it a really fun course to play. I won the Johnnie Walker Classic there in 2004, and I remember it being very lush, and made you almost feel like you were playing around a tropical garden."

"Once again, water is a big feature of the course, and I recall a couple of cracking par threes to semi-island greens."

Are you keen to try local foods when you travel to more exotic destinations?

"You don’t get to be the size that I am without going out for a few meals and trying all different kinds of foods! Having said that, I don’t get a lot time to see the sights or go out hunting for specific local restaurants when I’m playing in tournaments, so often it will be a meal in the hotel. But we do occasionally get to go out and try more off-the-beaten-track places. I love Thai food, as I like a bit of spice, so I always like to try something new whenever I get the chance."

Which is your favorite hotel in Thailand?

"I’ve stayed at the St Regis in Bangkok a few times, and I would have to say that it’s not just my favourite place to stay when I’m playing in Thailand, but one of my favourite hotels in the whole world. It occupies an amazing spot right in the heart of the city and overlooks a golf course and a horse racing track – which is another favourite sport of mine. The rooms are huge, and the floor-to- ceiling windows offer a great view of the city, which looks even better at night. Each room comes with its own private butler, no matter what size of room you’ve got, which is a nice touch. It’s also got an open-air swimming pool overlooking the city, and there’s a great choice of local and international restaurants on site. It’s even got its own train station that comes right to the front door – not many hotels can say that!

Lee Westwood is a big fan of Thailand, and has stated that the country is one of his favorite golfing destinations. He particularly enjoys playing at the Amata Spring Country Club and Alpine Golf Club. When it comes to accommodation, he loves staying at the St Regis in Bangkok – which he says is one of his favorite hotels in the world.

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Birdie - Golf Courses in Thailand BIRDIE Team Wednesday, 20th April at 09:40 AM


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