Golf in Thailand is fantastic but nevertheless people always want more and a complaint I often hear is that it is becoming quite expensive compared to other parts of the world. This is true when you take into account the cost of your whole day but not so accurate if talking about the greenfee alone.
Golf in the UK for example is around 30 pounds a round which would be the equivalent of approximately 1500 baht. In contrast a typical course in Pattaya like Greenwood would cost around 1000 baht for the greenfee but there is a catch, here there are extras which take it over the UK price. In Thailand it is compulsory to hire a local golf caddie, most courses will charge around 300 baht and a standard tip is anywhere from 200 baht – 500 baht (tip is also compulsory) taking the cost of the round over that of the UK equivalent course.
Some would say these caddies are worth every penny but lots would prefer to have the option especially when some courses make you take a golf cart. If you are lucky enough to be a good golfer, playing your home course and using a cart, why should you be made to hire a caddie?
What do you think?