Imagine how much you’d look forward to golf if every round played out like this: A private transfer takes you to the golf course and on arrival there’s a chorus of immaculately groomed caddies lining the entrance to welcome you with calls of “Sawadee Kha” – a traditional welcome.
Your caddie, sporting a caddy bib with your name and country flag, smiles when you arrive at the cart. Scorecards, water, everything is on your cart ready to go. There’s complimentary range balls for a warm-up and just before you head out on course the caddies break into a rendition of YMCA, Macarena or Bus Stop which is playing over the loud speakers. Your adrenaline is pumping and you’ve never felt better before tee off.
Your playing companions come from all over Australia and around the world. In fact, there are players from 27 countries. Every round there’s more lovely people to join you on the tee. There’s relief when you see their handicaps are similar to yours.
Your caddie knows every blade of grass on the course. She’s better than a GPS and alerts you to the hazards and affirms the best places to hit to. You play out of a bunker and instinctively look for the rake, only to realise your caddy already has it in hand and will leave the bunker brand new. The same happens every time you take a divot or make a pitch march. After a couple of holes she knows your game well enough and starts handing the right club before you’ve worked it out yourself. You think the putt goes left to right, your caddies advises two balls the other way – you soon learn to trust.
There are rest rooms and a kiosk every four holes and on a warm day your caddy returns with a cold flannel which feels like heaven on the back of your neck. You come to the 18th, you may not have had your best score, but you’ve certainly had your most memorable round.
You spend your afternoons lazing by the pool, grabbing bargains at the markets or pampering yourself once you learn that a one-hour massage costs just $12.
In the evening all the golfers have gathered for an hour of free drinks, tasty canapes and golf presentations. You hear laughter and catch yourself laughing out loud. You knew no-one when you got here but now people are asking if you’d like to join them for a seafood dinner at the night market. It turns out to be amazing and costs little more than a McDonald’s meal.
Laying in bed you reminisce about the fact that you ‘ummed and arghed’ for nearly a month before you finally filled out the booking form. You’re so glad you booked.
Bringing golfers together for the best time of their life is what Go Golfing does best. More than 1,500 golfers travel to the five annual tournaments they host in Thailand. In partnership with Golfasian they deliver events where golfers and partners are pampered from go to whoa.
All of these events are tailored for club golfers with the majority in their 50s, 60s and early 70s. The flagship event is the Centara World Masters in June each year. It’s the biggest tournament for club golfers in all of Asia.
Couples and golfing buddies are drawn to the 2 Ball tournaments in Pattaya in June and Chiang Mai in October. Singles and solo golf travellers have a fantastic week in Pattaya each September.
You’re bound to find an event that’s perfect for you.
For more information on Go Golfing’s tournaments in Thailand visit www.asiagolfweek.com
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