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Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand, boasting a population of over 11 million people. Being one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities, Bangkok offers a stunning mix of palaces, temples, canals, markets, restaurants and golf courses.
You will find the people of Bangkok to be very welcoming and they walk around with a smile on their face. Bangkok is both one of the most exciting and safest cities to visit on the planet. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation and Bangkok has everything from international five start hotels, boutique hotels and rental apartments. You will find it very easy to find suitable accommodation when playing golf in Bangkok.
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is the major airport and accepts flights from all over the world, making it a very easy destination to visit and play golf. Whether you are travelling from Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Japan or India, you will find direct flights to Bangkok at all times of the year. If you are planning a trip from the United states you will need to catch a connecting flight but the stopovers tend to be very short.
Once you are in Suvarnabhumi Airport, you can use the rail link to make your onward journey or use a taxi.
When playing golf in Bangkok, you will want to maximise your time on the golf course. The best time to that is between November and February. This is known as the cool season and offers the most pleasant temperatures and driest conditions. Even though this is the coolest period of the year in Bangkok, it is not cold and temperatures can still rise to around 30 degrees in the day time, dropping to around 20 degrees after dark.
If you visit in March and April you will find the weather is very hot and it’s not uncommon for temperatures to reach 40 degrees. You may struggle to enjoy a round of golf in that heat, so perhaps you should plan your trip to fall in-between November and February if possible. The other option is to visit Bangkok between May and October and this is when you will find the bulk of the wet weather. However, much of this is in the form of short, sharp bursts and other than the months of September and October, you should have no trouble playing golf in Bangkok any time of year.
Playing golf in Bangkok would not be a complete experience if you did not visit the Alpine Golf and Sports Club. Ranked as not only one of the best golf courses in Thailand but the whole of Asia, Alpine Golf and Sports Club has previously hosted the Johnnie Walker Classic PGA tournament and seen the likes of Tiger Woods step onto the course.
The fast greens and undulating fairway are kept in fantastic condition and the elevation changes, water and beach style bunkering all add to the experience. Jungle lines several of the fairways so you must be accurate off the tee and some of the greens are well protected by water, so you must be on your game to achieve a low score. However, this is the best golf course in Bangkok and is a must play for any golfer visiting this area of Thailand.
For incredible service when playing golf in Bangkok you should head to Thai Country Club, which is just 50 minutes from downtown Bangkok. This is another Bangkok golf course which has staged major national and international tournaments and you will be fully tested on the 18 holes.
Water hazards and sand bunkers are abundant around the course and the undulating greens will have you deep in thought when planning a putt. The fairway and greenside bunkering is a sight to behold and it’s easy to be caught up in the beauty of the design and take your eye off the ball. The caddies at Thai Country Club are superb and the award-winning clubhouse and friendly staff are excellent, ensuring you a tremendous experience.
Although the two golf courses highlighted above are not to be missed when playing golf in Bangkok, there are others you will also enjoy immensely.
Navatanee Golf Club features a beautiful parkland style course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Suwan Golf and Country Club played host to the 2010 Asian Tour International and 2011 Thailand Open. Set amongst rural villages in the countryside west of Bangkok, the latter provides a fun and unique experience.
With over 35 courses to choose form, playing golf in Bangkok is a brilliant experience and one you are sure to enjoy, again and again.