A very special post written by TSA’s other half…
Thailand – a great escape from the long winter in Shenyang. For one of us, it was a chance to experience what we had heard about the golf, กอล์ฟ, in Thailand.
Thailand has a reputation as a top golf destination in Asia, and this is well deserved. The golf courses are numerous, well maintained, and inexpensive compared to similar quality courses elsewhere. The service is top notch, with locker rooms, showers, and great caddies. You can even have your golf shoes cleaned after the round.
There were four of us golfing, all Michelin expats in Asia, from Shenyang, Shanghai, and Bangkok. We played 4 times during the week, at the following courses:
Chiangmai Highlands Golf Resort (http://www.chiangmaihighlands.com/golf/) – A Schmidt-Curley designed course with great views of the surrounding mountains, and all manners of trouble for even a mildly errant shot. The greens were rocket fast. Beautiful, but deadly!
Lam Luk Ka Country Club (http://lamlukkacc.com/) – A Roger Packard design with 36 holes bringing a lot of water into play. It has hosted professional golf events in the past and is still an Asian Tour Q-School site. You are assigned by the Starter to play 2 of the nines. With repeated visits, you would play the course 12 different ways.
Summit Windmill (http://www.summitwindmillgolfclub.com/) – This course was designed by Nick Faldo, and another one with plenty of water. Amazing (read “expensive”) houses were visible along some of the fairways. This course was definitely an exercise in risk-reward.
The Pine Golf & Lodge (http://www.thepinegolf.com/) – Since our departing flight was Saturday evening, we decided to add this 4th round on Saturday morning. This course is one step below the other 3, but it’s still a great course, a good choice as an “every weekend” place to play.
Check out a few of my favorite photos from the week.