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Thailand Tour 2014

posted 16 Mar 2013, 11:51 by Paul Collier   [ updated 16 Mar 2013, 12:02 by Brian Ward ]


              14 NIGHTS / 7 x GOLF / FEBRUARY, 2014


The proposed Thailand tour details follow......


03.02.14:                     Overnight on board EVA Air (or Thai Air or BA)

                                    Depart London Heathrow early evening on overnight flight to Bangkok

04.02.14:                     Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (1)

P:M                              Arrive Bangkok.  Flight to Chiang Mai (late evening arrival) **

05.02.14:                     Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (2)

A:M or P:M     Half Day OPTIONAL City & Doi Suthep Tour.  Group Welcome Dinner **

06.02.14:                     Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (3)

Day:                 Golf Day (1) at Alpine Chiangmai Golf Resort

07.02.14:                     Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (4)

Day:                 Golf Day (2) at Royal Chiangmai Golf Resort

08.02.14:                     Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (5)

Day:                 Full Day OPTIONAL Elephant Safari & River Rafting Tour.  Lunch at Tiger Sanctuary

09.02.14:                     Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (6)

Day:                 Golf Day (3) at Chiangmai Highlands Golf Resort

10.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (1)

A:M                      A:M                         Depart Chiang Mai on flight to Bangkok.  Transfer to Hua Hin Beach Resort,

with guided tour of Petchaburi and the Kings Summer Palace, en route

11.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (2)

Day:                 Golf Day (4) at Springfield Royal

12.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (3)

Day:                 At leisure

13.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (4)

Day:                 Golf Day (5) at Black Mountain Golf Club

14.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (5)

Day:                 Golf Day (6) at Imperial Lake View Princess Golf Club

15.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (6)

Day:                 At leisure

16.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (7)

Day:                 Golf Day (7) at Banyan Hua Hin (compulsory cart also included here)

17.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (8)

Day:                 At leisure prior to packing and Farewell Dinner & Prize-giving

18.02.14:                     Check out, transfer to Bangkok. 

                                    Depart Bangkok on midday flight to the U.K. on EVA Air (or Thai Air)         

                                    (arrival back in U.K. early evening of same day) 


The areas we will visit have been carefully selected for their relatively low humidity at this time of year and Hua Hin for its more temperate year round climate. Chiang Mai, located 300 metres above sea level, tends to be cooler than the capital, while Hua Hin is protected in the Gulf of Thailand, with cooling sea breezes and influenced the King to locate his summer residence here.  The Centara Grand Beach Resort Hua Hin is a low rise colonial style beach resort ideally located in the centre of the small but vibrant town of Hua Hin, a former fishing village, and just a short stroll to numerous shops, tailors, restaurants, bars and a night market.  The resort has 3 swimming pools in extensive grounds with beautiful topiary gardens and direct access to the beach with palm trees and miles of golden sand.  The Holiday Inn in Chiang Mai is located directly on the banks of the Mai Ping river, a few minutes taxi or local tuk tuk ride from the centre of town and the Night Bazaar.  It is worth noting that local laundries are ‘cheap as chips’ and provide an excellent service.  Restaurants are plentiful in all areas and cater for all tastes.  Thai people generally buy their clothes tailor-made as reflected by the umpteen tailor shops everywhere where you can be measured up, fitted and ready to wear a new suit, coat, silk shirt, trousers or dress within 48 hrs.  Not to be missed is the fun of haggling for ‘fake’ designer goods in the night markets.



The Alpine Golf Resort, Chiang Mai                                                                                     Distance from hotel:  (approx 30 mins)

Nestled in a valley between mountain ranges and natural forests, the course design was inspired by the magnificent hills on the horizon and the natural beauty and the ‘Alpine’ philosophy has been maintained throughout.  Designed by Ron Garl, one of the world’s best golf course designers who won the award of ‘Golf Course Designer of the Year’ in 1996 from the International Network Golf Industry (ING).  Three years before that, he had designed Alpine Golf Club.  He is also the designer of most of the golf courses in the top 50 in Florida, including the TPC at Prestansia and Palm Beach Polo Club. 


Royal Chiangmai Golf Resort                                                                                                   Distance from hotel:  (approx 40 mins)

Set within a valley surrounded by a magnificent mountain range, this is a course of outstanding natural beauty. The high altitude provides a cooler, less humid climate, clear air, and gentle breezes, an abundance of wildlife including many species of local birds and thousands of flowering trees.  The 7000 yd course designed by five-time British open Champion, Peter Thomson uses many of the elements from a British links style course; including bumpy gently rolling fairways, numerous pot bunkers and closely mowed areas around the greens.


Chiang Mai Eastern Highlands Golf Club                                                             Distance from hotel:  (approx 35 mins)

Opened in 2005 and designed by Schmidt-Curley, the team responsible for many of Asia's exciting new courses. Set in the hills outside Chiang Mai, it gives golfers the distraction of magnificent views on every hole.  Exciting and challenging for players of all levels and offers the choice of 5 different tee boxes.  From the first tee, a sense of golfing adventure starts as you are surrounded by magnificent views of the entire course and the mountain skyline in the background.  There are over 100 fairway and greenside bunkers. 


Imperial Lake View Princess Golf Club                                                                 Distance from hotel:  (approx 35 mins)

Designed by Roger Packard and features greens that are often hidden from the tees, coupled with well defined fairways to provide golfers with the necessary clues to retain their sense of direction.  The course design conveys a sense of adventure and is great fun to play.  The entertaining style produced by Packard and his team exhibits intrigue and imagination … toying with the preference of the modern day golfer, who enjoys a fair challenge juxtaposed with opportunity for justified risk.


Springfield Royal Country Club                                                                               Distance from hotel:  (approx 35 mins)

The Jack Nicklaus designed “East Course” makes up the first 18 holes of the 36-hole complex which played host to the 2010 Thailand open and is considered as one of the premier golf resorts of Thailand.  The course design meets the high demands of championship golf and yet remains an enjoyable challenge for all abilities.  Each hole has a minimum of five tees from which to play, but only the brave, or those who regularly rub shoulders with the world’s best, venture from the back tees.  All tees provide varying degrees of difficulty, so that all golfers can appreciate the subtleties this course offers.  


Black Mountain Golf Club                                                                                        Distance from hotel:  (approx 20 mins)

Designed by Mr Phil Ryan, the 7th new golf course in Hua Hin was transformed from lush jungle and pineapple plantations.  The course is set in a valley, just next to the ‘Black Mountains’, which are so named because of the large black rocks set into the mountains, providing a fantastic backdrop to many of the holes.  The course is a test for the top golfers, but also very playable for the average golfer.  All the holes provide the golfer with a safe route but for the more adventurous player there is a higher risk option with a potential greater reward.


Banyan Hua Hin Golf Club                                                                                       Distance from hotel:  (approx 30 mins)

Built among a pineapple plantation, this course opened in October 2008 and is the newest Hua Hin golf course.  It provides for spectacular mountain and ocean views from most of the holes and is by a wide margin the best layout in the area.  Each hole has 6 tee boxes making the course more or less challenging, and strategically placed water hazards, waste and sand bunkers are spread out throughout the course.   Lush Zyosia fairways, a local grass, are a pleasure to hit from as balls sit up nicely on the fairways.  Greens laid with Tiffeagle grass make for fast but receptive putting surfaces.