This Month's Destination
If you're planning to be the big winner at Skins, Texas Scramble or Sixes among your golfing buddies this year, factor in time for a few rounds of holiday golf before you place your bets.
Without the pressure of competing for medals, tournaments or high stakes, a round of golf takes on a different dimension. Playing on holiday can allow you to focus on your game, to fine tune its flaws, and to simply enjoy what many took golf up for in the first place � the beautiful views. You will probably come back relaxed and ready to blow away your competition on the home course.
Holiday golf does not have to be an expensive exercise. For example, Thailand has more than 200 golf courses, many in favourite resort areas such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Phuket, and Bangkok. You have your pick of settings, from the modern metropolis of the capital to the seaside splendour of the beach destinations.
Their main selling point is the casual approach towards welcoming guests � clubhouses are seldom snobbish and many welcome those without handicap certificates, which allow families to bring along beginners such as their children or friends starting out in the game.
This does not mean the quality of the greens and fairways are unprofessional. Some of the top names in golf, such as Gary Player, Greg Norman and Arnold Palmer, have been involved in course design in the kingdom. The results speak for themselves - challenging, well-tended and scenic courses playable all year. Thanks to Thailand's tropical climate.
While golf has never been considered a family-friendly game, it is on holiday that more of a concession may be made towards the kids. In a relaxed setting, rambunctious children roaming the fairways are less likely to set ones nerves on edge.
Should this scenario still be inconceivable to the serious golfer, there are plenty of non-golfing distractions for the family in the form of shopping malls, delicious restaurants, cultural attractions and even Muay-thai kickboxing classes.
Sunny Holidays' Royal Orchid Holidays golf packages range from one-day golf tours to three-day two-nights' excursions. Clients play courses such as the famous Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, Bangkok's challenging Thai Couintry Club and the picturesque Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club.
Being a Thailand and golf specialist, Sunny Holidays can also customise longer golf safaris for die-hard players who want to ensure they get enough practices on holiday to win every single bet they make when they return home.
Customise all these with Royal Orchid Holidays, available in Singapore through Sunny Holidays.
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