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Hi new to this forum, 

1. Does annual membership cover your green fees ?

2. Every time you play golf , is the motorised golf cart compulsory or can you just walk around with a golf push cart ? 
3. What are some of the cheaper options to play golf in Pattaya , Hua hin or other coastal areas?

4. I like Koh Chang but I hear there is no nearby golf course ?

thank you and sorry if this is a repetive questions ?

 

 

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Yes and No.  Every golf club/course is different - ring and ask. Google Maps/Earth.

No golf course on Ko Chang

 

 

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4 hours ago, darrenr said:

3. What are some of the cheaper options to play golf in Pattaya ,

Have a look at the September price list from Pattaya Sports Club which may give you some ideas. Hua Hin tends to be more expensive.

The previous poster has given you answers but there are nuances -

1 - not at most courses from what I can see

2 - You cannot walk around just with a trolley - you need a caddie to pull it at nearly every full size course (excepting the odd navy course and possibly 1/2 others). 

4 - I believe there is a pitch and putt course on Koh Chang...... https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g580110-d3830371-Reviews-Koh_Chang_Golf_Course-Ko_Chang_Trat_Province.html

PSC Golf Rates - September 2020.pdf

 

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Every "membership" course I know of make at least a caddie required.

Some may make you take a cart also but the majority I know of require at least a caddie.

So, if you have a membership as I do at a course in Chiang Mai, I pay the caddie fee and caddie tip only the green fee is part of the yearly membership, no cart is required. As someone else suggested, contact the course for additional info.  A place like Siam CC will probably have additional fees and be more expensive on each individual round.

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A lot of courses still require member to pay green fees but at 50-70% off. The membership in many cases also allows you to bring a non-member friend and pay a reduced green fee. All the good courses I've played at require both carts and caddies. It's more to keep people moving at around the same speed as walkers tend to slow riders down.

Joining a golf society can extend your discounts to numerous courses where a membership is usually only good at 1 course. I went on 1 golf society "trip" and for 1 fee we played 4 courses in 3 days including hotel and breakfast/dinner.

Not sure those are happening right now with covid but you can check.

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In the UK being a member usually means you don't pay additional green fees, that's what made golf so popular and so many people play it, Thailand not so. There are 9 hole courses (play 18 holes) where no compulsory caddy and green fees are circ 300 baht

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Most Thai courses charge a reduced fee for members. Most also make it mandatory to have a caddie with a cart. While walking with a golf buggy can be done, some courses are so long between tee and the next green it can become an endurance event.

I was a member of a golf course in Chiang Mai. I now doubt its value, because the social competitions I entered into were not organised by the club. Nowadays, I find pay for play inexpensive, nearly all the courses are discounting to attract golfers in the era of coronavirus. Being a member has no appeal for me now. Unless one is playing golf 5-6 times a week, the savings by being a member are dubious.

One should bear in mind a membership is a commitment, and the Thai government's commitment to foreigners is one year maximum, unless purchasing an Elite visa.

 

 

 

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You are not in the UK. Welcome to Thailand. 

Most courses allow pushcarts which the caddie will take care of for you, rake bunkers & give general  advice when asked. Unless you are a very fit young fella in this heat a caddie is great & does the donkey work for you so you can enjoy your round.

Most member courses have a much reduced green fee for members if any on some days (midweek)

Some also have different classes of membership. Check 

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12 minutes ago, natway09 said:

You are not in the UK. Welcome to Thailand. 

Most courses allow pushcarts which the caddie will take care of for you, rake bunkers & give general  advice when asked. Unless you are a very fit young fella in this heat a caddie is great & does the donkey work for you so you can enjoy your round.

Most member courses have a much reduced green fee for members if any on some days (midweek)

Some also have different classes of membership. Check 

Yes we are not in the UK or US, most people I've played with are easily fit enough to walk and have no caddy, 90% would prefer not to have a caddy. One day at Greenwood the caddies were away elsewhere at a competition, we loved it, the round took 3.5 hours, a record in Thailand

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2 hours ago, scubascuba3 said:

easily fit enough to walk and have no caddy, 90% would prefer not to have a caddy.

Fitness has nothing to do with having a caddie or not.

We obviously play in different circles because 90% of the people I play with (actually probably more) have no issue with having a caddie. And the majority walk.

 

As you have publicly stated you have given up playing anything but the Navy courses, is this 90% of the guys who play there? 

 

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26 minutes ago, topt said:

Fitness has nothing to do with having a caddie or not.

We obviously play in different circles because 90% of the people I play with (actually probably more) have no issue with having a caddie. And the majority walk.

 

As you have publicly stated you have given up playing anything but the Navy courses, is this 90% of the guys who play there? 

 

It's 90% of the people I played with over the last 5 years, of course tourists don't mind caddies as its a novelty. Now 100% of the guys I play with don't want a caddy. I appreciate the very elderly and unfit want a cart and caddy

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2 minutes ago, scubascuba3 said:

It's 90% of the people I played with over the last 5 years, of course tourists don't mind caddies as its a novelty. Now 100% of the guys I play with don't want a caddy. I appreciate the very elderly and unfit want a cart and caddy

We will just have to agree to disagree on this one (as usual) :wai:

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1 hour ago, scubascuba3 said:

It's 90% of the people I played with over the last 5 years, of course tourists don't mind caddies as its a novelty. Now 100% of the guys I play with don't want a caddy. I appreciate the very elderly and unfit want a cart and caddy

The vast majority of Thais I see on the golf courses I play take caddies, as do the farang friends I play with. I walk nine holes; the caddies struggle to keep up with me ( shorter legs ). Have a cart for 18.

I take a caddie because I used to be one myself as a teenager, they are convenient, and they need the work even more with coronavirus. It's not as if they are a huge burden on my wallet.

 

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15 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

The vast majority of Thais I see on the golf courses I play take caddies, as do the farang friends I play with. 

 

That's because they are compulsory 

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