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How can golf clubs in Thailand survive the next 6 months?

 

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Free golf carts?

 

Here in Thailand, we are blessed with over 260 golf courses, however it would be fair to say that the top 100 most likely grab 90% of all the golf rounds played.

 

During the Pandemic, golf clubs have tried hard to cut back on expenditure, while 80% of their courses still need regular maintenance.

 

Certainly, for the next two months, us expat golfers already living, working, or retired here, along with locals of course, will make up 100% of bookings.

 

Expat pensions have suffered due to the strong Baht, and salaries have been reduced. That said let us not forget that many middle-class Thais are also feeling the pinch too.

 

So, golf club managers are going to have to be creative to stimulate more rounds of golf.

 

What ideas would you suggest, to encourage us to get out and play more golf?

 

Perhaps Free Carts, more sports days, 12-hole rounds, food vouchers…. let us have your suggestions.

 

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The no brainer is optional caddies and value for money yearly membership without additional fees

maybe it's a good thing if some courses go bust then golfers can get together and buy the courses and run them how they want, optional cart, optional caddy, yearly membership, lockers for clubs, more

I have been paying 1/2 to 1/3 of normal high season rates. Most of the caddies are friendly/have families and try to be helpful. Anyone who won't play due to caddie fees or cannot afford a 1

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5 hours ago, scubascuba3 said:

maybe it's a good thing if some courses go bust then golfers can get together and buy the courses and run them how they want, optional cart, optional caddy, yearly membership, lockers for clubs, more farang food, competitions run by the club, committee set up, captain and all that stuff that makes golf clubs work in farangland

They work in" farangland" because they follow the rules of the club.....Farangs here cant wear a Helmut on thuccking motorbike,so fat chance of following dress code or any other rules a golf club might want to impose.

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9 hours ago, keithsimmonds said:

They work in" farangland" because they follow the rules of the club.....Farangs here cant wear a Helmut on thuccking motorbike,so fat chance of following dress code or any other rules a golf club might want to impose.

I bet 10 baht the knucklehead farang who don't wear a helmet don't play golf, with a few exceptions

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Well the first thing is there is no golfing high season in 2020/2021 due to COVID.

 

There are no tourists to apply these ridiculous high season prices too.

 

So unfortunately these golf courses owners / management that raised their prices are to intellectually challenged to understand that the only golfers available are the same ones that have been here since January 2020.

 

So greddy golf courses get a grip on reality and put your pricing model back down to prices that will attract the current in-country golfers.

 

Me personally; have gone from golfing to once every two weeks in Bangkok due to these seasonal price increases.

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22 minutes ago, berrec said:

There are no tourists to apply these ridiculous high season prices too.

 

So unfortunately these golf courses owners / management that raised their prices

Which courses have raised their prices? Around Pattaya most have pretty much stayed the same in November as per previous months and I am not hearing of increases for December.

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For coming December , the new promotions has increased to  around 400 baht compared to the previous months but still less prior to COVID 

So for my area, they are improving and not hurting as bad to allow them to increase the fees.

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18 hours ago, scubascuba3 said:

maybe it's a good thing if some courses go bust then golfers can get together and buy the courses and run them how they want, optional cart, optional caddy, yearly membership, lockers for clubs, more farang food, competitions run by the club, committee set up, captain and all that stuff that makes golf clubs work in farangland

Another guy who wants everything just like it is in farangland, run by farangs for farangs and even with farang food!

This is Thailand, enjoy it for what it is - you won't change it.

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