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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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4 hours ago, keithsimmonds said:

Well when those pro.s start feeling the back of there neck and wonder why there skin feels like sandpaper then maybe they might wish they had worn a collar. But this Thailand so....up too yooo.

Er...a collar helps keeping sun off the neck how, exactly?  A hat with an all round brim much better.

 

You should stop and think why a collar was introduced...it was to hold a tie.  No other reason.  How many years is it since golfers wore a tie while playing (Ryan whatshisname notwithstanding)

 

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On 11/20/2020 at 10:28 AM, Thaivisa Golf said:

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

 

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

 

 

 

I am absolutely AMAZED that 20% of golf courses don't need regular maintenance.

 

What do these places look like?

 

Is the Sriracha International Golf Club among these?

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On 11/20/2020 at 10:28 AM, Thaivisa Golf said:

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.

 

No, managers have to maximize the money flowing in, not necessarily the numbers of rounds.

 

In my opinion, there is space for some courses with another business model, i.e. only charging an annual membership without per-round fees and optional caddies and carts.
But I can't see many of the current courses adopting it, because the above is basically a non-profit organization, especially when considering the real estate involved.

 

It would be interesting of a golf club could be setup similarly to a condo.

 

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5 hours ago, keithsimmonds said:

Mate of mine came over from Oz 3 years ago like me he was a guest of a member at Eastern Star (Ban Chang) he wore a round neck T shirt and and looked like he was going to the beach,seeing as both he and i were members of Home Park (Hampton Court Palace) i could n,t believe what he was wearing. At the 1st while waiting to T off a lady came along and made him buy a shirt from the pro shop...and yeah it wasn,t because she was worried about his neck getting burnt...  Standards principles you either have them or you don,t.

There are standards, and there are ridiculous standards.

I played at a very old golf course in Scotland -third oldest course after St. Andrews, Bruntsfield, near Edinburgh. Between getting out of the car and leaving the golf course, I would have changed in and out of a jacket and tie at least three times.

One of the members was complaining about declining membership. I said with your dress code, I'm surprised you have any members at all.

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5 hours ago, tgw said:

 

I am absolutely AMAZED that 20% of golf courses don't need regular maintenance.

 

What do these places look like?

 

Is the Sriracha International Golf Club among these?

2013 Pattaya courses I remember often seeing caddies weeding the fairways, over the years it became less and less, some even ignored divots, "not look not see" one said to me, then the bunkers many would leave them unraked if they could get away with it

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5 minutes ago, Trujillo said:

I miss the 3-par course in Chiang Mai that was just north of Meechok Plaza on the Maejo Road. Now it's a housing estate development. 

There's always the San Sai course, 2 short par fours and the rest par 3's. Or am I talking about the same course?

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18 hours ago, PFMills said:

That is a new one ... care to say which club and where

Not gonna tell you but I only found out after playing the course for 5 years so they do not broadcast the dual pricing , probably dual pricing for golf is not uncommon in Thailand as it is found in many other forms of entertainment or entry fees  

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1 hour ago, superal said:

Not gonna tell you but I only found out after playing the course for 5 years so they do not broadcast the dual pricing , probably dual pricing for golf is not uncommon in Thailand as it is found in many other forms of entertainment or entry fees  

 

it's common practice.

many courses have unofficial promotional rates for local Thai people.

I often used promotional rates for myself, using a special promotion my Thai golf partners were theoretically not entitled to, such as PSC promo, green fee vouchers, etc. but in the end they all got the same rate as me.

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