Tee of time at the annual Hua Hin/Cha-am Golf Festival.
It could be tagged the best golf offer in Asia and it is perfect timing as the bargains on the greens are now matched by superb discounts offered on air travel and accommodation.
Hua Hin and Cha-am, twin resorts on the west side of the Gulf of Thailand, annually host the Hua Hin/Cha-am Golf Festival that runs throughout August and September.
For golf enthusiasts it is pure magic. The option of playing eight competition level golf courses all within easy reach of the two resorts, at incredibly low green fees, is undeniably an offer too good to refuse.
Tourism Authority of Thailand’s offices in Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces, in co-operation with the Phetchaburi- Prachuap Khiri Khan Golf Course Association, host the annual event to support tourism and promote golfing, a valuable niche market that helps the resorts to generate substantial business during the traditional low-season.
Over the last three years, the festival has been fine-tuned to the point it is now recognised as a premier event for Asia’s golfing community.
The promotional offers include the opportunity to play golf at any of the eight selected golf courses, throughout August and September, for only Bt800 — without doubt the lowest green fees of the year.
The exception is Springfield Golf Course, which will increase its green fee for September.
There are also invitations to compete in organised tournaments every Sunday for just Bt1,200 (includes caddy fee and dinner), with lots of lucky prizes. The player achieving a hole-in-one at designated holes will win a car on the last day of the festival.
There are also prizes presented for the ‘longest drive’ contests and an opportunity to shop for specially-discounted golf products with 10 to 30% reduction on Pro Shop prices at all courses.
Of course, specialised golf travel firms are keen to tap the potential of this popular festival by offering “Golf Lovers” packages at the “heavenly seaside resorts of Hua Hin and Cha-am”. The prices range from approximately Bt11,000 for two nights’ accommodation, two rounds of golf and transfers. A five-night stay with four rounds of golf sells for around Bt19,000. Trips can be confirmed and paid for online.
The following eight golf courses are participating in the festival :
Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin
Tel +66 (0) 3261 6200
Fax +66 (0) 3261 6222
Imperial Lake View Hotel and Golf Club
Tel: +66 (0) 3245 6233 – 40
Fax: +66 (0) 3245 6244
Springfield Village Golf and Spa
Tel: +66 (0) 3270 9222
Fax: +66 (0) 3270 9233
Majestic Creek Golf and Resort
Tel: +66 (0) 3261 9168 – 70, (081) 942 3619
Fax: +66 (0) 3260 2784
Sawang Resort and Golf Club
Tel: +66 (0) 3256 2555 – 7
Fax: +66 (0) 3256 2558
Palm Hills Golf Resort and Country club
Tel: +66 (0) 3244 2460 – 1, (0) 3252 0801 – 9
Fax: +66 (0) 3244 2463
Kaeng Krachan Golf and Country Club
Tel: +66 (0) 3242 2145
Fax: +66 (0) 3242 2146
Royal Hua Hin Golf Golf Course
Tel: +66 (0) 3251 2475, (0) 3253 1070
Fax: +66 (0) 3251 3038