There are many things you need to consider when planning your golf holiday in Thailand, including the best time to visit, which golf courses to play, and most importantly your budget. Have you ever wondered how much it costs to golf in this beautiful Southeast Asia country? Actually, the Thailand golf price will depend on your personal choice, for both accommodation and the course you play. In this article, let’s delve into details of the cost of golf in Thailand and several tips to optimize your spending.
Green Fees in Thailand
Thailand has both private and public golf courses. However, in this article, we only consider the green fees of public golf courses, which welcome visitors and players from all over the world. And, the green fee here includes a game of 18 holes. Some courses may charge more for caddie fees if you use a single golf cart.
Bangkok Green Fees
Bangkok is one of the most expensive regions for golfing in Thailand with an average green fee of about $80-90 per 18-hole round. Premium courses, such as Thai Country Club or Alpine Golf & Sports Club, can cost up to $130-150 per round. However, there are also cheap options for you to save on your money. For example, playing at Kung Kravee or Ratchakram Golf Club costs about $40-50. Please note that these rates can increase by 30% on weekends or public holidays.
Below are the green fees of the most popular golf courses in Bangkok:
Phuket Green Fees
Phuket is also home to some of the best golf courses in Thailand. More than that, it is a world-famous tourist destination, a paradise for beach lovers who want to seek a relaxing getaway. If you go on Phuket golf tours, it is still the green fee that steals your money. You will have to pay at least $95 for a game of golf in Phuket, at middle-quality courses such as Phuket Country Club or Mission Hills Phuket. High-qualified golf destinations like Red Mountain Golf Club or Blue Canyon Golf Club may cost up to $160 per game. Fortunately, there is no surcharge on weekends and public holidays on this island.
Check out Phuket golf courses’ green fees in the following table:
Pattaya Green Fees
The cost of golf in Pattaya is a little bit cheaper than that of Bangkok and Phuket. It is not due to the lower quality course. You can still find 5-star layouts in Pattaya, including Banyan Golf Club, Laem Chabang International Country Club, and Siam Country Club. The highest green free in Pattaya is $120, while you can still find a destination that costs $40 only, such as the Pattavia Century Golf Club.
Check out Pattaya green fees in the following table:
Chiang Mai Green Fees
For the cheapest Thailand golf price, you can head to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai. The quality of the course still remains while green fees are a bit lower. Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai is a significant example. This championship-standard course costs $90 a round only. Cheaper courses such as North Hill Golf Club or Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort take $60-65 per round.
Chiang Mai green fees are presented in detail in the following table:
Other Costs to Golf in Thailand
Apart from green fees, the cost of golf in Thailand also includes transportation, accommodation, food & beverages, and other activities.
Accommodation in Thailand
It can be said that mid-range hotels in Thailand are quite cheap, in comparison to Western standards. A 3 to 4-star hotel with a swimming pool can cost around $30-60 per night. You can even find some which are as low as $20.
Luxury hotels and resorts in Thailand often cost between $100-300. If you go on a golf holiday in Thailand with your family and your budget allows, it is highly recommended to choose a beachfront suite in Phuket or Pattaya. This way, you will not only satisfy your golfing passion but also have time to relax and unwind with your family.
There are a few state-of-the-art resorts that cost even more, as much as thousands of dollars per night, such as the entire ocean view villa. They are rare and most golfers won’t be looking for them.
Transportation in Thailand
It doesn’t matter how much the cost of golf in Thailand you are going to spend, we advise you to use a private car rental service, except you choose a stay & play package. Public transportation and taxis may be cheaper but not convenient due to your heavy clubs. By hiring a private car with a driver, you can go wherever you want at a fixed price, eliminating the chance of hectic traffic, getting lost, and other unforeseen situations on the road.
Food & Beverages
Eating street food is the cheapest option (about $1 per dish) and is also worth trying. Even if you are not a fan of street markets, you should still give yourself a chance to indulge in the paradise of authentic Thai cuisine and eat authentic Thai food the way locals do.
A bit more expensive, you can eat at tourist restaurants with an average amount of 100- 200 bahts ($3-6) for a full meal. With this option, you can choose traditional Thai meals or Western-style food like burgers, pizza, etc. A few fancy restaurants cost more, over $30 for a meal. This price is applied if you dine at the restaurant within your resort accommodation.
Out-of-Course Activities in Thailand
After paying for essential things like green fees, accommodation, transportation, etc., it is time to play some other out-of-course activities. There is an abundance of things to do in Thailand, for all kinds of travelers. The longer you stay in this country, the more you can experience. The only problem is how much you are going to pay.
Here is a quick list of fun activities in Thailand to add to your bucket list as well as their potential price:
- Island hopping in Phuket or Pattaya: $30-100
- Diving, snorkeling, and other beach activities: $50-150
- A package of Thai massage: $5-15 per hour
- Watching a Muay Thai boxing match: $10-20
- Joining a cooking class: $30-60
- Guided city tour or temple tour: $20-70
Tips to Budget the Cost of Golf in Thailand
So now, you can estimate the potential cost of golf in Thailand. But, how to cut down on the cost while still enjoying your trip to the fullest? Just follow our tips:
- Travel off-season. The best time to golf in Thailand is from November to February when the weather is the most favorable. However, it also means a higher green fee, accommodation, and transportation costs. The months from March to October are hot, with the heaviest rains from June to September; however, they offer a more reasonable price.
- Fly with budget airlines to save money on transportation.
- Drink local Thailand beer instead of expensive cocktails. It is cheaper and brings you a new experience.
- Take advantage of free-of-charge activities, such as relaxing on the beach.
- Book with a trusted local golf agency to eliminate the chance of a surcharge during your Thailand golf trip.
In conclusion, the cost of golf in Thailand varies depending on the region you play, the quality of the course you choose, and other additional activities you are going to experience. But generally, this country will provide great value for your money; everything is worth trying and will never get you down. Refer to our list of Thailand golf tours to check out the prices and choose the one that fits you most. Or, you can contact us for a tailor-made itinerary.