Traveling to South East Asia countries for golfing purposes is becoming a common practice today. Here are some dos and don’ts that you should be aware of when playing golf in this part of the world.
The Southeast Asia region especially Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam is becoming an attractive destination for playing golf. Golf lovers can arrange their own trip to enjoy golfing only or can integrate golfing with other activities during their travel. No matter the reason, there are some dos and don’ts that mainly apply in South East Asia golfing courses, and knowing them guarantees you a better chance of enjoying your game.
1. Review the rules of the golf course you are playing. Sometimes rules differ from one course to another. So better you should go through the rules of the golf course you are playing to avoid any possible hassle.
2. Carry light color clothing to avoid sunburns from the sun in South East Asia. A golf cap and a sunblock are also advisable to have when golfing in South East Asia.
3. Have a relaxed attitude. Golfing in South Asia happens under a relaxed and friendly attitude. It is impolite to show frustrations and hence you should keep a smile on the face as a sign of courtesy.
4. Be polite when dealing with your caddy to enjoy great services. In South East Asia, women are predominately given the role of being caddies. They perform an excellent job despite the tiring conditions and sometimes language barriers. However, you should be kind and courteous to them to get the best of their services. Tipping your caddy is also allowed.
5. The golf courses often have many lakes. Sometimes you hit an errant tee shot and your ball falls into the lake. There are young males who can retrieve it expecting a small tip for their work.
6. Carry spare money or credit card. Many courses have pro shops where you can hire caddies and essential golf equipment that you might have forgotten. Change your money to the local currency or USD to make easier transactions such as tipping.
1. In some South East Asia golf courses, you will find refreshments and drinks at every 3 or 4 holes. When you stop for a break, make sure you do not lag behind your group in front, this may cause confrontations on the course with other groups behind.
2. Do not involve in the games of the locals. The locals are not really well conversant with the global golfing rules. You should deal with them in a polite way in case you find your paths crossing. In case they may not stand aside and let you play through, just politely ask them.
3. The playing style in Thailand, Indonesia, and Cambodia is more relaxed than the standard global golfing and it may cause frustration sometimes. Do not show your anger but respect instead to remain a long way on your golf course because not many locals understand the etiquette involved while playing professional golf.
To sum up, the key thing in playing in South East Asia is courtesy and politeness. The locals are friendly and hospitable people that do not entertain hostility. Playing a sport in a foreign country during your vacation should be a fun activity. Have an open heart and relaxed attitude and you will definitely have a memorable golfing experience in South East Asia.