Changes in the rules of golf

February 6th, 2016

 Changes in the rules of golf

The 2016 Rules of Golf changes have been revealed by the R&A and USGA, and include a number of alterations.

The 2016 Rules of Golf changes take effect on January 1st 2016, and come after a four-year review cycle and a collaborative effort between The R&A and the USGA. The new updates also come after CONGU announced plans to change the way handicaps are calculated, making it a busy few months for golf’s ruling bodies.

The most significant 2016 Rules of Golf changes include:

If your ball moves at address there is no longer an automatic penalty
Rule 18-2b (Ball Moving after Address) has been withdrawn. This means that if a ball at rest moves after you address it, you are no longer automatically deemed to have caused the ball to move. A one-stroke penalty under Rule 18-2 will still be applied only when the facts show that the player has caused the ball to move.

GM verdict: This is a great common sense move. If you’ve done nothing to cause your ball to move it seems unfair to be penalised.

No longer an automatic DQ for submitting an incorrect card
A new exception has been introduced to Rule 6-6d (Wrong Score for Hole) to provide that a player is not disqualified for returning a lower score for a hole than actually taken as a result of failing to include penalty strokes that the player did not know were incurred before returning their card. Instead, the player incurs the penalty under the Rule that was breached and must add an additional penalty of two strokes for the scorecard error. In all other cases in which a player returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken, the penalty will continue to be disqualification.

David Rickman of the R&A explains why they changed the Rules of Golf

GM verdict: This has been introduced after a few high profile incidents of players signing score without knowing they’d incurred a penalty. Possibly one for the Tour pros!

Modification of penalty for use of artificial devices or equipment
The penalty for a player’s first breach of Rule 14-3 (Artificial Devices, Unusual Equipment and Abnormal Use of Equipment) during the round has been reduced from disqualification to loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play. The penalty for any subsequent breach of Rule 14-3 will continue to be disqualification.


Prohibition on anchoring
As announced in May 2013, the new Rule 14-1b (Anchoring the Club) prohibits anchoring the club either “directly” or by use of an “anchor point” in making a stroke. The penalty is loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play.

Discussing the changes, David Rickman, executive director Rules and Equipment Standards at The R&A, told GM: “We continually look at ways we can improve and clarify the Rules of Golf. The R&A and the USGA collaborate closely and we consult with our respective national and international advisory members to produce a code of Rules that is relevant to all golfers around the world.”

Printed copies of the new Rules of Golf are now available from the USGA and The R&A. More detailed information on the 2016 Rules of Golf changes and the complete Rules of Golf can also be found at randa.org.

 

North Hill – Driving Range

February 4th, 2016

North Hill – Driving Range

North Hill, nice driving range with comfy chairs ,couches to relax between shots.

40 ball tray for 35 baht, 3 for 100 baht.

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Early morning not the best time to go as the range faces directly in to the sun until around 11 am Will not be pleasant in the hot season, the other downside is they play loud music for some strange reason!

 

 

 

The North Hill course itself was almost deserted, probably because the green fee is 1500 baht for Thai residents, 4 times the price of the nearby Hangdong  golf course which is currently very busy but suffering from complete lack of control.

How do you warm up?

January 22nd, 2016

High Season Prices – Thai Residents

November 1st, 2015

High Season Prices – Thai Residents

Alpine 

 THB3350 Green Fee,Caddy Fee,Golf Cart.

The ex home of The Chiang Mai Golf Classic

(Exceedingly poor value)

Gassan Legacy ( Formerly Lake City)

Green Fee THB1500,Caddy FeeTHB300,Golf Cart THB600

1st November to 31st March 2016 

Gold Canyon

GreenFee,Caddy Fee (Walking) THB

Green Fee, Caddy Fee,Cart: THB

Green Valley 

Green Fee:THB  Caddy Fee: THB Golf Cart:THB

Highland

Green Fee:THB1900, Caddy Fee:THB350,GolfCart:THB700

Very Poor Value

Inthanon

Daily THB1000 Green fee Golf Cart(Share) Caddy Fee

Walking: Creen Fee + Caddy Fee THB700

Until 15th November

Mae Jo

Green Fee:THB Caddy Fee: THB Golf Cart: THB

North Hill Chiangmai (Mezzanine)

Green Fee: THB Caddy Fee: THBGolf Cart: THB

Royal Chiangmai

Green Fee:THB  Caddy Fee: THB Golf Cart:THB

Stardome

Green Fee: THB  Caddy Fee:THB  Inc:THB

Great Shots ?

October 3rd, 2015

Great Shots ? 

Worst Putts?

October 2nd, 2015

Worst putts Ever?

Low Season Prices

August 14th, 2015

Lower Season Prices – Thai Residents

Alpine 

 THB2600 Green Fee,Caddy Fee,Golf Cart.

The ex home of The Chiang Mai Golf Classic

(Very poor value)

Gassan Legacy ( Formerly Lake City)

Green Fee,Caddy Fee, Golf Cart  THB1500 

Tue/Wed/Thurs THB1300 Inc Green Fee ,Caddy Fee,Golf Cart

OK

Gassan Marina

 CLOSED

Gold Canyon

GreenFee,Caddy Fee (Walking) THB800

OK

Green Fee, Caddy Fee,Cart: THB1000

Green Valley 

Green Fee:THB1800  Caddy Fee: THB300 Golf Cart:THB700

Highland

Green Fee:THB1900 Caddy Fee: THB300 Golf Cart: THB700

Inthanon

Daily THB1000 Green Fee Golf Cart Caddy Fee

(Subject to 2 people sharing one cart)

Mae Jo

Green Fee:THB1700 Caddy Fee: THB300 Golf Cart: THB700

North Hill Chiangmai (Mezzanine)

Green Fee: THB1700 Caddy Fee: THB300 Golf Cart: THB700

Royal Chiangmai

Green Fee:THB1920  Caddy Fee: THB300 Golf Cart:THB700

Stardome

Green Fee: THB800  Caddy Fee:THB300  Inc:THB1600

Singha Chiangmai Open

July 24th, 2015

Not to be confused with the Chiangmai Golf Classic that has been staged at Alpine in the past, will take place at Mae Jo Golf Course from the 6th to 9th August.

Singha Chiangmai Open

Mainly a tournament for local players with a few foreign locals included. Singha “Open” Events are played around Thailand.

Gassan Legacy

June 11th, 2015

Gassan Legacy

Not too long ago what was Gassan Lake City had become a laughing stock among the local golfers. Green fees as low as THB200, may find a caddy , not sure if the course was so waterlogged,it was at times unplayable.

No More, what was Gassan Lake City is now Gassan Legacy and it’s somewhat pheonix like, rising from the ashes. It has become a golf course to challenge the best in the north of Thailand. Major remodelling, pricing to fit most budgets, particularly for Thai residents. Still a work in progress but will only improve from what our group saw today, the consensus was – excellent! 

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Gassan Legacy Layout

Gassan Legacy Layout

Legacy Scorecard

Legacy Scorecard

Lots of water so you need to be accurate, and some long drives required on some holes to stay dry,even off the white tees, a fun challenging course for any level of golfer.

Par 3 Hole 7

Par 3 Hole 7

Be accurate or be wet!

Hole 11

Hole 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formerly a dog leg right, now a tough leftie!

 

 

Par 3 Hole 15

Par 3 Hole 15

Short but a tiny target!

Current prices for Thai residents:

Weekday:
Green Fee, Caddy Fee & Cart THB1500
Sunday:
Green Fee, Caddy Fee & Cart THB2000
Saturday:
Green Fee, Caddy Fee & Cart THB1600 + THB200 Food Voucher

Tuesday:
Sports Day- Green Fee, Caddy Fee & Cart THB1300

5star

Familiar but worth repeating.

June 5th, 2015

ONLY A TRUE GOLFER WILL UNDERSTAND THIS:


Don’t buy a putter until you’ve had a chance to throw it.


Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing.


When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls.


If you’re afraid a full shot might reach the green while the foursome ahead of you is still putting out, you have two options: you can immediately shank a lay-up or you can wait until the green is clear and top a ball halfway there.


The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing.


No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse.


The inevitable result of any golf lesson is the instant elimination of the one critical unconscious motion that allowed you to compensate for all of your many other errors.


Everyone replaces his divot after a perfect approach shot.


A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents’ luck.


It is surprisingly easy to hole a fifty foot put. For a 10.


Counting on your opponent to inform you when he breaks a rule is like expecting him to make fun of his own haircut.


Nonchalant putts count the same as chalant putts.


It’s not a gimme if you’re still 5 metres away.


The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree.


You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of the time.


If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age.


Since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group of three.


When you look up, causing an awful shot, you will always look down again at exactly the moment when you ought to start watching the ball if you ever want to see it again.


Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe. PPFU


If you want to hit a 7 iron as far as Tiger Woods does, simply try to lay up just short of a water hazard.


To calculate the speed of a player’s downswing, multiply the speed of his back-swing by his handicap; I.e., back-swing 20 mph, handicap 15, downswing = 300 mph.


There are two things you can learn by stopping your back-swing at the top and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have, and which one is wearing the glove.


Hazards attract; fairways repel.


A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours.


If there is a ball on the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in the bunker. If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the footprint.


It’s easier to get up at 6:00 AM to play golf than at 10:00 to mow the lawn.


A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game.


Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up having to pray a lot.


A good golf partner is one who’s always slightly worse than you are…..that’s why I get so many calls to play with friends.


If there’s a storm rolling in, you’ll be having the game of your life.


Golf balls are like eggs. They’re white. They’re sold by the dozen.
And you need to buy fresh ones each week.


It’s amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, rep air his ball marks, and rake his sand traps.


If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight (or worse).


  • It takes longer to learn to be a good golfer than it does to become a brain surgeon. On the other hand, you don’t get to ride around on a cart, drink beer, eat hot dogs and fart if you are performing Brain surgery.