Chiangmai Golf Festival 2016 May – June 2016


list Green Package note Contact
1 Summit Green Valley Chiang Mai Country Club. 1000 0 5329 82222-3
2 The Royal Chaing Mai Golf Resort  – 1200 Green fee + Caddie 0 5384 9301-5
3 Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai 1200  –  – 0 5388 0888
4 Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort. 1200  –  – 0 5326 1354-9
5 Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf and Natural Resort.  – 1200 Green fee + Caddie + Cart 0 5326 7115-6
6 Maejo Golf Resort & Spa 1000 0 5335 4431-2
7 North Hill Golf Club   – 1200 Green fee + Caddie 0 5390 8999
8 Stardome Golf Club  – 1200 Green fee + Caddie + Cart
9 Gassan Khuntan Golf & Resort  – 1200 Green fee + Caddie + Cart 0 5350 7006-9
10 Gassan Legacy Golf Club  – 1200 Green fee + Cart 0 5392 1815

Changes in the rules of golf

 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Rule 18-2b (Ball Moving after Address) has been withdrawn.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


North Hill – Driving Range

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.











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.

High Season Prices – Thai Residents

High Season Prices – Thai Residents


 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


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

Very Poor Value


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


Green Fee: THB  Caddy Fee:THB  Inc:THB

Lower Season Prices

Lower Season Prices – Thai Residents


Green Fee: THB2000 Caddy Fee: THB300 Golf Cart:THB700

The home of The Chiang Mai Golf Classic


Gassan Legacy ( Formerly Lake City)Green Fee,Caddy Fee, Golf Cart  THB1500 (Sat/Sun THB2000)


Gassan Marina

Green Fee,Caddy Fee, Golf Cart: THB1200

Green Fee,Caddy Fee (Walking): THB700


Gold Canyon

GreenFee,Caddy Fee (Walking) THB800


Green Fee, Caddy Fee,Cart: THB1500

Green Valley 

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


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


Green Fee:/ Caddy Fee:  THB1800! Cart THB700

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


Green Fee: THB800  Caddy Fee:THB300  Inc:THB1600


Stardome Golf Club

Quite like Stardome Golf Club, quite a challenge and plenty of water for even slightly wayward shots.

Played this week all was fine until you get to the greens. I think there was more sand on the greens than in the bunkers, almost impossible to putt, not that good at the best of times, but didn’t need that, ridiculous.

Now, one of our pet hates is dual pricing, in many cases it is hidden and most are not aware. Not Stardome Golf Club:


Clearly states a different and higher price for “Foreigners” , not much, but higher. As I said, quite like the course but will not be going back if this practice continues, I am sure they won’t care but it’s my principles and I simply don’t like it.

If you do bite the bullet and decide to go these young ladies may add to your “golfing” pleasure. The famous Stardome refreshers:


Need refreshing?


Will still continue to use the driving rang, a superb facility and the same price for all.

Our driving range is the biggest driving range in the northern part of Thailand. It is also fully equipped with the most modern facilities for golf driving with the longest driving range. There are total of 96 drive lanes, with a length of 300 yards, with a real golf course simulator. There are high quality automatic golf balls feeders, hydrid air circulation system, Golf Pro to assist golfers on basic knowledge in golfing, and complete golf sets to serve our customers.

Our hours of operation are from 07.00 am. – 22.00 am. In the driving range building, we offer free wireless zone, 40 inch LCD Television on which our customers can enjoy sports live broadcasted. For the safety of customers’ belongings, we have lockers available.”

Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2012

1. อัลไพน์กอล์ฟรีสอร์ท – เชียงใหม่ – Alpine Golf Resort – Chiangmai Tel : 0-5388-0888
2. อินทนนท์ กอล์ฟ แอนด์ เนเชอรัล รีสอร์ท – Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf and Natural Resort
Tel : 0-5326-7115-6
3. สนามกอล์ฟโกลด์แคนย่อนคันทรีคลับ – Gold Canyon Country Club Tel : 053-560-333
4. สนามกอล์ฟลานนา เชียงใหม่ – Chiang Mai Lanna Tel : 0-5321-1911
5. สนามกอล์ฟกัซซันขุนตาล – Gassan Khuntan Golf Club & Resort Tel : 0-5350-7006-9
6. สนามสตาร์โดมกอล์ฟคลับ – Star Dome Golf Club Tel : 0-5399-9666
7. สนามแม่โจ้กอล์ฟคลับ แอนด์ รีสอร์ท – Mae Jo Golf Club & Resort Tel : 0-5335-4431-2
8. สนามซัมมิทกรีนวัลเล่ย์เชียงใหม่ – Summit Green Valley Chiang Mai Tel : 0-5329-8220-3
9. สนามกัซซัน มารีน่า กอล์ฟคลับ – Gassan Marina Golf Club Tel : 0-5326-6700-1

Crazy times, the opportunity to pay more than high season prices at the likes of Stardome & Lanna.

And, Gassan Marina,anybody played there in the last few years?Excuse my cynicism but I guess that’s their way of trying to get people to play at Lake City at the 800+ price?

Great deals for the major courses.Sad to see Highland opted out,good but not that good.

I will be supporting and recommending those that really offer the deal.

“Fore” – or fore! -Why?

The question came up on the course this morning and nobody knew where it came from:

“Fore” – actually, fore! – is a word of warning yelled out by a golfer who has hit an errant shot. If your shot is in danger of hitting or landing very close to another player or group of players on the golf course (for instance, if you slice a ball into an adjoining fairway), you should yell “fore!” to warn players to watch out.

Yelling “fore!” is considered good etiquette, but it’s not just a courtesy to other golfers, it can serve to prevent injury. After all, a golf ball striking a person can do serious damage.

Perhaps the most common usage of fore is when golfers hit the ball farther than expected, or when they play their stroke without realizing that there is a golfer up ahead who might be in danger. Next would be with hooks and slices on tight golf courses, where holes are close together and a curving shot might fly into or run into an adjoining fairway.

At professional tournaments, where holes are tightly lined by fans, it’s common to hear tour pros yell “fore right” or “fore left,” letting the fans known which direction the ball is traveling. That way, the fans on the left side or right side of the hole know to take cover.

From where?

“Fore” is another word for “ahead” (think of a ship’s fore and aft). Yelling “fore” is simply a shorter way to yell “watch out ahead” (or “watch out before”). It allows golfers to be forewarned, in other words.

The British Golf Museum cites an 1881 reference to “fore” in a golf book, establishing that the term was already in use at that early date (the USGA suggests the term may have been in use as early as the 1700s). The museum also surmises that the term evolved from “forecaddie.”

A forecaddie is a person who accompanies a group around the golf course, often going forward to be in a position to pinpoint the locations of the groups’ shots. If a member of the group hit an errant shot, the thinking goes, they may have alerted the forecaddie by yelling out the term. It was eventually shorted to just “fore.”

A popular theory is that the term has a military origin. In warfare of the 17th and 18th century (a time period when golf was really taking hold in Britain), infantry advanced in formation while artillery batteries fired from behind, over their heads. An artilleryman about to fire would yell “beware before,” alerting nearby infantrymen to drop to the ground to avoid the shells screaming overhead.

So when golfers misfired and send their missiles – golf balls – screaming off target, “beware before” became shortened to “fore.”