In addition to providing up to date Chiang Mai golfing info we are also here to police the golf courses of Chiang Mai, to foster international relations, to try to further etiquette and good manners on the golf course.
In the event that we fail then perhaps more drastic measures may have to be taken!
But this time,surprisingly it was 3 Farang who decided it would be OK to walk to hole 7 in front of a twosome already on hole 6 and our twosome on the green at hole 5.
It was obviously going to cause a problem and both my partner and I thought it had to be Thais who do this on a regular basis,we were wrong,it was 3 Farang,and regular Hangdong players who should know better.
And with only 3 holes to play they managed to disrupt us and the 2 Koreans ahead of us. Disgusted we walked past them on hole 8 (They did offer a half hearted guilty “you can play through”) and joined the Koreans for the last hole.
The Koreans asked if the guys were Russians as they felt they were so rude! (I guess Koreans think Russians are rude!) :Happy-Grin:
Anyway, if they had used a little of the gray matter between the 3 of them they could have simply walked to hole 6 and teed off behind us, let us continue our game without disruption and complete our last 4 holes and nobody would have been pissed off.
For whatever reason they chose not to,I guess they probably also ignored their caddies who must have told them. :Weary:
High season is nearly upon us and it will be the incoming contingent of Koreans who will join the Thais and some Farang marching to hole 7 to disrupt the flow of the game in their five & six balls!
Perhaps the “starter” will do his job! :I-Wish:
When we finished our 18 holes the first tee was packed with around 20-25 people so I guess the the Farang got their come uppance!
We did mention it before and the course,area 135 rai 9 hole,was supposed to open in May but it is now going to be 27th July as according to the office there the clubhouse wasn’t ready—?
They were not even able to confirm the previous price list they gave us which was was OTT for a 9 hole course but I was told it was going to be a members only course after the first 4 months of opening
That will never happen,far too much good competition. Or at best not enough members to support it unless they give away a lot of corporate memberships.
The original green fees for weekday for nine holes for non members was 450baht without caddy fee.
I think they will need to review that to compete.
Here is the course layout:
Facilities will include gymnasium,restaurant,business centre, spa etc.
Actually quite liked the course and supported them after the flooding and other problems they had because the price was right.
We were paying between 450-500 including caddy fee for some months then the price rapidly rose in just a few weeks to around 800baht + caddy fee.The course is not good enough for that price particularly with another dozen golf course options around Chiang Mai that are better.
Anyway,met a fellow player who told me he was now regularly paying 650baht inclusive of caddy fee.I called their green fee department and was told 800 + caddy fee for Chiang Mai resident! Left hand and right hand!
I then subsequently emailed info @ gassangolf.com three times with only an auto response which said if no reply from this email address resend to gassanbooking @ hotmail.com which I duly did with,yes, you have guessed it!
We went early on Friday to avoid the rush. Arrived at the par 3 tee off at 6.20am,still dark!
There was already a 2 ball and a four ball in front of us so we actually teed off in relative light.
The four ball in front of us were Japanese and they were almost as quick as us,a 2 ball,very little waiting on the tees.Thank goodness they weren’t Korean-maybe you know what I mean.
We completed the first 9 holes just after 8 am and moved to the racecourse course.There were already a few waiting to tee off,did I say a few,see the pics!
It was just crazy,30+ people waiting to tee off. We guessed it would be 30 to 45 minutes before we drove off!
Fortunately a Japanese couple were ahead of us in the queue which was mainly groups of 4 or 5 and we were asked to join them.Very nice people and spoke good English so communication was no problem.
So we played with Tanaka san and Tanaka san (Hope I got that right Mr & Mrs Tanaka?)
Mr Tanaka is in the picture of the tee along with my golf partner (an aged Brit (-:) and a few others.(sorry about the light,used a cameraphone to take the pics.)
Great company but it was a real chore playing at snails pace with groups of 4 and 5 ahead 10 mins wait at most tees.Not something I will want to repeat in the near future.