Innovation at Airport Plaza Driving Range – Chiang Mai Golf Courses

Innovation at Airport Plaza Driving Range 

With building work on part of the old driving range the management of Airport Plaza driving range have come up with a very novel idea to utilise the remaining space.

 

They have created a pitching,chipping short game oasis in the middle of ChiangMai.

Most of us go to the driving range and beat the hell out of our drivers and 3 woods etc,forgetting probably the most important part of golf,the short game.

This will be a place I will be using on a regular basis as my short game sucks and continually needs work. What about yours?

Plenty of real targets to aim at from 15 to 100 yards, go and give it a try.

 

 

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Internet Golf Terrorist – Chiang Mai Golf Courses

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!

Beware the golf Ninja!
Beware the golf Ninja!

Gassan Marina – promotion for Thai residents.

Gassan Lake City is closed for renovation for 2 months opening in December we believe.

In the meantime Gassan Marina is offering green fee + caddy fee (walking) at 650baht. Or green fee,caddy fee and golf cart for 1000baht.

It is probably 3 years or more since I last played there and it was a mess in general,apart from the flooding.

Worth one visit at those prices just to check it out.

Will post back.

Lack of courtesy at Hangdong again,but this time Farang!

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!

Current prices for Chiang Mai Golf Courses

These are prices for Thai residents for the bigger courses. The others charge the same for whomever.

 

Sand Creek 18 holes 240฿ inc caddy fee. ( 9 hole course)

 

Hangdong 18 holes 340฿ inc caddy fee. (9 hole course)

 

Gold Canyon 18 holes 600฿ inc caddy fee.

 

Stardome 18 holes 700฿ inc caddy fee. (9 hole course)

 

Inthanon 18 holes 1050฿ inc caddy fee

 

1350฿ Cart/Caddy/Green Fee

 

Highland 18 holes 1300฿ inc caddy fee

 

After 2pm 1300฿ Green fee/Caddy fee/Cart

 

Alpine 18 holes 1450฿ inc caddy fee.

 

Green Valley 18 holes 1500฿ inc caddy fee.

 

:THANK-YOU:

 

Koolpuntville 18 holes 1500฿ + caddy fee? (9 hole course opening 25th August-maybe)

Perhaps they have gold plated faucets and toilet seats in the clubhouse?

:I-see-stars:

 

Mae Jo 18 holes 1650฿ inc caddy fee (They call this their special promotion!) :Tears:

 

Best value as always Gold Canyon & Inthanon a far second.

:Heart:

 

 

 

New course at Koolapunt 9 Mezzanine

Just before Kad Farang on the Chiang Mai Hod road.

Koolpunt Property Co,Ltd. Moo13 Chiangmai-Hangdong Rd.
T.Bannwan A.Hangdong Chiangmai 50230
053-908-999 E-mail : mezza9@koolpuntville.com

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.

:Thinking:

I think they will need to review that to compete.

 

Here is the course layout:

 

The clubhouse:

                           

 

 Facilities will include gymnasium,restaurant,business centre, spa etc.

Gassan Lake City really are useless!

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!

In true Gassan style zero response.

:Weary:

Lanna sports day attracts a few people!

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.

Roll on the low season!