Hangdong Headstones?

Looked like the course had placed markers for the final resting place for frustrated golfers!

Seemed to be only room for one at each hole so chances are they were there for some other reason.

Yep, turned out they are hole layouts etc which will be quite useful especially for newbies to the course.

However they have put them in the most peculiar places. Logic would have that the would be placed to the right of the tee box neared to the back  (White) tee off.

But no, that is not the case. Many of them are actually forward of the tee boxes and some have already been hit by players driving off, also a huge potential hazard from balls richocheting from them back towards the players and caddies.

Good idea to have the hole layout on show, bad idea to put them where they have!

High Season

High season – Nothing puts golfers off their game.

Despite Thailand being under military rule and martial law that is badly affecting general tourism golfers have simply shrugged it off and have descended on Chiang Mai in their hundreds.

For at about one more month every course will be full of golfers mainly from Asian countries,predominately Japan & Korea.

At Hangdong golf course on  Monday there were 23 players waiting to tee off- this was at 6.30am! The previous week I was told that one group of 5 Koreans waited 1 hour to tee off and then were on the course for another 6 hours – crazy!

A neighbour who is a tour guide and a golfer has been dealing  with golfers from Korea and Malaysia over the last month. Today she was picking up 5 Singaporeans who are planning to play 7 games over 4 days at Highland, Green Valley, Alpine & Inthanon.

Alpine and some of the other courses are getting as many as 300 players a day!

It looks like just a few more weeks, mid March probably,before it’s back to normal and local golfers can get back to seeking out good deals from the bigger courses.