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The Tourism Ministry’s Golf Quarantine proposal has been approved by the Thai cabinet. That means foreign golfers can now stay in quarantine whilst enjoying a round of golf in 6 approved golf resorts located in Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Phetchaburi and Chiang Mai.

Foreign golfers are now allowed to spend their 2 week quarantine 14-16 days) at any of the 6 certified golf resorts and move around in the resort environment as well as play golf instead of being isolated in a hotel room. However, golfers still need to have all of their advance arrangements for arrival and entry…

  • Visa – it should be a Single-Entry Tourist Visa (TR) or a Special Tourist Visa (STV)
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Certificate of Entry
  • Other relevant documents in line with the Thai government’s travelling regulations and restrictions.

Here’s the list of 6 government-certified golf resorts in different regions of Thailand…

Kanchanaburi, west of Bangkok.

  • Mida Golf Club
  • Evergreen Hills Golf Club
  • Blue Star Golf Course

Nakhon Nayok, northeast of Bangkok

  • Artitaya Golf & Resort

Phetchaburi, southwest of Bangkok

  • Sawang Resort and Golf Club,

Chiang Mai, north of Thailand

  • Artitaya Chiang Mai Golf & Resort

The proposal was initiated by the Ministry of Tourism to boost the battered tourism sector battered by the pandemic, including the empty golf courses.

Golf courses in Thailand is said to be the great value for money. Some now offer special quarantine packages with discounted green fees and special amenities.

SOURCE: TAT News

 

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    According to Golf Asian “The golf courses will be closed to the public and only open for quarantine only.”

    Wow. No suggestion anywhere of how much it will cost to have a golf course closed for a fortnight for ALSQ …..

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    D-Boy

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    So few details. And why was a golfing mecca like the Chonburi overlooked? In the business world, if you made a “proposal” like this, your boss would rethink your necessity.

    These proposal reports are so lame.

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    Ben

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Golf in Thailand isn’t cheap. It’ll be a lot more than a typical ASQ. Play two rounds a day and wander around the resort and it makes the two weeks pretty palatable.

    It won’t increase the numbers much. Will bring in a rich crowd,

    Waiting now for the negative elitist comments.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:49 am

      Definitely “rich”, as judging by this and previous reports any club offering ALSQ has to close to their members while providing ALSQ, paying for their temporary membership elsewhere.

      I’m not so sure about a “crowd”, though. I don’t know anything about golf and golf prices but I’d guess that paying temporary membership for a few hundred members at other clubs plus whatever they pay caddies, golf pros, etc, would be a pretty tidy sum.

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        Ben

        Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:33 am

        They would only run this program on public courses and not private ones. So no relocation would be necessary. You can accommodate approximately 110-125 golfers per day per course so this will bring in 660 to 750 rich people and maybe their companions or family.

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          Issan John

          Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 2:48 pm

          Thanks, Ben – as I said, I’m not a golfer and have never had any interest in it so it’s all new to me.

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    EdwardV

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    It’s probably safe to assume the golf course thinks they can make more money as an ALSQ than being open to the public. If that’s the case, the loss of revenue in closing the course to the general public doesn’t really matter. That said, I’m doubtful they will get enough business to break even in the long run. An early bump, and then flat line afterward kind of thing. Just my guess. It would be interesting to see a few of the prices, they must be pretty high.

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    Tim Houston

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:28 am

    That is huge improvement !!! if that decision doesn’t change overnight as most of of Thai authorities announcements have been for the past 10 months…

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    Kalim

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:51 am

    I cant see why a big hotel resort couldn’t do the same thing? All inclusive,
    We have a booking for the sands in khao Lak, it’s so big you could stay there like that, it wouldn’t be ideal, but it would be better than nothing!

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    Jean-Pierre

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Ok…
    I won’t expect it to be friendly and somehow affordable like the South African golf courses.
    If I understand well all comments, we are all wondering how much it would really cost.
    The Thaiger ! It is your next investigation ! With facts, numbers, and real costs, especially the hidden ones, you know … written with a font from 6 to 4 …

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      Craig Sessions

      Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:02 am

      Thai golf is NOT cheap or a good deal. Any thoughts of going to Thailand to play “cheap” should be rethought immediately. It won’t happen in regular times and definitely won’t happen in these Coviddtimes…

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    Ben

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8:55 am

    In the USA one of the few things I do regularly that makes me feel almost normal is play golf once or twice a week with my buddies. On the golf course you’re able to social distance easily and playing doesn’t feel any different than a pre-pandemic round. At the club I play at they have outdoor seating that allows you to reasonably social distance and have a pint or two after the round. Even though COVID is raging around us none of my golf friends have contracted COVID that I know of. I’ve also gone on holiday and played with strangers and everyone is careful to respectably stay a reasonable distance away. If we go into the clubhouse, mens locker room or anywhere indoors we all wear masks.

    So this approval by the Thai government is a reasonably safe bet it won’t worsen the country’s COVID situation. I’m not sure about Isaan John’s info regarding having to relocate locals to other courses because I don’t think it’s necessary. Courses can accommodate roughly 110-125 golfers a day opening at 7am and closing at 6pm. Courses are usually only full on the weekends and weekdays are about 50% full. My experience in Thailand is golf is 2,000-3,000 per round of golf plus a 500 baht tip for the caddy. It’s about twice as expensive as I would pay in the USA and a rich man’s sport in Thailand.

    If I were setting this up I’d block off tee times for the quarantine guests so they play together. If there are 60 quarantine guests that would be 15 tee times that would take the tee times from 7am to 10:40am. They could wear simple wrist bands that would identify them easily. The rest of the tee times starting at 10:55am to 2pm would go to locals that normally play there. Relocating local golfers would be totally unnecessary.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 3:07 pm

      I was basing the “re-location” on what had been said when this was first suggested, but doing it at public courses, with no membership, would avoid that and all the courses / resorts appear to be public ones as you suggested.

      Difficult if the golf clubs have to wait / make you wait until they get enough bookings to make it viable.

      I can’t see any down-side to it, but GolfAsia were very clear that “The golf courses will be closed to the public and only open for quarantine only” (two “only”s 🙂 )… also worth noting that “Thailand currently only accepts golfers traveling from (not nationality) low risk counties”, which excludes all of Europe, the UK and the USA.

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      Jean-Pierre

      Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 3:35 pm

      Ben, “On the golf course you’re able to social distance easily “, (cough cough …) do you mean that you and your friends experience slices, deep rough, sand traps and water along the way ? … I think I can feel how easy it is to distance yourself from others on a golf course …

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