Swinging into trouble: Golfer faces prosecution for ‘fore’-bidden activity in Thai national park (video)

Photo courtesy of Varawut Silpa-archa, Facebook

In a bid to uphold the sanctity of national parks, Thai authorities at Khao Yai National Park are preparing to prosecute a golfer who dared to engage in sporting activity such as illegal golfing within the protected vicinity of Sai Sorn Reservoir. This reservoir, nestled within the heart of the national park, is not only home to a diverse array of wildlife but also a popular spot for visitors.

The news surfaced yesterday when evidence of the golfer’s transgression was discovered by a high-ranking park official, Kittichai Roongpaiboonwong. Following a tip-off about illegal golfing activity within the park boundaries, Kittichai and his team embarked on an inspection. The telltale signs they discovered included a pair of golf balls, traces of a golf tee, and noticeable damage to the grass in the area, clearly pointing towards golfing practice.

Further concrete evidence came in the form of a social media post by the unidentified golfer, who had posted on Facebook on July 14 stating that he was at the Sai Sorn Reservoir at 2pm, reported Bangkok Post.

National Park Chief, Chaiya Huaihongthong, was quick to react, swiftly catching the attention of the Environment and Natural Resources Minister, Varawut Silpa-archa, and Acting Director-General of the Department of National Parks, Atthaphon Charoenchansa with a detailed report submitted on the same day (July 14). This report also included images and videos showing a White Toyota Camry with clearly visible registration details, enabling the authorities to identify the errant golfer.

Alerted by these incoming reports, both Varawut and Atthaphon took to Facebook to voice their disappointment and criticism about the golfer’s activities.

In related golf news, a jealous Thai man shot a golfer and his caddy at Mae Klong Dam Golf Course in Tha Muang, central Kanchanaburi. Two victims are unconscious and fighting for their lives. To read more about the story click HERE.

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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