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October 11, 2013

Thailand Named ‘Best Golf Destination’

By Chris Boyle

Thailand golfThailand has been named the “Best Golf Destination” at the Safari India National Tourism Awards 2013.

Runjuan Tongrut, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has also been honored with the “Best Professional in Marketing” award in appreciation of her commendable work towards taking Thailand tourism to newer heights.

Tongrut expressed her gratitude to the editors and management of Safari India, saying the golf award is the recognition of efforts made towards promoting the increasingly popular sport.

Thailand has become a natural attraction for golfers thanks to its modern facilities, internationally-designed championship courses, unmatched hospitality and excellent infrastructure.

There are more than 250 world-class golf courses in Thailand, ranging from locations in cosmopolitan city such as Bangkok to beach destinations such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Phuket, as well as in the highland areas of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Khao Yai.

Golf has been played in Thailand for 100 years now, with matches reported at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club as early as 1905. The first recognised 18-hole course, Royal Hua Hin, was built by a Scottish engineer in 1924 in the aristocratic seaside resort of Hua Hin.

Thailand hosts many globally recognised golf tournaments such as the Honda LPGA Thailand and the Royal Trophy – Europe vs. Asia Golf Championship. Thailand also hosted the Asia Golf Tourism Convention in late April and the Yatra Tournament in June.

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