Thai­land’s Golf Am­bas­sadors

TAT launches “Amaz­ing Thai­land Golf Par­adise” with the Ju­tanu­garn sis­ters

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - BY KEN LYE & NATASHA WONG PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF TOURISM AU­THOR­ITY OF THAI­LAND

The Tourism Au­thor­ity of Thai­land (TAT) for­mally in­tro­duced Ariya and Moriya Ju­tanu­garn as Thai­land’s Golf Am­bas­sadors to the world golf­ing com­mu­nity at the launch of its “Amaz­ing Thai­land Golf Par­adise” project to me­dia and in­vited guests. Khun Ka­jorn­det Apichar­trakul, Direc­tor of TAT Singapore of­fice said, “As Thai­land’s Golf Am­bas­sadors, the tal­ented Ju­tanu­garn sis­ters will rep­re­sent Thai­land at ma­jor golf events and tour­na­ments around the world and help pro­mote the King­dom’s out­stand­ing golf op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Golf and Thai­land have never been more in­ter­twined as the Ju­tanu­garn sis­ters travel the world, reach­ing for their LPGA dreams. 22-year old Moriya Ju­tanu­garn bagged the ‘2013 Rookie Of The Year’ hon­ours and has se­cured 7 Top-10 fin­ishes on tour, while 21- year old Ariya Ju­tanu­garn, the cur­rent World No. 2, has pulled off 6 wins on tour, her most pro­lific vic­tory be­ing at the 2016 Ri­coh Women’s Bri­tish Open.

Moriya and Ariya, or ‘Mo’ and ‘May’ as fans like to call them, shared some per­sonal in­sights into some of their favourite things to do back home, like swim­ming in the Krabi is­lands and golf­ing at one of Moriya’s favourite tracks, the Gas­san Khuntan Golf

& Re­sort in Chi­ang­mai. From good food and fun to fan­tas­tic golf cour­ses, it’s no won­der that Thai­land re­mains one of the most pop­u­lar and well-loved golf travel des­ti­na­tions in the re­gion. There are more than 260 golf cour­ses in the coun­try, some of which hosts ma­jor in­ter­na­tional golf tour­na­ments like the Honda LPGA Thai­land and the Thai­land Golf Cham­pi­onship.

Khun Ka­jorn­det summed up, “Thai­land has many world-class golf cour­ses na­tion­wide, with state of the art fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices, in­clud­ing ex­pe­ri­enced cad­dies, won­der­ful ac­com­mo­da­tion, and ex­cel­lent ac­tiv­i­ties such as, shop­ping and spa treat­ments to en­joy af­ter play­ing.”

In ad­di­tion to more well known golf­ing des­ti­na­tions like Bangkok and Phuket, other golf­ing des­ti­na­tions have also emerged in pop­u­lar­ity. In­trepid golfers are also trav­el­ling to the North Eastern parts of Thai­land to play on pri­vate cour­ses in places like Nong Khai, Khon Kaen, Ko­rat (Nakhon Ratchasima) and Udon Thani. Chi­ang­mai was named the 2017 Golf Des­ti­na­tion of the Year in the Asia & Aus­trala­sia re­gion by the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion Golf Tour Op­er­a­tors (IAGTO), an hon­our that had pre­vi­ously been ac­corded to des­ti­na­tions like Pat­taya, Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Served by 343 di­rect flights weekly to Thai­land to des­ti­na­tions like Bangkok, Chi­ang­mai, Phuket, Krabi, and Koh Sa­mui, ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the King­dom can­not be any eas­ier. There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one with dif­fer­ing cost op­tions in Thai­land, and not just golf ac­tiv­i­ties. From its fa­bled shop­ping malls in Bangkok to night mar­kets, spas and beach ac­tiv­i­ties in des­ti­na­tions like Phuket, Krabi, Koh Sa­mui and na­ture ac­tiv­i­ties in Khao Yai and Chi­ang Mai, there’s plenty to keep one in a state of fun.

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