Thailand’s Golf Ambassadors
TAT launches “Amazing Thailand Golf Paradise” with the Jutanugarn sisters
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.