Golf in Thailand
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Golf arrived in Thailand during the reign of King Rama V. It was first played by nobles and other elitists of high society but is now played by a wider segment of the population.
Thongchai Jaidee is the country's most successful golfer, winning a handful of major international tournaments. Other Thais who have had international success include Prayad Marksaeng, Boonchu Ruangkit, and Pornanong Phatlum. Many Thai professional golfers and aspiring amateurs compete in All Thailand Golf Tour tournaments.
Thailand's golf courses
There are approximately 250 golf courses in Thailand. Thousands of tourists fly into Thailand every year just for the golfing on offer. Destination diversity and the choice of golf courses throughout the country are key factors attracting the large numbers of visitors coming to play golf in Thailand. The most popular destination for golfing in Thailand especially for tourists is Pattaya in Chonburi Province, where there are over 20 courses.
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