Golf in Thailand
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Golf arrived in Thailand during the reign of King Rama V one hundred years ago.[when?] It was first played by nobles and other elitists of high society but is now played by a wider segment of the population.
Golf annually adds 8 billion baht into the local economy.
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, tens of thousands of tourist fly into Thailand every year just for the affordable golfing that's on offer. Most courses are designed with many water features and strategically positioned bunkers. Destination diversity and the vast choice of golf courses located 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 would be in Chonburi (Pattaya), where there are over 20 courses within under 40 minutes drive.
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