Well, well well, what can I say other than ~30KM outside of Kanchanaburi, Thailand is a real treat. When I say a real treat, I mean it’s sick in a “I want to go back” type way. Currently there are 3 different 9’s, it appears as though more are being built.
The gents from the pub I’ve been spending time at were headed there today. Having spoke with them a few times and expressing my desire to play some Thai golf, they invited me to join. I’m glad they did.
Bluessapphire is a great golf course and green fees are ~800baht weekdays for 18 holes in high season + 200 baht for a caddy. Then if you’re a distinguished gentleman, which I HOPE YOU ARE, you tip your caddy ~200 – 400 baht for her troubles. Give 200 if she is lousy, 400 if she’s great and 300 if she did her job. I do believe it costs ~400 baht for a 9 hole.
My caddy was cool, calm and collective, like all good caddies should be. Got some pars and a fist full of bogey’s, rest are unmentionables which isn’t bad for a guy who hasn’t held a club since September and knows he’ll always have to “pay to play”. I got some clubs from one of the guys we were playing with, good guys, good round of golf. My caddy did get me into some trouble though, I hit driver everywhere like a deranged derelict. She knew the greens well though and I sunk some putts based on her advice I’d never have otherwise.
Golfing is good fun, even more fun with a good group of character. The course has a wide range of hole types including all sorts of doglegs and great elevation. Luckily for me I played best on the holes that counted and like crap on the others.
Front 9, I was great off the tee and couldn’t close. On the back 9, I began drinking aggressively and became crap off the tee but one h3ll of a closer, odd how that works, yes? I must say, golf is a good laugh but even more so with a cold one in your hand, especially when your caddy holds it for you while you take your swing.
They have mini rest stops every few holes and sell beer & snacks at very reasonable prices. What’s totally ludicrous is that you can buy a seasons pass for 5000 baht, that’s ~$165US… Yes that is right.
What’s also absolutely absurd is that you can rent an apartment or small bungalow in or just outside of Kanchanaburi for ~2-5,000 baht a month… Do the math people, it’s straight up insanity for someone who just wants to forget the deep freeze and work on their swing.
That said, most of the courses are ~20-80km from town so you’d need a ride of some sort. Below is the sign on hole number 12, just another tough hole. We played from the blues.