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Udon Thani Golf - Archive from 2002 to 2012

There has been a golf society in Udon Thani for around 12 years

Gary Parks the past 3 years has been the sole organiser and tirelessly held the Udon Thani Golf together. Recently Gary has stood down to allow members Terry Aston, Cliff Saveall, John Ward, Graham Firth and Harry Farquhar to optimistically increase interest in Udon Golf and provide a change in schedule. The UTHG has played at Sri Thani, Wing 23, Victory Park and occasionally through the wet season Udon Thani Golf Course (18K) 

The climate of Thailand makes golf one of the perfect pastimes to get a little exercise and socialize with friends. For those of us from colder climates we no longer need worry about the weather spoiling arrangements for a round of golf. Here the only concern is the odd day of continuous heavy rain during the wet season.

Golf is big business in Thailand, bringing tourists from all over the world to enjoy its beautiful courses. Here in Udon, golf is a little bit more low key than the popular resorts down south, but there is still sufficient interest from expats and tourists to support the local Udon Thani Golf.

There has been a golf group in Udon for around 10 years. Originally called, Friends of Udon Golf, it was renamed Udon Thani Golf  about 6 years ago and was until his recent retirement, very well organized by Malcolm Mackenzie, with the help of Trevor Edge. 

During this time the Udon Thani Golf has held, with the help of local bars sponsoring a days golf, numerous fund raising events. Two of the main beneficiaries of these charity days has been The Nong Khai Orphan Boys Home, The Udon Thani Home for retarded children along with various local schools. The last charity fun day was held at Wing 23 golf course on the 30th December and attracted 72 players.

Udon Thani Golf  has members from all over the world who either live or visit Udon. UTHG aim's to provide a means for local golfers to get together and enjoy themselves. If they happen to have a good round of golf, that’s an added bonus. Whilst the group has a laid back friendly approach, all players are expected to strictly adhere to the rules of golf as laid down by the governing bodies.

UTHG has players of all abilities. The maximum handicap for men is 32 and for ladies 36. The present handicap list has 17 players in the 0-9 category, 67 in the 10-19 category, 41 in the 20-29 category and 30 in the 30-36 category. 
The 2013 subscription of 200baht is required to join the UTHG.

Udon Thani Golf group usually plays on a Monday at one of the following 3 courses, this is subject to change. Check the schedule for the forthcoming year. 

Sri Thani.
An attractive 9 hole course, three tee boxes for different levels of golfers with plenty of trees and water. The two par 5’s are key to a good round. The condition of the course varies with ground staff constantly working to improve the course.
Cost of a round is 420 baht plus caddy tip (approx 200 baht)

Wing 23.
A popular 9 hole course near the centre of town. There are continuous ongoing course improvements to fairways and greens. Recent irrigation work has added to the problem of wayward drives. The new club house / restaurant is a perfect spot to enjoy a post game lunch and cold drink. Changing room facilities are very limited.
Cost of a round 300 baht, but can very. Caddy tip (approx 200 Baht) 

Victory Park, Nong Khai.
The only 18 hole course in the area and always worth the trip there. Very picturesque, out in the middle of Issan countryside.
The course has previously been host to televised major Thai golf tournaments. The greens are very undulating and putting is key to a good round. Nice clubhouse Restaurant / Dining area for breakfast or post game lunch and drinks. Showers and lockers with towel are included with the cost.
Currently, cost of a round is 600 baht on a Monday - Thursday. Plus caddy tip (approx 200 baht)

Udon Thani golf Course (18K)
Located 18 klm on the left on the highway to Nong Bua Lam Phu, this is a love it or hate it course. A par 5 that only requires a 6-7 iron tee shot, followed by what every you fancy in your bag, then a PW can frustrate the golfer who cannot adjust to this kind off approach. Best feature is the fact that it's a dry course all the year round, unfortunately the club house and dining area are outdated and in need of a face lift.
Cost of a round is 300 baht. Plus caddy tip (approx 200 baht) Don't expect too much from caddies here...!!!