The I.G.A

Please note: - U.T.G.G & I.F.G.G are separate organisations to the I.G.A, although we do have a lot of synergy with each other.


The (IGA) 2015 - New Membership card available

As the New Year is upon us, I.G.A Members will note that their 2012 cards expired on December 31.  Not to worry, your new cards are now available.  Renewal memberships are 500 baht, and new memberships are 600 baht.

I.G.A. remains a ‘club of convenience’, in that we do not schedule regular weekly or monthly events. Many of our local members play golf with the Khon Kaen Golf group, the Udon Thani Golf, and the informal but very active Nong Khai Mob.  I.G.A. has by far the largest membership in Isaan. We also offer Laos I.G.A. membership, as well as claiming golfers from many other parts of Thailand and other countries.

The highlight of each year is our annual Isaan/Chiang Mai Challenge.  This will be our 9th consecutive 3 day competition and it will once again be held at Singha Park in Khon Kaen. The dates are Nov 5, 6, and 7 (Tues, Wed, Thurs).  First day is a social mixed teams Texas Scramble, followed by two days of Match Play for the much-coveted Challenge Cup, which unfortunately is TEMPORARILY residing in Chiang Mai.

Our primary goal is to gain concessions from golf courses and hotels where many of our members play, and stay. 

History

The I.G.A. has been in existence since 2004, and has grown over the past 9 years.  Although the group originally represented only Udon and Nong Khai golfers, we now have members from all over Isaan and Thailand, including a respectable number of Khon Kaen & Udon Thani golfers, and we even include a Laos I.G.A. group that plays out of Vientiane. This is a loosely-knit “Club of Convenience” and many local groups are also members of I.G.A.
 
We band together to form a sizeable presence that can approach both golf courses and accommodation in areas where our members primarily play golf to gain discounts for our current card-carrying members.  Our annual membership fee is 600 baht for new members, and 500 baht for those renewing their membership.  All cards expire on December 31 of each year.
 
Our primary golfing event focus is our annual I.G.A/Chiang Mai Match Play Challenge Cup.  This is a 3 day event that takes place in Khon Kaen, and this year all three rounds will be played on the championship Singha Park Golf Course in Khon Kaen. The vast majority of our paltry membership fees go towards prizes and the sponsoring of this event.
 
Important note to all of our members:   All discounts are courtesy discounts and are based upon annual agreements, but could be denied at the discretion of our Partners at any time.  Hotel discounts, of course are dependent upon availability of rooms. We ask all members to be IGA ambassadors for the sake of future members passing the same way.  Be courteous with staff, and please handle your own reservations and tee times.  The vast majority of past problems has been a result of Thai wives and/or Thai partners “demanding” discounts and being “Thai-on-Thai” demanding of service.
 
Final note:  The I.G.A. is becoming widely recognized and many of our members have received ‘reciprocal’ discounts from a wide range of golf courses throughout Thailand.  I have had personal success in Khao Yai, Kanchanaburi, and Chiang Mai. Many other members have reported similar success.  Most golf courses (and hotels) have schemes for promotions and discounts, and your photo ID IGA card might just do the trick.  I have even received discounts on Scottish golf courses!  They thought the ID card so unique and distant that they were happy to give me reduced member-visitor rates.
 
Remember:  If you don’t ask, you will never get a discount !
 
(True story:  One member recently had his BMW serviced, and upon payment was asked if he had any discount cards.  He presented his IGA card……. 20% discount! )
 
* All ID cards are numbered and registered, and to be valid they must have your photo attached and the card must be sealed.  No photo, no discount.
 
For information about getting your I.G.A. Member card, please contact:

U.T.G.G:            Cliff or Harry       cliff@udonthanigolf.com or harryfarquhar@gmail.com

I.F.G.G:              Terry                 tka9944@yahoo.com
 
Nong Khai:          Trevor                trevhanno9@yahoo.com
 
Khon Kaen:         Mick (6 iron)      mick_collins@hotmail.com  (that is mick_collins)
 
Vientiane:            Mac                  AMcRae@boartlongyear.com
 
General info:        Tim                   Tim490@hotmail.com