COURSE of the MONTH

INDEX

Jun 06 - St.Patricks, Ireland
Jul 06 - Teia, Catalonia
Aug 06 - Stanley Park, Canada
Sep 06 - Portmarnock, Ireland
Oct 06 - Sant Cebria, Catalonia
Nov 06 - Papendal, Netherlands
Dec 06 - Horsholm, Denmark
Jan 07 - Shandon, Ireland
Feb 07 - Portal del Roc, Catalonia
Mar 07 - Terrey Hills, Australia
Apr 07 - Jones Beach Park, USA
May 07 - Gualta, Catalonia
June 07 - Stackallen, Ireland
July 07 - Sant Jaume, Catalonia
August 07 - Waverley, Australia
September 07 - La Rosaleda, Canary Islands
October 07 - Fornells, Catalonia
November 07 - RGSC, Ireland
December 07 - Centenary Park, UK.
January 08 - Chia Laguna, Italy.
March 08 - Royal Meath, Ireland.
April 08 - Imjelt, Norway.
May 08 - Les Goelands, France.
June 08 - Les Moulins, Verbier, Switzerland.
July 08 - Glenville, Ireland.
Aug 08 - Lloret Papalus, Catalonia.
Sep 08 - Southern Cross, Australia
Oct 08 - Overbetuwe, Netherlands
Nov 08 - Fermoy, Ireland
Dec 08 - St. Moritz, Switzerland
Jan 09 - Larkspur Park, Ireland
Feb 09 - Lleida, Catalonia
March 09 - Glanville Hall, Australia
April 09 - St. Stephen's, Ireland
May 09 - Kristtornskogen, Norway
June 09 - Bussloo, Netherlands
July 09 - West Palace, China
Aug 09 - Canberra International, Australia
Sept 09 - Teyco l'Ampolla, Catalonia
Oct 09 - Cloghogue, Ireland
Nov 09 - El Torrent, Andorra
Dec 09 - Colegio Medico, Chile
Jan 10 - 2Club Golf, Ohio, USA
Feb 10 - Mas Pages, Catalonia
Mar 10 - Locarno, Switzerland
Apr 10 - Erin's Isle, Ireland
May 10 - Queen Elizabeth Park, Canada
June 10 - Heerde, Netherlands
July 10 - El Vendrell, Catalonia
Aug 10 - Deerpark, Ireland
Sep 10 - Nuolen, Switzerland
Oct 10 - Tennis Mora, Catalonia
Nov 10 - Koekange, Netherlands
Dec 10 - Collinstown, Ireland
Jan 11 - Utsikten, Norway
Feb 11 - Pazo da Touza, Galicia
Mar 11 - Seapoint, Ireland
Apr 11 - Groningen, Netherlands
May 11 - St. Anne's, Ireland
Jun 11 - Bonarea, Catalonia
Jul 11 - Central Park, UK.
Aug 11 - Boiro, Galicia.
Sept 11 - Ring Commons, Ireland.
Oct 11 - Bryne & Kro, Norway.
Nov 11 - Vall d'Ordino, Andorra.
Dec 11 - Claycastle, Ireland.
Jan 12 - West Golf, Germany.
Feb 12 - Wolvega, Netherlands.
Mar 12 - Hcap 1, Catalonia.
Apr 12 - Valley View, Australia.
May 12 - SRV, Koh Chang, Thailand.
June 12 - Molenhoek, Netherlands.

Course of the Month - Siam Royal View, Koh Chang, Thailand.

Koh Chang is Thailand's second largest island, and the biggest in Eastern Thailand. With about 5,000 permanent residents the island is not heavily populated, but tourism (and development) has increased dramatically over the last few years. Koh Chang (it means elephant although elephants are not native to the island) is one of Thailand's most beautiful islands with long white sandy beaches, some quiet and secluded.

Last November, the developers of Siam Royal View housing project finalised construction of the island's only Pitch and Putt course. The course was laid out in the centre of the development and is entirely surrounded by the waters of a lagoon. This not only cools the air but also adds to the challenge as a couple of greens are only accessible by bridge. The signature hole is the 3rd, just 40 metres - but with the the tee and pin on two separate islands, linked by a footbridge. A consideration is that if you shank your pitch then the lagoon's waters are safe for swimming and also pretty shallow, so you can just jump in and retrieve it - thus saving yourself the 20 baht lost ball fee!

The picturesque course has been designed to FIPPA specifications. It plays 554 yards (507m) on the Chang Noi nine and 571 yards (523m) on the Half Moon nine. The nines (named after the two nearby beaches) are laid out over the same terrain, but are played in different directions. The direction reverses daily at lunchtime. The Koh Chang (Thailand) Pitch and Putt Association was formed in 2012 to promote, administer and control the sport of Pitch and Putt in Koh Chang. Mainly a tourist amenity right now, an ultimate goal is that the course might be used for competitions or even be used as a host course for championships.

Between rounds, visitors can eat lunch, or have a swim, at the Siam Royal Beach Club, just a couple of minutes walk away. It is expected to take the average player around 90 minutes to complete the course which will be open year round as it has also been designed to drain quickly. That's handy as Koh Chang can get pretty damp in the rainy season (June to October)!



The Siam Royal layout is the first Pitch and Putt course on the island of Koh Chang. It's also unique in that it utilises artificial greens. It was decided to use the latter along these with other features like raised greens and tees and lifted but well drained bunkers to enable the course to be played even after a major thunderstorm.
With its location within a lagoon, the course obviously features many water hazards. The player has to maneouvre along beautifully manicured fairways and between the lagoon islands. Longest holes on the course are the 7th and 18th at 90 metres. Water awaits all the way down the left of the hole. Water is genuinely in the equation on practically every hole. No. 6 measures just 42 metres over the lagoon.

OPENING HOURS
Residents: 200 Baht
Non Residents: 300 Baht
Children: Under 12s 100 Baht
Club set rental : 150 Baht per set, per day.

Each set includes 10 tees and 10 balls. Lost tees and balls must be paid after play. Additional balls can be purchased. Only wood or bio degradable plastic tees allowed. Tees: THB 5 per tee & Balls: THB 20.- per ball

e-mail the club at j.a.c.hakanson@gmail.com




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