Why did we start Pattaya Golf Tours Pty Ltd (PGT) and where have we come from!
Recently I was asked why I wanted to create a golf tour company to Thailand and Vietnam because surely there are enough of these ventures already. My response to this question was to reflect upon my current situation and offer a valuable response.
To begin with, I love golf and began playing when I was just 13 years of age at my local course in Sydney. Over the years I have enjoyed the ups and downs we all experience in this great game, and being a member of courses throughout New South Wales and New Zealand I have been fortunate to play on some magnificent courses and have made great friendships along the way.
My passion for this sport saw me travelling to Thailand for my best friends 50th birthday in 2014 and it was this opportunity that allowed me to discover the Thai people and their unique culture, which was extraordinary. The constant smiles I received from the Thai people and their custom of making each day special enabled me to relax and I fell in love with the place, the people and their lifestyle.
While in Thailand, I travelled 30 minutes south of Pattaya and experienced a unique resort complex privately owned and run by a British investor. The staff and facilities were just fantastic, offering on-site chef, a very private location, and transfers, pool, gym and cinema room for that lazy day. Even though this resort was private and away from the hustle and bustle of Pattaya City, we were only 45 minutes’ drive to over 20 awesome golf courses in Thailand. This proximity gave us 10 wonderful days exploring the local food, golf courses, customs and attractions. Shopping is a great experience in Pattaya and the nightlife is always buzzing. What makes the golf special however is that each course offers carts and local caddies for each new visitor and nothing is too complicated or too much trouble.
This trip to Thailand gave me time to think about how I wanted to move forward with my life. My career to date has focused upon the building sector, where I have owned my own consultancy company working with high end residential houses in Sydney and regional New South Wales, as well as Queensland and New Zealand. Having always been attracted to supplying the highest quality service to clients and supplying excellence in all that we created, I have been fortunate to win many awards as a builder for quality and design. In the last 5 years however I became disappointed with the change in culture of the Australian buyer wanting extremely large houses for less money with no concern for longevity or quality, and my passion for golf took me on this path.
After returning from Thailand I decided that I wanted to share my experience and local knowledge of playing golf in Thailand, and in particular in Pattaya. With the contacts we have now created and having returned six times to this oasis, I decided to create Pattaya Golf Tours (PGT) to share this experience with other golfers and travelers who wanted an exclusive, private resort golf holiday.
Tamarind Resort Chon Buri is a 5 star resort which caters for singles and couples providing private accommodation for eight singles/couples, equipped with full air-conditioning, private ensuite and facilities. There is also a 4 star component to the resort which caters for six singles/couples in their own private hotel across the road, and we have used both resorts for larger groups and business conferences.
So, to answer the question I was recently asked, I left the building industry behind some time ago so that I could pursue my passion for golf and share the wonder of Thailand with you. At PGT, we offer you a chance to bathe in the relaxed culture of Thailand while enjoying some of the best golf courses in Asia. You are invited to come and experience golf in Thailand with your own cart, your own professional caddy and the best part is that you’ll struggle to play golf anywhere else in the world after such a personalized and professional experience. With your private chef on-site and staff to look after your daily food requirements, all you have to do is sit back and relax by the pool, enjoy a cold glass of your favourite tonic while eating some of the best local seafood that is purchased daily by the chef.
The facilities at the The Tamarind Resort have 24/7 security, they are beautifully appointed rooms and facilities for you and your partner and our team is ready to greet you on arrival and attend to organizing pedicures, manicures, visiting local attractions with transfers, having a professional Thai massage in the massage room and much more.
Come and experience the beauty and relaxed atmosphere of Thailand and its people, and we look forward to welcoming you for either your first golfing experience or providing one of the best golfing experiences you’ll ever have.