About 15 minutes by car/motorbike to the southwest of Chiang Mai is the Hang Dong District. I discovered there was a nine hole golf course there that was a very good value with a greens fee of just 350 baht ($12.00) for 18 holes. The structures are simple with a main building where you’ll find the cashier to pay for your round; a small pro shop with clothes, clubs, balls, etc; and a snack bar by the first tee that sells food and drinks.
The caddie heads to my tee shot at Hang Dong Golf Course in Chiang Mai
After my game, I went to do a little sight seeing and find a restaurant for lunch. Only a minute or so further south from the golf course I spotted a sign for the Canyon View Restaurant. The restaurant is set back about a mile from the main road and is on the edge of a quarry. The open air dining room looks out over the quarry making for a great view while enjoying lunch.
View from the Canyon View Restaurant
Canyon View Restaurant, wider angle with pump house.
I met a couple other travelers there that told me they were out on the high walls in the middle of the quarry where some local Thai kids were jumping off into the water. A great swimming hole for the kids on hot summer days.
I’ve been taking pictures of some golf courses and hope to post some of them soon. My time here in Thailand is nearing its end and I’m going to try to do shorter posts more often.
We got the first rain of the “low season” today, March 24, 2014. I was on the 14th hole of a pretty decent (for me) round of golf when the thunder started. The wind was blowing at 25 to 30 MPH as I lined up my putt for a double bogey. I thought the wind was going to roll the ball without me hitting it. It was an 18 inch putt with a tailwind about 30 degrees off axis. I tapped it about six inches and the wind did the rest – in the cup for a double bogey on a par five. The rain started shortly after, and the caddie and I headed for shelter. High winds, pouring rain, hail, and blowing leaves & debris made for quite a scene. After 30 to 40 minutes, it subsided to a very light rain, and the golf continued… I parred the next hole.
A caddie avoids the puddles after some much needed rain.
The rain clears away the smoke I mentioned in the previous post, and the Doi Suthep Mountains are easily seen with a bit of fog on them from the rain. As the rains become more and more common, the smoke will be much less of a concern and quite possibly the worst is behind us for this year. From what I’ve been told the rain storms tend to be often, perhaps daily, but are usually short like what we got today.
The rain clears the air and the Doi Suthep Mountains are clearly visible through a light mist.
Just a short post here to mention the rain since it is the first of the year, and the first of the 2014 “low season”.