Visitors to Thailand now have the option to spend their 14-day quarantine period at one of six government-approved golf resorts.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said that the resorts – located in Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Phetchaburi and Chiang Mai, “allow foreign golfers the opportunity to undergo quarantine and enjoy golfing in Thailand at the same time”.
The concept of “golf quarantine” was introduced by the Thai government in December, and TAT said that the approval of the resorts had been the result of “strict audits, which include inspecting the checklist and certifying the overall standard according to the criteria”.
TAT said that visitors would be allowed to “and move around in the resort environment and also play golf, rather than just having to isolate in their rooms”.
The authority added that “golfers still need to have all of their advance arrangements in good order for arrival and entry, including a visa, which can include a Single-Entry Tourist Visa (TR) or a Special Tourist Visa (STV); medical and travel insurance; and a Certificate of Entry, to name but a few”.
Details given of the six approved resorts are as follows:
- Mida Golf Club is located west of Kanchanaburi and is a regulation par-72 course laid out over 800 acres with multiple room types available. It has a driving range, practice areas, and swimming pool.
- Evergreen Hills Golf Club, also in Kanchanaburi, has a 97-room resort, clubhouse, restaurant, driving range, tennis court, and swimming pool.
- Blue Star Golf Course, also in Kanchanaburi, is a par 72, 7,000-yard course with a choice of accommodation and room types, clubhouse, driving range, and practice areas.
- Artitaya Golf and Resort in Nakhon Nayok offers a challenging 18-hole layout supported by the resort, golf clubhouse and restaurant.
- Sawang Resort and Golf Club in Phetchaburi is an 18-hole international quality course with hotel, restaurant, driving range, swimming pool, clubhouse, and pro shop.
- Artitaya Chiang Mai Golf and Resort in Chiang Mai is an 18-hole course measuring 7,329 yards from the back tees. It has a restaurant and clubhouse.
In December Thailand announced plans to relax travel restrictions for citizens from 56 countries in an attempt to balance the health and economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.