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6 Tips to Play Your Best Golf in Thailand with a Caddie

Find out how to play your best golf and have an enjoyable day on the green in Thailand! Focus on your stride and leaving all the heavy lifting with your caddie.
Justin Goforth
August 11, 2022
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Event Management

We have all had our ups and downs on the golf course and whilst most of us used to play back in our home countries without a caddie, Thailand’s part and parcel of the golf package. I am sure you miss the days of being able to carry or push your own bag and take out the club you want, read the greens by yourself, mark your own ball, and have no one to blame but yourself (as it should be) if you miss a putt or shank one into the trees! However, with a caddie, it can feel like an easy escape from a bad round and it’s easy to put the blame on someone else. Before you do, hold it right there…what if there are a number of ways in which you can have the most enjoyable experience on the golf course and play your best golf…with a caddie?

Known as Thailand’s “secret weapon”, here is 6 ways to make your caddie and Thai golf experience more enjoyable:

1.    First and most importantly, create a rapport with your caddie quickly. Do the basics, ask your caddie her name, tell her you’re going to have fun today, smile, and generally have a positive attitude.

2.    Put your caddy to the test on the greens straight away. Figure out early on if your Thailand golf caddie is any good at reading greens. Take her to the putting green if you have time and ask her to read a couple of practice puts for you. Accept her early reads and see how she does. If she is not so accurate (and remember, they are human so they can make mistakes) laugh about it and make a mental note to rely more on your own judgment for the rest of the round.

3.    Don’t play the blame game! Never blame your caddie for a poor shot, bad read, or incorrect club selection. At the end of the day, they always do their best and remember, if you were that good then I am sure you wouldn’t need to rely on her anyway. We have all seen high handicappers on the course who seem to enjoy taking out their bad shots on their caddies for what they considered to be bad information, so let’s do our best to not become one of them as it doesn’t do anyone any good and let’s be honest, they always end up looking like the fool anyway.

4.    Learn your caddie’s language and comprehend what your caddy means. To put this into perspective from my personal experience, a common misunderstanding is where they say a putt is “left”, it does not mean it will go right, what they really mean it is “left to right”. Often, the caddie will signal this with a hand gesture, so it’s important to work this out if you want to have any chance of holing a putt!

5.    Happy with your caddie? Once you find one that you especially like at a golf course, make sure to get her number (no not that number), her caddie number. That way, you can make sure that you will have the pleasure of her company the next time you play thereby requesting her in advance.

6.    Always tip fairly. The typical tip for a round is 400 Thai Baht (around $15), however, you may give more if your caddy exceeded your expectations, or indeed if you’re feeling generous. Your caddie will certainly appreciate if and will look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

Not many of us golfers have the luxury of playing golf with a caddie and enjoy an amazing golf experience in Thailand. Try these following these tips when you next get out on the course and make your caddie’s day!

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