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Ozybear    86

Being of limited means I have had to take the ultimate solution of no tip at all.  That also means no golf which is a bit of a downer!  Golf has become a rich man's sport in Thailand.

if limited funds living in LOS, why are you there ?

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Bpuumike    528

Being of limited means I have had to take the ultimate solution of no tip at all. That also means no golf which is a bit of a downer! Golf has become a rich man's sport in Thailand.

if limited funds living in LOS, why are you there ?

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Spain is cheaper to live except when it comes to a round of golf (no caddy, pay for a cart if you want, and surely need one) and evening 'entertainment'...

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Ghostnigel    795

This has been done to death on this forum use the search function

So, what? Nobody forced you to click and read this topic ... and make a rude comment. If you see a topic that doesn't interest you then just ignore it and move on.

here here....totally agree. thumbsup.gif

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JAS21    1,391

This has been done to death on this forum use the search function

So, what? Nobody forced you to click and read this topic ... and make a rude comment. If you see a topic that doesn't interest you then just ignore it and move on.

Totally agree with you herbaled, what is the problem with doing a subject to death. Gives us on tv something to do all day. I just cant wait to get back to the widening of beach road. Search function should be deleted.

And I totally agree that there is nothing wrong with churning up topics again ... if that didn't happen what would all the board bast__ds on this site do all day... enjoy ....

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JAS21    1,391

Though it's the best thing to do, you're not really obligated to tip them or to tip any specific amount. They already get paid from the caddy fee you pay. Also, the minimum salary these days is 9000 baht a month. I like to give plenty of tip, I always have, but it's not like you're insulting anyone by tipping them 100-150 either. Thai people often don't tip at all or limit it to very small tip amounts.

That's total nonsense, and as for Thais not tipping I have no idea where you got that idea from. I play most of my golf with Thais these days, and they always tip appropriately. I think 250 up is a good starting point.

Right on both accounts ... you can't go wrong giving the same as the caddy fee ... my bad luck is that my wife also plays so golf costs me double.

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tweezer    9

I almost always tip 500 baht. If the caddy is particularly bad or annoying, maybe 300.

I also always split any winnings with the caddy... we usually play a 100 baht near-pin contest on all par 3's, carrying over if no one wins a given hole. When I win that, I give half to the caddy.

Note... sometimes we also play the Par 3 near-pin game and let the caddy of the winner have all the cash. We explain it to them up front... it's amazing how interested and serious they get when they know they stand to win some cash! It's fun.

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wotaplonker    104

To avoid dirty looks and being called nasty names, go with b. 300

having a decent round of golf in Thailand now days is an expensive

form of exercise..

eh ???

ive just come back from a 23 day tour of Pattaya, and played 6 times, I joined Pattaya sports club and then played

mainly out of 'The Golf Club' in Lk metro, the golf was tremendous value for money (and im a budget traveller who stayed in a 550 baht night room)

I paid between 1500 to 2200 per round, that included transport, Green fee, Buggy and Caddy.

The most pricy was the fantastic St Andrews course which was top class +caddy tip (300) approx. £50 sterling

In the Uk to play a comparable standard course, have a buggy and caddy and you would be paying well over £100,

compare Thai prices to Spain and Portugal !!!

all in all my 6 games cost about £250, awesome value with virtually guaranteed good weather and fantastic courses and after golf facilities,

and you can even arrange to bang the caddy later oi oi!!

a golfing paradise

ps I always tipped 300 as that was what the regulars said to give them

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Ozybear    86

5 years ago it was 300 baht caddy tip. Those who enjoy and can afford a little more, pay a little more. It goes a long way and they are not selling their souls for quick cash. Respect goes a long way. Karma guys. :)

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To avoid dirty looks and being called nasty names, go with b. 300

having a decent round of golf in Thailand now days is an expensive

form of exercise..

eh ???

ive just come back from a 23 day tour of Pattaya, and played 6 times, I joined Pattaya sports club and then played

mainly out of 'The Golf Club' in Lk metro, the golf was tremendous value for money (and im a budget traveller who stayed in a 550 baht night room)

I paid between 1500 to 2200 per round, that included transport, Green fee, Buggy and Caddy.

The most pricy was the fantastic St Andrews course which was top class +caddy tip (300) approx. £50 sterling

In the Uk to play a comparable standard course, have a buggy and caddy and you would be paying well over £100,

compare Thai prices to Spain and Portugal !!!

all in all my 6 games cost about £250, awesome value with virtually guaranteed good weather and fantastic courses and after golf facilities,

and you can even arrange to bang the caddy later oi oi!!

a golfing paradise

ps I always tipped 300 as that was what the regulars said to give them

At least you have the right nickname

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Ozybear    86
To avoid dirty looks and being called nasty names, go with b. 300

having a decent round of golf in Thailand now days is an expensive

form of exercise..

eh ???

ive just come back from a 23 day tour of Pattaya, and played 6 times, I joined Pattaya sports club and then played

mainly out of 'The Golf Club' in Lk metro, the golf was tremendous value for money (and im a budget traveller who stayed in a 550 baht night room)

I paid between 1500 to 2200 per round, that included transport, Green fee, Buggy and Caddy.

The most pricy was the fantastic St Andrews course which was top class +caddy tip (300) approx. £50 sterling

In the Uk to play a comparable standard course, have a buggy and caddy and you would be paying well over £100,

compare Thai prices to Spain and Portugal !!!

all in all my 6 games cost about £250, awesome value with virtually guaranteed good weather and fantastic courses and after golf facilities,

and you can even arrange to bang the caddy later oi oi!!

a golfing paradise

ps I always tipped 300 as that was what the regulars said to give them

At least you have the right nickname

after playing 18 holes at my age, no chance at the other hole. Seriously, never even thought if a caddy being anything else but a caddy and someone to have a laugh with, especially when they see the way I play. Oi. Lol.

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JAS21    1,391

To avoid dirty looks and being called nasty names, go with b. 300

having a decent round of golf in Thailand now days is an expensive

form of exercise..

eh ???

ive just come back from a 23 day tour of Pattaya, and played 6 times, I joined Pattaya sports club and then played

mainly out of 'The Golf Club' in Lk metro, the golf was tremendous value for money (and im a budget traveller who stayed in a 550 baht night room)

I paid between 1500 to 2200 per round, that included transport, Green fee, Buggy and Caddy.

The most pricy was the fantastic St Andrews course which was top class +caddy tip (300) approx. £50 sterling

In the Uk to play a comparable standard course, have a buggy and caddy and you would be paying well over £100,

compare Thai prices to Spain and Portugal !!!

all in all my 6 games cost about £250, awesome value with virtually guaranteed good weather and fantastic courses and after golf facilities,

and you can even arrange to bang the caddy later oi oi!!

a golfing paradise

ps I always tipped 300 as that was what the regulars said to give them

Well for us Golf is expensive here compared to what we paid in the UK. There we had 'husband and wife' membership for around 1500GBP/year ( of course that was prior to 2007 when we came here full time) ... nothing else to pay once you have purchased your electric trolley. We played 4 or more times a week.

Here, we each have a membership (a share) which cost about 350,000baht, and it is sellable (hopefully). Each time we play it cost a minimum of 1000baht (250Baht caddy fee and 250Baht tip) each. If you add on the loss of interest on the 700,000baht or 14,000GBP the cost is even more

So golf here, for us, is at least twice as expensive as we paid in the UK.

I would also disagree with the tipping levels quoted. Eleven years ago when my wife and I started playing here (she was taught here is 2002) the tip was 150baht. It has risen in stages over the years and yes has probably had a jump (no pun intended) in the last year.

We, not infrequently, play with those who have held important jobs here and I can assure you that 250baht -300baht was the norm. Today we played and both caddys were really good, the course was not busy, nor has it been for a few weeks due to the protest. We gave 300Baht each. When the protest is finished we may not pay that much. The caddy fee at our club has recently risen from 230Baht to 250Baht.

We've done this, having your own caddy, but found it a little problem if we want to change our mind about playing at the last minute, so now we take whoever is next in the queue.

We have membership at Muang Ake and people who tip 500baht there are not the norm, I can assure you of that as I have played with quite a few of the regulars there.

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sticklee    62

I almost always tip 500 baht. If the caddy is particularly bad or annoying, maybe 300.

I also always split any winnings with the caddy... we usually play a 100 baht near-pin contest on all par 3's, carrying over if no one wins a given hole. When I win that, I give half to the caddy.

Note... sometimes we also play the Par 3 near-pin game and let the caddy of the winner have all the cash. We explain it to them up front... it's amazing how interested and serious they get when they know they stand to win some cash! It's fun.

That's the kind of practice I think most regular players would strongly disagree with

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Gsxrnz    6,958

I almost always tip 500 baht. If the caddy is particularly bad or annoying, maybe 300.

I also always split any winnings with the caddy... we usually play a 100 baht near-pin contest on all par 3's, carrying over if no one wins a given hole. When I win that, I give half to the caddy.

Note... sometimes we also play the Par 3 near-pin game and let the caddy of the winner have all the cash. We explain it to them up front... it's amazing how interested and serious they get when they know they stand to win some cash! It's fun.

300 is the going rate in Pattaya, especially if you play all year round. My caddy is thankful that I play all year and she has never let me down yet and turned me out for a tourist that may tip more. I got a T-Shirt for Christmas from her and obviously gave her an extra tip to cover that and then extra for Christmas.

As to giving them extra for winning a bet with your partner, you can guarantee that your caddies are also betting amongst themselves. They may be just betting on the value of your winnings but most caddies spend their spare time gambling dominoes and cards in the caddy shack, so they'll be having side bets and showing real interest in your performance - not a bad thing really.

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