In the recent years the number of golf instructors, schools and academies in Bangkok and in whole Thailand has been rising constantly, as a matter of fact that golf is a popular sport in Thailand. From local driving range experts in golf to world-known golf academies, there is definitely no shortage of different options to learn golf in Bangkok and in Thailand.
It mainly depends on a customer needs and expectations as well as on the budget to choose the particular way of start learning golf.
The prices may starts from as low as 500 Thb (16 USD) per hour from local driving range “experts”, who mainly were not successful pro or amateurs players, but decided to try and learn how to teach their friends and some local crowd. They are popular though as a price is an issue here. However we all understand, that golf itself is not a cheap sport, and it requires tons of time, effort and funds to become a successful golf player and later share your experience and try to become a teaching professional.
More advanced golf instructors, who have an experience being a pro golfers and/or retired PGA players, are also a big part of a golf coaching community in Bangkok. They mostly work as a local driving range/golf course teachers and provide golf lessons to a visitors. Here prices are 1000-1500 Thb per hour for a Thai instructor and up to 2000 Thb for a Western pro. Their profiles can be found in a social media,- mainly where they advertise themselves. This is also a popular way to learning golf, as many people think, that it requires just a coach only to become a good player. Many also do not realize how difficult a golf is, just until the time when they already committed significant amount of time and money. The lack of progress and frustration is just the question of time for a beginner, who decided to learn golf followed by an advice from a friend or local expert.
Other type of golf schools are decent established companies lead by golf professional with employed staff, rented office or training facilities, equipment, technologies and customer service. These types of companies are normally have their own websites where they provide an information about lesson types, prices, instructors and methods they use to teach golf the perspective student or customer. For the beginner in golf they may look complicated, but only this way you can have a chance to learn and play properly, though it takes a long time anyways.
And finally, there a few world-known brands and academies start to appear in Thailand and particularly in Bangkok. These companies have a great image, world known reputation and solid expertise in how to approach and teach golf based on a effective tour-proven methods and techniques. These experiences they gain from teaching world best players, in the most competitive environment – PGA and LPGA Tour, other top tournaments.
With a grown popularity of golf the demand for a high quality, professional approach to a teaching process is constantly rising. Many teaching golf pros are choosing to work with a world-known golf academies not only in favour of their own career, but also as a natural source of learning from the best coaches, who teach the world best players.
As for the perspective student, these academies are on the same level as the world top universities. Expertise, Trust and Commitment are the only ways to learn fast and play better in the future. It requires time to become a really good golf player. And it is really important to choose the best school or academy to begin your journey.
First world-known brand who appeared in Thailand was the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, with the headquarters in Champions Gate, Florida, USA, and more than 30 years of experience in golf instructions. The founder, David Leadbetter is a world most iconic golf coach, who coached and lead to Major victories some world best golf players such as:
Kathy Baker – 1985 U.S. Open
Ian Baker – 1991 Finch British Open
Ernie Els – 1994, 1997 U.S. Open, 2002, 2012 British Open
Nick Faldo – 1989, 1990, 1996 Masters, 1987, 1990, 1992 British Open
Trevor Immelman –2008 Masters
Danielle Kang – 2017 KPMG PGA Championship
Lydia Ko – 2015 Evian Championship, 2016 ANA Inspiration Championship, 2015, 2016 Best Female Golfer, 2014 LPGA Rookie of the Year, 2015 LPGA Player of the Year
Se Ri Pak – 1998 U.S. Open, 1998 LPGA Rookie of the Year, 2007 World Golf Hall of Fame
Suzann Pettersen – 2006 Women’s PGA Championship, 2013 Evian Championship
Nick Price – 1992, 1994 PGA Championships, 1994 British Open, 1993, 1994 PGA Tour Player of the Year, 2003 World Golf Hall of Fame
Michelle Wie – 2014 U.S. Open
Other successful players who worked with David Leadbetter: Greg Norman, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros, Sandi lyle, Ian Woosnam, Bernhard Langer, Lee Westwood Frank Nobilo, Brandle Chamblee.
With a desire to bring that same world-class instruction to players of all ages and abilities, and in addition to the numerous articles written for publications like Golf Digest and Golf International over the past three decades, David has authored eight books on the topic. Together, David’s books have sold two million copies making him one of the best-selling golf instruction authors in the world. His latest book, The A Swing, was released in May 2015 is set to transform the golf swing once again.
Additionally, David has produced a number of instructional videos, DVDs, an interactive video game, and other mixed media, and developed training aids—including the SwingSetter, SwingSetter Pro and a number of A Swing approved training aids released with the book—all dedicated to helping people play better golf.
Today, David remains a revered voice in golf instruction and continues to coach several top PGA, LPGA, and European Tour players, host his own satellite radio show, author new publications, develop new training aids, and continue to bring the same innovative and elite level instruction to players everywhere. He has a great passion for growing the game and developing junior golfers, and his Leadbetter Kids Schools continue to expand across Asia.
Since October 2016, his first indoor golf academy was opened its doors in Bangkok, Thailand and quickly became a hotspot for the local golf community.
The David Leadbetter Indoor Golf Academy is situated in the heart of Sukhumvit, Bangkok at the five-star Marriott Hotel and Executive Serviced Apartments on Sukhumvit Soi 24.
The Bangkok Golf Academy has David Leadbetter certified instructors and golf lessons can be given in English, Thai and Japanese. The academy has twelve golf simulator indoor hitting bays equipped with the latest teaching and training technologies such as Trackman, GC2s, Sam PuttLab, BodiTrack and video replay for every swing. The academy property also includes a state of the art fitness centre, outdoor short-game area, and a corporate event zone.
Address: 90, Mariott Executive Apartments, Sukhumvit Soi 24, Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand