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Although Thailand's golfing history is indeed short, it is nevertheless noteworthy. Golf was first played at the aristocratic old Royal Hua Hin course in the 1920's by the then King and members of the royalty and aristocracy. Most of Thailand's 200 plus golf courses of today were built to international standards during the mid-1980's and early 1990's, and were planned by some of the world's leading course designers, including Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo, Jack Nichlaus, and Gary Player. These designers are reputed for making challenging, creative courses, with brilliant layouts, and Thailand's courses do not fall short of that standard.
Evidence in support of this claim can be found in the fact that Thailand's courses play host to a number of international tournaments, including the Johnnie Walker Classic, which is a regular fixture on the European Pro Golfers Association Tour.
Presently there are over 200 golf courses spread throughout Thailand, making golf available nearly anywhere, even in some of the most remote areas. Construction of courses came to an abrupt halt with the devaluation of the baht in 1997, however the established courses nonetheless remain well groomed to the highest international standards. Thailand is said to be one of Asia's top golfing centers, and the commitment to quality courses and outstanding services are ample justification for that claim.