Golfers participating in the July army sponsored golf day at Suanson Pradipat, the Sea Pines Army Golf Course
have something else to be proud about in the future; regardless of their golfing prowess on the day.
Proceeds of the Event will benefit the construction of Ratchapakdi Park, a 222 rai site where seven former Kings of Thailand will be immortalised with bronze statues, around 14 metres in height, installed to overlook ceremonial areas, museums, an exhibition centre and landscaped gardens. In years to come, players from the golfing event can honestly say “I helped build this place”; albeit a relatively minor contribution to the estimated cost of 700 million THB.
Army spokesperson Colonel Sirichan Ngathong said that His Majesty the King approved the Park project and Army Commander-In-Chief Udomdej Sitabutr wants the Park to demonstrate loyalty to the monarchy. The park will also function as an important ceremonial venue for army ceremonies as well as other agencies. It is destined to become a major tourist destination and place for education about Thai history.
Col Sirichan said the Army is raising donations to fund the Park, receiving donations via its welfare fund account number 077-1-07474-7 at the TMB bank. Construction of the Park is well underway and visible from the roadside, with pedestals for the statues already in place. The park site is about 7 kilometres south of Hua Hin heading towards Pranburi. This is on the inland side from the Suanson Army Recreation Centre and Golf Course which have an ocean frontage.
A fierce westerly wind created an additional test for the players at the July golf event day. Conditions were made even more hazardous by a ‘dust storm’ from the construction site blowing across the course. The Team representing Hua Hin Today managed the conditions with ‘honour’, if not featuring on the leader board. Playing according to the System 36 format to accommodate players without an official handicap is really about making birdies and nothing over a double bogey.
Although this requirement was discussed prior to the commencement of play, it was apparent that our Team was unable to consistently put this strategy into action! Sea Pines is different from other regional golf courses because its location is right on the ocean with a prominent vista of the nearby promontory of Kao Takiab. It could be described as a Thai version of a ‘links’ course. The last three holes are played alongside the beach; a very different golfing experience.
Playing Sea Pines is a great golfing test and reduced green fees available during the August/September Hua Hin & Cha-Am Golf Festival presents an opportunity not to be missed.