Thailand Golf Paradise Seminar

The program for the Thailand Golf Travel Mart 2017 in Khao Yai includes an interesting session that is about more than just travel and tourism. On July 25, the Thailand Golf Paradise Seminar will include sessions on golf course design, maintenance, and renovation.


Hear from Pirapon Namatra of GolfEast about the golf courses of Thailand and their design, from Neil Cleverly, the well known superintendent from Rio de Janeiro's Olympic course, Chris May and Jon Tomlinson from IMG, and others involved with golf course operations in Thailand.


I (Micah Woods) will be speaking about The best playing conditions with the fewest inputs. Thailand really is a golf paradise when it comes to golf courses with great playing conditions, and I will explain how to achieve those conditions with the fewest inputs of water, pesticides, mowing, and fertilizer.

These photos show a bit of the variety in golf course turf in Thailand.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Photos from the 2017 conference

The conference this year was another fun one. As he has done for the past few years, Boy Yothin again documented all the seminars, dinners, field day, and other functions with hundreds of photos. I've picked out a few from the galleries he shared on Facebook and included them below. You can see all the conference photos in these galleries:











GCSAA education points for the 2017 conference

The GCSAA has approved the 2017 conference program for 1.45 education points.


GCSAA members will be provided with the Event Approval Code notice at the end of the conference, and can then use this code to update their education points with the GCSAA's online affidavit.

Black and white theme for the Monday night dinner


One of the fun events at the conference is the poolside dinner on Monday night, after the first day's seminars have concluded. The theme of the dinner this year is "Black and White," so as you plan for your trip to the conference, please keep that in mind.

We've had a range of themes in the past -- blue jeans night, Songkran theme, cowboy, favorite sports team, etc. This year will have lots of black and white.


Education credits from CMAA available to Pattaya conference delegates

CMAA_LogoWordmark_4CThe CMAA has allocated 11 CMI education credits to the upcoming Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia 2017 conference. To be held from March 6 to 8, this conference includes two full days of seminars at the Amari Pattaya, and a field day and AGIF turfgrass management exposition at the Pattana Golf Club and Resort. The AGIF is the exclusive partner of the CMAA in Asia (excluding China) and is working with them to bring their world respected Certified Club Manager degree to Managers in Asia.

This conference brings together golf course superintendents, club managers, suppliers, researchers, designers, and administrators to learn from the seminars, and from and with their peers, about the latest developments in golf and turfgrass management. Conference registration forms are here.



Photos and presentations from Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia 2016

It was another fun conference in Thailand, as the TGCSA welcomed 283 delegates from 24 countries to Pattaya for the Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia 2016 conference. This conference is organized by the TGCSA and ATC for the TGA, with support from the R&A.

Presentation slides from this year's conference (and previous years) are available for download.

Boy Yothin took hundreds of photos from the conference, field day, and AGIF turfgrass management exhibition and made them available in this Facebook album. A few of his photos from the conference are shown below.