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Playing Golf Beside BKK!?!  
User currently offlineYAK42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 801 posts, RR: 6
Posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

If you scale this picture up it appears as if there are figures in the background amongst the trees with golf caddys and it doesnt appear as if there is any fence or boundary between them and the tarmac.

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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4748 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2431 times:

Yes, as amazing and unbelievable as it sounds, there is a golf course beside it. Actually, part of the putting green is situated between rwy 21L and 21R. Access to the golf course is only via the air force base across and hence, only the senior officers use it. Don't worry, whenever an aircraft approaches, there will be a loud siren and everyone stops swining those clubs and wait for the aircraft to land. Nevertheless, the holes of the green are placed parallel to the runway direction so there is rerally no reason for anyone to be swinging golf balls onto the runway.

Scary as it sounds, it is true...

Cheers
Ryan



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User currently offlineAussie747 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2361 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Nevertheless, the holes of the green are placed parallel to the runway direction so there is rerally no reason for anyone to be swinging golf balls onto the runway.

Its ashame the same cannot be said for planes landing on the fairways however, as QF loved to prove some 6 years ago.


User currently offlineVHTAE From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2347 times:

Here is that Qantas incident you mean Aussie747.

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User currently offlineQFA001 From Australia, joined May 2000, 673 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

Quoting VHTAE (Reply 3):
Here is that Qantas incident you mean Aussie747.

QF pilots do have a tendency to want to 'play through'.  Wink


User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9164 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

Guess the Pilot said after that .

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User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2176 times:

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 5):
Guess the Pilot said after that .

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User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9164 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

depends on his sort of humor, but you may be right and I have the better line.


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User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

Its more of Playing golf between BKK  Smile

oh I see some foreigners on the courses sometimes when I come in, so I guess its also Diplomats perhaps.



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User currently offlineCDNpax From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 45 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

The course is open to the public!!!! I played there in August of '04 as I was just re-located to BKK from Tokyo. Green fees are 310 Thai Baht plus another 200 Baht for your caddy. Although it looks extremely close from onboard it is actually quite difficult to get the ball to the runway. In spite of my vicious slice I was hard pressed to get it anywhere near. Short of lining up a drive AT the runway I believe it would be impossible. To get a tee time I had the concierge at the Sheraton Hotel Sukhumvit make the booking. The taxi can only take you as far as the gate but a kind miltary guy gave me a ride the rest of the way on his motorbike. The course isn't spectacular but rest assured the scenery is worth it!!! Photos to follow...

User currently offlineMika10021 From Greece, joined Jul 2004, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

The same happens at ATH.I have seen it will approaching

User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

That reminds me - did I see one on the approach to SIN? I think we were doing a westward landing.

Geoff M.


User currently offlineBeany From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

Quoting Geoffm (Reply 11):
That reminds me - did I see one on the approach to SIN? I think we were doing a westward landing.

I also remember seeing one on approach into 2L at SIN. I watched some kind of golf tournament on sky sports a while back that was being held in Singapore. Every few minutes a plane would come in low over the course so I guess its the same one.


User currently offlineAFHokie From United States of America, joined May 2004, 224 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1844 times:

Quoting CDNpax (Reply 9):
In spite of my vicious slice I was hard pressed to get it anywhere near. Short of lining up a drive AT the runway I believe it would be impossible

You've never seen my slice...

Seriously though, some USAF bases have golf courses quite near the runways. If anyone here has ever been to Keesler in Biloxi, MS you know what I mean. Keesler's golf course plays through the approach lights, I think you could put an errant putt onto the flightline without trying too hard.


User currently offlineAviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1486 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

The course south of Singapore Changi Airport is Tanah Merah Country Club and it has two courses. One of the course is located under the approach of runway 02L and the other abeam of runway 02C.

As low as it seems, there is very little likelihood of any balls gaining enough height to shake hands with a landing aircraft - but it does make for a very picturesque landing.

KC Sim


User currently offlineDionysus From Thailand, joined Aug 2003, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

As CDXpax said this course is open to the public. It's not exclusively for senior officers. Taking photograph at the course is prohibited though.

The name of the golf course is "Gun Tha Rat" or "Sanam Golf Thaharn Ar-Gart (Airforce Golf Course)" owned by the RTAF.


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