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Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:06 am

i was looking at google earth and i saw that in between the runways at bangkok airport there is what looks like a golf course . is that what it is? and how do you get there ?
 
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:10 am

There's a golf course between the runways at HNL too; the Hickam AFB Golf Course. I've played there. Nothing sweeter than trying to put and watching a United 777 or Delta 764, or especially an Aloha 732 takeoff.  biggrin  Hell, on a a hole or two, if you over shoot the green by a few dozen yards, your ball would be on the taxiway. You could easily drill a plane with a ball if you wanted to.
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:16 am

It sure is a golf course! Now someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe it exists because it was part of the deal to leave it there when the second runway was built. As far as I'm aware, it's a pretty prestigious club too.

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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:26 am

It sure is what's missing at Suvarnabhumi.  Smile
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:28 am

It is a golf course for the military officers.
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:33 am

How bout target pratice. Anyone intrested in joining me? Just kidding, I had to say that.

Thats really neat. I'd love to play golf at BKK or HNL Hickam AFB.

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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:38 am

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 1):
You could easily drill a plane with a ball if you wanted to.

I wouldn't even have to want too. The ball goes where it pleases.

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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:45 am

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 6):
The ball goes where it pleases.

Well for some of us  Wink


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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:59 am

so was there any case that a golf ball hit the plane? damn...how can u allow to built a golf course between the two runway?  confused 
 
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:28 am

As I say, I'm pretty sure the golf course was there before the second runway. They sort of had to build round it.

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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:47 am

Golf courses right around airports are fairly common. For one, you can't build tall buildings near the airport, so you might as make use of the land with something that doesn't require tall buildings.
I know at Sebastian Municipal Airport in Florida, the golf course goes right around the airport. Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, GA has a couple holes that run right next to the runway as well.
The airport isn't the strangest place I've seen a golf course though. There are four holes that run inside the Indianapolis Speedway. Golfers get to the holes via a tunnel under the track.
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:55 am

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 10):
Golf courses right around airports are fairly common. For one, you can't build tall buildings near the airport, so you might as make use of the land with something that doesn't require tall buildings.

I understand what you are saying, but I would think that you don't want to draw people close to airports in the first place, that's why they usually build warehouses around them now.

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There are four holes that run inside the Indianapolis Speedway.

Ahh, about the only thing my great state is know for: Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ohh, and by the way, don't you know that's where all the race car drivers go to play golf. Big grin

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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 10:45 am

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 10):
Golf courses right around airports are fairly common.

There's two in fact, right across the street from LAS. First, the Callaway Divine 9 Par 3 course plus driving range that sits across Sunset Road from 1R - right on the landing path. Second, there's Bali Hai golf club just south of Mandalay Bay across Las Vegas Blvd from the end of 25R. I used to caddy on the course, and I could get extra tips by knowing how to time the flight schedule with the round to minimize noise effect on the golfer's rounds.

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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 10:51 am

There was a 9-hole golf course next to Reno Airport and I think it just closed for good last month. Locals say it had the best greens in area, as well as the cheapest greens fee ($10).
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:06 am

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 2):
As far as I'm aware, it's a pretty prestigious club too.

As I recall they even had a QF 744 playing there a few years ago - something like a hole in one on 13.  Smile
 
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:13 am

SLC has a golf course just south of the field. On the ride side of the picture:


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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:25 am

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 1):
There's a golf course between the runways at HNL too; the Hickam AFB Golf Course. I've played there. Nothing sweeter than trying to put and watching a United 777 or Delta 764, or especially an Aloha 732 takeoff. Hell, on a a hole or two, if you over shoot the green by a few dozen yards, your ball would be on the taxiway. You could easily drill a plane with a ball if you wanted to.

sounds really safe and secure. do the golfers have to go thru some sort of security b4 playing? what a farce our airport security is raping and humiliating passengers when its possible to get right out to the ramp by being a "golfer". Am i missing something here?
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:31 am

Quoting DILF (Reply 16):
sounds really safe and secure. do the golfers have to go thru some sort of security b4 playing? what a farce our airport security is raping and humiliating passengers when its possible to get right out to the ramp by being a "golfer". Am i missing something here?

The golf course is on a US military base (Hickam AFB), so the general public does not have access. (I'm a military brat; that's how I had access) If I recall correctly, the taxiway is also blocked off from the golf course by chain link and barbed wire fence, but I wouldn't swear to that.
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:32 am

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 17):
The golf course is on a US military base (Hickam AFB), so the general public does not have access.

PHEW!!! Ok now it makes sense!
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:35 pm

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 1):
You could easily drill a plane with a ball if you wanted to.

This is covered by USGA Rule 19. Ball in Motion Deflected or Stopped,

"If a ball in motion after a stroke on the putting green is deflected or stopped by, or comes to rest in or on, any moving or animate outside agency except a worm or an insect, the stroke is canceled. The ball must be replaced and the stroke replayed."
 
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:43 pm

Quoting DILF (Reply 18):
PHEW!!! Ok now it makes sense!

But at the BKK golf course, the golfers actually have to cross the taxiway at one point. I was there in December and when we were taxing from the far runway, there was a group of golfers waiting for our VN A321 to pass. I was in shock.
 
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:00 pm

Quoting Kl671 (Reply 19):
This is covered by USGA Rule 19. Ball in Motion Deflected or Stopped,

"If a ball in motion after a stroke on the putting green is deflected or stopped by, or comes to rest in or on, any moving or animate outside agency except a worm or an insect, the stroke is canceled. The ball must be replaced and the stroke replayed."

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What does this have to do with someone being a prankster and wanting to aim a ball at an airplane taxiing by? It's kinda like trying to hit the guy in the range cart.
Besides, a taxiway would probably be ruled "Out of Bounds" anyway.
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:23 pm

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 1):
United 777 or Delta 764, or especially an Aloha 732 takeoff.

Now thers is no need to warn your fellow golfers that yout going to hit the ball . . . just point to the runway. Big grin
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:35 pm

The course at BKK is called Kantarat. I played there in '95. It's a military course, but it was actually pretty easy to gain access to. From what I recall, there was a Bangkok area golfing guide that explained how to do it.

The course was as awesome as it looks. And yes, there is a taxiway crossing. We had to wait for a TG B744 to pass on our way out of the course, and the wingtip passed over our car. Word to the wise: if you ever find yourself in that situation, wait a few seconds before you drive on.. it's *warm* behind one of those things....
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:53 pm

"SLC has a golf course just south of the field."

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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:58 pm

Quoting United787 (Reply 20):
But at the BKK golf course, the golfers actually have to cross the taxiway at one point.

Golfers: "Bangkok Ground, John Foursome holding short Taxiway B, ready to cross."
BKK GND: "John Foursome hold short Taxiway B for 777 traffic."

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 21):
kinda like trying to hit the guy in the range cart.

That is fun! I had a friend that drilled one into the fence where people were walking by on the sidewalk. There were some kids who were yelling obscene things so he "chased" them off. Oh the fun things we did at the golf course...
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:29 pm

The old airport, Don Muang, was originally an Air Force Base. The land is all air force owned and the Air Force is heavily involved with its operations and the operations of Thai Airways. As an Air Force base, it had its own golf course. Over the past few years, security has tightened dramatically. The last year or two it became increasingly important to know an air force employee to be able to play. Yes, carts crossed the runways and it was tight quarters but for at least the past two years they had Air Force guards at the runways under direction from the tower to allow crossings. They also checked golf bags for players without shoulder boards. A piece of history is closing down with Don Muang this month, that course will never be quite the same with jumbos 200 feet overhead every 70 seconds.
 
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RE: Golf Course In The Middle Of Bkk Airport

Wed Oct 11, 2006 10:51 pm

Not really an airport as such but RAF Wooford (Cheshire, UK) has a posh golf course at the runway threshold. Woodford is still an active RAF base although not much goes on there. It also housed the final assembly line for the BAe 146/Avro RJ series of aircraft, and examples still drop by for routine maintenance and temporary storage. Occasionally cargo flights also operate, with aircraft up to An-124 size, and several BAe prototypes are stored around the field.

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