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Five Stunning Golf Courses in Thailand

Five Stunning Golf Courses in Thailand

Thailand, in Southeast Asia, is a tourist attraction for many travelers around the world. Surrounded by the lovely waters of the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, it boasts delectable cuisine, beaches that many tourists love, a tropical climate, heavenly mountains, and an attractive culture.

As part of the multifarious vacationing features, visitors can enjoy the many prime opportunities for five-star golfing. Thailand has well over 200 golf courses. Here are five of the premier golfing destinations appreciated by many golfers, both novice and seasoned.

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1. Black Mountain Golf Club

In spite of many beautiful golf courses in Hua Hin, professional golfers are quite familiar with the illustrious Black Mountain Golf Club, and for good reason. This championship five-star course has been the host of top-notch events as well as many Asian PGA tours. It has great landscaping and scenic views, and the clubhouse provides amazing amenities from professional caddies to exquisite Thai cuisine. The course is in excellent condition and can be quite challenging which many golf lovers enjoy.

2. Sawang Resort and Golf Club

Drive approximately 50 minutes north of Hua Hin, and golfers of every level can satisfy their golf craving by playing at Sawang Resort and Golf Club.  The course was designed by famous designer Isao Katsumata, and has a unique layout that provides a fulfilling experience to any golfer. Situated along the Phetchburi hills with a lovely lake and jaw-dropping greens, the location is conveniently located between Bangkok and Hua Hin. Golfers from all over make this golf club their main destination. They love the signature layout which is not too complicated, yet provides a certain amount of challenge.

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3. Navatanee Golf Club

It is no secret that Thailand is one of the most famous paradises in the world for golfers as well as tourists who simply want a luxurious getaway. The Navatanee Golf Club is ideal for golfers of any stamina. The location of this prestigious golf club is ideal, as it is situated approximately an hour from Bangkok near Siam Park City. With urban life close by, the course rests in a peaceful setting with a sound design. This exclusive club can be visited by members’ guests on weekdays, and golfers can enjoy top-notch cuisine and amenities while doing what they love.

4. Banyan Resort and Golf Club

Another premier course, the Banyan Resort and Golf Club, is situated in Hua Hin and is visited by local golf enthusiasts as well as world travelers. This course has been given the honorary award of the best course in Thailand for three years in a row, and also boasts a unique, classy clubhouse. This is not only a resort and golf club, but a paradise for anyone looking to get away to a peaceful, serene area. The view here is of the Burmese mountains, and the landscapes among the mountains is varied and simply incredible, so it’s no wonder that so many people make this their home.

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5. Ayodhya Links

Exclusive is the key word that describes Ayodhya Links, as membership is offered only via invitation. Located 40 miles from Bangkok, members are allowed to bring a guest. Known as one of the premier greens in the country as well as all of Southeast Asia, Ayodhya Links is world-class and very high-society. This course is rarely visited by golf connoisseurs and can only be visited if they have a connection with a local Thai member. The landscape rises and falls with the terrain of the lush course, and it presents quite a challenge even to the seasoned golfer.

Many vacationers choose Thailand as one of their favorite golfing getaways in Asia from once to several times a year. Thailand offers up many of the highest-ranked golf courses in the world, coupled with resorts that travelers dream about and sometimes have the opportunity to visit.

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Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

Why is goal setting important?

1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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What you truly want and need

Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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