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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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Last Updated on June 20, 2019

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

Conclusion

While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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