The Thailand government has recently told various business that they can reopen soon, as they hope the Corona Virus (covid-19) is under control, and this includes Golf Clubs.
But it is not only Thais and Expats golfers who are keen to get on the fairways, but also all the staff too, who have been sitting around earning nothing for several weeks.
Naturally, the golf clubs had no choice but to lay off many of their staff, leaving only the essential maintenance staff on the payroll.
So spare a thought for the 25,000 caddies who work at the 250 courses across Thailand. Most are self employed, and therefore did not qualify for any government handouts. They relied on just their caddie fee and tips.
Then you have all the front of house staff and those working in the restaurants and on course food stations. They did not get paid either.
So not only will us golfers enjoy our first round for some time, but so will these Thai support staff as well. Please remember to say Hi and try to give them a fair tip too.
However, one member of staff who most golfers try to avoid is that guy who swims around after our ball disappears in the water hazard. He never gives back our ball unless you buy it from the secondhand shop on the way home!!!