Thailand course gets new owner

One of Thailand’s best-known and most besieged golf venues has a new owner.

Thanit Rattakamchai has purchased Blue Canyon Country Club, a 23-year-old, 36-hole facility in Phuket. The club is known for good golf – Tiger Woods once called its Yoshikazu Kato-designed Canyon course “one of the best I have ever played on” – but in recent years its commercial potential has been sapped by financial distress, legal proceedings, possible criminal activity and overall bad vibes.

The Phuket News reports that local golfers are celebrating the departure of the seller, a group led by Sia Leng Yuen, and are hoping that Thanit, who’s been described as “a low-profile” businessman, will fund long-overdue course improvements.

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