Japanese engineers are helping build a country club at Namorn Nayok, about 60 miles (96 kilometres) north-east of Bangkok.
GV Bulldozer makes new road (3 shots)
SV Men digging (2 shots)
SV People removing weeds (3 shots)
GV Roller hardens earth (3 shots)
GV Golf field
MV INT Club (2 shots)
SV Japanese girl talks to workers (5 shots)
GV Golf field
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Background: Japanese engineers are helping build a country club at Namorn Nayok, about 60 miles (96 kilometres) north-east of Bangkok. It is planned on the lines of a country club near Tokyo, and the scheme was first suggested by the Japanese who saw it as a useful facility for the rapidly-increasing number of Japanese holidaymakers visiting Thailand.
The club is due to open by the end of the year. One of its main attractions is a golf course--the mild weather all year round in that part of Thailand makes it an ideal golfing spot. The Japanese have been coaching Thais in the art of caddying (carrying clubs and assisting golfers) and operating a golf course.
Golf has become an addiction to many Japanese--and two Japanese were well-placed in the "World Cup" in Melbourne, Australia, which ends on Sunday (12 November).
SYNOPSIS: A bulldozer carves a new road in Thailand. It's a familiar scene in South-East Asia--but this time it's not a military road that's being created, it's a road for a new country club.
The club is being developed under the supervision of Japanese engineers, who've modelled it after a successful venture near Tokyo. An important feature of the scheme is a golf course. The number of Japanese tourists spending their holidays in Thailand is tepidly increasing, and some shrew developers soon spotted that the weather in this area--about sixty miles north-seat of bangkok--was ideal for golf all the year round. The Japanese are keen on golf, and the country, club idea was born to provide an added attraction for the tourists.
Now the Japanese are teaching Thais to run the golf course. Many of them will be trained as caddies--to carry the clubs and advise the golfer.
The club is scheduled to open at the end of this year, and there are already plans for expanding it if it proves successful.
It's another example of the spread of Japanese enterprise throughout the East. First came transistor radios, then the Japanese themselves as tourists. Now they're exporting their own favourite pastimes.
But only time will tell if the Japanese golf fever will infect the Thais.