Thai people have many superstitions and beliefs, one of which concerns lucky and unlucky numbers. In Thailand, odd numbers are often considered to be luckier than even numbers, with the number three being very lucky. However, it is the number nine which is supposed to bring most good fortune, promising progress and long life. Not only is it three times three, but the Thai word for nine, gao, has special status because it sounds similar to two other important Thai words: Kow-nah can be translated as progress or moving forward, whilst the staple food of Thailand, rice, is called khao. The importance given to the number nine can be seen in a number of diverse ways, and the belief cuts across Thai society from the highest to lowest.
Interestingly, according to Thai beliefs, the number seven is unlucky, as it is said to bring sorrow and heartache. This is in direct opposition to most of the rest of the world as ‘Lucky Seven’ is the world’s favourite number! There are seven days of the week, seven colours of the rainbow, seven notes on a musical scale, seven seas and seven continents. Snow White ran off to live with seven dwarves, there were seven brides for seven brothers, Shakespeare described the seven ages of man, and Sinbad the Sailor had seven voyages. And, when Ian Fleming was looking for a code for James Bond, he didn’t go for 006 or 008. No, only 007 had the right ring!
So why is the number 12 so lucky at Santiburi Samui Country Club? Well, this is the home of the Santiburi Golf Club, and hole number 12 happens to be where the most ‘holes in one’ have been achieved. But you don’t need to be an experienced or seasoned golfer at this prestigious club; everyone is welcome to try their hand. If you get a chance to visit this 18-hole championship golf course (Par 72 and 6,930 yards), well-known as one of the most beautiful courses in Asia, your luck is already in. The clubhouse restaurant has the most magnificent views across the beautifully landscaped and manicured lawns, dotted idyllically with mature indigenous trees, plants and lakes all the way across the twinkling Gulf of Siam as far as Koh Pha-ngan which sits, brooding in the distance.
Feel yourself unwind as you drive up the wide open and carefully maintained road inland from Maenam, which is well signposted from the ring road via Soi 7. Enjoy the cool fresh and breezy environment up here on the hills. You can come
to play golf, either taking on the nine or 18-hole course, or making use of the putting green and driving range for a bit of practice. Or do as many others do, take the opportunity to do some exercise; enjoy walking, running or cycling along
the roads around the course or simply enjoy the restaurant and all it has to offer.
The restaurant itself is super-spacious and open-air, with a huge surrounding terrace that manages to catch every bit of the sea breeze that meanders up from the coast, keeping it surprisingly cool. Opening hours are from 6.00 am until 8.00 pm, incorporating both sunrise, sunset and all the sunny tropical hours in between. Enjoy the spectacular views whilst
savouring a great coffee or sipping a cool lemon and soda, a glass of wine or beer. Spend some time just to relax, enjoy catching up with friends or family or peruse the latest up-to-date newspapers and magazines for the current world
news and affairs.
The restaurant serves a mixture of Thai and western food, and it’s not pricey at all, especially considering the venue! There is an all-day breakfast menu which includes eggs cooked every which way you could possibly want. Fried, boiled, poached, scrambled or as an omelette – you choose. If you have a big appetite, try the hearty and extremely substantial Santiburi Breakfast; eggs, bacon, pork sausage, grilled tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms, with toast, fruit juice or fruit salad and tea, coffee or Ovaltine. Otherwise choose from the American, Continental or Asian breakfasts or just make up
your own. It’s a sure-fire way to a fantastic start to your day.
Appetisers and main courses are predominantly Thai, and popular dishes include; spring rolls, prawn tempura, chicken or pork satay with peanut sauce, chicken with cashew nuts, green curry and the chef makes the best ever pad Thai (fried noodles with prawns). For those fancying a more western choice of fare, there is an array of club sandwiches, burgers, German sausages, spaghetti, lasagne and good old ‘fish and chips’ amongst other long-term favourites.
A new ‘International Food’ section has been added to the menu; including popular dishes from Indonesia, Korea and Japan. Try the Moo Pud Kimchi (fried pork with cut cabbage kimchi) or my favourite, the Kai Tod Teriyaki (deep fried
chicken with teriyaki sauce).
In addition to the main menu, there are six different set meal choices available, all consisting of five courses; an appetiser, soup, salad, main course and dessert. A great idea if you wish to entertain, and again, excellent value for money. Many guests come along especially for the daily happy hour from 5:00 pm until last orders at 7.30 pm. You can order a 240ml pitcher of Singha beer for just 150 baht, perfect for sharing whilst relaxing at one of the terrace tables enjoying the colours of the sunset. The restaurant stocks a good selection of red or white wines from some of the world’s best wine-producing areas, as well as conjuring up cocktails, mocktails and soft drinks. There is certainly something for every occasion, everyone and every budget.
The clubhouse is a fantastic venue for special events or functions such as weddings, birthdays, conference groups or whatever event you may be planning. Up to 100 people can be catered for, and the location is both individual and
If you want to get lucky on the golf course, there are some special promotions currently running. It’s half-price every day before 7:00 am, as well as all day Wednesday. Nine holes will set you back 1,700 baht and 18 holes 3350 baht. The
‘Twilight Special’ runs from 3.30 pm every day, and is 1,925 baht for nine holes. A ‘Second-Round’ same day promotion offers a 50% discount on a second round of nine or 18 holes, as long as your first round was 18 holes. All promotions include green fee, caddy and cart (which you must use).
Whatever your reason for visiting the restaurant at Santiburi Country Club, you can’t help but be lucky. But for extra luck maybe go on the 12th of the month, the 12th day of your visit to Samui, at 12:00 pm or go as part of a group of 12. Bon
For further information, telephone 0 7742 1700-8.