Terry Miller and Luke Butch are now the proud owners of the Samui Disc Golf course after purchasing the facility. Miller, who was first drawn to Thailand’s island of Koh Samui in 2019, has returned three times and has decided to make a financial commitment to the expansion of disc golf in Southeast Asia.
The Samui Disc Golf course was established in 2013 by Californian expat Nigel Mills and has since become a favorite off-season destination for many professionals. The fourth edition of the Samui Swine Classic tournament in 2017 saw pro players like Philo Brathwaite, Gregg Barsby, and Nikko Locastro stop by on their way to the Aussie Open, spreading the word about the course since then. Other pros like Paige Pierce, Nate Perkins, James Conrad, Scott Stokely, and Sarah Hokom have also visited.
The years of COVID took their toll on the course, leading Mills to pass the torch to Butch and Miller, who are now focused on growing the sport in the region. Miller’s journey from first-time visitor to course owner has been rapid, with his interest in traveling to Samui fueled by friend Luke Butch.
Both Miller and Butch acknowledge the challenge the venture faces, particularly due to the location of the course and their inability to own the land it sits on. Despite the challenges, the duo is committed to growing the game in the community and attracting new players.
Butch, who manages the course day-to-day, emphasizes the importance of growing the local demographic and getting more Samui locals to play. Miller, on the other hand, highlights the potential for top-level talent to emerge from the region, emphasizing the need to get discs into kids’ hands and provide a course for them to play on.
Miller’s passion for the project is evident, as he emphasizes the randomness, exoticism, and fun of the international travel and disc golf experience in Samui. He encourages others to experience the cultural awakening of visiting Thailand and the surrounding region, emphasizing the food, people, sunrises & sunsets, weather, beaches, entertainment, and freedom of roaming around on a scooter.
In summary, the course’s new owners are committed to growing the sport in the region and providing a unique and exciting disc golf experience for players from across the globe.
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