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Graham R. Sampson, PGA

PGA of America Golf Instructor / Coach

Class ‘A’ PGA of America Member / 27 years teaching experience
Head Instructor John Jacob’s and Golf Digest Schools U.S.A.
Director of Instruction Shanghai Silport Golf Club
Guest PGA Instructor Discovery Bay Golf Club, Hong Kong
Head Instructor Happy City Golf Academy, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Affiliated with Taylor Made Golf and V1 Interactive Golf Software



Chiang Rai International School students have an opportunity to combine an International School education with professional golf instruction. Not only can students participate in a beginner after-school golf programs at Chiang Rai International School, but they can also attend intermediate to advanced golf training at Happy City Golf &Resort. CRIS, in conjunction with Happy City Golf & Resort has established agoal to provide an environment in which student–athletes can learn, grow and develop with a mindset of continuous improvement through preparation and commitment to excellence. The golf practice facility at CRIS is a perfect environment to learn the fundamentals, rules and etiquette of the game. The purpose built, state-of-the-art short game area allows students the opportunity to master the all-important scoring shots. The Happy City Golf & Resort boasts the finest and most complete game improvement facility in Northern Thailand featuring a two-tiered lighted driving range with 60 hitting bays, a PGA designed short game practice facility and a video analysis studio utilizing V1 Golf Software.


  1. Technical
  2. Strategic
  3. Personal
  4. Mental
  5. Physical


Covers all areas of swing theory for short game and full swing fundamentals, ball flight laws, proper equipment fitting, rules and golf terminology

2. Strategic

Covers all areas of course management, club selection, yardage books and variables depending on course conditions such as wind speed, grass types and elevation changes

3. Personal

Covers all areas of understanding personal tendencies under pressure, response to competition, goal setting, motivation and accountability

4. Mental

Covers all areas of pre-tournament preparation, tournament evaluation, visualization techniques, task-at-hand sports psychology and concentration


Covers all aspects of strength, flexibility, anaerobic and aerobic training, core strengthening combined with an understanding of proper nutrition

Happy City Golf Course

  • 29-Hole Championship Course
  • Three 9-hole courses are named Mountain Breeze, Lakeside and River
  • Each 18-hole combination over 7,000 yards
  • Imported Paspalum Fairways
  • Five sets of tee boxes on each hole
  • Clubhouse, restaurant and expansive practice facilities


Driving Range

  • 60 hitting bays
  • Two-tier lighted driving range
  • Over 300-yards
  • Video swing analysis studio
  • Authentic target greens


Short Game Practice Area

  • Over 100,000 square feet
  • PGA designed
  • Four separate putting, chipping and pitching greens
  • 50 meter long practice sand trap
  • Two par threes measuring over 200 yards


Golf Video