Golf seen by entrepreneur Michael Rothling in connection with us directly from Thailand. Golf in Thailand It’s really a lot of stuff. Thai golf courses represent a kind of flagship in the world, not only in terms of accessibility and wide choice, as the variety of golf courses is characterized by bunkers positioned above and various water hazards. As history experts say, a sports discipline that arose during the reign of King Rama V with the Royal Hua Hin Golf Club. Other periodical volumes note how Golf has been practiced and played in Thailand for at least 100 years. THEeverything made easier by the birth of Royal Bangkok Sports Club, in 1905.
Think about what Thailand is was voted “Golf Destination of the Year” by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), the best golf destination in Asia., on the occasion of the “International Golf Travel Market” held in November 2010 in Malaga, Spain. We talked about it, on the eve of Christmas, with the famous manager Michael Rothling, who has been passionate about golf since he was a child thanks to his father. “The golf It’s fantastic, I like it more than football, I won’t hide it. Samples like Tiger Woods they are becoming increasingly rare. Are you asking me about the Serie A championship? Milan or Juventus In my opinion they remain the favorites. Inter are doing well, but the championship is still a long way off.”
“Even when I was 7 years old, I was kind of afraid of playing golf,” the Italian entrepreneur tells us Michael Rothling, deus ex machina Dimian Giocattoli and Monopoly Luxury Line (Capri, Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi), regular visitor to the Thailand – Then I played with my dear father. Today, on the eve of Christmas 2023, I am trying my heart again after many years. And I have a lot of fun, not without great emotions. Well, my father guided me in every shot and every move; golf has always been one of his passions. Here in Thailand, golf is something magical.
What can I say, this is a very special Christmas season for me… When I think back to those amazing and indelible moments… Being with my loved ones even if they are not physically with me. Dad always in my heart. There Thailand seems to count beyond that 250 golf courses and this number could steadily increase in the future. In this context, it should not be overlooked that it has recently received recognition Golfers Choice Award as the best destination in Asia to enjoy a world-class golf holiday full of leisure, relaxation and entertainment. Last February, at the Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok, we remember the Azzurri returning to the field with the DP World Tour. The prestigious European circuit returned to the Southeast Asian country for the first time since 2016 with the DP World Tour famous Thailand classic. As always, golf means entertainment.
GOLF AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP, WHO IS DIRK ROTHLING: HISTORY OF THE TOY CHAMPIONSHIP
As a passionate golfer and connoisseur of Thailand, he began his career in the toy world in 1980 at the famous Zapf Creation Deutschland AG. These years were a very important “training ground” for Dirk, where he was able to learn all the secrets of a rapidly growing sector.
The son of a German architect whose professionalism was recognized worldwide, he learned the art and secrets of the toy industry from Brigitte Zapf. A very authoritative person in this market and a family friend for some time Rothling. Brigitte has always been a versatile woman with a multi-faceted personality. And she immediately recognized Dirk’s genius and leadership potential, supported by her husband Willi Zapf, who took Dirk into the company as an apprentice.
The spouses Zap They immediately recognized young Dirk’s professional abilities. And in just a few years he became the manager and entrepreneurial lever for the growth of the Zapf company. From the making of the cellulose dolls to the birth of Baby Born.
A special feature that distinguished Dirk Rothling’s work at Zapf was the entrepreneurial foresight to develop more than just the German market. But to take the business into new markets on an international level.
The renowned one toy magazine In 1991 he defined Dr. Rothling as an avant-garde manager and he founded Zapf Creation Ltd in the same year and opened the first store in Hong Kong. To this end, he developed his strategic plan to internationalize the company and transferred the German know-how from Rödental to the former British colony. Brigitte Zapf was very impressed by the young Dirk’s groundbreaking vision.
After selling the company Zapf Creation to a Bavarian investment fund in 1993, Rothling’s professional career crossed the Atlantic. All this by bringing his know-how to the American company Tiger Toys. He became the youngest CEO of an American toy company with development in Europe.
tiger toy, Known for Tamagochi, the company distributed Handel games across Europe, including Jurassic Park, and licensed Disney toys. After a few years, the US company was sold to Hasbro, a world-famous toy manufacturer known for Monopoly.
After selling Tiger Toys, Dirk transferred all his professionalism and experience to the German company Dimian.
Unfortunately, Dirk Röthling died unexpectedly at the height of his extraordinary career at the age of just 52. This left an unfillable void in his family and those who valued him professionally.
There Dimian, still lives and works today with the international network that Dirk has built over the years with patience and dedication, but above all with the deep respect that this man was able to convey to the business world. With Michael Rothling nothing is impossible…