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Asian Golf Travel Nation - December 2013
Welcome to the December 2013 edition of the Asian Golf Travel Nation, the source for news breaking information about Asian Golf. In addition, unique golf playing tips for Indochina's tropical environment, announcements of golf travel promotions, and our latest subscription offer are all integral parts of today's newsletter.
It's the last month of 2013 what a year it has been. I trust you have great plans arranged for the holidays with friends and family - and hopefully coming to experience golf with us here in Asia. The high season is in full swing (no pun intended). Sunny and dry weather is here and now until March is the best time of year to golf in Asia. With the top golf courses across the region reporting excellent playing conditions, greens are fast and fairways are well-manicured.
All of our services are in place for the busiest time of the year - ready to host you as our guests on life changing golf adventures. I hope to see you here soon. Here is just a sample of our new and expanded services.
As always there are many golf 'happenings' around the region so with that, I invite you to enjoy this edition of the Asian Golf Nation.
Golf news from around the region:
Chiang Mai: Schmidt-Curley is back in Thailand. Gassan Lake City Golf Club and Resort is undergoing a complete renovation by Schmidt-Curley Design. The former rice paddy course has for 5 years struggled to be part of the Chiang Mai golf scene. Now with Schmidt-Curley on board, re-routing of holes, fresh Paspalum turf, re-shaped fairways, new greens, enlarged tee boxes, high-lipped bunker complexes, and improvements to overall playability the golf experience should be brought up to par with Chiang Mai's other courses. The course renovations should be completed mid-2014.
With that I would like to once again thank those of you who have golfed with us recently, it was nice seeing you and I hope your trip was memorable one.
The golf, culture, and beauty of SE Asia are perfectly suited for an unforgettable golf experience. This includes playing private members clubs and championship golf courses, enjoying the world's best cuisines and entertainment, taking daily spas and massages, and best of all at prices so reasonable that you will think the costs are too low!
Tailor-made itineraries to your specific travel preferences, expectations and budgets are our specialty; contact us for a competitive quote.
Until the next newsletter, happy golfing and I hope to see YOU in the area very soon!
|Golfasian Hua Hin Branch Opens!|
The Golfasian Hua Hin Branch recently opened in the centre of the resort town Hua Hin in August and is now fully operational. With this we want to provide better focus on Property Sales and complete Golf Services. Hua Hin is one of the fastest growing resorts in Asia and our venture into the property market will help any of our clients looking for their dream home.Our golf services offer our clients the opportunity to call in and say hello, make amendments, discuss future holiday plans and generally a point of contact that makes them feel comfortable. We also offer excursions, late green fee bookings, club rentals and a golf lesson booking service to name a few.
|Hua Hin Properties|
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|Golf Travel Testimonials|
We have asked David F., a frequent golf traveler to Thailand a few questions about his golf experiences in Asia. Read on to learn what makes David think that Thailand is such a great golf destination.
|Chiang Mai - A Personal Destination Review by Jim Mullet - Intl. Sales Manager|
Chiang Mai has changed so much since my first visit in 2002. At that time there were no real 5 star hotels or nice boutique Thai style properties. Dining and shopping options were limited and road infrastructure was poor. There were several golf courses, though it wasn't really a 'golf destination' for western golf tourists like Phuket and Pattaya were.
What hasn't changed though is the area's Value for money and the nature of the Chiang Mai people, their smiles and their gentle and kind nature... the things that kept drawing me back.
Now Chiang Mai offers hotels, restaurants and shopping to suit everyone's tastes and budget, has a spoke and hub highway system that makes getting around much easier, and the golf just keeps getting better.
I also like the weather in Northern Thailand. Daytime highs are not much different than central Thailand, however at night it cools down more and is very pleasant year round.
Many people ask me "When is the best time to visit Chiang Mai?" That is difficult to answer as all seasons have appeal for different reasons. The weather is nicest during the winter months, however if planning a visit anytime in December / January / February you need to book several months in advance and you can expect the hotels and courses to be crowded. The courses are much less crowded from March through November, and prices are lowest from May through October - the weather may not be as nice, though it's generally fine for a golf holiday and rain-outs are rare.
|Featured Golf Course - Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort|
One thousand feet above sea level in the mountainous northern region of Thailand, Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort is a breath of fresh air – literally. The atmosphere is cooler and crisper than in any other part of the country. The reservoir-fed course is invigorating, too. Credit goes to Mother Nature and the design team of Schmidt Curley, which elected not to impinge on the land and instead let the natural contours of the hilly property dictate each hole.
The result is a nice balance of risk and reward, symbolized best by the 558-yard, par-5 finishing hole, a downhiller that tempts players on their second shot to take on a large pond fronting the green. After you've completed your round, take a seat in the plush, open-air restaurant for 5-star nosh, or retreat to one of nine exquisitely appointed bungalows with balconies overlooking your triumph.
|Featured Hotel - RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort Chiang Mai|
Located in the city and on the banks of the Ping River, the Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort (formerly Sofitel Riverside Hotel) offers 75 suite and deluxe rooms each with private balconies. A wooden theme design throughout is combined with modern facilities and ancient Chiang Mai heritage. The Chiang Mai resort offers the highest standard of services and is an excellent choice for discerning Chiang Mai golf visitors.
|Golf Trip Idea: Northern Thailand Golf & Culture Holiday|
This Thailand golf tourincludes golf and sightseeing in two spectacular Northern Thailand destinations, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Combine world-class golfing with authentic Northern Thai culture for a truly memorable Thailand golf holiday.
|Our golf tournament team has just spend two days in Hua Hin, making final inspections and arrangements for the Hua Hin Amateur Week to be held 2-8 March 2014.
Mark Siegel, Golfasian's Managing Director, noted "the courses are in fabulous condition now and the Banyan Resort is going to be an awesome destination to host our largest Amateur Week group in Hua Hin!"
As an incentive to book now, we are offering one of our great Golfasian Boston Bags FREE with the players name embroidered on it, for any new booking paid in full before 1st January 2014. We only have 30 of these bags to give away, so its first in with the completed bookings.
Further details to be found on this link on our Hua Him Amateur Week website.
|Centara World Masters Golf Championship 15-21 June 2014 | Hua Hin, Thailand|
We invite you to join club golfers from around the world for Asia's biggest and richest amateur week of golf.
After 18 years in Australia, the Centara World Masters Golf Championship will quickly build a reputation as Asia's best week of golf for club golfers. Golfers from around the world will be drawn to Thailand's royal retreat for a great value week of golf, fun and entertainment.
Joining you in Hua Hin Thailand will be more than 500 golfers from more than 20 countries who share your love of the game and your thirst for fun.
The biggest of all such golf events features 72-holes of stableford competition, lots of gifts and prizes, plus nightly parties and entertainment. At the heart of the event's success is the camaraderie developed among participants. This is where lifelong friendships are forged.
So long as you are over 35 and have an official golf handicap, you can tee it up at the Masters. There are 15 tournament divisions based on age and handicap. Playing with golfers your own age and standard is one of the event's great traditions.
The Centara World Masters will see you play at Hua Hin's world class golf courses with all the trappings of a major professional tournament. Black Mountain, Banyan, Majestic Creek and Imperial Lake View will give you the ultimate golfing experience. You will be spoiled by Thailand's friendly caddies.
Much more than a golf tournament, there are lively social and entertainment events every night. International acts will be a highlight at the welcome and farewell celebrations. Thailand's biggest 19th hole moves each night to stunning rooftop, beach, and poolside settings. A decadent farewell dinner caps off the fun filled week.
This event is Thailand's richest amateur tournament with US $30,000 in prizes to be won. Whether you come on your own or with a party of friends, just don't miss it! Visit www.thailandworldmasters.com for event updates and joing our Facebook Page.
Peter McCarthy and Mark Siegel
|Golf Course Maintenance Updates|
Hua Hin Amateur Golf Week - March 2014
Pattaya Amateur Golf Week - March 2014
Phuket Amateur Golf Week - June 2014
Centara World Masters Golf Championship - June 2014
Cambodia Amateur Golf Week - July 2014
Vietnam Amateur Golf Week - August 2014
Pattaya Amateur Golf Week - October 2014
Chiang Mai Amateur Golf Week - October 2014
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|Golfing Tips by Ian Morgan - Bring Your Hybrids|
When I first came to Thailand 11 years ago I carried just two woods and a full set of irons including a 3 & 4 iron. Now I find it is easier to carry a five wood and two hybrids because the modern woods go the grass much easier, and here in Thailand the grass is much thicker to resist the high temperatures. My tip this month is leave the long irons at home and bring the hybrids, it will make the game easier for you!
If you have any other questions regarding golf tips to help you with your game email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply in upcoming newsletters
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