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Asian Golf Travel Nation - November 2013
Welcome to the November 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.
Asia's high season officially starts 01 November and you can expect sunnier and drier weather ahead, November to March is the very best period climate-wise to golf in Asia, particularly Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Cambodia. Tailor-made itineraries to your specific travel preferences, expectations and budgets are our specialty; contact us for a competitive quote.
Please be advised that many hotels in popular golf destinations are filling up fast for end of the year bookings and quotas are nearly full for as far ahead as February. Golfasian still has room allocations available, but if you intend to travel in the next 6 months it would be best confirm your needs as soon as possible.
Our amateur golf tournaments in Pattaya and Chiang Mai for next month were sold-out. We had a record of 50 golfers playing and I am recommending interested golfers sign-up our 2014 tournament events now.
As for Golfasian we now have many golf properties for sale and excellent villas for rent. Ian (firstname.lastname@example.org) would be glad to discuss these with you, or feel free to drop by our newest office in Hua Hin. Golfasian Hua Hin is conveniently located in front of the Hilton Hotel and Hua Hin Brewing Company.
As for others, I will be in Bali to meet the courses and discuss a new destination marketing organization, in Pattaya to play in the Siam Country Club Member's Tournament, in Hanoi to attend the Vietnam golf course awards ceremony, and in Danang to finalize the 2014 Golf Coast Vietnam plan. This is quite a bit of travel for sure, but well worth it before things get really busy here. Also, Pascal and Trang are off to Spain to exhibit at the International Golf Travel Mart for Golf In A Kingdom and Golf Coast Vietnam, respectively
With that, I invite you to read on and hear what's new in golf around the region.
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: Jim played Gold Canyon the other day and made the following comments: "The one hour drive to the course is a little longer than Highlands or Alpine, but not as long as Inthanon. The front 9 is fairly open and offers some nice mountain views. The back 9 is tighter and has some weird holes. While it doesn't have much bunkering or as much trouble as many area courses, it gets its' challenge from undulations in the fairways, greens and around the greens and some 'vertical obstacles' - trees in the fairway you have to hit over. Overall it is in reasonably good condition and is a solid area course."
Danang: New direct air service into and out of Danang along with more accolades for the golf courses are combining to make Danang the natural hub for Vietnam golf. For example, there are a now a total of 28 international destinations with direct flights to Vietnam and representatives form Danang were in Bangkok in October promoting the region and encouraging airlines such as Thai Airways to start direct service between Bangkok and Danang soon. Moreover, Danang Golf Club and Montgomerie Links have been recognized by Vietnam golf Magazine as the best Course in Vietnam and Best Championship course in Vietnam, respectively. I wonder what award Laguna Lang Co Golf Club will win next year?
Desaru: Another two Els Club golf courses are being built near Desaru on the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The Desaru site will be an integration of four luxury resorts, leisure and entertainment offerings, two water parks, and 54 holes of golf. The Coast Course will be a 27-hole Ernie Els designed championship golf course while Valley Course will be a 18-hole course designed by Vijay Singh. Scheduled to open in 2016, Desaru may just prove by then to be the best new golf destination in Asia. Hats off to Malaysia!
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. All of our tours can be customized to insure your Asian golf experience will become the most memorable golf trip of your life. 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!
In fact, whatever your budget, preferred style of travel, or how small/large your group, we are glad to work with you and suggest a golf package that meets all of your needs.
Until the next newsletter, happy golfing and I hope to see YOU in the area very soon!
|Hole in One - Congratulations!|
For a complete listing of our 2014 Golf Weeks visit our website.
|Golf Travel Testimonials|
Hi Jim, I wanted to thank you and all your staff for making our trip our best one in the 17 years we have been running it. GolfAsian was impeccable again and everything ran to perfection.
I thought you might appreciate our appraisal of all the elements of our trip as well.
I cannot imagine a more spectacular venue than Chiang Mai for a golf trip and I envy you enormously for living there.
Once again special thanks to you, Bee and our Drivers; Ong and Sawed for all your contributions.
|A Golfer's Take on Singapore|
Avid golfers can expect nothing less than world-class courses in Singapore, with over 20 courses and driving ranges that cater to both public and exclusive members. Courses, each carefully designed to deliver a spectacular experience.
On the eastern side of the island right near Changi Airport you will find arguably one of the top 2 courses in Singapore in Tanah Merah Country Club. The Garden Course has hosted major professional events over the years including The LPGA's HSBC Women's Championship. Nearby you will find the awe inspiring Laguna National World Classic course which has to be seen to be believed.
|Featured Golf Course - Sentosa Golf Club, Serapong Course|
Designed by world-renowned golf course designer Ronald Fream, The Serapong Course was opened in 1982 and measures 6,493 metres from the championship tee. A challenging par-72, it is one of the top five championship courses in Asia and home of the prestigious Barclays Singapore Open.
In 2007, The Serapong Course underwent an impressive S$12 million upgrade under the guidance of Andrew Johnston then Vice President of the Bates Golf Design Group. The refurbishment included both course design and greens technology.
|Featured Hotel - The Ritz Carlton, Millenia, Singapore|
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore is the ideal place for Singapore golf travelers from which to marvel at the city's skyline or explore the wonders of Marina Bay. You will not find a more interesting mix of commercial, retail, entertainment and recreational options anywhere.
The Ritz Carlton, along with a hand-picked selection of other 5 and 4 star hotels is available for stay during one of Golfasian's Singapore golf holidays.
|Golf Trip Idea: Singapore - Bintan Golf Package|
3 nights in Singapore including a round of golf and the latest tourist attractions, Gardens By the Bay and Marina Bay Skypark. Hop on the ferry for a short trip across the South China sea to the tropical island of Bintan. Here you will enjoy the beautiful beaches, resorts and the famous Ria Bintan and Laguna Bintan Resort golf courses.
|The 2013 season or the Thailand Amateur Week series finished last week. We are now gearing up for an exciting year in 2014 of Asia's Best Amateur Golf Weeks. Visit our dedicated Golf Tournaments Website to register.|
|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.
Peter McCarthy and Mark Siegel
|Golf Course Maintenance Updates|
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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 - Gloves & Golf Balls|
Golf balls are quite heavy to carry in your golf bag, and with the weight restriction of the airlines, it's a good option to buy your balls when you arrive. Leather gloves do not last very long in this heat and if you sweat a lot, a good tip is to bring two or three all weather gloves with you, as its likely you will use more than one during a round of golf.
If you have any other questions regarding golf tips to help you with your game email us at email@example.com and we will reply in upcoming newsletters
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