The return of the Centara World Masters Golf Championship to Hua Hin is a boost for one of Thailand’s most popular beachside getaways, coming amid the broader easing of entry requirements and an ongoing pick-up in international tourism in 2022. Now more than at any time over the last few years, there is good cause for optimism at a local level, with Hua Hin well ...Read more
Sometimes it’s the little things that can make all the difference when traveling. It’s the small touches that together combine to make a lasting impression and stay with you long after you’ve arrived back home.
Of course, at Golfasian we’re very much aware of this when it comes to creating memorable golf holiday experiences. It’s the individual details that can elevate a golf vacation into the ...Read more
If you haven’t already heard, Vietnam is now open to international travelers! No quarantine is required if you’re fully vaccinated and there is no requirement for testing on arrival. Further information about testing requirements can be found here.
Vietnam has already established itself as a destination of choice for golf travelers in the know, and as travel picks up pace this year, is poised to again ...Read more
The Asian travel scene has obviously changed significantly in the last few years, however with 2022 seeing the broad loosening of entry restrictions around the region, tourism is now firmly back on the agenda. Here at Golfasian we’ve experienced this firsthand, with an understandable pent-up demand for golf tours.
Of course, our clients have many questions about the current status quo, however the fact is the ...Read more
As Chan Vyas notes, the chance to play some golf and catch a bit of sunshine in Thailand is always welcomed. Of course, being able to travel again in 2022 ramps the excitement up an additional notch, with Phuket providing all the right ingredients for a good time both on and off the course.
Chan and his UK tour group landed in Phuket earlier this year, ...Read more
By Mark Siegel
Why do golfers from all over the world choose Thailand over other destinations? The answer is as simple as ABC.
Thailand has around 260 golf courses, with visitors to Thailand regularly playing about 30 to 40 in and around Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Phuket and Chiang Mai. The ABCs of Thailand’s golf tourism success are attitude, access, attention to detail, beautiful cities with outstanding ...Read more
A personal destination review by Win Zaw, General Manager of Golfasian Cambodia.
Based in Cambodia, Win has been keeping us up-to-date with all the latest news. Cambodia was among the first countries in the Southeast Asian region to reopen, with Golfasian at the ready to provide travel services for our clients.
What incredible news! No more quarantine, no more testing and no more restrictions on Cambodia holidays. ...Read more
Keep in mind these six key tips to potentially tap into hundreds of dollars of savings on your next golf vacation.
A golf vacation in Asia can provide the most memorable experiences of a lifetime. You’ll have the opportunity to play some of the world’s most spectacular courses, while it is also a great way to meet new friends and delve into the diverse cultures across ...Read more
Chris Gibbins and fellow Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club members are gearing up to hit the golf courses in Phuket this October as Thailand and other Asian countries continue to welcome back international visitors in 2022. Excitement is mounting ahead of the tour, with Chris noting there will doubtless be a range of emotions experienced as it draws closer in the coming months.
Members are clearly keen, ...Read more
The Centara World Masters Golf Championship returns to Hua Hin in 2022 (8-14 May), and there’s a good many reasons to get excited about this year’s instalment. After a two-year Covid-enforced layoff, golfers from around the world will doubtless be raring to go come May, and we’re gearing up for a memorable event.
As always, we expect the Asian and Oceania contingent to turn out in ...Read more
The green shoots of tourism have begun popping up across the Asian region in early 2022, which means that for many dreams of a golf vacation are edging ever closer to becoming a reality. It’s an exciting prospect for travelling golfers who have spent the better part of two years cooling their heels.
But where to start in the reshaped and renewed travel landscape? Now more ...Read more
As a result, many of the golf courses we visit have the same appearance. We’ll look at some of the world’s most unusual golf hole designs in this post. While most golf courses include similar elements such as bunkers, water, and sometimes some unusual rough, you’d be amazed what you’d discover in other regions of the world!
Golf is strange; it’s full of intriguing individuals and ...Read more
If you are a golf enthusiast and you think that you know everything about this game then you are totally wrong. Even I have to admit that I do not know much about this game, although I have always loved it. Funny quotes are can be heard all over the golf course as well as in the clubhouse after the round.
Perhaps one of my favourite ...Read more
It has been two years since I used my golf travel cover and flew anywhere for a golf holiday, so when my family decided to return to Thailand through the Phuket Sandbox, I jumped at the chance to reunite with them and get in some much overdue golf.
Our first stop was the Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas. It was my first time at the property, ...Read more
Thailand boasts more than 250 golf courses, with most courses designed with water features and strategically positioned bunkers, getting out of the back 9 near par is always a difficult challenge.
Destination diversity and the vast choice of golf courses located throughout the country are key factors attracting the large numbers of visitors coming to play golf in Thailand.
Golf in Thailand is extremely well-priced and affordable, making ...Read more
Phuket is home to a number of excellent golf courses, all of which were created to take advantage of the island’s tropical environment and unique topography. Many guests come simply to play golf on these lushly designed courses, which take full advantage of the abundant water and trees in the area. Many of the courses and hotels in the area ensure that accompanying family members ...Read more
Me And My Golf is the closest you can get to being taught one-on-one by world-famous PGA coaches Andy Proudman and Piers Ward. Click here to get 30 days free access.Read more
The Expat Golf Series taking place in Phuket over the coming months has gotten off to a fantastic start. Golfasian and The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is extremely excited to invite Thai and ex-pat golfers in Phuket to join the first-ever golf tournament in The Phuket Sandbox!!
After the huge success of the first event which was held at Blue Canyon, the series is gaining traction and is ...Read more
Greg from Bangkokpostcast.com interviews Mark Siegel, the director of Golfasian, one of Asia’s largest golf tour operators. Greg opens with the caveat that neither he nor Ed are golfers and leaves it up to Mark to do his best to sell us on a golf holiday in the Land of Smiles.
Greg begins by noting that his first thought of a relaxing holiday would not be ...Read more
IAGTO founder and CEO, Peter Walton, speaks to Mark Siegel, Managing Director of Golfasian about Thailand, South-East Asia and diversifying during the pandemic for DMCs
The 2021 Olympics is scheduled for July 29th to August 7th at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kasahata, Saitama, Japan, about 45 kilometres northwest of Tokyo. The men’s competition will be held July 29th to August 1st with a short break before the women’s competition August 4th to 7th.
The Olympic Qualifying process appears very fair and inclusive to all regions. The Top-15 players in both men’s ...Read more
In 1917 The Lido Golf Club opened on the shores of Long Island New York. At the time it was considered one of the best courses in the world, Bernard Darwin described The Lido as “The finest course in the world” at the time. Designed by Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor, The Lido was a compilation of the best golf holes in the British ...Read more
Earlier this month the USGA relayed some progress from their Distance Insights project started in March 2020, collecting some media attention and criticism from a few people who get paid a lot of money to wear logos on their hat.
The USGA’s study appears to have started about 30 years late and with testing measures from the same period. The purpose of the study is to ...Read more
Originally a rather flat parkland course, Muang Kaew has evolved into a demanding test for players of every ability. Almost twenty years ago the property, which features massive trees lining the fairways and an efficient routing on a relatively small piece of property, underwent a major redesign by Lee Schmidt of Schmidt-Curley.
Schmidt Curley has been recognized on several occasions over the last decade at the ...Read more
Within one hours drive of Pattaya, this region in Thailand has more top golf clubs than even some countries.
Compared to the UAE (18 courses), Turkey (20), Cambodia (9) and Singapore (17) Pattaya city has more at twenty-eight top courses.
With its excellent climate, you can play golf here all year round, and if there is the odd tropical downpour don’t worry and their drainage systems are ...Read more
Thailand’s capital city Bangkok often tops the travel lists, as one of the most exciting cities in the world.
It is also well known for its mouthwatering cuisine, amazing temples, excellent shopping and zany nightlife.
However, you may be surprised to know that Bangkok also has more great golf courses than any other Asian city.
There are approximately 250 golf courses in Thailand and 60 of these ...Read more
Cambodia, centered between the 2 golfing nations of Thailand and Vietnam, has come a long way in recent years to put themselves on the map as a golf destination. First with Siem Reap where you can play 3 courses close to the world wonder of Angkor Wat and now Phnom Penh establishing itself on the map as the next premier golf destination of the region.
Phnom ...Read more
Hua Hin is a seaside resort on the Gulf of Thailand, in the southern Thai province of Prachuap Khiri Khan. About a two-and-half-hour drive south west of the capital Bangkok, Hua Hin was once a quiet fishing village. However, it grew into a fashionable escape for residents of Bangkok after the 1920s, when the Thai royal family-built summer palaces here.
With its great climate and long ...Read more
For the first time, Vietnam is hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix and the location is Hanoi, the capital city.
They have built a very fast street style circuit and from 3rd-5th April 2020 the Formula 1 circus will hit town.
The part temporary, part-permanent course winds around the Nam Từ Liêm district of the capital.
Located next to the Mỹ Đình National Stadium, the circuit will be ...Read more
Langkawi Island is an island that is not only rich with flora and fauna but also laced with legends and folklores – making it one of the most visited islands in Malaysia. Langkawi is also one of the three islands in Malaysia that is duty-free.
Hailing from Kuala Lumpur, these are rather rare for a city boy like me. I first visited Langkawi when I was ...Read more
Pattaya has a huge number of excellent courses all within approximately round one hour’s drive from the city.
At the last count there were over 26, with two new clubs joining the group in the past year. How many golf cities can boast that many and are opening new courses when we read about other countries where clubs are struggling to even stay in business.
In Thailand ...Read more
Golf Situation in Thailand
Thailand is open for quarantine-free entry for fully vaccinated travelers from any country.
From May 1st fully vaccinated international travellers will no longer be required to take a pre-arrival RT-PCR test or undergo an on-arrival test. Further information can be found here.
Golf Situation in Vietnam
Vietnam is open to international travelers!
There is now no longer a requirement for testing on arrival, with travelers required ...Read more
Pattaya City is a popular coastal beach destination on the Gulf of Thailand; located on the southeast of Bangkok with easy access just over an hour’s drive. In recent years, the closest major beach destination to Thailand’s capital has been redefining its identity from being famous for its nightlife scene to a destination for wider audience; couples, families or business travelers alike. The destination is ...Read more
Phuket is one of the world’s premier beach resort destinations – offering pristine beaches, national parks, shopping, entertainment, cultural experiences, sports activities and several superb golf courses. Thailand’s largest island, Phuket is blessed with beautiful nature, warm year-round temperatures and smiling Thai hospitality. The island’s long time popularity is still growing, with the newly expanded Phuket International Airport welcoming almost 10m international visitors and a ...Read more
My wife and I first visited Vietnam in 2012 while we were living and working at Nirwana Bali Golf Club. We booked a flight to Hanoi as we aimed to visit Ha long Bay. During our short time in the region, we immediately knew we would be back and, as luck would have it, we are now living in Lang Co in Central Vietnam (an ...Read more
General Manager of The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, Gary Dixon, on why he thinks Vung Tau should be your next golf holiday destination
Having been a PGA Golf Professional for over 30 years I have been very privileged to have traveled the world experiencing some of the best that the world has to offer in Golf Courses both as a Touring Professional and as a Club ...Read more
International Sales Manager at Golfasian, Jim Mullet, on why he thinks Chiang Mai should be your next golf holiday destination
I first heard of Chiang Mai many years ago while working in Texas in Corporate Finance. A small local Thai Restaurant was one of my favorite lunch spots and I got to know the owner and his family, who kept telling me “You need to go ...Read more
Sales Manager at Golfasian, AJ Easton, on why he thinks Kuala Lumpur should be your next golf holiday destination
Kuala Lumpur, set in the heart of South East Asia, is a cosmopolitan city with great golf, a vibrant downtown home to the famous Petronas Towers, and a rich culture complete with delicious and flavorful food. It is one of the most underrated golf destinations in the ...Read more
General Manager and Director of Agronomy at Sentosa Golf Club, Andy Johnston, on why he thinks Singapore is one of the best golf destinations in the world
I moved over to Singapore 10 years ago from Jupiter, Florida to assist Sentosa with some agronomy inputs and at the same time further my career in golf course design, construction and agronomy consultation management, and to be ...Read more
A personal destination review from Stacey Walton General Manager of Banyan Golf Club.
Located 220km South of Bangkok along the Gulf of Thailand lies what was once a quaint fishing village – Hua Hin, with a local population of less than 100,000 people in the province of Prachuabkirikhan has emerged as one of Thailand’s most desirable golf and holiday destinations over the past decade. It’s no ...Read more
A personal destination review from Win Zaw – General Manager – Golf Asian Cambodia & Myanmar.
I have been visiting Siem Reap in Cambodia for many times and always love to return and enjoy the warm hospitality and its cultural sights. Siem Reap is an amazing destination, boasting the famous UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat. It is the crown jewel of Cambodian Heritage, constructed ...Read more
A personal destination review from Stephen James Havrilla Group General Manager for The Els Club Malaysia.
After 20 years with Troon Golf and having the pleasure to be part of many different golf properties from around the world, it still amazes me when I see a destination like Desaru Coast. It is more than just a golf heaven here, there is so much to do for ...Read more
Mandalay, the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Burma, is located 445 miles (north of Yangon, on the east bank of Irrawaddy River.
Mandalay is also the economic hub of Upper Burma and is considered the entre of Myanmar culture. In recent years, Mandalay has been welcoming visitors from around the world with the increase of direct flights from neighboring countries. International air carriers, ...Read more
Danang, located on the coast of the South China Sea, marks the halfway point between the Vietnamese capital Hanoi to the North and the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh to the south. The fourth largest city in the country is immersed in culture with the historic towns of Hue and Hoi An located close by and well worth a visit on a day off ...Read more
A personal destination review from Simon Mees General Manager at KN Golf Links Cam Ranh.
Most golf enthusiast are probably aware of the surge golf in Vietnam has seen over the last few years, with no sign of this mini explosion slowing down in the near future. Numerous new projects are either close to fruition or in the early development stages and will surely help to strengthen ...Read more
A personal destination review from John Blanch General Manager at Thai Country Club.
Bangkok is one of the best destinations for a golf holiday in the Asia Pacific region. The capital of Thailand boats one of the regions busiest airports, Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airport, which are frequented by hundreds of airlines from most major airports in the world. There is an abundance of hotel options to select that will satisfy ...Read more
A personal destination review from David A. Hill General Manager at The Dalat at 1200.
Dalat City in the South Central Highlands of Vietnam is becoming one of the countries true hotspots for Asian golfers while also catering for international medium and long-haul visitors from all over the world.
Dalat founded in 1898 during Colonial French period is now the perfect short stay vacation destination away from ...Read more
Bangkok – a mesmerizing cocktail of flavors, sights, sounds and sublime golf!
Landing in at either Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) or Don Muang Airport (DMK) within thirty minutes you will be in downtown Bangkok, depending on traffic! On that journey though you get glimpses of the ornate shrines, dazzling temples, mammoth shopping malls and meander through the vibrant street life to your selected hotel into what is ...Read more
Hoi An was the major town that linked local traders in the ancient city with other traders from prominent Asian countries like Japan and China. This trade mostly took place between the 15th and the 19th centuries.
The impact of this trade is still seen today, as the city street plan and buildings reflect the fusion of the indigenous Vietnamese architectural designs and the imported Japanese, ...Read more
A two hour drive from Bangkok, Pattaya is a true golfer’s paradise.
There are twenty golf courses golf courses in the Pattaya, Rayong and Chonburi area with an excellent mix of world class courses and some gems I have discovered there over the last few weeks.
Other than flying into Suvarnabhumi Airportt and transferring down to Pattaya a lot of our customers coming from local countries fly ...Read more
Hua Hin, Thailand, 25 January 2018 — The fifth installment of Thailand’s biggest and most enjoyed tournament for club golfers, the Centara World Masters Golf Championship, returns to the popular beach-side resort town on Hua Hin in Thailand from 10 to 16 June 2018.
Such is the event’s popularity, more than 300 golfers have signed up for the tournament since registrations opened 3 months ago. Testimony ...Read more
Republished from Destination Golf Magazine July 2017. Written by Sam Sakocius
In a few years they will be here. The hordes. While the fact that Angkor Wat and the tiny adjacent town of Siem Reap has more than ten, Five Star hotels and three golf courses is not at all a bad thing, the pre Tomb Raider days of “discovering” the relics of relatively unknown mystic ...Read more
Hua Hin, Thailand, 20 June 2017 — Golfers have been quick to rate the fourth annual Centara World Masters Golf Championship hosted in Hua Hin as the best organized event ever. Returning to the tournament for the 4th time, Karen Chenoweth, stated that the tournament organization is brilliant and she will come again for the 5th time next year.
At 53 years of age, Karen is ...Read more
Hua Hin, Thailand, 11 June 2017 — Golfers from every continent have started arriving in Thailand for the fourth running of the Centara World Masters Golf Championship, Asia’s biggest and richest tournament for club golfers.
Franking Thailand’s golf tourism appeal, more than 500 visitors from 21 countries will arrive this weekend in Hua Hin for the start of the Championship on 11 June. The tournament has ...Read more
One of the key topics to be addressed at the 2017 Asia Pacific Golf Summit will relate to the growth of golf tourism in Southeast Asia and how the region should prepare for the expansion.
Golf Tourism is a perfect fit for the Summit’s theme which is NEW DIRECTIONS. This is the theme that will help the golf club industry in the region to understand the ...Read more
Golfasian is pleased to announce our newest golf destination, Jakarta, Indonesia. I was lucky enough to be given the task of inspecting and reviewing the hotels and courses and I was pleasantly surprised with the high quality and very affordable golf on offer.
Most golfers do not consider Jakarta as a golf holiday destination however it is well worth the trip and should be on every ...Read more
Founded in 1010, Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam which is rich in culture, tradition and history. There are many wonderful places to visit such as Ho Chi Minh’s Complex and Mausoleum, the Old Quarter, Temple of Literature, Tran Quoc Pagoda plus many other fantastic pagodas and temples. There are also several wonderful museums with absorbing exhibitions such as Vietnam Ethnology, Army, History or ...Read more
Only an hour’s flight from Bangkok, Phnom Penh is not only easy to reach, but it also offers a very unusual golf vacation.
Currently, there are only ten golf courses in the country, dwarfed by its neighbor Thailand that has over 230 courses, but Phnom Penh has six golf courses all close to the city.
Cambodia, however, is recovering from the terrible Pol Pot regime of the ...Read more
The 10th running of the Honda LPGA Thailand saw forty nine of the World’s top 50 female golfers descend on Siam Country Club’s Old Course competing for a record US$1.6million.
Lexi Thompson claimed her seventh LPGA title in impressive fashion at the 2016 Honda LPGA Thailand and shot a final-round 4-under 68 for a six-shot victory over reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion In Gee Chun.
With this ...Read more
Celebrated as one of the most popular tourist destinations hosting millions of visitors from across the globe every year, Bali is the quintessential getaway with its dramatic panoramas, spectacular foothills and immaculate coastal outlooks. Throw in some world-class Bali golf courses for the sport’s enthusiasts and you’ve created the perfect backdrop for a dream vacation.
Unleash Your Golfing Dream In A Picturesque Paradise
With five first-rate ...Read more
A gateway to the Angkor ruins, the resort town of Siem Reap is a cultural jewel with its historical significance and jaw-dropping architectural beauty. Fringed by intricately designed stone structures, delicate carvings and divine temples, this region is a traveller’s haven with its rich fusion of historical brilliance, natural beauty and fine golfing facilities.
Sought-After Golf Courses In Cambodia’s Siem Reap For Global Golfers
Golf is quickly ...Read more
From the spectacular tropics of lush greenery and pristine blue waters to the mountainous landscape fringing the region, golfing in Thailand has spiraled in popularity, not just with locals but with the international golfing travel scene as well. A growing list of highly sought-after Thailand golf courses is coming up to entice golfing enthusiasts to visit the region –– for play and pleasure.
Fall In Love ...Read more
Golf is quickly emerging as a popular sport across several parts of Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore and Indonesia. Apart from providing an exotic holiday destination, these locations provide exceptional golfing facilities set to rival traditional golfing destinations. Several new golf courses are opening and tournaments are being conducted around the region with participation from golfers based around the world.
Burgeoning Popularity of Golf ...Read more
Chiang Mai’s popularity as a tourist destination has surged in recent years. While much of that growth has come from Asian tourists with direct flights now connecting Chiang Mai to many Asian hubs, the number of visitors from western and other countries also continues to grow every year.
Despite that growth, Chiang Mai still doesn’t feel as touristy or developed as many areas in central and ...Read more
Thailand is a truly bad choice for your next golf holiday destination. Here’s why.
Note: Please don’t tell your friends.
1) The golf courses in the north of the country are plain ugly:
Alpine Golf Resort in Chiang Mai
2) …and in the center:
Thai Country Club in Bangkok
3) …as well as in the south:
Mission Hills Phuket
4) The Thai caddies don’t know how to smile:
5) It’s almost impossible ...Read more
Cliches and superlatives are thrown around like confetti in the golf tourism industry. It seems every course or destination is the “best” of one thing or another and is more appealing than anywhere else. Such is the competition these days for golf visitors and their perceived well-stacked wallets!
Danang, Vietnam has won plenty of accolades since golf was first played there almost five years ago – ...Read more
Bali is one of those bucket-list destinations where you might not expect to find great golf. After all, the Island of the Gods is best known for surf, sumptuous resorts, culture, mountains, shopping and friendly people.
Golf IS one of Bali’s great attractions, with three wonderful courses within easy reach of the main tourist hubs.
The island’s first course, Nirwana Golf Club, designed by Greg Norman, opened ...Read more
Most people know the island of Bali as a tourism mecca of Asia Pacific. But 20 years after the first courses were opened there, not so many are as familiar with Bali’s golf credentials.
Recognised and revered for its sumptuous resorts, spas, food, culture, ambience and happy, welcoming people, Bali is raising its golf profile through a new co-operative marketing group, Bali Golf Paradise, which aims ...Read more
One of my favorite destinations in Thailand and one of Golfasian’s most popular would have to be Pattaya. A place that has everything you could ever need as a golf tourist.
Only a short 90 minute drive from the Bangkok International Airport the area features 20 golf courses, many of which have hosted professional events and/or been designed by famous golf course architects. Pattaya’s golf courses ...Read more
Avid golfers can expect nothing less than world-class golf 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 ...Read more
Though Hanoi is more recognizable internationally, being that it’s the capital of the country, Ho Chi Minh City or, as it is locally known, Saigon, is the pulse and heart of Vietnam. This dazzling city, can be raucous, fast, and breathtaking, and often times quiet exhilarating. Nothing exemplifies the growth the country has seen more so than Saigon. This vibrant city has been the engine ...Read more
Thailand is the quintessential powerhouse of the South East Asian tourism industry. Naturally, Bangkok and Phuket Island are the most iconic destinations within Thailand, but often overlooked is the city of Hua Hin. Hua Hin is Thailand’s oldest beach resort town and is conveniently located on the west of the Gulf of Thailand, merely 200 km from the country’s capital.
It has proven to be one ...Read more
Though Golf tourism is quickly becoming synonymous with the region of South East Asia, one thing does put off prospective golfing enthusiast who genuinely wants to improve their game. A serious golf traveler does not want to waste time traveling the crowded cities of this region. Time is at a premium and when you travel half the world to experience the best golf that Asia ...Read more
St Andrews is known as the home of modern day golf and is the oldest golf course in the world. It deserves its own pedestal, and rightly so. Its influence on contemporary golf remains unmatched, as many rule changes in the mid 17th century were made due to problems posed directly by this challenging course. Furthermore, St Andrews has the distinction of hosting The Open ...Read more
Luang Prabang is unique among SE Asian golf destinations in that it combines excellent 1st class golf with a traditional Asian cultural experience unmatched anywhere else. From the moment your plane arrives into the Mekong valley surrounded by jungle covered mountains, you feel as if you’ve left the modern world far behind and entered a different realm. Unlike the fast developing and modernizing Laotian capital ...Read more
Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Sabah. Situated in the north-eastern part of the world’s third largest island, Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia. Referred often as the “Land Below The Wind”, Sabah has a tropical climate with sunny blue skies most days of the year.
The state of Sabah has plenty to offer to tourists and holidaymakers. Activities like mountain climbing, jungle ...Read more
The first World Golf Schools Challenge to be held in Thailand was a triumph for Thai players who showed youngsters from six other countries that the kingdom could be a future major force in men’s and women’s golf.
Played at four courses near Hua Hin in March, the biennial competition attracted 126 players aged 13 to 18 from 18 schools in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, ...Read more
The first event for 2013 of the Thailand Amateur Golf Week Series hosted by Golfasian, teed off in the seaside resort of Hua Hin on 3rd March, 2013. The event is a 7 nights / 4 rounds golf tournament with prizes for daily winners, overall winners as well as prizes for Closest to the Pins and best 9 hole scores. The event started off with ...Read more
We are currently coming to an end to the high season in Phuket which has been extremely busy not just for golfers, but tourists in general. Patong Beach continues to be the most popular tourist destination with its vibrant nightlife and endless shopping possibilities. Ten minutes south of Patong Beach you will find the resorts of Kata and Karon Beach and with its long beach, ...Read more
After a few down years due to the economy, political unrest and floods, Chiang Mai tourism bounced back stronger than ever for the 2012 / 2013 High Season, with hotels and golf courses largely fully booked from mid-December through February. As a result many golfers are now asking when would be a good time for both weather and avoiding the crowds? I like to suggest ...Read more
Hua Hin is for sure one of Thailand’s top golf destinations for this high season, the golf courses are in great condition and there are new five stars hotels and resorts all up and down the sea board.
The best golf courses are still Black Mountain and the Banyan followed by Sea Pine, Springfield, Lake View and Palm Hills. Of course don’t forget the Royal Hua ...Read more
Siem Reap is a small former French colonial town that has been visited by foreigners mainly to see the 1000 year old cradle of Khmer civilization and the Temples of Angkor Wat.
Up until 10 years ago, golf was unheard of in Cambodia, but it was only a matter of time until golf took off. Now Siem Reap is home to three international standard 18-hole golf ...Read more
Phuket is Thailand largest island and is an hour’s flight south from Bangkok. The new extension at Phuket International has just begun and will in future be able to handle 12.5 million tourists a year. The island sits in the Andaman Sea and its west and south coastline is sprinkled with some of the best beaches in the world. The most popular resort is Patong ...Read more
The Phuket Amateur Golf Week 2012 teed off with sunny skies and the event went down to the wire with just 3 stableford points separating the top three players over 4 rounds. Each July golfers from all over the world converge in Phuket for the Golfasian Thailand Amateur Golf Week. This year was no different with golfers from UK, Singapore, Australia and Germany testing their ...Read more
Bangkok has something for everyone; shopping, dining, accommodation, entertainment and nightlife, and golf.
Bangkok is a golf lover’s paradise. There are many excellent golf courses nearby and, in fact, Bangkok boasts the highest number of world-class golf courses of any city in Asia. Some golf courses like Alpine, Amata Spring, Bangkok Golf Club, Navatanee, Royal Gems, Suwan, and Thai Country Club played host to PGA tournaments. ...Read more
Over the last 20 years I have seen Pattaya grow from a seaside city into a thriving metropolis of international standings. My first visit to Pattaya was in 1995, back then, there was the main beach strip, Beach Road & Second Road, but anything two blocks back was regarded as out of the way and nobody frequented these areas. Now Pattaya goes for 20 minutes ...Read more
Golfing in Sabah goes back a long way. In fact, records show that in 1906 a membership drive for the Kudat Golf Club appeared in the British North Borneo Herald with an entrance fee of $5.00!
Today, Sabah boasts 20 golf clubs located in all corners of the state with courses set amongst breath-taking scenery and offering interesting and challenging play for all golf visitors. Courses ...Read more
As originally published on www.tatnews.org
Destination diversity and the vast choice of golf courses located throughout the country are key factors attracting the large numbers of visitors coming to play golf in Thailand.
From the beach resorts in the south, to the mountainous surroundings in the north, or the bustling cities of Bangkok and Pattaya, there are golf courses to suit every preference. All are located in ...Read more
Phuket is Thailand’s biggest island and commonly referred to as the “Pearl of the Andaman”.
The island is blessed with magnificent coves and bays, clear waters and some of the world’s finest beaches. The best beaches and the most popular are on the west coast in the resorts of Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala, Surin Nai Harn, Bang Thao and Mai Khao.
As well as its famous beaches ...Read more
The top course and beach destination in Indonesia. Bali has an extensive nature with beautiful beaches, rice plantations, and still an active volcano. The culture in Bali is buddist and this attracts visitors from all over the world.
Bali hosts top courses like: Nirwana Bali GC (Greg Norman design), New Kuta (Asian most challenging), Bali Golf & CC (One of Asia’s 5 Best Courses) and Bali ...Read more
Fast becoming the new golf destination in Asia, Siem Reap offers something quite breathtaking for the golfing tourist. There are three quality courses on offer and approximately 100 temples that await the traveller.
Angkor Golf Resort is Cambodia’s best golf course, recently voted in the “Top 10 Best Maintained Course” in Asia Pacific by readers of Asian Golf Monthly.
Designed by Sir Nick Faldo this challenging and ...Read more
Jon Tomlinson who hails from Melbourne, Australia is a certified AAA member of the Australian PGA and holds a Degree in Business Management. His employment history extends to operating some of the best golf facilities formerly as a General Manager for over four years in China and Director of Golf at the famed National Golf Club in Australia.
Jon in his role as General Director, has ...Read more
While Pattaya has been on the radar for over 50 years as an R & R area for the Armed Services during the Second world war and the Vietnam war, it is now getting great reviews from the golfers for the championship courses that are available in this area.
Over the last 5 years there have been 5 new courses built and with over 40 other ...Read more
Sep 27, 2011 — When the luxury five-star St. Regis Bangkok hotel opened in April, its inaugural general manager, Andreas Oberoi, couldn’t have been more delighted to assume responsibility for the remarkable new property.
Andreas Oberoi came from The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, another typically superb St. Regis property on the island of Majorca, Spain. Being located next to three championship golf courses on the ...Read more
If you were coming to Northern California and called me, I might be able to suggest the exact mix of golf courses, sights, restaurants, and places to stay. And of course, with your GPS or maps you wouldn’t have any trouble navigating around on your own. In essence, you could call me as your friend or someone like me if you want to really nail ...Read more
The 2011 Golfasian Amateur Golf Week Tournaments tee off with the Hua Hin Amateur Golf Week, starting 12th March through 18th March and then moves throughout the country during 2011, playing the best courses in each area in a tournament style event, designed for amateur golfers to play in a pro style tournament and promises to show case the best courses that each area has ...Read more
Drappier bolsters Vietnam experience as Operations Manager
PHAN THIET, Vietnam (20 January 2011) – Glenn Cassells, a golf professional with extensive experience in Vietnam and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, has been appointed General Manager of Ocean Dunes Golf Club. He is joined by Antoine Drappier, the club’s new Operations Manager.
“It’s the best of both worlds, a combination homecoming and brand-new experience,” said Cassells, who worked in ...Read more
BANGKOK (17 January 2011) – Thai Country Club, one of the country’s premier championship venues, will end a 3-year tournament hiatus on 24 January, when it plays host to Queen Sirikit’s Breast Cancer Centre Benefit Tournament, an annual event that places golf in the vanguard of Thai cancer research and prevention.
All proceeds from the event go to support the acquisition and installation of MRI equipment ...Read more
PHAN THIET, Vietnam – One of Vietnam’s top golf resorts is getting firmly into the Singapore swing by forging reciprocal arrangements with some of the premier clubs in the island republic.
Ocean Dunes Golf Club (www.oceandunesgolf.vn) has established itself as one of the ‘must-play’ destinations in Asia since opening in 1996. The prestige of the Nick Faldo-designed layout at the coastal enclave of Phan Thiet is ...Read more
QUANG NAM, Vietnam (8 Dec. 2010) – Golfers generally associate the concept of quantum advances in technology with equipment like oversized drivers made from space-age materials, sophisticated golf simulators, launch monitors, and so forth. Just as fluid and dynamic, however – and arguably more crucial to the experience of playing golf – are ongoing advances in agronomy. And like the teaching professional who can help ...Read more
Service to and from Danang offered Tuesdays, Fridays
DA NANG, Viet Nam (Nov. 2, 2010) – Two months after four of Central Vietnam’s top properties partnered to form the Vietnam Golf Coast (www.vietnamgolfcoast.com), the country’s flagship carrier is opening up the destination via Hong Kong.
Starting Nov. 26, Vietnam Airlines (VNA) flies Tuesdays and Fridays between Southeast Asia’s busiest airport and Danang, fast becoming a tourist hot ...Read more
New hire caddied for Baker-Finch, trained under Leadbetter
DANANG, Vietnam (Oct. 27, 2010) – Phil Wright, Australian PGA professional and former caddie of 1991 British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch, is the latest golf industry luminary to join the management team at Danang Golf Club, one of Southeast Asia’s most lauded new golf venues.
Wright, who was on the bag of countryman Baker-Finch during his ascent in the ...Read more
Dalat, Vietnam (12 October 2010) – What’s old is new again: Saigon-based Vina Properties has acquired Dalat Palace Golf Club, long an iconic presence on the Southeast Asian golf scene.
Dalat Palace GC was voted the country’s top course in the most recent rankings from both Vietnam Golf magazine and Golf Digest U.S., whose Planet Golf ratings are the international standard. Vina Properties’ acquisition also includes ...Read more
Hua Hin Offering Rounds for US$25 until October
HUA HIN, Thailand (Aug. 20, 2010) – What price golf in a place the former editor of Golf Magazine (USA) recently compared to a “Zen-like experience”?
Less than US$25, for those quick to tee it up.
Between now and Sept. 30, an 18-hole round at any of Hua Hin’s nine golf facilities – including Banyan Golf Club, which veteran golf ...Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY – The course architects at Golfplan have stepped up construction of 18 resort holes here in the Vietnamese capital. Jeong San Vina Golf Club takes up unique residence on an island in the Saigon River, directly between the city’s expatriate district and its new international airport.
The course at Jeong San Vina GC will stretch out along a man-made waterfront that Golfplan ...Read more
First Year at Montgomerie Links
QUANG NAM, Vietnam (17 August 2010) – The Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) has awarded The Montgomerie Links Vietnam a USD $10,000 grant to promote participation in the game across all socioeconomic strata in the Central Coast region.
“It’s a most welcome and significant exclamation point to our first anniversary,” said general Jon Tomlinson, referring to the opening of all 18 holes ...Read more
The second annual Phuket Amateur Golf Week started on 24th July 2010 with the complimentary pick up at Phuket international airport and we had a 40 minute drive to the hotel situated at the beautiful Patong Beach.
The hotel we stayed in was the Courtyard by Marriot located at the southern end of beach. The rooms we had were all superior rooms which either had ...Read more
Strolling down the main drag in Pattaya, Thailand, the local clocks ticking toward 11 p.m., I am reminded of the golf destinations we North Americans regard as desirable. Front and center is the golf component, of course. Normally it’s the primary factor in determining quality or desirability. But there’s no denying that packs of (primarily) male golfers generally prize golfing locales for their nightlife, too. ...Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY – The Vietnam Golf Association has gathered experts from across Southeast Asia this week to inspect and officially "rate" several of the country’s top golf courses according to the U.S. Golf Association Course Rating System, recognized as the world’s de facto handicapping system.
This effort, the first of its kind in Vietnam, is being sponsored by the Vietnam Golf Association (VGA), whose ...Read more
DALAT, Vietnam (June 29, 2010) – New routes announced by Vietnam Airlines have linked the country’s two premier golf destinations. Starting June 30, Vietnam Airlines revives its Dalat-Danang service, making extended holidays – golf and otherwise – far more convenient.
Dalat is home to Dalat Palace Golf Club, the oldest and most acclaimed course in the country. The mile-high gem opened in the 1930s and has ...Read more
Question: You are currently ranked #46 in the world, good enough to earn a U.S. Open place this week, at Pebble Beach. Is this a thrill or just another competitive opportunity?
Thongchai Jaidee: As a professional golfer, I try to perform well in every tournament but since the U.S. Open is one of the Majors, every player will try harder to perform well – because the ...Read more
HUA HIN, Thailand – ‘Golf in a Kingdom: The Thai Golf Experience‘ celebrates its first anniversary this month by welcoming to its ranks one of the country’s top new courses, Black Mountain Golf Club in the seaside resort hamlet of Hua Hin.
Just three years old, Black Mountain is already a bona fide “championship” layout, having played host to the Asian Tour’s Black Mountain Masters in ...Read more
Following the immensely successful debut last September of its charity golf tournament, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts decided not to wait another year for the second edition: The next “Great Day For A Good Cause” is scheduled for May 29th and will again be held at Kings’ Island Golf Club, Hanoi’s oldest golf facility.
“The enthusiasm generated by last year’s tournament was really gratifying,” noted Knuth Kiefer, ...Read more
As appeared in Focus on Travel NewsPublished by Ozgur Tore Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Golf tour operators from across North America will gather this week Palm Beach, Florida at PGA National Resort & Spa for the 2nd annual North American Golf Tourism Convention, organized by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators.
More than 70 golf tour operators that sell North America as a golf destination ...Read more
As appeared in United Hemispheres Inflight Magazine
Thailand may seem a little off the beaten path for golf lovers, but when you apply the teachings of the Buddha, you might just become one with the hole.
Author James A. Frank Illustration Barry Blitt
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. – SIDDHARTHA GAUTAMA ("THE BUDDHA"), 563-483 BCE
THE BUDDHA WOULD HAVE made a good golf instructor.
Rather ...Read more
As appeared in Colorado Avid Golfer
By Jake Kubie’ – May 03, 2010
A heady confluence of Buddhist culture, surreal golf experiences and frenzied nightlife defines a journey to Asia’s storied kingdom.
Nuer, my caddie at Siam Country Club’s Old Course, was borderline frantic as she hastily plucked off the green the ball marker I had dug out of my pocket. With Ninja-like agility, she replaced it with ...Read more
Greg Norman design in Vietnam officially open for play
DANANG, Vietnam (May 6, 2010) – On a day when most of Vietnam was celebrating the 35th anniversary of the country’s reunification, a select number of residents were in Danang rejoicing for an additional reason: The opening of the Dunes Course at Danang Golf Club.Under sunny skies last Friday – one of the most important public holidays ...Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY – The Vietnamese Government has issued a broad suite of golf course development guidelines that should go a long way toward legitimizing and codifying future development here, according Asian golf industry veteran and development consultant Jeff Puchalski.
Decision 1946, issue in January 2010, regulates the number of courses that can be developed in Vietnam, without strict caps, while implicitly endorsing golf tourism ...Read more
QUANG NAM, Vietnam (April 26, 2010) – It’s difficult to tell who enjoyed Colin Montgomerie’s visit to the Danang area earlier in the week more – the members of Montgomerie Links, who got to play a few holes with the European PGA legend, or Colin Montgomerie himself.
"It’s very humbling to come to a different country and see one’s name attached to a facility as ...Read more
QUANG NAM, Vietnam (April 21, 2010) – Colin Montgomerie officially opened the golf course he designed and bears his name. A festive atmosphere pervaded Montgomerie’s first full round at the course, as he followed ribbon-cutting ceremonies by birdying the first hole and going on to shoot 68, a course record.
The day’s activities included a clinic for club members and guests at the Montgomerie Links ...Read more
Honda Automobile, PTT, Channel 7 and IMG are proud to announce the return of ladies professional golf tournament, the Honda–PTT LPGA Thailand 2010. One of Thailand’s marquee events, this tournament will once again take place at Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course from 18 – 21 February 2010 with hope to stimulate the tourism industry in Thailand.
Honda–PTT LPGA Thailand 2010 will feature a 60-player field ...Read more
In keeping with tradition, the competition format for the fourth edition of the Royal Trophy will remain similar to the previous Matches. However, according to officials, the Championship may still experience certain rule changes.
The Competition between the Continents of Asia and Europe will feature four foursomes Matches on the opening day – Friday, 8 January 2010, four four-ball Matches on the Championship’s second day – ...Read more
When planning your Thailand golf holiday, it is very important to take into account the time of year you travel.
There are 2 very important aspects to this, the first being the weather, and the second being the cost of accommodation, with huge variations in price between the ‘high’ season and the ‘low’ season.
With regards to the weather, it is basically broken down into 3 seasons. ...Read more
Phuket Timeshare Resales and Rentals
Often referred to as the "Pearl of the South," the mountainous island of Phuket is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Thailand. Vacationers from all over the world visit this beautiful region to explore a host of natural wonders, unique culture and adventure abound.
There’s Something for Everyone in Phuket
When visiting your Phuket timeshare, you’ll find an almost endless array ...Read more
Our golf school vacation packages can dramatically improve your game and score, but you must also remember to consider the green. Once you’ve mastered control of your putter and the perfect stroke, you must be able "to read the green". First you have to know the type of grass, meaning you need to kneel down and figure out which way it grows, then you have ...Read more
Playing the Golf Courses in Thailand
The rules on Thailand golf courses are generally the same as golf rules observed the world over as outlined and set down by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St.Andrews, Scotland. Throughout your golf vacation, in order to accommodate the differing rules on Thailand golf courses, before commencing your round read the local rules on the scorecard. It is ...Read more
An Introduction to Golf Vacations in Thailand
In its most basic form golf as played on our golf vacation deals can be described as such; a game in which a ball is struck with a club from a prepared area, known as the teeing ground, across fairway and rough to a second prepared area, which has a hole in it, known as the putting green. At ...Read more
Luxury Golf Travel And More!
Exclusive golf tours to Thailand don’t have to be all about golf, in a country this beautiful and diverse it would be a crime not to explore and travel and it presents the perfect excuse to sample a variety of golf tours! The Kingdom of Thailand is renowned for its natural beauty, awe-inspiring temples, hospitality and international and local cuisine ...Read more
Golf Vacation Packages in BangkokRead more
Golfasian are experts and creating, designing and organizing golf travel packages and luxury golf vacations, all you need to organize is your game! Golf has been played for centuries.
Golf & Travel in Thailand
As a leading tourist destination Thailand has a number of alternative attractions and exciting opportunities to combine golf & travel. Thailand golf tours, and its tourist magnetism, remain unrivalled in any other part of the world. Not only is the country steeped in history and culture, but also, there is an abundance of quality golf courses. If desired, your golf tours ...Read more
Find out more about Golf courses in Phuket Island- set amongst the most idyllic locations with perfect beaches.
The resort for Pattaya golf is located south east of Bangkok, less than 2-hours away driving. The region hosts the greatest variety of the finest championship golf courses in Thailand.
For the ultimate golf tour to Thailand, Golfasian are pleased to introduce golf Koh Samui one of the newest resorts to be added to our Thailand golf tours.
The Hua Hin and Cha Am area is located on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand, and is approximately a three-hour drive from Bangkok.
Playing golf in River Kwai is another fantastic experience to be had on your Thailand golf tour. Located in Kanchanaburi, this is Thailand’s fourth largest province and borders Burma to the west of Bangkok. Set in the foot drop of mountainous terrain, this provides a wonderfully scenic setting playing golf in River Kwai. It is the site of the world famous Bridge Over the River ...Read more
Chiang Mai Golf Courses
Golf package vacations don’t get more exotic than Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, located in the northern region of Thailand. Chiang Mai is one of the oldest cities in the country, and 1996 marked its 700th anniversary. A one-hour flight from Bangkok makes it easily accessible, and it will provide a completely different experience to Bangkok.
The city is often referred to as ...Read more
Where To Stay, Where to PlayRead more
By Shankan Balan
Recently a good friend and I were happily able to take a short Golfing holiday in the picturesque and tourist friendly Kingdom of Thailand.
We had fixed up our Golf via the world-wide-web and I had zeroed in particularly on two beautifully manicured golf courses, one located roughly North East and the other, North of Bangkok town. Most importantly, in the primary interests of ...Read more
Over the years the amount of enthusiastic golfers wanting to sample a golf resort package have grown astoundingly in number. With our top quality destinations and range of Thailand golfing holidays it is easy to see the reasons behind these high in demand golf package holidays. Today golf enthusiasts fly the world over looking for a round of golf, however, once they have experienced the ...Read more
The Best Golf Holiday Thailand has to Offer!
Hundreds of enthusiastic golfers have already experienced ultimate golf vacations along with cheap golf packages in the astounding surroundings of Thailand. Golfasian presents the unique opportunity to explore custom golf packages throughout this beautiful land. We can customize your vacation, business break or weekend trip to meet your specific needs. Whether you are planning to travel alone, with ...Read more
Golf at Phuket and Bangkok Timeshare ResortsRead more
The Best of Golf Vacations in ThailandRead more
Asia took a commanding 6½ to 1½ lead over Europe by dominating Saturday’s fourball play at the match-play Royal Trophy.
The Asian pairs won three of four in the fourball and halved the other to take a big lead at the Royal Trophy ahead of Sunday’s eight singles matches at Amata Spring Country Club in Thailand’s seaside Chonburi province.
“I feel like dancing,” Asia captain Naomichi “Joe” ...Read more
BLOOMFIELD HILLS: Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng is making the most of his maiden PGA Championship appearance. Prayad, who is the top money earner on the Japan Golf Tour this season, wasted no time picking up where he left off in Saturday’s third round of the final major of the 2008 season. Prayad rolled in five birdies through his first 11 holes Saturday to rocket up the ...Read more
LOCH LOMOND, Scotland: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee and Sweden’s Alexander Noren shared the first round lead at the Scottish Open on Thursday as the tournament’s heavy artillery failed to fire.
An early starter, former paratrooper Thongchai made light of rain-soaked conditions and the back problems which have blighted his season to fire eight birdies in a seven-under-par 64 that was matched by Noren late in the day.
Noren, ...Read more
BANGKOK, Thailand — The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with Golfasian have organized a five day golf familiarization (FAM) trip for Australian travel agents to Bangkok and Hua Hin that introduced them to the premier golfing available at these two Thai destinations. Golf travel representatives from the different Australian markets expressed their great satisfaction with and impression about golf in Thailand. The Tourism Authority ...Read more
Chiang Rai (Thailand), June 29 (IANS) Arjun Singh managed an even par 72 on the final day to finish tied 15th and cap a modest week for the Indian golfers at the Singha Thai PGA Championships here Sunday.
Arjun ended the week at six-under 282, best score among the Indians, while youngster Gaganjeet Bhullar turned in a card of two-under 70 to finish 20th. Arjun took ...Read more
The Thailand Open is set to return in 2009 after a three-year absence and could be the latest addition to the Asian Tour schedule.
The tournament began in 1965 but, due to lack of sponsorship, has not been played since New Zealander Richard Lee won the 2005 event at Blue Canyon Golf and Country Club on Phuket Island.
However, Singapore-based promoters World Sport Group (WSG) announced in ...Read more
BANGKOK (AFP) – The Thailand Open, one of the region’s most revered golf tournaments, will return to the golfing calendar in 2009 after new backers were found, organisers said Tuesday.
The tournament has not been held for three seasons due to lack of sponsorship but the Thailand Golf Association (TGA) have signed an agreement with World Sport Group to breath new life into the event.
“This is ...Read more
CROMWELL, Conn. – Stewart Cink had a reputation as a good golfer who just couldn’t finish off a tournament. His collapse during the fourth round of the PODS Championship in March left him with just one victory in the nine career events where he had the lead going into the last day. On Sunday, he put that behind him, holding off a late charges from ...Read more
SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods cradled the silver U.S. Open trophy in his right hand and limped toward the edge of the Pacific bluffs, each step as much a burden as the 91 holes he played at Torrey Pines for a major that might have been his most amazing yet. Out of competition for two months because of knee surgery, he won the toughest test ...Read more