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 around seven golf courses in the country, dwarfed by its neighbour Thailand that has over 230 course, but Phnom Penh has four golf courses all close to the city.
Cambodia however is recovering from the terrible Pol Pot regime of ...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
BANGKOK – In a further alliance of homegrown Thai-golfing enterprises, Fenix Golf has joined Golf in a Kingdom: The Thai Golf Experience as official apparel provider.
Golf in a Kingdom (www.golfinakingdom.com) is the private marketing cooperative whose growing membership ranks already include Thailand’s best golfing venues and hotel accommodations, in addition to the Tourist Authority of Thailand and tour operator Golfasian (www.golfasian.com). Hilton properties in Thailand ...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 Sy