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Welcome to Golf in Asia!Welcome to the latest issue of the Asian Golf Nation, the source for news breaking information about golf in Asia. In addition, unique golf playing tips for South East Asia's tropical environment, announcements of golf travel promotions, and our latest tournament offers are all parts of this newsletter.

Are you ready for spring golfing? The Asian golf courses are more than ready to welcome you! April is not one of the best times to visit because the weather is very hot and dry. In fact, in Thailand, the south of Vietnam and throughout Cambodia April is the hottest month of the year.

On the other hand, most of our European friends have gone home, golf courses are practically deserted, hotel rooms are plentiful, and prices are lower across the board. It's best for golfers to enjoy the sunny days and top courses at any of our popular beach destinations like Danang, Hua Hin, or Bali.

For even more fun, you can plan to be in Thailand, Laos, or Cambodia for the grand water celebration in mid-April. It an amazing experience of typical culture so why not enjoy all the rituals and festivities. What a way to kick-off your golf season.

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As always there are lots of golf developments around the region, so sit back and enjoy this edition of the Asian Golf Nation.

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Golf News From Around The Region Asia Golf Week Golf Travel Testimonials
Destination Review Golf Trip Idea Press Release
Golf Course Maintenance Golf Tournaments Thailand Golf Properties
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Golf News from Around the Region
Cambodia Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Garden City
GARDEN CITY GC, Phnom Penh


I visited Phnom Penh for the first time in a few years last month and played both Garden City and Grand Phnom Penh. Both courses were in above average condition and the whole Phnom Penh golf experience was something to remember. In some ways Phnom Penh reminds me of how Bangkok was 20 years ago. The people are very sincere, costs are low, and there are loads of restaurants, pubs, massage and other things to do around town.

Singapore  Singapore
Sentosa Golf Club Tanjong Course
SENTOSA GC, Tanjong Course


Renovations on the Sentosa Golf Club Tanjong Course are going well and ahead of schedule. New earthworks and irrigation are being carried out and the New Tanjong Course should be ready for play by November.

In the meantime, the famous Serapong Course is open, available, and in great shape.

Vietnam  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Harmonie Golf Park
HARMONIE GOLF PARK, Saigon

Saigon is getting in on the Vietnam golf course building boom with Harmonie Golf Park being resurrected near to Twin Doves Golf Club. Designed a few years back by Jim Engh, Harmonie is an 18-hole layout scheduled for completion in early 2017. Nine holes are completed and ready for grassing and earthworks for the second nine are in progress. Given the design and construction pedigree, Harmonie Golf Park will be a nice addition to the Ho Chi Minh City golf scene.
Vietnam  Danang, Vietnam
Ba Na Hills Golf Club
BA NA HILLS GC, Danang

With this month's official opening of all 18 holes at Ba Na Hills Golf Club, Danang now has 4 excellent tracks for everyday play. Moreover, the recently announced Bangkok Airways non-stop flight from Bangkok will commence operations on May 26. Once flying, the 4 times a week flight opens up many new possibilities for 2-centred golf holidays that link the best courses in Thailand to those in central Vietnam.
 

International Golf Tournaments


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We now offer 3 International Acclaimed Tournaments –
Centara World Masters Golf Championship 12-18 June 2016
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort 2 Ball Golf Championship 19-25 June 2016
Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship (*** NOW 25% OFF! ***) 4-10 Sept. 2016

Centara World Masters Golf Championship 12-18 June 2016 Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort 2 Ball Golf Championship 19-25 June 2016 Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship 4-10 Sept. 2016
 

World Masters Golfer's Comment

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Joe & Friends

Hi, my name is Joe. I started playing golf in 1992 as a club member at Amstel Golf Club, but am now playing off a 10 handicap at Drouin Golf and Country Club at Drouin Victoria in Australia. The Drouin course is predominately couch fairways set amongst a picnic day racecourse, quite picturesque. My lowest playing handicap has been 7.

Before this trip, I had travelled to Thailand twice before, backpacking, and not staying in any one place for any length of time.

A local Drouin member had taken a group of friends to Thailand last year and had organised another trip in May 2015, so I decided to join this group along with a few others who hadn't been to Thailand golfing either. I didn't know these members, but by the time we left Hua Hin the 12 of us had become good mates. All agreed to return next year.

[Read the entire interview online]

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Vientiane, Laos

Laos Golf

Vientiane is a new golf destination that we have recently explored. As the capital of Laos, Vientiane or Viang chan, is the largest city with an estimated population of 760,000 (2015). The city contains many historic buildings and temples such as Patuxai Gate, a monument dedicated to those who fought for independence from France, Pha That Luang, one of the most famous Buddhist stupas in Laos, and the Cope War Museum and Disability Help Center which is a legacy from the extensive bombing of the country during the war.

Personally I think Vientiane is for visitors who are searching for parts of South East Asia that are off the beaten track. Four to five nights, two rounds of golf and one day's sightseeing should give you a good perspective of the destination. Well established golf course, Long Vien Golf Club is conveniently located 10 minutes from the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge which is in the Nong Khai Province of Thailand. This is a sister course of Long Thanh Golf Club in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The 27 hole-course has a modern clubhouse with posh locker rooms, international restaurant, and well-stocked pro shop. Long Vien Golf Club is also open for night golf. Another really good quality course is Lakeview Golf Club. This brand new Chinese-owned golf course has a great deal to offer and I rank it the best in Laos, offering as it does full practice facilities. The clubhouse should be finished shortly. These two golf courses are must-play if you are in Vientiane.

You can enter Laos by land via the Thai border, or fly into the Wattay International Airport which has international connections to many other Asian Countries. Vientiane is worth exploring for its heritage, great French cuisine at fabulous prices and surprising golf. Even though there is not much English spoken, it will be a great experience and genuine adventure. Remember this, Sabaidee is Hello and Kop Jai is Thank You in Laotian. People are very friendly so these two words should serve you well.

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Long Vien Golf Course

Long Vien Golf Course is the first 27-hole course in Laos. The original 18 opened in 2012 and the second 18 in 2016. The Laos golf course is located in a special duty free zone 16 kilometers outside Vientiane and 1 kilometer from the Mekong River which separates Thailand and Laos.

The Vientiane Golf Course is laid out on basically flat topography. Manmade mounding, water features and intricate sharp-lipped bunker complexes provide the main challenges. Wide fairways are framed by mature trees, flowering plants and red-grass water areas.

[Read more about one of Laos' Best Golf Courses]


Salana Boutique Hotel

A stylish experience awaits in Central Vientiane at Salana Boutique Hotel. Featuring modern rooms with flat-screen TVs and free WiFi, the hotel offers a spa and restaurant. The hotel is 500 m from Laos National Museum. Guests enjoy welcome fruit in the rooms upon arrival.

Salana's elegant rooms are fitted with classic dark wood furnishings and flooring. Cable TV channels are provided. Tea and coffee-making facilities and a minibar are included.

 

[Read more about one of Laos' Best Hotels]

2 County/13 Day World Heritage Golf Excursion – Laos & Thailand

2 County/13 Day World Heritage Golf Excursion – Laos & Thailand

One of our most popular tour packages is the Laos Golf Holidays 2 Country 13 Day Excursion. Avid golfers love this trip because it satisfies even the most demanding golf appetites. All of the courses are interesting and challenging in a variety of settings ranging from level suburban and gently undulating countryside, to impressive mountain views. The package includes eleven hotel night accommodations, up to ten rounds of golf, and all transfers along the way. If you enjoy feeling like you are going somewhere, this is the trip for you, especially if you have an insatiable appetite for golf.

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To meet your preferences and budget please contact us for further information.


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Press Release

25% Discount On Vietnam World Masters Golf Tournament

Danang, Vietnam, 7 March 2016 — A big increase in support from AccorHotels has prompted organisers to offer a 25% discount on tournament packages for the second annual AccorHotels Vietnam World Masters from 4 to 10 September 2016.

Last year's tournament was a great success with players from America, Canada, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand in attendance. Such was the success of the tournament, major sponsor AccorHotels is getting behind the event in a major way.

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Thailand  Thailand
Bangkok
  • Amata Spring Country Club: Course will be closed on 5 for a tournament. The course will be undergoing coring greens during 11-13 April.
  • Cascata Golf Club: Course will be closed on 11, 13, 16, 18, 23 and 27 May for tournaments.
  • Lakewood Country Club: Course will be closed on 8 April for a tournament.
  • Lam Luk Ka Country Club: Course will be undergoing verticut and coring green on course A (18-22 April), course B (25-29 April), course C (10-13 May) and course D (16-19 May).
  • Lotus Valley Golf Resort: Course will be closed on 11, 18, 23, 25 and 30 April for tournaments.
  • Nikanti Golf Club: Course will be closed on 13, 17, 23, 27 and 30 May for tournaments.
  • Panya Indra Golf Club: Course will be closed from 11-15 April for Songkran Festival.
  • Riverdale Golf Club: Course will be closed from 2-7 May for a tournament.
  • Royal Golf & Country Club: Course will be undergoing coring greens on some holes.
  • The Royal Gems Golf and Sports Club: Course will be undergoing major greens renovations. Holes 9-17 will be closed April - June and holes 1-8 and 18 will be closed July - September. All 18 greens will be ready for play again in October.
  • The Royal Gems Golf City (Dream Arena): Course has been undergoing coring aeration on all areas on 29 March.
  • Vintage Golf Club: Course will be undergoing golf course maintenance during April.
  • Windsor Park & Golf Club: Course will be closed on 5, 20, 22, 27, and 29 April for tournaments.
Hua Hin
Pattaya
  • Greenwood Golf & Resort: Course will be undergoing maintenance on course C (18-22 April) and course A (25-29 April). Course will be closed from 21 - 22 May for a tournament.
  • Khao Kheow Country Club: Course B will be closed for maintenance until 29 April.
  • Laem Chabang International Country Club: Course will be closed for maintenance on course A (1-11 April) and course C (18 April - 1 May). Course will be closed on 29 April, 13 May and 10 & 23 June for tournaments.
  • Pattana Golf Club & Resort: Course will be closed on 24 April and from 23 - 28 May and on 5 and 19 June for tournaments.
  • Pattaya Country Club: Course will be closed on 23 and 29 April for tournaments.
  • Rayong Green Valley Country Club: Course will be closed on 5, 8, 18-19 and 24 April and from 30 April - 1 May and on 5, 14 and 24 June for tournaments.
  • Siam Country Club, Old Course: Course will be closed every Monday (except during public holidays) for weekly maintenance until 26 September. Course will be undergoing coring greens during 18 - 22 April.
  • Siam Country Club, Waterside Course: Course will be closed from 4-8 April for the True Visions International Junior Golf Championship. Starting April 12, the course will be closed every Tuesday (except during public holidays) for weekly maintenance until 27 September.
  • St. Andrews 2000 Golf Club: Course will be closed from 18-19 April for annual holiday and on 24 & 28 April and 30 April - 1 May and on 5 May for tournaments.
Phuket
  • Blue Canyon Country Club, Canyon Course: Course will be closed on 11 and 25 April for maintenance. Course will be undergoing coring maintenance during 2 - 5 May.
  • Blue Canyon Country Club, Lakes Course: Course will be closed on 18 April for maintenance. Course will be undergoing coring maintenance during 13 - 16 June.
  • Laguna Golf Phuket: Course will be undergoing coring greens during 18 - 22 April, top sand on green during 2 - 6 May, verticut on greens during 16 - 31 May and further maintenance during June.
  • Loch Palm Golf Club: Course will closed on 18 May for a tournament. Course will be undergoing coring greens on 4 July.
  • Phuket Country Club: Course will be closed on 14 May for a tournament and undergoing maintenance during 7 - 8 June.
  • Red Mountain Golf Club: Course will be closed on 28 April for a tournament and undergoing coring greens on 6 June.
Koh Samui
  • Santiburi Samui Country Club: Course will be undergoing coring greens during 28 March - 12 April. Course will be closed from 13-19 June for a tournament.
Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai
Khao Yai
Vietnam  Vietnam
Danang
Hanoi
Saigon
Malaysia  Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur
  • Palm Garden Golf Club: Course will be closed on 21 and 28 April and 5, 7, 12 and 15 May for tournaments.
  • Templer Park Country Club: Course will be undergoing maintenance on 11 April.
Kota Kinabalu
Langkawi
Cambodia  Cambodia
Siem Reap
Singapore  Singapore
Centara World Masters Golf Championship - June 2016
Place
Hua Hin,
Thailand
Date
12 - 18
June, 2016
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Mercure Pattaya Ocean 2 Ball Golf Championship - June 2016
Place
Pattaya,
Thailand
Date
19 - 25
June, 2016
[find out more]
Cambodia Amateur Golf Week -
August 2016
Place
Siem Reap,
Cambodia
Date
1 - 9
August, 2016
[find out more]
Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship - September 2016
Place
Danang,
Thailand
Date
4 - 10
Sept., 2016
[find out more]
Siam Country Club Pattaya Amateur Golf Week -
October 2016
Place
Pattaya,
Thailand
Date
16 - 22
October, 2016
[find out more]
Chiang Mai Amateur
Golf Week -
October
2016
Place
Chiang Mai,
Thailand
Date
23 - 29
October, 2016
[find out more]
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Pattaya's Ultimate Golf Event

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort 2-Ball Golf Championship

It seems like we are looking forward to a very busy month in June. The next tournament, the Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort 2-Ball Golf Championship will be held between June 19-25.

Unlike the Centara World Masters Championship, the Pattaya event will be played in 2-ball format for each of 4 rounds, adding a new dimension to the concept. The championship will be held on 3 golf courses of the Siam Country Club and at the Laem Chabang International Country Club.

Shall we use all of our annual holiday days to be able to participate in these two Thai amateur golf tournaments?

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Golfing Tips

Slippery Grips

Golf Grips

We are all advised by pros and manufacturers (they would do?) to change our grips every year but I'd be really surprised if most of us got close to that frequency. Nevertheless, if travelling to Thailand for golf, one item on your pre-trip checklist should be the condition of your grips and whether they are fit for purpose.

The heat and humidity might be a challenge and slippery grips could spell disaster leading to improper grip pressure when it matters most. If there's any doubt, there's no doubt... get them changed.

Thailand Golf Tips

Other golf stories can be found at the Thailand Golf Zone, Vietnam Golf Zone, Phuket Golf Zone and Vietnam Golf Tourism Blogs where there are over 1,600 original golf articles & commentary dealing exclusively with golf in Asia and golf travel.

I would love to hear about any golf tips that any of you may have developed for getting the maximum enjoyment from your golf trips, and can incorporate some in future articles. Therefore if you have any golf tips or suggestions you would like to share, please let me know by dropping me an email.

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