Dear Golf Travelers,

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.

Most of South East Asia is now enjoying the 'green season' and while traditionally a slow time of the year, we at Golfasian are busy welcoming many new and repeat golf visitors. In particular, August and September seem to be the most popular of the 'slow' months. Prices are at their lowest and service hospitality at the highest standard as compared with any other time of the year. During these months the typical late afternoon showers are a welcomed way to cool things down and ensure green playing conditions. I know that in the past golfers have shunned travel during these months, but nowadays I find more and more golfers who actually look forward to this time of year as opposed of being a deterrent for travel to the region.

As for myself, I just returned from a month long tour of the USA. Playing jewels such as Pinehurst #2, Oakmont, and Chambers Bay reminds me of how good golf can be and how far South East Asia needs to raise the bar in terms of quality golfing. The courses here, with only a handful of exceptions, really need to look outwards to see what can be done in terms of course, design, maintenance and operations. 

On the other hand, aren't golf trips more than about great golf?  Here in South East Asia, available golf, fascinating culture, great food, world-class service hospitality, and affordable luxury make a total golfing experience. In fact, after getting home I can see why golf in Southeast Asia is an experience unlike anywhere else in the world. Now where is my regular caddie?

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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.

Mark Siegel
Managing Director of Golfasian

 

In This Issue:

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
Best of the Blog Thailandgolfzone.com Golfing Tips Golf Travel Insurance
Meet Golfasian About Us & Contacts  

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Golf News from Around the Region
 
Cambodia  Chiang Mai, Thailand
Gassan Khuntan Golf and Resort
Gassan Khuntan Golf and Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand


After a long decline, Gassan Khuntan is back to top form. Jim, our Chiang Mai expert was there last month and reported that the course is in really excellent condition. Major renovations were completed over the past 2 years. Things are so good now that Gassan Khuntan may even be the best conditioned course in all Chiang Mai with lush, green, and well-maintained landscaping throughout. The Chiang Mai course has to be one of the most scenic courses in Thailand and also one of the most difficult. My tip for golfers headed to Chiang Mai – include a round at Gassan, take your camera, and forget about your score.

 

Cambodia Quy Nhon, Vietnam
FLC Quy Nhon Golf Links
FLC Quy Nhon Golf Links, Quy Nhon, Vietnam


FLC Group has announced plans to build 20 new golf courses in Vietnam over the next five years with most located along the central and Northern portions of Vietnam's coastline. The Hanoi-based company is already a major residential and commercial real estate player, has an integrated golf resorts operating in Sam Son (SE of Hanoi), and the FLC Quy Nhon Golf Links stand-alone course on the coast between Danang and Nha Trang. At the recent opening it was made clear that the links-style course will become the centerpiece in the race to create Vietnam's newest and best new golf tourism destination. Things are moving so fast that a second Quy Nhon course is scheduled for a November opening along with a brand new resort.


International Golf Tournaments


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Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship (*** NOW 25% OFF! ***) 4-10 Sept. 2016

 

21st GOLD COAST WORLD MASTERS
GOLD COAST | 23-28 October, 2016


For more than 20 years the Golf Coast World Masters has put smiles on thousands of golfers faces. It's more than just a golf tournament, it's a week-long party for over 35's who all share a passion for golf and fun. In fact, more than 13,000 golfers from all over the world have played. Check out what's in store for you at the 21st annual World Masters on the Gold Coast from 23-28 October 2016.

This year the event packages has been handpicked from the most loved and enjoyed masters over the past 20 years and have bundled the best of best into this year's World Masters.

HAVE FUN

  • Welcome Reception: Australian Outback Spectacular Dinner Show, includes 3-course dinner, beverages and High Country Legends Show
  • 19th Hole celebrations: East Dining & Bar, Broadbeach - 60's, 70's and 80's theme nights, includes finger food, discounted drinks and golf presentations
  • Gala Presentation Dinner, includes 3-course dinner, beverages and dance band at Gold Coast Event Centre
  • Non-Golfer activities: Because everyone deserves to have a great time

PLAY GOLF

  • 72-hole single Stableford event
  • Best gross for 'A' Grade golfers
  • Play with golfers your own age and standard
  • Open to all male and female golfers aged 35+
  • Play the best courses including motorised cart
    • Sanctuary Cove The Pines – MEMBERS ONLY
    • RACV Royal Pines Resort – HOME TO THE LADIES MASTERS & AUSTRALIAN PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
    • The Glades – DESIGNED BY GREG NORMAN
    • Palm Meadows – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
  • Golf Club Valet Service from course to course

GET THAT WINNING FEELING

  • $100,000 in prizes to be won
  • Top Prize: Fully escorted golf tour for 2 to South Africa inc. airfares
  • More than 250 golf prizes awarded
  • Stunning 3D Crystal trophies presented to division winners

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"Thanks for another excellent event, well organised, well managed, and such a fun time - also thanks to your staff for always being so helpful and informed." - Bob Wonnacott

 
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Asia Golf Week

As Thailand is starting to cool down and we are moving into our winter months, our Chiang Mai Golf Week held in October is starting to gain plenty of interest from golfers around the world. The event is a 6 night / 4 round package where golfers play in the stableford format over 4 rounds. The winner is the player with the highest 4 round total. There are prizes on offer each day as well as overall prizes to the winners and runner ups as well as Nearest the Pins on Par 3's and best front and back nine scores. We also handicap each day to keep a fair playing field for the entire tournament players.

The tournament Hotel for the week is the 4 star Holiday Inn. The two golf courses for the week are  Alpine Country Club which hosted the Alpine Masters in 2015 and Chiang Mai Highlands which added another 9 holes to the course last year.

The Alpine Golf Club course follows through the valleys and mountains that surround the course. There are streams, ponds and bunkers all in strategic positions to add to the golfer's visual delight. Special mention must be made of the Par 3 15th hole, an island green that, at only 129 yards from the white tees, seems to turn seasoned golfers into beginners and reaching for their old golf balls.

For bookings to Chiang Mai, mention this newsletter and receive a free room upgrade at the Holiday Inn for bookings paid before 1st September 2016.

After Chiang Mai we then focus on the two biggest events we have, the Amari Hua Hin and Amari Pattaya golf weeks. Each event sees a field of 120 people from around the world play the best golf coursesfrom each destination. While the tournaments aren't until March 2017, we have 35 players already booked, with most people taking the free room upgrade from the Amari Hotels. Book your position now and don't miss out on a great week of golf!

We have 12 group tours throughout the year and all details of these events can be found on this link.

If you would like to book one of our events, or have any questions, please email us at tournaments@asiagolfweek.com

Graham Cater

My name is Graham Cater, an Aussie who plays Southport Golf Club on the Gold Coast of Australia. It is there I hone my skills and test my mental strength to ready me for our annual Thailand Golf Tour.

Playing golf in Thailand is not just about the game it is an exotic experience that has left me with the most wonderful memories from the Land of Smiles. Now I don't always play well and I have been known to miss the odd easy putt but nothing can stop the enjoyment I get playing on some of the best golf courses in Asia.

I first heard about golf in Thailand and Golfasian whilst playing with a group in Singapore. It sounded exciting and the more I investigated the practicalities of putting a tour together the more enthusiastic I became. Then it all came together in March 2012. I had contacted Golfasian and received a quick response from Bee. I was amazed at the efficiency with which Bee put our first golf tour in Hua Hin together. Local travel arrangements, hotels and golf all materialized without a hitch. Five years on and Bee is still looking after our group. She has become our good friend as have many of the wonderful staff of Golfasian. Currently we are considering Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia for an extended tour, all of which are covered by Golfasian with their own in-country staffs. What makes touring so easy with Golfasian is their awareness of your individual needs. This is integral to their business model. There are no compromises, no snags and no surprises...

[Read the entire interview online]

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Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

The Pearl of the Andaman is an hour's flight south of Bangkok and is without question what people imagine to be typical of the beauty that Thailand has to offer. Beautiful beaches and mountainous scenery has attracted holiday makers to Phuket for many years, and although the high season is a little shorter than other destinations in Thailand due to the monsoon rains in July, August and September it still has much to offer for golfers the rest of the year. Since our last review of Phuket in 2014, much has happened in a positive way on the golf scene for golfers to enjoy. Laguna Golf Club has completed its renovation and is fully open and in great condition and will host the Singha Phuket Open at the end of October this year. Blue Canyon has new owners and they have already made positive improvements on the championship course. Loch Palm is still as popular as ever and the spectacular Red Mountain is rated by many in the top six courses in the country.

An hour north of Phuket International Airport is the province of Phang Nga which recently opened a very good course called Katathong which was originally an old tin mine. With two new projects about to open in Khao Lak, golfers will soon have an exciting new area to discover.

The airport expansion was completed in March, so along with improved road conditions we feel Phuket as a golf destination is all positive and very much open for business!

View our Phuket Golf Packages | Phuket Golf Courses


Laguna Golf Phuket

Laguna Golf Phuket features a resort golf course with pleasant breezes from the Andaman Sea. The Phuket golf course is not too demanding and reflects the natural beauty and tropical surroundings of Bang Tao Bay. Phuket Golf Laguna is set on a valley floor overlooked by low wooded hills and marsh lands.

The Phuket golf course was re-designed in 2014 and now the Laguna Golf Phuket is both more challenging and memorable. Golfers need to think their way around the golf course as each hole offers a multitude of shot options and both nines have good variety.

[Read more about one of Thailand's Best Golf Courses]


Banyan Tree Resort in Phuket

The Banyan Tree Resort in Phuket is truly a 5-star luxurious resort with top service and facilities, the resort is continually placed at the top of the chart for hotels. The resort is part of Laguna Phuket and visitors have access to relaxing spa's, a wedding church, restaurants and a  a world-class golf course and endless family experiences. The Banyan Tree provides six top cuisine restaurants. The Banyan Tree provides the most luxurious facilities on the island and is truly a top 5-star resort.

[Read more about one of Thailand's Best Hotels]

Phuket & Khao Lak Golfer's Paradise

Phuket & Khao Lak Golfer's Paradise

Enjoy a two centre package with the beautiful island of Phuket and the resort of Khao Lak. Base yourself at The Angsana hotel in the Laguna complex and you have easy access to all Phuket's golf courses.

Normally known for its diving and long beaches, Khao Lak is located about 45 minutes off the island of Phuket now has golf options and The Sarojin is a small luxury boutique resort, and no better place to stay to enjoy the area.

The package is flexible and there are options to stay longer in Khao Lak and play the courses in the north of Phuket such as Blue Canyon and Mission Hills.

View the complete tour itinerary.
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

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.

This is great news for golfers as event organisers have just announced a 25% discount on all event packages. It's very rare for events to get cheaper, but the reality is that golfers signing up for the 2016 AccorHotels Vietnam World Masters will pay much less than those who attended last year.

The pricing of the tournament package has gone from USD $1,890 down to USD$1,420. This is enormous value when you consider the package includes 6 nights at the 5 star Pullman Danang Beachfront Resort, 4 rounds on the best resort courses with carts and caddies, welcome and presentation dinners plus nightly socials, a fabulous prize pool, airport + golf transfers, goodies bag with shirt plus much more.

Read the complete Press Release.

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Thailand  Thailand
Bangkok
  • Amata Spring Country Club: Course will be closed on 16 August for a tournament. Course will be undergoing coring green during 21-24 August and 18-22 September.
  • Bangkok Golf Club: Course will be undergoing coring green during 1-31 August. Course will be closed on 12 and 26 August for tournaments.
  • Cascata Golf Club: Course will be closed on 5, 19 and 29 August and on 21 September for tournaments.
  • Lam Luk Ka Country Club: Course will be closed on 22 August for a tournament.
  • Lotus Valley Golf Resort: Course will be closed on 11 and 22 August for tournaments. Course will be undergoing coring green on 3 October.
  • Muang Kaew Golf Club: Course will be closed on 26 and 30 August and on 11, 21 and 23 September for tournaments.
  • Panya Indra Golf Club: Course will be closed on23 and 27 August for tournaments.
  • Riverdale Golf Club: Course will be closed in the morning of 28 August for a tournament.
  • Royal Golf & Country Club: Course will be closed on 3, 5, 18 and 26 August and on 16 September for tournaments.
  • Thana City Golf & Sports Club: Course is undergoing maintenance on holes 7-9 until the end of October. Course will be closed on 19 August and on 7, 13, 16 and 23 September for tournaments.
  • The Royal Gems Golf and Sports Club: Course will be undergoing major greens renovations. Holes 1-8 and 18 will be closed until 6 August.
  • Vintage Golf Club: Course will be closed on 25 August and 22 September for tournaments.
  • Windsor Park & Golf Club: Course will be closed in the afternoons of 10, 19 and 25-26 August and on 9, 16, 21 and 23 September for tournaments.
Hua Hin
Pattaya
  • Burapha Golf Club: Course C will be undergoing coring green during 1-22 August. Course D will be undergoing coring green during 1-22 September.
  • Greenwood Golf & Resort: Course will be closed on 20-21 August for tournaments.
  • Khao Kheow Country Club: Course B will be closed for maintenance during 1-31 August. Course will be closed on 18-19 August and 16 September for tournaments.
  • Laem Chabang International Country Club: Course will be closed on 19 and 26 (afternoon) August for tournaments. Course B & C will be closed during 5-11 September for the Singha All Thailand Tournament. All courses will be closed on 14 September for the Golf Marathon Tournament. All courses will be closed on 16 September for the 3 in 1 Tournament. 18 holes will be closed on 26 (afternoon) September for the Pattaya Golf Festival. 18 holes will be closed on 30 (afternoon) September for the Singha Amateur Tournament.
  • Pattana Golf Club & Resort: Course will be closed on 6-7 and 21 August and on 6 and 25 September for tournaments.
  • Pattaya Country Club: Course will be closed on 8-9 August and on 8 October for tournaments.
  • Rayong Green Valley Country Club: Course will be closed on 6 and 26 August 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 closed on 15 and 27 August and on 10, 12, 19 and 26 September for tournaments.
  • Siam Country Club, Plantation Course: Course will be closed on 5, 7 and 27 August and on 2 and 25 September for tournaments.
  • Siam Country Club, Waterside Course: Course will be closed every Tuesday (except during public holidays) for weekly maintenance until 27 September. Course will closed on 18 and 28 August and on 2, 4, 11, 13 and 26 September for tournaments.
  • St. Andrews 2000 Golf Club: Course will be closed on 19 August for a tournament.
Phuket
  • Blue Canyon Country Club, Canyon Course: Course will be closed on 15 and 29 August and on 12 and 26 September for maintenance. Course will be undergoing coring maintenance during 3-6 October.
  • Blue Canyon Country Club, Lakes Course: Course will be closed on 8 and 22 August and 19 September for maintenance. Course will be undergoing coring maintenance during 5-8 September. Course will be closed on 13 August for a tournament.
  • Laguna Golf Phuket: Course will be undergoing verticut and light top sanding during 8-9 August, green coring and top dressing sand during 12-15 September, tees coring and topdressing sand during 19-23 September and green topdressing sand on 26 September. The course will be closed on 24-31 October for the Phuket Singha Open tournament.
  • Loch Palm Golf Club: Course will be closed on 20 August for a tournament.
  • Phuket Country Club: Course will be closed on 24 August for a staff party. Course will be undergoing coring green during 6-7 September. Course will be closed on 27 September for a tournament.
  • Red Mountain Golf Club: Course will be closed on 4 August for a tournament.
Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai
Khao Yai
Kanchanaburi
Vietnam  Vietnam
Danang
Hanoi
  • King's Island Golf Resort: Mountainview Course will be closed on 13 August for the Summer Challenge Tournament. Course will be closed for maintenance during 15-17 August.
  • Sky Lake Resort & Golf Club: Sky Course will be closed for maintenance on 1-2, 9 and 30 August for maintenance.
Nha Trang
Saigon
Malaysia  Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur
Langkawi
Cambodia  Cambodia
Siem Reap
  • Angkor Golf Resort: Course will be closed from 5-7 August for the Angkor Amateur Open Tournament.
Singapore  Singapore
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 Golf – Take the rough with the smooth

Pattaya Golf – Take the rough with the smooth

Undoubtedly Thailand golf is gaining in profile and quality thanks to a growing golf tourism market and increased television exposure of tournaments such as the Thailand Classic (Black Mountain) and Thailand Championship (Amata Spring). These 2 courses compare with some of the best in the world but understandably with that comes a price premium. I can see that someone arriving to play in Thailand probably will be looking for something special but perhaps they might wish to look further for an experience that is equally rewarding in different ways, but at a relatively bargain price.

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Golfing Tips

Drink Enough Water

Club Rental Service

It's the middle of the hot and rainy season here in Thailand. As we've explained before your golf won't be a washout but you may have to take shelter for 20 minutes as a storm passes. Be prepared for the humidity and rain. Bring a waterproof golf bag cover and brolly (preferably with a reflective surface to keep the sun off you when it isn't raining). Bring a couple of spare gloves, and bring a towel.

All of these things can be purchased at decent prices on arrival so don't sweat it…

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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