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December 2018 Edition

Dear Golf Travelers,

It’s the last month of 2018, and I trust you have plans arranged for the holidays with friends and family. I extend a very warm wish and holiday greetings to you, your family, and loved ones. May this year’s holiday period be joyful and healthy.

For those in Europe and America, the days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping, and you see nothing but endless stretches of grey cloud, cold wind, and freezing rain or worse yet snow. If you can’t stand the idea of fighting through dark and chilly weather the next few months, check out our latest warm weather golf holiday tours and destinations.

December is our last chance gear up for the busiest time of the year in Asian golf travel. The booking outlook for the next few months is very positive, and our key golf course and hotel partners share the same the optimism. However, please be advised that during January and February, and especially over Chinese New Year which runs from February 2-10, it will be difficult to confirm peak tee times bookings and to find rooms at the best resorts for last minute inquiries. Please contact our office for updated information as soon as you know your travel plans.

Now on to December and up-to-date edition of the Asian Golf Nation, the source for news breaking information about golf and golf travel in Asia. Also, unique golf playing tips for SE Asia’s tropical environment, announcements of special tours, golf tournament updates, and some interesting golf traveler feedback are all integral to today’s newsletter.

While some say that Asia's incredible golf courses are the main attractions, its really the rich cultural experiences and very friendly locals encountered along the way that often leaves the fondest impressions. Just consider your caddie experiences, and you will know what I mean.

Anyway, thanks to you, Golfasian remains Asia's top golf tour operator providing services centered around authentic golf experiences. Your recognition of our quick responsiveness, impeccable attention to detail and tailor-made personalized service is just a few of the points that set us apart.

Complete full-service itineraries created for your specific travel preferences, expectations, group size, and budgets are our specialty. Please contact us for a competitive quote.

Until the next newsletter, happy golfing and I hope to see you in Asia very soon!

Mark Siegel
Managing Director

GOLF NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION

Vietnam

Vietnam has won the title of Asia’s best golf destination for the second consecutive year at the 2018 World Golf Awards. Voters included golf travel and tourism industry operators, agents, and media, as well as golf travelers. Vietnam golf now consists of 40 tourist ready golf facilities many with amazing links-style courses built along the dunes that line the coast. Add to this an equal or greater number of impressive new courses in development, and Vietnam will shine as Asia’s star golf destination for years to come.

Danang, Vietnam

Another rock star, Ba Na Hill Golf Club was honored with the title of the 2018 Asia’s Best Golf Course by the World Golf Awards. The sole inland and fully public golf course among Danang’s designer semi-private seaside courses, Ba Na Hills continues to shine in every way. From first impressions to on course operations right through to after golf food and beverages, Ba Na Hills provides outstanding experiences to visitors 365 days a year, day and night. Yup, there is night golf too!

Hanoi, Vietnam

Can you believe another spectacular Schmidt-Curley designed course opened for play in North Vietnam? Stone Valley Golf Resort in a region better known for river tours and King Kong movies is a good as they come. The 18-holes measures 7,280-yards from the back tees and features Bermuda grass fairways, greens, and tees in one of the most user-friendly configurations I have seen in a while. The front nine plays in a natural valley with exposed ‘lava’ rock, while modest elevation comes into play only on the back nine nick-naming these holes as Halong Bay on land.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

New golf courses are few and far between these days, but this 9-hole gem is well worth a play. Located 30-minutes from Chiang Mai, Hariphunchai Golf Course is an excellent 9-hole, par-36 championship layout. Japanese golf course architect Yoshikazu Kato, who was also responsible for Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, designed Hariphunchai. Well-manicured fairways and smooth rolling greens are comparable to conditions of a private members club. Give this new course a try; it will make your golf trip to the ‘Rose of the North’ that much sweeter.

Desaru, Malaysia

The Malaysia Tourism Council awarded the Els Club Desaru Coast 2018 Best Resort Course. This award marks a successful calendar year for The Els Club Malaysia, which is the home of three signature Els Design golf courses in two scenic locations: two courses in Desaru and one upon the island of Langkawi. The three courses together are certainly the best golf courses for tourist play, and it’s no coincidence that Troon runs all three facilities. More golf clubs should consider the benefits of 3rd party management companies and cash in on additional rounds.

GOLF DESTINATION REVIEW: Danang

A personal destination review from Wayne Johnson, Golfasian Danang.

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 from the golf course.

Danang is rapidly becoming known as Vietnam’s Golf Coast, the beautiful sandy beaches stretching along the crystal-clear waters of the South China Sea boast many fine hotels and internationally acclaimed restaurants, combined with the amazing mountain scenery of Ba Na Hills and the 5 signature golf courses close by Danang is becoming a “must play” golf destination.

To the north of the City lies the Sir Nick Faldo designed Laguna Lang Co which hugs the shoreline and provides a great test of golf, especially as the sea breeze picks up in the afternoons, moving south from Laguna we come across the stunning mountain property Ba Na Hills designed by European great Luke Donald and recently acclaimed as Asia’s best course at the 2018 World Golf Awards. As we move more southerly to the cost line of Danang we come across two of the country’s most prominent clubs, the Greg Norman BRG Danang Golf Club which is a real gem of a course for the connoisseurs and the equally challenging Montgomerie Links next door.

Read the entire destination review

FEATURED GOLF COURSE AND HOTEL

Ba Na Hills Golf Club

Award-winning Ba Na Hills Golf Club is set in the foothills and native forest of the famed Ba Na Hills, only 25 minutes from Da Nang City. This stunning property is set among some of the most impressive mountain ranges in the region complementing the Luke Donald designed course. The spectacular course which nature provided delivers a great experience for golfers of every level with undulating fairways, significant elevation changes and every hole framed by a beautiful backdrop of the native area.

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Pullman Danang Beach Resort

Pullman Danang Beach Resort sits directly on My An Beach. This beachfront property is perfect for golfers as it is only 5 minutes from downtown Danang, 15 minutes from the Danang Airport, and 30 minutes from Hoi An. The hotel features a long pool corridor, day spa, and health club. The rooms are contemporary styled and modern with light colors and wood accents. BRG Danang and Montgomerie Links courses are within 10 minutes from the Pullman Danang Beach Resort.

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FEATURED GOLF PACKAGE

Vietnam Golf Coast Exclusive

Play at two top Vietnam golf courses, stay at one of many beautiful resorts on one of Asia's best beaches and discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site, all on one golf trip. What more can you wish for than great golf, excellent accommodations, and a treasure of history?

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GOLF TOURNAMENT CALENDAR

Amari Hua Hin
Skins Golf Week

10 - 16 Mar. 2019

Centara World Masters Golf Championship

9 - 15 Jun. 2019

AVANI Pattaya 2 Ball Golf Championship

16 - 22 Jun. 2019

AccorHotels Vietnam World Masters

8 - 14 Sep. 2019

 

 

Mercure Pattaya Men's Open Golf Week

15 - 21 Sep. 2019

VIDEO OF THE MONTH

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

Andrew Ratcliffe and Party at Lake View Resort & Golf Club.

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Where to Golf in Thailand

Thailand has 5 main golf destinations, two are cities (Bangkok and Chiang Mai) and three are beach resorts (Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Phuket). Bangkok is home to over 10 million residents. However, it’s safe to say that Bangkok has the most golf courses of any destination in Thailand. There are 60 golf courses located within 1 hour from the center of Bangkok; of which 20 or so are well-suited for visitor play.

Read it all here!

GOLF TIPS

Check out local bars & restaurants

Just because you may be staying in a hotel and playing golf doesn’t mean you have to eat and drink at just those two places!

Thailand has probably one of the widest choices of dishes to choose from, most of the time at incredible value and taste!

Ask us for places to eat and drink to experience the real Thailand. There 

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GOLF COURSE MAINTENANCES & CLOSURES

Thailand

Bangkok

Hua Hin

Pattaya

Phuket

  • Phuket Country Club: Course is undergoing coring green during 6-7 November. Course will be closed on 24 November for a tournament.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai

Khao Yai

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Vietnam

Danang

Dalat

Hai Phong / Halong Bay

Hanoi

Nha Trang

Saigon

  • Jeongsan Country Club: Course will be closed on 21 November for a tournament.
  • Long Thanh Golf Club: Course will be undergoing maintenance on various holes on 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25 December. Course will be closed on 22-23 December for a tournament.
  • Twin Doves Golf Club: Course will be closed on 5-9 December for a tournament.
  • Vietnam Golf Club: Course will be closed on 13 & 16 December for tournaments.

Vung Tau

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Indonesia

Bali

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Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

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Cambodia

Siem Reap

  • Angkor Golf Resort: Course will be closed in the mornings of 7-11 November for the Lady European Tour School Qualifying Tournament.

Phnom Penh

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Singapore

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