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July 2018 Edition

Dear Golf Travelers,

Welcome to the July 2018 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, updates on boutique golf tournaments for amateur golfers, and some interesting golf traveler feedback are all integral to today’s newsletter.

The summer golf season is in full swing, and I hope you are playing some great golf. Here in South East Asia, after an excruciatingly hot spring, the weather has turned breezy and very pleasant. Danang is sunny and mild, while Hua Hin and Pattaya have overcast skies and ideal golf conditions. The southern islands, together with Malaysia and Singapore, are getting their normal afternoon and early evening showers.

Last month, Hua Hin hosted the 5th edition of Centara World Masters, and it was the best so far. Not only was the weather, courses, and resort all superb, 500 players and sponsors had the opportunity to see ‘The Bangkok Beatles’ and had caddies serenading golfers to the likes of Macarena, YMCA, and Gam Nam Style. Yes, that’s right, it was much more than a great golf tournament, it was a week-long experience of a lifetime. In fact, the week after, 150 lucky golfers competed in the Mercure Ocean Resort Pattaya 2Ball, and the players had a similarly excellent week with picture perfect weather.

If you missed out on these events, don’t worry. We have some boutique tournaments coming up in Danang, Pattaya (yes again), and Chiang Mai. Check out our dedicated tournament website for the best Asian golf weeks.

This summer we are pleased to welcome many new golf groups in particular from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and India. We're in the so-called ‘low season,’ and with that, we have partnered with the top courses and resorts in all our best destinations to come up with great golf travel deals. Inquire here to find out more details!

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 the caddie experience, and you will know what I mean.

Anyway, thanks to you, Golfasian remains Asia's top golf operator providing services centered around authentic golf experiences and great value. Your recognition of our quick responsiveness, impeccable attention to detail and tailor-made personalized service is what sets 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

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GOLF NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION

Bangkok, Thailand

Nick Faldo would be impressed if he saw what was going on at one of his first golf courses in Thailand. Little known Chuan Chuen Golf Course, designed in the mid-90’s when Faldo was with IMG, emerged last month as rebranded Flora Ville Golf and Country Club. The new facilities are first class, and while the golf course could be better, it's vastly more playable than a few years back. The management is certainly on the right track which is a good sign of things to come.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Welcome, The second 54-hole golf facility in Vietnam is open. With the new Kings Course, BRG King’s Island ties Phoenix Golf Club as the currently largest operating golf facility in the country. Moreover, the Nicklaus designed King’s Course looks to be the best of the three tracks on the island, at least by the images. I plan to get up to Hanoi in September and have a hit, but if anyone has played the King’s Course, please drop me a line. I would love to hear your feedback.

Singapore

Most announcements from Singapore these days are about the closing of golf courses to make way for housing, all of which breaks my heart. However, here’s some good news for a change. Golfplan is breaking ground on a total makeover of Seletar Country Club. Golfplan was the original designer at Sentosa Golf Club’s award-winning Serapong Course. Built in 1991, Seletar Country Club is in the northern part of the island beside the Seletar Reservoir. New hole routing will allow for better land management, and new turf will improve playability. Stay tuned for progress reports.

 

GOLF DESTINATION REVIEW: Dalat

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 the cities, beaches and where cool temperatures 16-26C are enjoyable all year round...

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FEATURED GOLF COURSE AND HOTEL

The Dalat at 1200 Country Club

The Dalat at 1200 Country Club is situated 15 minutes from the Dalat Airport. The combined effort of Peter Rousseau (P&Z design) and Kyi Hla Han (Asian Tour), the alpine course is sprawled across 2,100 acres of a hilly pine tree forest with a 450-acre natural spring-fed lake at its center. The fresh alpine air, hilly surrounds and temperate weather give the site a mountainous feel more reminiscent of Switzerland than Vietnam. The Dalat at 1200 was the first course in Vietnam to officially host the KLPGA in 2015 where over 100 female professional players competed.

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Swiss-Belresort Tuyen Lam

Located at Dalat Central Highland and surrounded by the hills, Swiss-Belresort Tuyen Lam offers an exceptional experience for golfers who are looking for a nice resort with fresh air, comfortable rooms, good breakfast and international cuisine. Spacious king-sized bedrooms, en suite bathrooms with shower and bathtub ensure that all guests have good time during their stay. The great view to the SAM Tuyen Lam Golf Resort - the 18-hole golf course from the balconies of all rooms - is one of the plus points of this resort. Golfers can easily reach the course by the resort’s buggy for a quick round of golf.

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GOLF TOURNAMENT CALENDAR

AccorHotels Vietnam World Masters

9 - 15 Sep. 2018

Mercure Pattaya Singles Golf Week

16 - 22 Sept. 2018

Shangri-La Chiang Mai Golf Week

28 Oct. - 2 Nov. 2018

GOLF TOURNAMENT SPECIALS

Pattaya Singles Golf Week

At the Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Golf Week, you will join a community of solo golf travelers who share your passion and thirst for golf, travel and fun!

Play four of Pattaya’s top golf courses. Experience Pattaya’s natural beauty, attractions and culture with organized tours or get your heart racing with adrenalin-fueled activities.

There’s an extensive prize table, quality gift pack, sensational lucky draw prizes and the nightly parties and entertainment are great fun.

At the heart of the event’s success is the camaraderie developed among participants.

Newsletter Special Only: Register before 15 July and play one extra round of golf including cart, caddie and transfers worth THB 6,000 per person.

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Shangri-La Golf Championship

At the Shangri-La Chiang Mai 2 Ball Golf Championship you will play as a team of 2. This popular competition format includes best ball, ambrose and aggregate events.

Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort, Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai & Gassan Legacy Golf Club will give you the ultimate golfing experience. You will be spoiled by Thailand’s friendly caddies.

The 5* Shrangi-La Hotel Chiang Mai is perfectly located in walking distance to nearby bars, restaurants & local attractions.

Much more than a golf tournament, there is fancy dress fun, lively social events and entertainment every night.

Newsletter Special Only: Register before 15 July and stay one extra night at the 5* Shangri-La Chiang Mai worth THB 6,000 per person.

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PRESS RELEASE

Magic Happens at the Centara World Masters

Hua Hin, Thailand, 22 June 2018 — Billed as the biggest and richest tournament for club golfers in all of Asia and again attracting 500 plus players from 27 countries, sharing in US$50,000 in prizes, the Centara World Masters Golf Championship has rightly earned this tagline.

While the numbers are impressive, talking to the players you come to understand this event has a certain magic that makes it both unique and compelling.

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VIDEOS OF THE MONTH

Golf Tips by Ian Morgan

Many Ways to Have Fun...

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

Tom Shea at Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin, Thailand at the Centara World Masters.
View all photos of the tournament here.

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GOLF COURSE MAINTENANCES & CLOSURES

Thailand

Bangkok

Hua Hin

Pattaya

Phuket

Chiang Mai

  • Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai: Course C will be undergoing coring green during 1 June - 31 July. Course A will be undergoing coring green during 1 August - 30 September.

Chiang Rai

Khao Yai

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Vietnam

Danang

Dalat

Hai Phong / Halong Bay

Hanoi

Nha Trang

Saigon

Vung Tau

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Indonesia

Bali

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Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

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Cambodia

Siem Reap

Phnom Penh

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Singapore

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