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July 2019 Edition

Dear Golf Travelers,

Welcome to the July 2019 issue of the Asian Golf Nation, the source for news breaking information about golf in Asia. Also, unique golf playing tips for Indochina’s tropical environment, announcements of golf travel promotions, and our latest subscription offer are all integral parts of today’s newsletter.

As an American living in Asia, people often ask me if I miss the USA. For the most part, the answer is no. However, one thing I do miss is American Independence Day or the 4th of July. Great cook-outs, a baseball game, or the annual family trip to the lakehouse just can't be duplicated outside of the USA. To all my fellow Americans a happy 243rd birthday this July 4th. Have a great weekend, on and off the golf course.

This time of the year, most of our tropical golf destinations like Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, and Phnom Penh are well into their rainier months of the year. Rain means a heavy downpour around 3:00 PM each day. While rain and golf are generally incongruent, the afternoon showers only last for only an hour or so. At other times of the day, the skies are sunny and the golf courses inviting for play. Green fees are also at their yearly lowest, which is always a good thing for visiting golfers.

Everyone wants that special golf trip for their holidays. Whether it’s playing a ranked course or one seen on television, making friends with locals, or visiting hidden gems and the hottest nightlife, Golfasian will create for you an authentic 24/7 golf experience available to take your golf trip way past what any online travel agent or booking site can offer.

Moreover, at Golfasian, we believe that not all quality experiences have to be expensive to be authentic. Just the opposite. Some of our most popular packages include some of the least expensive golf and hotels in Asia. Nevertheless, our team understands that matching your interests and budgets to inspirational golfing destinations is what matters most when it comes to creating a trip that works for you and one that will get you on your way to golf holiday perfection.

Finally, thanks to your support, Golfasian remains Asia's top golf tour operator. Your recognition of our exceptional service and excellent value of our tours and tournaments are just a few of the points that set us apart.

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

Mark Siegel
Managing Director

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GOLF NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION

Phuket, Thailand

Construction of a new 18-hole layout is progressing well at Aquella Golf Resort and Country Club on the site of the former Thai Muang Golf Club, north of Phuket and devastated in the 2015 tsunami.

The layout on gently undulating land focuses on playability and scenery. Many of the holes have views of the Andaman Sea. Construction started last year, and earthworks, drainage, and irrigation work are in progress.

The entire course calls for Platinum Paspalum grassing with a mid-2020 opening target. It's good to see the former Thai Muang come back to life. Aquella is certainly going to raise the standard of golf in this relatively lesser known part of the southern Thailand mainland.

Danang, Vietnam

Shaping and earthworks have started on the second nine of the Nicklaus Course at BRG Da Nang Golf Resort. The first nine of the Nicklaus course opened in early 2018, offering a marked contrast in style to the 18 holes Dunes Course – designed by Greg Norman. The second nine holes are adjacent to the Coco River and lie in the lowest part of the property away from the main clubhouse. Water comes into play on most of the holes, though fairways are generously wide. Concrete wood-simulated timber embankments surround the greens and several teeing areas. Once completed in late-2019 the 7,200-yard course will be a strong test for even the longest hitters. The entire 18-holes are floodlight making BRG Danang the second Da Nang golf course, after Ba Na Hills, to offer night golf.

Yangon, Myanmar

The award-winning and Gary Player designed Pun Hlaing Golf Club has opened its golf resort. Awei Metta Hotel is a 4-star property which overlooks the golf course and has great views of the finishing hole on each nine. The resort is a good option for those preferring to stay on-site and avoid the worst of Myanmar’s capital; the rush-hour traffic. With four courses and the Yangon International Airport nearby, golf in Yangon just became that much easier. The best months to play Pun Hlaing is in the drier and cooler season starting in November. Now is a perfect time to plan.

GOLF DESTINATION REVIEW: Singapore

A personal destination review from Andy Johnson General Manager, Sentosa Golf Club.

I moved over to Singapore 10 years ago from Jupiter, Florida to assist Sentosa with some agronomy inputs and at the same time further my career in golf course design, construction and agronomy consultation management, and to be honest I’ve never looked back. I love everything about Singapore, from the food and the people, to the diversity of business and leisure on offer. It’s such a multi-cultural and vibrant city and to me the location is the centre of Asia’s financial district. In some ways it feels like Asia’s version of New York city.

Plus, I have a very special connection with the island resort in Singapore, called Sentosa. This is where I am proud to have spent the last 10 years, working at a place I love, Sentosa Golf Club, one of Asia’s pre-eminent golfing destinations.

Read the Full Destination Review

FEATURED GOLF COURSE & RESORT

Sentosa Golf Club,
Serapong Course

The Sentosa Golf Club, Serapong Course is a challenging par-72 and was awarded the 'Number 1 Championship Golf course in Asia' by Asian Golf Monthly in 2007 and 'Best Golf Course in Singapore' by Golf Digest in 2009.

It ranks number 79 among the world’s best golf courses, one of the top five championship courses in Asia, and home of the Singapore Open.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore is a truly luxurious hotel with an unique structure designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Kevin Roche. The hotel has a stunning art collection and provides magnificent views from every single modern designed guest room. The hotel is situated in the heart of Marina Bay and only a short walk away from Art & Science Museum and Esplanade and much more.

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FEATURED GOLF PACKAGE

Singapore Golf, Shopping & Sightseeing Package

Combine the best Singapore has to offer with golf, a trip to the latest tourist attraction, Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Bay Skypark, while also indulging in some retail therapy at the famous Orchard road shopping strip.

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GOLF TOURNAMENT CALENDAR

AccorHotels Vietnam
World Masters

8 - 14 Sep. 2019

Mercure Pattaya
Men's Open Golf Week

15 - 21 Sep. 2019

Pattaya
Open

18 - 21 Mar. 2020

Amari Hua Hin
Skins Golf Week

21 - 26 Mar. 2020

Centara World Masters
Golf Championship

7 - 13 Jun. 2020

AVANI Pattaya 2 Ball
Golf Championship

14 - 20 Jun. 2020

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VIDEO OF THE MONTH

Das Nambiar about his experience at the 6th Centara World Masters Golf Championship.
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RENTAL CLUBS

Golfasian is now offering rental clubs to golfers travelling to Asia.

Due to popular demand and in an effort to make the golf holiday travel experience easier, Golfasian is now offering a wide variety of golf rental sets for both ladies & men in various locations in Thailand and Vietnam.

Contact us today to reserve rental clubs for your next Asia golf holiday.

 

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GOLF COURSE MAINTENANCES & CLOSURES

Thailand

Bangkok

 

Hua Hin

  • Banyan Golf Club: Course will be closed during 29-30 November and 5-7 December for a tournament.
  • Black Mountain Golf Club: The North Course will be undergoing annual maintenance during 1 - 31 July.
  • Royal Hua Hin Golf Course: Course will be closed on 1-7 & 27 July, 7 September and 31 October - 8 November for tournaments.

Pattaya

Phuket

Chiang Mai

  • Mae Jo Golf Club: Course will be closed on 17 June and 28 September for tournaments.

Khao Yai

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Vietnam

Danang

  • Ba Na Hills Golf Club: Course will be undergoing fairway renovations during 17 June - 3 July, greens renovation during 1-7 July, fairway aerification during 8-22 July and greens renovation during 5-12 August.
  • BRG Da Nang Golf Resort: The Ocean Course (B) will be undergoing coring greens during 8-11 July. The Dunes Course (A) will be undergoing coring greens during 22-25 July. The Nicklaus Course (C) will be undergoing coring greens during 12-15 August. Course will be holding the Vietnam World Masters on 12 September.
  • Laguna Golf Lang Co: Course will be holding the Angsana Open during 23-24 August, the Cobra Puma Golf Pro Am during 20-22 September and the Laguna Lang Co Invitational during 1-2 November.

Dalat

Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh City

Nha Trang

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Indonesia

Bali

  • Bali National Golf Club: Course will be closed during 14 September and 14-15 October for tournaments.
  • Handara Golf & Resort: Course will be closed on 20 July, 18-19 August, 19-20 October, 2 November & 14 December for tournaments.
  • New Kuta Golf: Course will be closed on 17 August, 5 October, 9-10 November and 14 December for tournaments.
  • Nirwana Bali Golf Club: Course will be closed until 31 July 2020 for major renovation.

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Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

  • Glenmarie Golf & Country Club: The Valley Course will be closed on 14 July for a tournament. The Garden Course will be closed during 24-26 July for a tournament.
  • Kota Permai Golf & Country Club: Course will be closed on 4, 6 & 16 July for a tournament.
  • Kota Seriemas Golf and Country Club: Course will be closed on 6-7 (am), 13 (pm), 20 & 27-28 July for tournaments.
  • Palm Garden Golf Club: Course will be closed on 20-21 (am) & 26-27 (am) July for tournaments.
  • Sungai Long Golf & Country Club: Course will be closed on 16 (am), 18-19 (am), 20 (pm), 24 (am) & 25-26 (pm) July for tournaments.

Malacca

Kota Kinabalu

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Cambodia

Siem Reap

  • Angkor Golf Resort: Course will be closed during 2-4 August for the Angkor Amateur Open 2019. Course will be closed during 25-27 October for the Angkor Intl. Team Championship

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