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November 2018 Edition

Dear Golf Travelers,

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

Asia’s winter season is officially here with sunny and dry weather. November to March is the very best period climate-wise to golf in Asia, particularly Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. In tandem with the high season, we have expanded our product range to all destinations in South East Asia. Additionally, we see brisk sign-ups for our Spring 2019 golf tournaments - with the details available on our dedicated golf tournament site.

Please be advised that many hotels in popular golf destinations have already closed for bookings over the Christmas to New Year’s period, and quotas are nearly full for as far ahead as February. Golfasian does have room allocations still available, but if you intend to travel it would be best to confirm your needs as soon as possible.

As usual, there are lots of 'happenings' around the region so with that; I invite you to enjoy this edition of the Asian Golf Nation, learn about what's new in golf travel from around the region.

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

Hanoi, Vietnam

The Great White Shark, Greg Norman, has been appointed as tourism ambassador of Vietnam. Ambassador Norman will be responsible for enhancing international golf tourism in Vietnam. He already has designed three of the countries top courses, BRG Danang Golf Club, The Bluffs Ho Tram, and KN Golf Links Cam Ranh. The fourth Norman course in Quang Binh province is under development. These Norman designed courses along with others from many famous designers will see Vietnam continue to grow as a premium destination for worldwide golfers.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A brand new golf course located in Long An province opened for play last month. The former Golden Ponds project is now open as West Lakes Golf & Villas, and it’s the first golf course located in western Ho Chi Minh City.

The courses itself is a Thomson Perret design with lots of clever mounding, strategically placed bunkering and the latest turf varieties. West Lakes plays well and has excellent service, especially for the first course in an otherwise agricultural area.

Khao Lak, Thailand

Southern Thailand is becoming more popular as luxury travelers venture away from the main resorts in Phuket and Samui and gravitate to the less developed areas on the mainland.

The good news is that Phang Nha Province near the resort of Khao Lak now has three golf courses open for play. The first 9-holes at the Japanese designed Kirinara Golf Course is exceptional and a great value-for-money during its current soft opening until years end. An 18-hole round (9-holes two times) is less than USD 40 including caddie and individual golf cart!

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The upgrades at the TPC Kuala Lumpur West Course have completed, and the golf course reopened for play. Renovation work centered around new turfgrass and minor layout modifications to enhance everyday playability. TifEagle Bermuda grass was used on the greens to provide a consistently fast and true putting surface while Celebration Bermuda grass has been planted on all the tee boxes, fairways, and surrounds. Not coincidentally, the new grasses are identical to those at TPC Sawgrass, home to The Players Championship, the PGA Tour’s annual flagship tournament in Jacksonville, Florida USA.

GOLF DESTINATION REVIEW: Kuala Lumpur

A personal destination review from Sara Salsini, Golfasian Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur is undoubtedly one of the most attractive destinations for golfing in South East Asia.

With its extremely well-connected modern International Airport, KL – as Malaysians friendly call their vibrant capital city - is easily reachable from any country, both regionally and globally.

Besides the amazing choice of hotel options, from affordable 3-start properties to enchanting 5-star luxury hotels, visitors will be inspired by KL variety of cultures, architectural styles, attractions, sights, spas, shopping, dining, and nightlife offerings.

Golf lovers here can experience the magnificent array of golfing opportunities, from TPCKL in the city center, to Palm Garden in Putrajaya.

I personally love KL, which has been my home for more than 7 years, both for its fascinating cultural mix, made up of the 3 main ethnic groups and several minorities, and also its amazing food scene, from street food unique delicacies to excellent and internationally renowned fine-dining restaurants.

While the Petronas Towers are perhaps Kuala Lumpur's most impressive attraction, the offer of rooftop bars - with breath-taking views over the city and its surrounding- is just ideal to relax, chill-our an have some entertainment after a long day of sightseeing and/or golfing.

Make your next golf trip to Kuala Lumpur, it’s a stunning unforgettable experience!

Browse our Kuala Lumpur Golf Tours

FEATURED GOLF COURSE AND HOTEL

TPC KL, West Course

TPC Kuala Lumpur (formerly Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club) West Course is the longer and more challenging of two private golf courses at the club located near the heart of Kuala Lumpur's sprawling city center. Designed by architect Robin Nelson and playing to nearly 7,000 yards from the tournament tees, the golf course is set among the Bukit Kiara hillsides and abandoned rock quarries.

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Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur Hotel is a luxury property situated next to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center and gardens of Kuala Lumpur City Park. The hotel offers well-appointed guest rooms that have ceiling-to-floor windows with great views of the Twin Towers and downtown skyline. Golfers staying at the Hyatt can relax, enjoy the swimming pool, fitness center, or onsite spa.

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FEATURED GOLF PACKAE

Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi Golf Holiday

Combine the city with the beach in this popular golf package to Malaysia. Enjoy golf in the buzzling city of Kuala Lumpur and relax in Langkawi at the beautiful beach - In between rounds explore the Malaysian culture and great food. With great hotel options to choose from don't wait any longer and book your Malaysia golf holiday today.

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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

 

 

Pattaya Singles Golf Week

15 - 21 Sep. 2019

PRESS RELEASE

Golfasian Sweeps the Board at World Golf Awards

BANGKOK, Thailand (November 3, 2018) – Asia’s largest golf tour operator, Golfasian, has once again swept the board at the World Golf Awards, scooping a quartet of honors at this year’s event.

The Thailand-based firm, a market leader in golf tourism in Asia since its inception in 1997, has been a star performer at previous installments of the WGA.

Last year, it took first prize in three categories at the prestigious event, held annually at the La Manga Club in southern Spain. The company went one better at this edition of the gala ceremony in Andalucía walking off with four winners’ gongs.

Confirming its status as the region’s most prestigious name in golf tourism, the firm took top honors in the category for Asia’s Best Golf Tour Operator 2018.

In addition, it was named the Best Inbound Tour Operator 2018 for Thailand and Vietnam, the fifth consecutive time it has earned those two titles.

A notable debut was also achieved at this round of the event, with the operator picking up the award for Indonesia’s Best Inbound Golf Tour Operator 2018: the first occasion it has triumphed in that country category.

Read the entire Press Release

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BEST OF THE INTERNET

BEST OF OUR BLOGS

After the 18th Hole in Bangkok

A round of golf usually finishes at the 18th hole at most golf clubs. Then it’s off home for a cup of tea or a hot chocolate before bed. Well one of the pleasures of taking a Bangkok golf holiday is the fun just does not stop at the Bangkok golf course. Bangkok not only has over 60 golf courses, but it is also known globally for its excellent shopping, great cultural attractions, great spa and massage, and of course a wide variety of restaurants and night life.

Read it all here!

GOLF TIPS

A Day in the Life of a Golfasian Golfer

It’s golf day! Your first time in Thailand and your first game! Excitement levels are through the roof! Here is what you can expect…
 
Before you leave, have you packed your change of clothes for after golf? It’s customary here to shower after the game, all of the courses have shower facilities and some better than 5* hotels! Get freshened up after the game, it is well worth it!

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GOLF COURSE MAINTENANCES & CLOSURES

Thailand

Bangkok

Hua Hin

Pattaya

Phuket

  • Loch Palm Golf Club: Course is green top dressing during 14-16 November and verticut green during 20-21 November.
  • Phuket Country Club: Course is undergoing coring green during 6-7 November. Course will be closed on 24 November for a tournament.
  • Red Mountain Golf Club: Course is undergoing coring green during 12-15 November and top dressing during 12-19 November.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai

Khao Yai

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Vietnam

Danang

Dalat

Hai Phong / Halong Bay

Hanoi

  • Sky Lake Resort & Golf Club: Lake course will be closed on 5 November for maintenance. Sky course will be closed on 12 November for maintenance.

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

  • 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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