Dear Golf Travelers,

Welcome to Golf in Asia!Welcome 2017! January marks the beginning of the year and it is one of the most joyous times for Asian golf travelers. The weather is cool (mid-20's centigrade), days are sun-filled, and the golf courses around the region are in the best condition of the year.  The people of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bali are full of smiles whenever they meet with traveling golfers. What better way to welcome in the New Year than an Asian Golf Trip?

Here at Golfasian we're all geared up for the busiest time of the year in golf travel and are ready to put a smile on you too. I hope to see everyone here soon!

As in the past, this newsletter contains original and news breaking stories on the state of golf in Asia as well as provides useful golf course information, unique golf playing tips for Asia's tropical environment, and special golf travel promotions.

With that I wish all golfers a great start to the new year. For those considering a golf trip, the weather is excellent now and a wealth of choices throughout SE Asia are perfectly suited for creating unforgettable golf holiday memories. Tailor-made itineraries fitting your specific needs, expectations and budgets are our specialty. Drop me an email with your request; you will be surprised at the possibilities.

Now for the golf news from around the region.

Mark Siegel
Managing Director of Golfasian


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Golf News from Around the Region
Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand
Royal Bang Pa-In Golf Club
Royal Bang Pa-In Golf Club

This month saw another new Bangkok golf course opening. Royal Bang Pa-In Golf Club is an all-inclusive Lee Schmidt designed course just north of the nation's capital and near to the excellent Bangsai Country Club. The spaceship-looking clubhouse sits at the center between the two nines and upon entering you immediately realize that no expense has been spared here. The course has a huge variety of holes with doglegs in both directions; uphill and downhill par-4's and even an island green par-3. What makes the course standout even more are the solid fairways that facilitate good roll out on well stuck drives. If you are looking for something new, exciting, and of top quality then you can't go wrong at Bang Pa-In.

Thailand   Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai Highlands
Chiang Mai Highlands

Chiang Mai was voted the Asian Golf Destination of the Year at the recent International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) awards ceremony. This is the fifth year that Thailand's golf destinations have been recognised by IAGTO. Pattaya was named Golf Destination of the Year in 2006 and 2010 with Hua Hin receiving the award in 2012 and 2014. Destination winners are chosen by tour operator members from around the world. Chiang Mai now joins the ranks of Thailand's other awarded golf destinations due to the excellent availability of top quality courses, world-class facilities, 365 day-a-year golf season, and range of après golf attractions.

Vietnam   Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Long Thanh Golf Club
Long Thanh Golf Club

I recently visited Ho Chi Minh City and had the opportunity to play Twin Doves Golf Club and Long Thanh Golf Club. The former is a 27-hole layout and probably the best manicured in the area. The club used to be completely private, but recently has opened tee times for visitor play. The clubhouse reeks of a members' only facility with impeccable first-class amenities throughout. Long Thanh is an older 36-hole track. Previously, I recommended playing the original Hill Course due to the excellent views back toward Saigon. However, this time I played the Lake Course and enjoyed it equally. The Chinese-styled starter's hut, kiosks and pagodas on the course make for great Kodak moments. Moreover, playing conditions and green speeds here were as good as it gets. If you can't decide between the two, then include both in any Ho Chi Minh City golf package!


Vietnam   Nha Trang, Vietnam
Cam Ranh Bay Golf Club
Cam Ranh Bay Golf Club

The new Cam Ranh Bay Golf Club's construction is progressing and Nha Trang's third golf course should be open this year.  The Greg Norman designed course is his third seaside links course in Vietnam. BRG Danang Golf Club and The Bluffs, Ho Tram Strip are the other two.  The unique crescent shaped beach site is bordered to the north and south by huge peninsulas that provide shelter from wind. This will make for excellent balance of playability and challenge so golfers don't have to battle the wind on every hole. With its long sandy coastline, Vietnam has some of the best dune sites for golf in the world. Once open, I am sure Cam Ranh Bay Golf Club will rank right up there with the other signature golf courses in the country and significantly elevate the popularity of golf in Nha Trang. Stay tuned!

Indonesia   Bali, Indonesia
Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort
Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, Bali, Indonesia

Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort was named the Best Luxury Golf Resort in Southeast Asia at the World Luxury Hotel Awards and third Best Golf Resort in Asia Pacific at the Asia Golf Conference. Both awards reinforce the resort's leading position in the region. The attached Greg Norman designed Nirwana Bali Golf Club is a mature layout that still ranks as the most scenic in Bali and a must-play for any golfing visitors.

Centara World Masters
Pattaya 2 Ball

New 2017 Super Saver Golf Specials

Asia Golf Week

For all the golfers out there that made their New Year's Resolution to play more golf, we have just the answer!!

Asia Golf Weeks kicks off 2017 with a bang with Hua Hin and Pattaya each hosting a 6 night & 4 round event.

Amari hotels have come to the party as well with a free THB 2000 voucher to use at either hotel, as you see fit (that's a lot of free Singha or Changs!)

Book and finalise your package no later than 16th January to secure your THB 2000 voucher. (Only 50 vouchers available).

If you book you and your friend at the same time, we will also throw in one of our great Boston bags with your name embroidered on it.

We have 12 group tours throughout the year and details of these events can be found on the Asia Golf Week website.

If you would like to book one of our events, or have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

Golf in Myanmar

My name is Catherine Capozzi, and I'm from the golfer heaven state of Arizona in the US. Now, I live with my husband in India. Despite growing up in a place renowned for golf, I can't say I'm very good at the sport: we don't belong to any golf club, and the extent of our practice involves playing 9-hole courses around sunset at a discount. Nonetheless, my husband and I have made a concerted effort to improve our swing every time we go back to visit Arizona in the winter. And in this case, we decided to bring our burgeoning love of golf with us on vacation to Myanmar.

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Hua Hin, Thailand

Hua Hin, Thailand

Hua Hin is the cradle of golf in Thailand. As one of Thailand's oldest resorts, Hua Hin was discovered in the early 1920's by King Rama VII and soon became a favorite of the Royal family and Thailand's upper-class.

Hua Hin is located 2 hours from Bangkok by four-lane highway, on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand. It is one of the highest quality and most convenient golfing destinations in Thailand. There are 8 golf courses located within 20 minutes of downtown Hua Hin, and another 5 golf courses easily reachable in the neighboring provinces. Black Mountain and Banyan are 2 examples of leading Hua Hin golf courses.
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Black Mountain Golf Club

Golfers travelling to Hua Hin are spoiled to play two of Asia's Best golf courses, Black Mountain Golf Club & Banyan Golf Club.

Black Mountain was transformed from lush jungle and pineapple plantations and is located around 25 minutes west of Hua Hin. It is set in a valley surrounded by large black granite rock-covered mountains. In 2014 Black Mountain hosted The Thailand Classic, the first European Tour event to be staged in Thailand. The Thailand Classic, held also in 2015 and 2016, is now a major fixture on the European and Asian Tours.

Built among a former pineapple plantation, Banyan Golf Club opened in October 2008. Immediately following, the course was awarded 2009 Best New Course in Asia Pacific by the readers of Asian Golf Monthly. Since then Banyan Golf Club course, clubhouse, and staff have consistently claimed 'Top 3 in Asia' awards and have been featured in the 'Rolex Top 1000' in the World.

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Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin is the original Railway Hotel built in 1923 for Thai and visiting royalty and restored to its old colonial glory in 2005. It is set among tropical gardens on a 4 mile beach in the center of Hua Hin.

The central Hua Hin location makes it a perfect base for a golf holiday as all Hua Hin golf courses are located within 25 minutes of the Centara. Dining is available in 5 on-site restaurants, 3 bars, and a tea room or at any of the 6 swimming pools.

The annual Centara World Masters Golf Championship is hosted at this fine resort. Golfers are invited to sign up to the event quickly as spots are limited. Visit for more information on the event.

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Complete Hua Hin Golf Vacation

Complete Hua Hin Golf Vacation

Stay at a Hua Hin beach resort and play the 6 best Hua Hin golf courses over an incredible 10 days. Hua Hin's golf courses are close to the main beach resorts, so you can golf in the morning and relax in the afternoon on the beach or by the swimming pool. How about a daily Thai massage to sooth those golf muscles after your round? That can be arranged too!

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To meet your preferences and budget please contact us for further information.

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Thailand  Thailand
Hua Hin
  • Phuket Country Club: Course will be closed on 21 January and on 7 - 8 February for tournaments.
Chiang Mai
Khao Yai
Vietnam  Vietnam
Indonesia  Indonesia
Malaysia  Malaysia
Cambodia  Cambodia
Siem Reap
Phnom Penh
  • Garden City Golf Club: Course will be closed on 14, 21 & 29 January and on 11 & 25 February for tournaments.
Singapore  Singapore
Amari Hua Hin Amateur
Golf Week -
March 2017
Hua Hin,
12 - 18
March, 2017
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Amari Pattaya Amateur
Golf Week -
March 2017
19 - 25
March, 2017
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Centara World Masters Golf Championship -
Hua Hin,
11 - 17
June, 2017
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Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort 2 Ball Golf Championship -
June 2017
18 - 24
June, 2017
[find out more]
Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship -
August 2017
13 - 19
August, 2017
[find out more]
Hua Hin Properties
Fabulous Modern Luxury Pool Villa Nnear Beach

Fabulous Modern Luxury Pool Villa Nnear Beach Extremely modern 5 star luxury villa on generous land plot in a recently completed development near beautiful beaches – full of high-tech features and ideal for those that have reached a level in life where it's time to kick back and enjoy luxurious living! This home has been custom designed to incorporate the best quality equipment for eco-friendly, high comfort and sustainable living; solar electricity, automatic sun blinds, CCTV, inverter a/c, integrated sound system, gym, office, double guesthouse, ample storage and much more. Easy access to all amenities and with the benefit of low running costs and maintenance. Contact us for more info.

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What makes Nikanti Golf Club an unusual golf course?

What makes Nikanti Golf Club an unusual golf course?

It seems like the golf architect Pirapon Namatra (Ope) of Golf East listened quite a lot to Tina Turner's famous song ‘Break every rule' when he designed Nikanti Golf ClubAsia's first 18 hole, par 72 golf course comprising three six-hole layouts each with two par-threes, two par-fours and two par-fives. Thailand's 291st golf course was opened in May 2014. The Nikanti Golf Club is almost adjacent to Suwan Golf Club.

When Pirapon Namatra (the designer of Banyan Club and part of the construction company responsible for Siam Country Club's new Siam Waterside) invented and implemented his ‘triple-six' concept, he introduced a new distribution of par-3, par-4 and par-5 holes.

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Golfing Tips

Laser It!

Thailand Caddies

Of course caddies are compulsory in Thailand and from a technical standpoint some are superb at providing distances to the pin, even allowing for the wind or elevation of the green. But that's not always the case so why not invest in a laser range finder, perhaps even buying one in Thailand; they can be found at decent prices at Thanya Plaza Golf Complex next to the Metro station Sala Daeng.

In Thailand they are even legal in amateur competition provided they don't have a slope function. So if you don't want to rely exclusively on the caddie, bring a rangefinder with you and make thing easier on the two of you so you can concentrate on holing putts.

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