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June 2018 Edition

Dear Golf Travelers,

Welcome to the June 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.

Summer 2018 in Northern Hemisphere will begin on Thursday, June 21. For us, it is the greenest season and the time for great golf, beautiful scenery, and to enjoy all of the Asian golf destinations at rates less than usual. Check out our special offers and golf packages, and you will see what I mean.

June is also tournament month. Thailand’s marquee golf event for amateur golfers, the Centara World Masters, is a sell-out for the fifth straight year. The Mercure Pattaya Two-Ball Tournament the week after also sold out. Thanks to those who registered. I look forward to seeing you at one or both events.

For those who could not make it, we have launched more boutique golf events which still have availability. September will see the Accor Vietnam World Masters and Mercure Pattaya Singles Week events. Then in October, the inaugural Shangri La Chaing Mai Two-Ball Championship comes to Chiang Mai. The uber-luxury Shangri-la Chiang Mai Resort will be the event host venue for the most elaborate event we have ever staged. This event will be hot! All tournament & event details are here.

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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Great news for European golfers thinking about a Vietnam golf holiday! The central Vietnam government has decided to extend visa waivers for visitors from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain until 2021. The maximum allowable stay is 15 days per entry, applicable to all kinds of passports and travel purposes. Currently, citizens from 17 countries can travel to Vietnam without visa’s, and more countries will be added to the list as Vietnam places more and more emphasis on tourism.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Welcome to Hilltop Valley Golf Club; a new 36-hole IMG designed golf course west of Hanoi in Hoa Binh province. Once opened later in the year, it will offer resort golf among breathtaking scenery of surrounding mountain ranges and the Da River valley. Eventual plans call for a new town with entertainment and commercial centers, hotels, villas, and resorts. The site looks phenomenal from the early construction photos, and Hilltop Valley will be another welcome addition to the Hanoi golf scene.

Krabi, Thailand

Anyone thinking about a Krabi holiday now has a golf course to play. Despite its strange name, and located in and around loads of palm trees, Hula Hula Golf Club has nothing else in common with Hawaii. The pseudo 18-hole layout comprises nine greens and nine fairways with two sets of tees. While not bad for a day off from the beach, Hula Hula can’t hold a candle to with the big named courses on Phuket.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Rebuilding of the greens at Phokeethra Country Club are going well with new Tiff Eagle turf growing in now. Next up are new tee-to-green cart paths. The Siem reap course should be re-open for play by October, though there may be some delay to the clubhouse additions. Once back online, Siem Reap will have two quality courses (the other being Angkor Golf Resort) and become a much stronger golf destination overall.


Phuket is Thailand’s biggest island and commonly referred to as the “Pearl of the Andaman”.

The island is blessed with magnificent coves and bays, clear waters and some of the world’s finest beaches. The best beaches and the most popular are on the west coast in the resorts of Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala, Surin Nai Harn, Bang Thao and Mai Khao.

Patong Beach is undoubtedly the epicenter of Phukets entertainment scene with its wealth of bars, clubs, live music and cabaret shows, but there is still plenty to discover in other areas such as Phuket Town with its Sino-Portuguese architecture, small bars, clubs and great Thai restaurants.

The island itself has eight golf courses with a variety of challenges to suit every golfer from the highly rated and spectacular Red Mountain, the championship test of Blue Canyon to the well manicured resort course of Laguna Phuket.

Another popular addition to the golfing scene in Phuket are the Golf Academies where you can learn to play golf in a relaxed atmosphere whether it’s on the range or a playing lesson with one of qualified PGA professionals.

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Laguna Golf Phuket

Laguna Golf Phuket features a resort golf course with pleasant breezes from the Andaman Sea. The Phuket golf course not too demanding and reflects the natural beauty and tropical surroundings of Bang Tao Bay. Phuket Golf Laguna is set on a valley floor overlooked by low wooded hills and marsh lands. The Phuket golf course was re-designed in 2014 and now the Laguna Golf Phuket is more challenging.

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The Nap Patong

Without doubt our most popular hotel for golfers this season in Phuket. The Nap Patong hotel is just a short stroll away from bustling capital of Phukets nightlife and only a couple of minutes walk to the beach but a good night's sleep is guaranteed in this quiet little haven in the resort of Patong. The hotel offer 86 rooms and 5 villas and all the modern amenities such as high speed internet, LCD TV and electronic safety box.

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Centara World Masters Golf Championship

10 - 16 June 2018

Mercure Pattaya 2 Ball Golf Championship

17 - 23 June 2018

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


Shangri-La Chiang Mai 2 Ball Golf Championship Puts Northern Thailand in the Spotlight

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 23 May 2018 — The Shangri-La Chiang Mai 2 Ball Golf Championship is a must play event for golfers wanting the best of everything. Golfers will experience Thailand’s rich culture, tantalising food, luxury spas and generous hospitality. Chiang Mai’s mountainous terrain and valleys has enabled renowned golf course designers to build breathtakingly beautiful golf resorts. Just as impressive as the courses is the pampering you get from the knowledgeable and well-trained caddies.

The Shangri-La Chiang Mai Golf Championship is a collaboration between Australian based Go Golfing and Thailand’s Golfasian. This powerhouse partnership delivers Asia’s biggest and richest tournaments as well as boutique events like this one.

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Melissa Bensley & Friends at Palm Hills Golf Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand



Thailand's Rainy Season - How Does it Affect Our Golf?

Thailand’s rainy season runs from approximately May to November when it gives way to the cool season ending in the particular hot and humid month of April. Both terms are slightly misleading (we will deal with rainy) given Thailand has a tropical climate so temperatures are generally high throughout the year although the high ground in the north around Chiang Mai can produce genuinely frigid weather.

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Golf tips for playing in Thailand

Okay so you’ve heard some pretty awesome things about playing golf in Thailand! For most it is a life changing experience and not just a holiday! From Santiburi in the North to Red Mountain in the South each course is different and uniquely designed! However there are some things that remain constant in this great game...

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Hua Hin

  • Banyan Golf Club: Course will be closed during 14-15 June for the Centara World Masters Golf Championship. Course will be closed during 23-24 June for a tournament. Course will be undergoing coring green and top dressing during 9-18 July.
  • Black Mountain Golf Club: Course will be closed during 14-15 June for the Centara World Masters Golf Championship. The East Course will be closed for maintenance from 18 June - 18 October.
  • Lake View Resort & Golf Club: Course will be closed during 11-12 June for the Centara World Masters Golf Championship.
  • Royal Hua Hin Golf Course: Course will be closed on 23 June for a tournament.
  • Sea Pines Golf Course: Course will be closed during 23-24 June for a tournament.
  • Springfield Royal Country Club: Course will be closed during 11-12 June for the Centara World Masters Golf Championship.


  • Greenwood Golf & Resort: The A course will be closed for coring green during 1 April - 20 August, C course during 1 July - 30 September.
  • Khao Kheow Country Club: Course will be closed on 15 and 22 June for tournaments.
  • Laem Chabang Country Club: Course will be closed during 20-21 June for a tournament.
  • Pattana Golf Club & Resort: Course will be closed on 24 June for a tournament.


Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai

  • Santiburi Chiang Rai Country Club: Course will be undergoing hole maintenance for holes 10-18 during 21 May - 23 June and holes 1-18 during 27 August - 20 October. Course will be closed on 24 June for a tournament.

Khao Yai





Hai Phong / Halong Bay


Nha Trang


  • Long Thanh Cold Club: Lake course will be undergoing coring green (holes 10-18) during 4-20 June and (holes 1-9) during 18 June - 7 July.

Vung Tau

  • The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip: Course will be undergoing coring green during 18-21 June. Course will hold the Ho Tram Player Championship during 6-9 December.






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