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March 2020 Edition

Dear Golf Travelers,

Welcome to the March 2020 issue of the Asian Golf Nation, the source for news breaking information about golf in Asia. Also, unique golf playing tips for South East Asia's tropical environment, announcements of golf travel promotions, and our latest tournament offers are all parts of this newsletter.

The coronavirus still dominates the news. My dedicated weekly updates cover relevant travel information and on-the-ground reports so that I won't duplicate the information here. If you have not received the updates, let me know, and I will make sure to send you all the communications.

The year is already moving fast as we are changing seasons from winter to spring. The northern destinations, including Hanoi and Laos, come out from a dreary overcast winter into warmer sunny days and the nicest time for golf. Our other destinations are warming up and starting to get some much-needed rain after a long dry three months. Bangkok and Pattaya have seen their first showers, and the additional water is welcome to replenish golf course supplies and surrounding greenery.

Due to the reduced travel demand, almost all of our suppliers will implement low season rates earlier than normal. From April onwards, rates drop at hotels and golf courses by 50% or more. There will be some extra special deals going out shortly. Inquire here to receive advanced information. Also, our 2020 golf tournament schedule is available to facilitate planning.

Our 2020 Asia Golf Guide, with new golf courses, destination information and things to do has just been finalized and you can get your free copy here.

Until the next month, happy golfing!

Happy Golfing,
Mark Siegel
Managing Director

GOLF DESTINATION REVIEW: Phnom Penh

A personal destination review from Sylvester van Huisstede, Sales & Marketing Manager at Vattanac Golf Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Cambodia, centered between the 2 golfing nations of Thailand and Vietnam, has come a long way in recent years to put themselves on the map as a golf destination. First with Siem Reap where you can play 3 courses close to the world wonder of Angkor Wat and now Phnom Penh establishing itself on the map as the next premier golf destination of the region.

Phnom Penh is one of Asia’s fastest developing cities and has more and more on offer for tourists. International hotel chains have also found their way with Rosewood Hotel who opened their doors recently on top of the city's highest tower, Vattanac Tower, in the center of town.

Along the Mekong river in the center of town is where the nightlife takes place with numerous hotels, (rooftop) bars and restaurants catering food from all over the world. During day time, tours through the city where you pass by the historic colonial French architecture of the city mixed with modern developments gives you a real idea of how the city develops.

Read the Full Destination Review

FEATURED GOLF COURSE & RESORT

Vattanac Golf Resort

Sitting on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Vattanac Golf Resort includes two contrasting Nick Faldo designed 18-hole golf courses located 15 kilometers from the center of Cambodia’s capital. The East Course is publicly accessible, while the West Course is a private members layout. The par-72 East Course plays to over 7,400 yards and through scale models of pre-Angkorean structures including Preah Vihear Temple, Bayon Temple, and Angkor Wat.

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Palace Gate Hotel

The Palace Gate Hotel is located adjacent to the splendors of the Royal Palace and within a short walking distance of the bustling Riverside area of Sisowath Quay. Palace Gate Hotel offers golfers luxurious accommodation in Phnom Penh's most convenient location. The hotel is a restored French colonial villa and dates back to when the French ruled the country. This hotel is a perfect choice for your next Cambodia golf holiday.

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FEATURED GOLF PACKAGE

Best of Cambodia Golf Package

Explore one of golf’s best up-and-coming destinations. Visit the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh and site of the Angkor temples; Siem Reap. Golf at the top golf courses in each location and in between learn about and experience the ancient Khmer sights and culture. Experience this once-in-a-lifetime exotic golf package with all of the comforts!

View the complete tour itinerary

GOLF TOURNAMENT CALENDAR

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

AccorHotels Vietnam
World Masters

13 - 19 Sep. 2020

Mercure Pattaya
Men's Open Golf Week

6 - 12 Sep. 2020

MEET OUR GOLFASIAN TEAM

Meet Bua, Operations Executive at Golfasian:

My name is Bua (which means Lotus Flower) and I was born 30 May 1994 in Bangkok but grew up in Saraburi province. I am an only child and live with my cousin and mother.

I did my undergraduate degree at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, where I studied Science and am now working on a Masters Degree at Chulalongkorn University in Economics.

I have worked at Golfasian for close to 2 years, and have enjoyed every minute of it. The best part of my job is meeting happy golfers who are enjoying all that golf in Thailand has to offer. I don’t play golf yet, but I am working on getting my swing going so hopefully I can join our golfers out there soon.

The country I want to travel to most is Australia, as I know many people from there and it would be great to learn about where they come from and see golf there

Contact Bua

PHOTO OF THE MONTH


 The ARB Cup from Singapore at Loch Palm Golf Club in Phuket.

VIDEO OF THE MONTH


 View the Full Video Here.

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 TIPS

Tips for Planning Your Next Golf Holiday to Asia

A tradition enjoyed by golfers all over the planet! Here are some tips to get the most out of it:

- Look at different destination and time to visit Time of year to travel is Asia will have a big impact. During the rainy season you can take a chance with the cheaper prices or come in High season when the temperatures are lower.

- Choose a great group of people! Is this a fun holiday with friends and family or a seriously competitive trip? Consider the ability of the group, prizes or trophies for each division!

Read More Here!

BEST OF OUR BLOGS

The Thrill of Teeing Off on a New Course

Back home, you get used to playing regularly at your local golf club. Same pairings, same fairways, same challenges, same cold weather, so there are no surprises along those 18 holes.

Therefore, it is not only great fun to take a vacation in a tropical climate, but also it comes with the thrill of playing on completely new and different courses.

Just arriving on the 1st tee at an Asian golf course feels so different. First there are your surroundings, which are completely different from say your average golf course back in Europe.

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GOLF COURSE MAINTENANCES & CLOSURES

Thailand

Bangkok

  • Alpine Golf and Sports Club: Course will be undergoing coring greens during 7-10 April.
  • Lam Luk Ka Country Club: Course will be closed during 15-16 April for Songkran.
  • Nikanti Golf Club: Course will be undergoing maintenance during 1-10 May. Course will be closed on 13-15, 19-22, 25-26 & 28-29 May for the BMW Tournament.
  • Thai Country Club: Course will be undergoing coring greens during 30 March - 7 April and 18 April - 8 May.

 

Hua Hin

  • Banyan Golf Club: Course will be undergoing tees and fairway maintenance as well as coring greens during April.
  • Royal Hua Hin Golf Course: Course will be closed on 21 March for a tournament.
  • Sea Pines Golf Club: Course will be undergoing maintenance during 26-31 March.

Pattaya

Phuket

  • Laguna Golf Phuket: Course will be closed during 2-6 & 11-17 March for tournaments. Course will be undergoing light top dressing during 9-11 March.
  • Phuket Country Club: Course will be closed on 15 March for a tournament. Course will be undergoing maintenance during 21 March - 1 April and 22 & 28-29 April and 20 May.
  • Red Mountain Golf Club: Course will be undergoing green top dressing during 18-20 March.

Chiang Mai

Kanchanaburi

Khao Yai

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Vietnam

Danang

Hanoi

Nha Trang

Ho Chi Minh City

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Indonesia

Bali

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Malaysia

All courses are in good condition.

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Cambodia

Siem Reap

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