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Asian Golf Nation - May 2011

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Dear Travel Partners & Golf Travelers,

Thailand GolfWelcome to the latest issue of the Asian Golf Nation, the source for news breaking information about golf in Indochina. Once again it's time for me to let you know what going on in golf across the region. In addition, featured courses/resorts, unique golf playing tips, announcements of golf travel promotions, and our latest subscription offer are all integral parts of today's newsletter.

I would like to wish you a joyous and prosperous Thai New Year. Thailand's New Year; Songkran, is the most festive occasion for Thai people. While renowned worldwide for its great celebrations, Songkran stems from ancient traditions that are still observed today. It is a time for great golf and entertainment with family and friends. Happy Thai New Year to golfers worldwide!

Golf tourist arrivals to Asian are on the increase. Thailand and Vietnam in particular are experiencing sharp rises in golf visitor arrivals for the four two months of 2011. This is a good sign that the word is getting out that Thailand remains the best-valued premium golf destination worldwide, with Vietnam a close second. Add to this excellent service and cultural diversity and you have the makings of a golf holiday beyond expectations. In fact, check out our special offers and golf festival packages and you will see exactly what I mean.

Of course there are lots of 'happenings' around the region so with that, I invite you to enjoy this edition of the Asian Golf Nation.

Golf news from around the region:

*Chiang Rai GolfChiang Rai: CORRECTION: The new golf course reported in the April Asian Golf Nation is WRONG! The correct information is: Chiang Rai's new golf course, Happy City Golf Club (ed. The name is for real, no kidding!) and is being built by Korean investors. The 29 hole layout (ed. Don't ask me why!) is 14 km from Chiang Rai. The course was shaped by Al Tikkanen (same as Riverdale Golf Club) and grass is now being grown-in. Happy City Golf Club should be ready for play by years end. Stay tuned for me information and "happy" updates.

Chiang Mai: The Chiang Mai Golf Festival is in effect until June 30. Green fees of 800 baht (approx. 20 euros) are being offered at all courses for all golfers! This is great news for golfers looking for a superb Thai golfing experience at a price too good to be true!

*Vietnam GolfHanoi: Dai Lai Star Golf & Country Club is the latest international standard golf course to open in Hanoi. The course from the same owner as Chi Linh Star is only 40 km from the center of Hanoi, making it the second closest course to the city after Van Tri. Natural surroundings at the base of Ngoc Thanh Mountain and around the Dai Lai Lake have been incorporated in the golf course design. A variety of terrains and elevation changes make for some great holes. The facilities and club house are first class making Dai Lai a good choice for any Hanoi golf holidaymaker.

Remember if you want to get regular updates about golf in Asia then sign-up for uninterrupted email delivery of this newsletter. In addition, all persons signing up will automatically receive the latest "Thailand Golf Insider Tips" special report.

Also, GOLFASIAN have secured special deals with over 200 golf courses and 850 hotels in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Cambodia and can offer you the very best service and rates. Please contact us for details of your request at [email protected]. Whatever your budget and preferred style of travel, we are glad to suggest a golf package to meet your needs.

Until the next newsletter, happy golfing!

Mark Siegel
Managing Director of Golfasian


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*Featured Golf Course - Banyan Golf Club

Banyan Golf ClubBuilt among a pineapple plantation, Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin opened in October 2008. The course provides for spectacular mountain and ocean views from most all of the holes and is one of the best layouts in the area. In fact Banyan Golf Club won the 2009 Best New Golf Course in Asia as voted for by the readers of Asian Golf Monthly.

Each hole has 6 tee boxes making the course more or less challenging depending on each golfers abilities and tee selection. Strategically placed water hazards, waste bunkers, and sand traps are spread out throughout the course. Significant use of native pineapple groves make local 'fruits' come into play if you stray too far off most fairways. [Read More about one of Thailand's Best Golf Courses]

* Featured Resort - Marriott Resort & Spa Hua Hin

Marriott Resort & Spa Hua HinThe Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa is conveniently located within walking distance to town directly on the Gulf of Thailand. The architecture of the golf resort is traditional Thai. Pleasant sea breezes flow through the open-air lounges and restaurants. The Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa is a luxurious golf resort that provides a perfect balance of luxury and convenience. [Find out more about one of Thailand's Best Hotels]

* Press Release - Matteo Manessero Loves Asia!

Matteo Manessero Loves Asia2011 has been a wonderful year for Matteo Manassero, the Italian wonder kid, and it's still only April.

He has already played in the States, the Middle East, Europe and in Asia, and has just broken into the World's top 50 by winning the Maybank Malaysian Open 2011 in Kuala Lumpur.

He was one of the first pros to arrive at the KLGCC, and managed to play three times before the tournament started. His preparations obviously paid off with a winner's cheque for Euros 288,465 as a reward for all his hard work. [Read more]

* 2011 Golfasian Amateur Golf Tournaments

2011 Golfasian Amateur Golf Week TournamentsCHIANG MAI GOLF WEEK
Explore the beautiful Northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai.

From 29th October to 4th November 2011, play and discover the best golf courses in Chiang Mai: Summit Green Valley Chiang Mai Golf Club, Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club, Mae Jo Golf Club, Alpine Golf Resort, Chiang Mai Highlands Golf Club. Chiang Mai offers an unbelievable choice from integrated golf resorts to boutique resorts in the center of the town. For those who enjoy other treasures as well you won't be disappointed. Chiang Mai offers its visitors a city rich in culture, spas, massage, crafts, temples and natural beauty.

The full programme is now available on-line and the registrations are open.
For more information contact us at: [email protected]

Discover the best of Hua Hin!

Thailand Team Amateur ChampionshipThis first edition will take place in Hua Hin from 26 November to 3rd December 2011, the most and traditional Thai holiday resort, situated 200 km south of Bangkok.

The 3 golf courses we selected are simply great! Black Mountain Golf Club, site of the Asian Tours "Black Mountain Masters" 2009 and 2010, plus the 2011 "Royal Trophy". Banyan Golf Club won top prestigious golf awards at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit 2010. Springfield Royal Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1993, has long been one of Thailand's most popular golf courses.

The full programme is now available on-line and the registrations are open.
Visit our website: For more information contact us at: [email protected]

* Special Offer - Chiang Mai Long Weekend Golf Escape

Chiang Mai Long Weekend Golf Escape Chiang Mai has become one of Southeast Asia's best golf destination in recent years. Great golf, excellent hotels and restaurants catering to all budgets and tastes, friendly people, unbeatable value for money, easy flight connections and lots more, the 'Rose of the North' has it all!

Price (based on 4 golfers, twin sharing)

  • with 3 star accommodation = from 11,400 thb / person including all taxes
  • with 4 star accommodation = from 13,500 thb / person including all taxes
  • with 5 star accommodation = from 14,700 thb / person including all taxes
  • valid for bookings confirmed by May 31, 2011 for travel dates through August 31, 2011
    packages are fully customizable - please inquire for custom quotes

[Read more]

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It's not all golf you know.....well almost

Thailand Golf BlogGolf for many of us is a very serious addiction. We have to have our regular fix!

Come rain or shine, business meetings or trade exhibitions, we will make all the excuses needed to arrange that very crucial meeting which just happens to clash.

That is our 'speak' for sod it I am going to play a round of golf anyway.

Read more about "It's not all golf you know.....well almost:

Other golf stories can be found at the Thailand Golf Zone where there are over 500 other original articles dealing exclusively with golf in Asia and golf travel.

I would love to hear about any golf tips that any of you may have developed for getting the maximum enjoyment from your golf trips, and can incorporate some in future articles. Therefore if you have any golf tips or suggestions you would like to share, please let me know by dropping me an email.

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RSS Golfing Tips - Custom Fitted Clubs and Their Importance

Thailand GolfWith dozens of grips, hundreds of heads and thousands of shafts making for literally millions of club combinations, more of us are turning to custom fitters to make sense of the equipment minefield.

It is a fact that 90 per cent of golfers are playing either the wrong clubs and shafts, or inappropriate specifications for their game. Out of every ten golfers, nine will probably need non-standard lie angles; six will need non-standard shaft lengths – maybe as much as two inches extra; while nine will also be playing the wrong shaft flex – usually too stiff. Everybody has a different physique, or a different style or speed of swing and yet the club manufacturers try to cover the broad spectrum of the market so what is the chance of getting the clubs that are exactly right for you! [Read the entire Golf Tips Article]

If you have any other questions regarding golf tips to help you with your game email us at [email protected] and we will reply in upcoming newsletters

For more golf tips visit

* Meet Golfasian at these Trade/Roadshows

-Golfasian has a full schedule of tradeshows and roadshows during the next few months.

You can find us at the following exhibitions:

  • May 18 - 21, 2011 - IAGTO North American Convention (Monterey, California)
  • June 21- 27, 2011 - Golf Media FAM Trip - Australian Market - (Bangkok, Khao Yai, Chiang Mai)
  • November 14 - 17, 2011 - IGTM (Belek, Antalya, Turkey)

Arrange an appointment with Mark Siegel, MD of Golfasian, at one of these exhibits.

* About Us & Contacts

Golfasian Co., Ltd.

GolfasianIf any reader would like to suggest a topic to be covered or better yet contribute materials, photos, or even commissions an article please contact me by e-mail, I welcome the help.


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