Dear Golf Travelers,

Welcome to Golf in Asia!Welcome to the May 2017 issue of the Asian Golf Nation, the source for news breaking information about golf in Asia. In addition, unique golf playing tips for Indochina's tropical environment, announcements of golf travel promotions, and our latest subscription offer are all integral parts of today's newsletter.

Asian golf holidays are going from strength to strength in 2017 as the region's popularity among golf travelers continues to grow. Most notably, new destinations with championship golf courses are coming online in Vietnam and Malaysia. Regional golf festivals are being held at all of the main Thailand golf destinations. Add to this, excellent value-for-money hotel rates, world class service, exotic culture, and plentiful nightlife and it's hard to envision anything but unforgettable golf experiences.

On our side we are very busy getting the word out about golf in Asia. This month will see the whole crew attending Asia's largest B2B golf conference in Danang Vietnam, launching of our new web site, as well as the introduction of new products for Asian, Australian, and European golfers. Callum and I will also travel to the Philippines to participate in a regional golf competition. We will do some undercover work to gauge the golf tourism potential, so stay tuned for our Philippines golf trip reports next month.

Back home, final preparations are underway for the Centara World Masters and Pattaya 2Ball golf tournaments in June. Both are all but sold-out; though if you are interested let me know and I will see if we can squeeze you in. Otherwise, the 3rd edition of the Vietnam World Masters is taking place in August in Danang. This will be followed by two Thai Amateur golf events planned for November. In fact, the Chiang Mai Amateur Week will be our first ever to be completely staged at an integrated golf resort and not only be all inclusive golf, but also all meals and drinks. It's sure to be a sell-out!

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

Mark Siegel
Managing Director of Golfasian


In This Issue:

Golf News From Around The Region Asia Golf Week Golf Travel Testimonials
Destination Review Golf Trip Idea Press Release
Golf Course Maintenance Golf Tournaments Thailand Golf Properties
Best of the Blog Golfing Tips Golf Travel Insurance
Meet Golfasian About Us & Contacts  

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Golf News from Around the Region
Vietnam   Nha Trang (Cam Ranh Bay)
Cam Ranh
Cam Ranh

Another Greg Norman designed links course is coming to Vietnam. Cam Ranh Links Golf Resort is located a short drive from the popular resort city of Nha Trang Vietnam and just outside Cam Ranh International Airport. Scheduled to open later this year, the 18-hole championship course is being constructed on an elevated site of rolling sand dunes. Part of a large upscale development with 5 kilometers of ocean frontage, the links styled golf course will offer amazing ocean views of Cam Ranh Bay. IMG has been appointed to handle the pre-opening and management of the new club. Cam Ranh Links will be the third golf course in Nha Trang and greatly enhance the appeal among golf travelers looking for new premium golf destinations.

Malaysia  Desaru, Malaysia
The Els Club Desaru Coast
The Els Club Desaru Coast

Golf tourism in Malaysia is ready for another boost with the opening last month of the Valley Course at The Els Club Desaru Coast. A collaborative design from Ernie Els and Vijay Singh the newest premium Malaysian course sits adjacent to the 27-hole Ocean Course, which opened in 2016.  The opening of the Valley Course is a major step towards establishing the east coast of peninsula Malaysia as an international golf destination. The two Els Courses together with the long established Trent Jones designed Desaru Golf & Country Club brings the area courses up to the critical mass needed for serious consideration by travelling golfers. Moreover, management by Troon assures international service and everyday quality standards associated with premium golf courses.

Centara World Masters
Pattaya 2 Ball

New 2017 Super Saver Golf Specials

Asia Golf Week

Our next group events will be held in Hua Hin and Chiang Mai

Starting 29th October we head to the seaside resort of Hua Hin for the Amari Hua Hin Golf Week. Traveling in Hua Hin during November, the weather is much cooler as we are heading into winter and is a great escape before Christmas. This event is a  6 night, 4 round tournament (See our full inclusions here) adhering to n the stableford format playing Black Mountain and Banyan Golf Club  twice, with a 19th Hole function around the pool with snacks and drinks while enjoying the daily presentation of prizes. See photos from last year's event here.

The early bird offer for Amari is book and pay before 1st June and receive a 15% discount and a complimentary room upgrade to Deluxe Poolview courtesy of Amari Hua Hin  Please register here now to take advantage of this offer.

Following straight after will be the new tournament in Chiang Mai starting 5th November. This new event is in partnership with Alpine Golf Resort which has offered an all-inclusive package including accommodation, meals, drinks, transfers and unlimited golf at Alpine Golf Club.

The event is a 4 round tournament played in the stableford format playing 2 rounds at Alpine Golf Club and the other two rounds at nearby Chiang Mai Highlands.
We have both prizes for daily scoring including NTP and best front and back nine scores as well as overall trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each division.

Both golf courses rank highly in the top 20 golf courses in Thailand and should be on your playing list when in Chiang Mai (and we are playing them twice !!)

Each night there will be an international buffet dinner and daily results presentation.

There are 3 rooms types available Superior, Deluxe and Junior suites and for the month of May, our Early Bird booking offer we are doing a 15% discount for the first 50 bookings paid in full 'til the 1st June (whichever comes first) Full details available here.

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

Asia Pacific Golf Group

Golf in Thailand

Hi, my name is Bill Donovan. I have played golf seriously for 34 years. My current handicap is 10 and I am a member of Pacific Golf Club at Carindale in Brisbane. Pacific is an 18-hole championship golf course in a parkland setting, with water on 16 of the holes. It is a very challenging layout.

This is my 6th trip to Thailand and my 3rd trip to Hua Hin. Our group, 6 males all from pacific Golf club, have been to Hua Hin 3 times, Pattaya twice and once to Chiang Mai. Hua Hin is our favourite golfing destination in Thailand. We have booked the last 5 trips through Golfasian and they have been fantastic. Our last 3 trips have been booked through Fai at Golfasian and she has done a terrific job. Many years ago, one of our friends went to Thailand and absolutely raved about how good everything was and this prompted us to organise a trip.

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Andrew McCleary

Andrew McCleary from Australia speaks to Golfasian's John Carter about his recent golf holiday experience in Thailand. Let us know if you would like to take part in this series, we would be delighted to speak to you. [Watch the entire interview online]

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap is the main golf destination in Cambodia. Siem Reap is a small former French colonial town that has been visited by foreigners mainly to see the 1,000 year old cradle of Khmer civilization and the Temples of Angkor Wat. There are 3 international standard 18-hole courses each with their own variety and challenges for everyone from amateurs to professionals. Of these, Angkor Golf Resort leads the pack in terms of world-class quality and service. In addition, with the temples of Angkor Wat nearby, Siem Reap is one of the world's best undiscovered golf destinations.

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Angkor Golf Resort

The world class Faldo designed Angkor Golf Resort is the best golf course in Cambodia and by a wide margin. The six-time major winner Nick Faldo himself, received a blessing from local monks and then opened the golf course in December 2007, his first golf course in Cambodia. The Angkor Golf Resort brings Cambodia squarely onto the international golf destination map.

[Read more about one of Cambodia's Best Golf Courses]

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort is the nearest resort to the ruins of Angkor Wat. This unique Cambodia hotel is located near traditional markets, tourist attractions and the airport of Siem Reap. Enjoy the many features of this resort, including spacious guest rooms, an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, spa, 5 restaurants and the popular Phokeethra Country Club; a world class 18 hole golf course.

[Read more about one of Cambodia's Best Hotels]

Siem Reap - Danang (2-Destination) Golf Package

Siem Reap - Danang (2-Destination) Golf Package

Enjoy golf in two of Asia's best and up-and-coming golf destinations. Play in the 21st Century among the 11th Century ruins at Angkor Wat. Experience golf in Danang and see why the area is referred to as Golf Coast Vietnam.

View the complete golf holiday itinerary.
To meet your preferences and budget please contact us for further information.

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Thailand  Thailand
Hua Hin
  • Banyan Golf Club: Course will be closed during 30 April - 5 May for a tournament. Course will be undergoing coring greens during 8-13 May. Course will be closed during 12-13 & 15-16 June for the Centara World Masters Golf Championship.
  • Black Mountain Golf Club: Course will be closed during 12-13 & 15-16 June for the Centara World Masters Golf Championship.
  • Lake View Resort & Golf Club: Course will be closed on 27 May for a tournament.
  • Palm Hills Golf Resort: Course will be undergoing verticut during 24 April - 6 May.
  • Sea Pines Golf Course: Course will be undergoing maintenance during 6 April - 30 June (3 holes per day).
  • Springfield Royal Country Club: Course C will be undergoing maintenance during 8 May - 18 June.
  • Blue Canyon Country Club, Canyon Course: Course will be undergoing coring greens during 8-11 May. Course will be undergoing verticut on 22 May and 5 June. Course will be closed from 12-15 June for maintenance. Course will be undergoing verticut on 22 June and 3 July.
  • Blue Canyon Country Club, Lakes Course: Course will be closed from 8-11 May for maintenance. Course will be undergoing verticut on 15 and 29 May.
  • Laguna Golf Phuket: Course will be closed during 22-28 May for the Singpa Phuket Open.
Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai
Vietnam  Vietnam
Vung Tau
Indonesia  Indonesia
Malaysia  Malaysia
Cambodia  Cambodia
Siem Reap
Phnom Penh
All courses are in good condition.
Singapore  Singapore
Cambodia Vietnam
Golf Week -
April 2017
Siem Reap & Danang
5 - 15
April, 2017
[find out more]
Phuket Amateur
Golf Week -
June 2017
4 - 10
June, 2017
[find out more]
Centara World Masters Golf Championship -
June 2017
Hua Hin,
11 - 17
June, 2017
[find out more]
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort 2 Ball Golf Championship - June '17
18 - 24
June, 2017
[find out more]
Cambodia Danang
Golf Week -
August 2017
Siem Reap & Danang,
2 - 12
August, 2017
[find out more]
Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship - Aug '17
13 - 19
August, 2017
[find out more]
Chiang Mai Amateur
Golf Week -
November 2017
Chiang Mai,
5 - 11
November, 2017
[find out more]
Amari Hua Hin Amateur
Golf Week -
October 2017
Hua Hin,
29 Oct.
- 4 Nov.

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Hua Hin Properties
Private Pool Villas for Sale Now in West Hua Hin

Private Pool Villas for Sale Now in West Hua HinModern 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom pool villas built by British backed team with over 10 complete projects to their credit. Loads of features and inclusions plus a furniture package as an optional extra. The site will feature 24 hour security and optional pool and garden service, so low fees to cover only security and refuse collection services. There are no other properties of this standard for the outstanding price of just 4.95m Baht! Plots are being reserved now, so contact us to check availability and book the best plot now!

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Pattaya Golf
Take the Rough with the Smooth

Siam Country Club

Undoubtedly Thailand golf is gaining in profile and quality thanks to a growing golf tourism market and increased television exposure of tournaments such as the Thailand Classic (Black Mountain) and Thailand Championship (Amata Spring). These 2 courses compare with some of the best in the world but understandably with that comes a price premium. I can see that someone arriving to play in Thailand probably will be looking for something special but perhaps they might wish to look further for an experience that is equally rewarding in different ways, but at a relatively bargain price.

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Golfing Tips

The Personal


If you are planning a golf trip in Thailand or elsewhere in South East Asia, whilst the Golfasian website has lots of detailed information and great value packages, remember that it also has experienced PGA professionals on the Staff who can put together something tailor-made for your particular needs. The personal touch will always lead you to something extra special so why not contact our Asia golf specialists today.

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Other golf stories can be found at the Thailand Golf Zone, Vietnam Golf Zone, Phuket Golf Zone and Vietnam Golf Tourism Blogs where there are over 1,600 original golf articles & commentary dealing exclusively with golf in Asia and golf travel.

I would love to hear about any golf tips you may have gathered from your golf trips. I can incorporate some in future articles so if you have any suggestions you would like to share, please let me know by dropping me an email.

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Have you thought about golf travel insurance for your trip? Golfasian has teamed up with Pacific Cross insurance to offer:
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Medical Treatment
up to
USD 75,000
up to
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Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation
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USD 800
Loss/Damage of Golfing Equipment
up to
USD 2,000
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You can find us at the following 2017 events.
May 7 - 10 Asia Golf Tourism Convention (AGTC) (Danang, Vietnam)
June 25 - 28 IAGTO North America Golf Tourism Convention (Miami, Florida, USA)
December 11 - 14 International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) (Cannes, France)
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