Welcome to the August 2017 issue of the Asian Golf Nation, the source for news breaking information about golf in Asia. Also, 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.
I am writing this month’s newsletter more than 200km from the nearest golf course. Here in Masai Mara Kenya, the closest thing to a fairway is a remote landing strip. Forget about greens; everything is brown, plus there are beasts all over instead of grounds keepers. Check out this image, and you will see what I mean. The good news is that the long awaited trip is a good opportunity to spend some quality family time, relax, and write and reflect on what I miss most about golf in Asia.
Asia is still the midst of the low summer season, and with that, there are great promotions around the region. The Hua Hin Golf Festival is in full swing as are sports days in Pattaya and Bangkok. I have always said there’s no better time to get away for some summer golf in Asia than right now during the months of August and September.
This month marks the final leg of 2017 Asia World Masters tournaments with the Accor Vietnam event being in Danang, August 13-18. The event is a sold out full field 128 person affair. August also is the first ever Golf Marathon Challenge in Hua Hin. Playing 54 holes of championship golf over two days is even more demanding than the pros can tackle and only die hard golfers should enter this historic event.
Next up on our event calendar are the two November events, the Ryder Cup in Pattaya and the Amateur Week in Chiang Mai. The former is a match-play limited field event for golfers who prefer this format and want to represent their continent. The latter event is an all-inclusive and unlimited golf affair. Held at the full-service Alpine Chiang Mai Golf Resort, the Chiang Mai Amateur Week promises to be exciting, fun and ideal for hardcore golfers.
Finally, while it is still summer, and it may seem early to plan your winter vacations, there are some great all year destinations which Golfasian recommends. Those who know me are familiar with my preference for Danang on Vietnam’s coast. The four signature courses there together make up the best golf destination in Asia, and by a wide margin (see below). After Danang, my top winter golf stops in Asia are Chiang Mai, Siem Reap, and Kuala Lumpur. All offer great golf, value-for-money, and ideal golfing conditions. We at are more than happy to help plan the perfect golf holiday to suit any budget and style of travel. Sample packages can be found on our web site or send an inquiry, and one of our consultants will design your perfect golf trip.
As always, there are lots of golf ‘happenings’ around the region so with that, I invite you to enjoy this edition of the Asian Golf Nation.
Grass grow-in at the new Greg Norman designed course at Cam Ranh Bay continues and a 2017 opening in still in the cards. From the recent photo, it is clear that Cam Ranh Bay Golf Links will rank right up with the other top Norman courses in Vietnam already operating in Danang (BRG Golf Resort) and Ho Tram (The Bluffs). All three are links style and play alongside of the East Sea. This third Nha Trang golf course will greatly boost the Ocean City’s appeal as a year round golf destination.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
The new 9-holes at Alpine Chiang Mai are in full operation, and I had the opportunity to play them last month. Overall the new holes are excellent and play more like a links course and through rice paddies. The opening holes of the original back-9 are integrated with four of the new holes and now form the “B Course.”. The other five new holes are now part of the “C Course” along with the original four closing holes. As mentioned, we the November Chiang Mai Golf Week is being held at Alpine and players will have the opportunity to play unlimited golf during the week.
The Dagon Golf City opening will be delayed until mid-2018 due to slower than expected progress. The par-72 international golf course of 6,786 yards designed by Phil Ryan, under construction and part of a larger project that includes a hotel, residential, and commercial sections.