Category: Golf Events

Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai – Northern Thailand’s Most Funky Golf Course?

Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai – Northern Thailand’s Most Funky Golf Course?

Emerging from the lush greenery like a beacon in the night, Alpine Golf Resort rests among the rolling hills outside the beautiful city of Chiang Mai.

As soon as I made my first steps into the entrance hall of the hotel I was unexpectedly hit with a sense of awe as the foyer led itself to a gorgeous rocky backdrop that disappeared into a tranquil water garden teeming with vibrant colorful fish. Now, like most of you, I try to find the “wow” factor on each of my new adventures, and I was pleasantly surprised to be enthralled by Alpine Resort’s unique charm within my first few moments of arriving.

With our room keys in hand, we went up for our first look at where we were sleeping. Upon entering, I noticed the size of the rooms as they were spacious which granted me a sense of warmth and comfort. After making myself at home I went to check out the balcony’s views. Even in the falling rain, the golf course laid itself out into a stunning spectacle of top class landscaping and maintenance. My anticipation was so high I could hardly wait until the next morning’s tee time.

After exploring the room and taking in the sweeping views of the course on our balcony, we decided to hit the restaurant for dinner. However, having grazed our way north our dinner was fairly light as we could only focus on the coming day’s round of golf. Tomorrow would be a different story.

The next morning, we proceeded to have a nice chat with the staff in order to ensure the activities we had planned for our travelers were good to go.

We then made our way across to the Chiang Mai Highlands Golf Club as it is included in two of our four games during the tournament week. Now, I have had the experience of playing both courses as well as the full 27 holes at Highlands and I can say that it was a great experience to have the opportunity to play Highlands again. There are three separate 9s at Highlands, and the new 9 was incorporated and designed in such a way that it fit in seamlessly with the two others.

After a good round, we decided to cool down at the clubhouse with a nice beer before heading back to hotel to clean up before our dinner.

Now, after last night’s light meal, we decided to finally put hotel kitchen to the test. The menu was quite comprehensive so we decided on sharing a mixture of small plates along with icy beer amongst our small groups of 3. Next, we moved on to our main entrees. Even though I can’t say I speak for the others, my dinner was superb and I am supremely confident that everyone will enjoy the menus that we have created for the upcoming Asia Golf Week in November.

The following morning, we had a quick run about the newly designed 9 at Alpine that was recently completed. To say that this was probably the funkiest golf course I have ever seen would be an understatement. Its “funkitude” was on another level along with its quality landscaping. This further fueled my motivation to give it a try.

Bright and early we ventured out in the cool brisk morning at the newly constructed B & C design Alpine Golf Course. Holes 10 to 14 were in excellent condition. They used to be part of the old Alpine back 9 and gave little indication of what was to expect ahead.

Next thing we know we turn the corner and seemingly step into an alien world in terms of golf course design. I was speechless.

The 15th hole is especially striking as it serves as the course’s signature hole. It is a par 3 that is otherwise named the “Rice Paddies” as the green is elevated and set in the midst of a flowing field of growing rice.

And, yes, they are indeed real rice paddies. While attractive to the eye they would surely turn ugly if you would have the misfortune of straying your shot too far from the green. Accuracy is considered paramount in this area as all three of us were only able to manage to hit it into the rough. Luckily, we avoided the pristine paddies surrounding us. Ultimately, three bogeys welcomed us to this fresh 9.

From there on out it became a delightful voyage of discovery as we made our way through the rolling landscape from tee to green.

I believe this 9 serves as a good test for golfers of any experience, and will have them coming back for more. We were so lucky to have had the opportunity to play as much as possible because I believe this course is worth more than just one round.

The photos whilst good, don’t show the whole picture. There is more than meets the eye at Alpine.

I wanted to stay on and hit another round but we were headed South in the early afternoon so we showered, packed up and said so long. Afterwards, we all agreed that we were looking forward to our return to Alpine in November.

For full details about the Chiang Mai Golf Week click here.

Our Early Bird booking offer is book and pay prior to 31 August and receive a free room upgrade.
If you would like more information please email tournaments@asiagolfweek.com

World Golfers Arrive in Thailand for 2017 Centara World Masters Championship

World Golfers Arrive in Thailand for 2017 Centara World Masters Championship

Hua Hin, Thailand, 11 June 2017 — Golfers from every continent have started arriving in Thailand for the fourth running of the Centara World Masters Golf Championship, Asia’s biggest and richest tournament for club golfers.

Franking Thailand’s golf tourism appeal, more than 500 visitors from 21 countries will arrive this weekend in Hua Hin for the start of the Championship on 11 June. The tournament has attracted big numbers from Australia, New Zealand, India, Myanmar and UAE.

The event’s international standing has brought golfers from France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, United States, United Kingdom and Iceland. South East Asia is well represented with 67 players from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea and 12 from host country Thailand.

The Centara World Masters is open to golfers aged 35 and over, with competition across 18 divisions based on age and handicap. Golfers will play two rounds at the country’s top-ranking Black Mountain and Banyan golf clubs. Golfers will compete for more than 1.5 million Thai baht in prizes.

The tournament is a collaboration between Golfasian and Australian based Go Golfing Travel. Tournament director Mark Hawley from Go Golfing has confirmed Hua Hin’s natural beauty, welcoming locals, world class golf resorts and the Centara’s charming beachfront resort hotel is a winning combination and a big reason golfers return year after year.

Originally known as the “Railway Hotel”, the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin first opened in the early 1920s, just as the fishing village of Hua Hin was being discovered by the world via the opening of a new railway line to Malaysia. Thailand’s most refined beach resort was fortuitously graced by the newly-built Railway Hotel, which was designed to classic colonial lines.

Now considerately restored and expanded to include all of the recreational and guest facilities that travellers expect from a beach resort, the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas remains one of the ‘grand old hotels’ of the East. “Centara Grand does a great job pampering the throngs of golfers attending the Centara World Masters and is the event’s social and entertainment hub.”

In 2013 Hua Hin was voted best golf destination in Asia and the continued growth and success of the Centara World Masters showcases the destination’s golf and tourism experiences on a grand scale. Many participants are extending their stay in Thailand to visit Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Phuket. The tournament is a major boon for tourism in Hua Hin during low season is expected to inject more than 85 million baht into the Thai economy.

The tournament website www.ThailandWorldMasters.com has scores for all players and event photos.

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For photos and more information, contact:

Pascal Orczech
Director of Business Development / Golfasian Co., Ltd.
pr@thailandworldmasters.com

Just Do It, The Golfing Way

Just Do It, The Golfing Way

Banyan Golf ClubEveryone likes a good time, right, experiencing new cultures, playing on the best golf courses known to man. Well, I’ve something to tell you, so do we. So much so that we’ve been organizing and holding our own “tournaments” for some time now, and as time has rolled on, these tournaments have turned out to be, not only hugely popular, but sell out events, which are now growing in numbers, venues and countries.

 

Banyan Golf Club Hua HinSo, what are the advantages to registering for one of Golfasian’s events? There are lots of reasons, most of them individual to you. But, at the top of my reason list, you don’t have to do anything; I mean nothing, except turn up and play. Let me explain how it works. First of all, you’ll need to chose which event works best for you and your party. Moving on, once this is done and your departure date arrives, you’ll be met at the airport and transported to your hotel. A welcome chat will re-confirm where and when you’ll be playing, and how things will take place each day. Day one, you’ll be picked up at your hotel for each round, enjoy a fantastic day of golf, meeting lost of new people. All golfers meet at the 19th hole afterwards for a bit of food and a few beers, and generally chat about the day, then transported back to your hotel, with all your unforgettable memories.  Day two, see day one. Honestly, it’s that easy and that fun. Taking part in an organized event is always a little bit of a gamble, especially if you’ve never partaken in one before. But, once that gamble has been made, then it’s plane sailing, and you’ll definitely want to repeat the experience. There is, of course, the added bonus of winning one of the many prizes on offer. The Centara Masters is most probably our largest event, attracting around 600 players. This has become our signature event, a real celebration of golf, becoming the biggest tournament for club golfers in Asia.  The hotels we use are always first class, with plenty of activities to keep the non-golfers busy. You can get a choice of which hotel you would prefer to use.

For 2017 we are holding the following showpiece events. It’s super easy to register, just click on the links below:

12-18 March Amari Hua Hin Golf Week Thailand
Courses Black Mountain x 2
Banyan x 2

19-25 March Amari Pattaya Golf Week Thailand
Courses Laem Chabang CC
Burapha CC
Siam CC Waterside
Siam CC Plantation

11-17 June Centara World Masters – Hua Hin Thailand
Courses Black Mountain x 2
Banyan x 2

18-24 June Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort 2 ball Champs Thailand
Courses Siam CC Old Course
Siam CC Waterside
Laem Chabang
Siam CC Plantation

13-19 August Accor Vietnam World Masters 2017 Vietnam
Courses Montgomerie Links x 2
BRG Danang GC
Ba Na Hills

 

So, go on, take the plunge, register for one of our events, be one of the growing number of golfers to experience the trip of a lifetime. Golfasian can really take care of everything. For a full and comprehensive quote, or just for some advice, please don’t hesitate to email info@golfasian.com

What is like an ultimate golf championship in Pattaya?

What is like an ultimate golf championship in Pattaya?

It seems like we are looking forward a very busy month in June. The next tournament, the Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort 2-Ball Golf Championship ,will be held between June 19-25.

Unlike the Centara World Masters Championship, the Pattaya event will be played in 2-ball format for each of 4 rounds, adding a new dimension to the concept. The championship will be held on 3 golf courses of the Siam Country Club and at the Laem Chabang International Country Club.

Shall we use all of our annual holiday days to be able to participate in these two Thai amateur golf tournaments?

At the same time, we should not forget that there will be in September (4th-10th) in Vietnam another great opportunity, the Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship.

Let’s see, what should we know about the 4 golf courses of the event!

Siam Country Club: Old Course

It is one of the more famous Thailand golf courses. The Siam Country Club, Old Course itself is one of the best in Pattaya. The golf course has hosted several international golf tournaments including the annual Honda LPGA Classic from 2010 onwards. The Honda LPGA Thailand celebrated its 10th anniversary in February 2016. The greens at Siam Country Club Old Course are large, roll fast, are excellently maintained, and extremely undulated.

Depending on which of the 3 nines are played is a long 7,404 or 7,495 yards, which makes the Siam Country Club Plantation Course one of the longest golf courses in Thailand. Where we play today golf there was a sugar cane, tapioca and pineapple plantation. This where the name of the golf course is coming from. The 27-hole layout is routed through rolling terrain, with distant panoramic views of Pattaya Beach and Laem Chabang Port. The golf course was designed by Lee Schmidt of Schmidt & Curley.

The Plantation Course has a decent experience in hosting top-notch golf events as well. It was the home of the 2009 US LPGA and the 2015 Thailand Open.

When you will be there, I can strongly recommend visiting the “Bird Wings” clubhouse that sits on top of the hills. From the front balcony, view of the only “Triple Greens,” in Asia, 3 greens of 3 golf holes occupying almost 3,000 square meters.

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Siam Country Club, Waterside Course

The 3rd golf course of the Siam Country Club was designed by IMG Golf. To make the golf course more challenging, we have to come over several lakes and creeks during the game. It is a par-72, 7,400 yards long golf course where you will not get bored and left unchallenged. To step to the challenge, on the fairways, we will find Paspalum grass while on the green ultra-dwarf Bermuda grass. All of the greens are basically flush with the fairways.

Laem Chabang International Country Club

Probably, this golf course has the most well-known golf course designer: Jack Nicklaus. Laem Chabang consists of 27 holes on 700 acres and each hole is different. The complex was opened in 1995. The Mountain 9 holes is 3446 yards in length around the beautiful hills of the property. The Lake 9 is 3419 yards, with a stream running through it and the Valley 9 is 3619 yards.

This club has also got experience in hosting leading golf tournaments like the 2001 Volvo Classic and the 2002 Thai Senior Open.

Packages

For the event are available with six nights’ accommodation, transfers, breakfast, four rounds of golf including caddies and carts, welcome and presentation dinners, lucky prize draws and other benefits at the Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort and Ibis Pattaya Hotel from THB33,625 (approx. USD930) twin share/THB43,760 (approx. USD1210) single.

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7 reasons to play on the Centara World Masters Championship

7 reasons to play on the Centara World Masters Championship

How do you decide on which amateur golf championship is worth to participate? Based on the positive responses from golfers from 23 countries who played in the first Centara World Masters Golf Championship in 2015, I can strongly recommend to you to come and play this year. The Centara World Masters Golf Championship is Asia’s largest and richest amateur week of golf.

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The Centara World Masters Golf Championship will be hosted in the royal city of Hua Hin (Thailand), between 12-18 June 2016. Entry is open to all the male and female golfers over the age of 35 with an official handicap. All golfers play a 72 hole single Stableford event while “A” grade golfers are eligible to compete for the best stroke / gross. Over US $30,000 in prizes and lucky draws will be given away at the gala presentation dinner.

The Centara World Masters Golf Championship will be held in 4 golf clubs:

  1. Banyan Golf Club: 18 holes par 72, 7361 yards;
  2. Black Mountain Club: 18 holes par 72, 7343 yards;
  3. Imperial Lake View Resort & Golf Club: 36 holes, par 72/72, 6915/7015 yards;
  4. Springfield Royal Country Club: 27 holes, par 72, 7043 yards.

As you can see from the list, the organizers are providing the opportunity to play on different kind of golf courses where the quality of green’s and fairways’ conditioning are out of the question.

I have collected 7 reasons why worth to play on the Centara World Masters Golf Championship:

  • Banyan Golf Club: in 2011 was named as the 3rd best course of Thailand at the annual Asian Golf Monthly awards. In 2012, the club received the Asian Golf Monthly awards for Best Clubhouse in Asia Pacific.
  • Black Mountain Golf Clubit is the only course in Thailand ever named in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses Outside the US. The club has hosted 3 Asian Tour events. They were the “Best Course in Asia Pacific” in 2014 and 2015. The par-5 18th makes for a dramatic closing hole.
  • Imperial Lake View Resort & Golf Club: The club offers 36 holes with 4 challenging golf courses: Mountain, Lake, Desert and Link, designed by Roger Packard and Ronald Fream.
  • Springfield Royal Country Club: a TOP 10 golf course in Thailand ranked by Golf Digest; Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.

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Great Thailand Golf Tournaments to Participate in During Spring/Summer of 2016

Great Thailand Golf Tournaments to Participate in During Spring/Summer of 2016

There are a slew of great amateur Thailand golf tournaments to participate in during the spring/summer of 2016. Some of the best tournaments are those located in southeastern Asian countries like Thailand & Vietnam. If you don’t mind a little traveling, you can enjoy some of the best golf experiences often at a rather low cost.

Amari Pattaya & Hua Hin Golf Weeks (March 6-12 & 13-19, Pattaya/Hua Hin, Thailand)

Almost 100 club golfers from 10 countries are expected to participate at the Amari Pattaya Golf Week on 6-12 March 2016 and the Amari Hua Hin Golf Week on 13-19 March 2016. These two week-long Thailand golf tournaments for all golfers (with and without handicaps), include four rounds of golf at Championship venues and nightly social and entertainment events.

Also catering to the needs of non-golfers and traveling companions, a series of tours to the regions’ popular attractions and destination experiences will be offered.

Amari will host this unique dual-destination golfing experience at two of its top locations in Thailand: Amari Ocean Pattaya and Amari Hua Hin.

Centara World Masters Golf Championship (June 12-18, Hua Hin, Thailand) &
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort 2 Ball Golf Championship (June 19-25, Pattaya, Thailand)

Club golfers have quickly made the Centara World Masters Golf Championship in Hua Hin, Thailand, the biggest international tournament for club golfers in Asia. 750 golfers from 23 countries attended the second annual Centara Masters in June and similar numbers will contest this year’s event from 12 to 18 June 2016.

With golfers keen to experience more of Thailand’s golfing holiday destinations, tournament organisers have added the Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort 2 Ball Championship from 19 to 25 June 2016. The Pattaya tournament will see may golfers extend their stay in Thailand to play the 3 courses at Siam Country Club and the highly ranked Laem Chabang. Away from the courses, Pattaya has pristine beaches, amazing restaurants, bars and shopping as well as exotic nightlife.

The Centara World Masters is open to male and female golfers over the age of 35, with 15 divisions guaranteeing you play with golfers of a similar age and standard. The tournament is played over 4 rounds. Hua Hin was voted Asia’s Best Golf Destination and the Centara Masters will see golfers play at Black Mountain, Banyan, Springfield and the composite course at Imperial Lake View.

The Pattaya tournament is played as a team of two, incorporating best ball, ambrose and aggregate competition. Golfers of all ages can compete and there are men’s, ladies and mixed divisions based on combined team handicap. Golfers play the 3 courses at Siam Country Club plus a round at Laem Chabang.

Carts and Thailand’s experienced and ever-smiling caddies are included at all courses. Caddies also wear souvenir caddy bibs featuring players name and country.

Both tournaments are hosted by Go Golfing Australia in partnership with Golfasian and the personalised service, supreme event organisation, big prize pools, nighty socials and dinners with world class entertainment ensure these event are lots of fun and great value.
Limited places remain for both events in 2016. Play both events and save 10%.

For more information visit www.thailandworldmasters.com and www.pattayagolftournament.com