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2018 Centara World Masters – Entries Now Open!

2018 Centara World Masters – Entries Now Open!

Hua Hin, Thailand, 4 September 2017 — Registrations are officially open for Thailand’s Most Enjoyed Week of Golf!
Even though the event was recently launched on 1st of September the event has seen a record number of entries in comparison to previous years.

Golfers were quick to rate the fourth annual Centara World Masters Golf Championship hosted in Hua Hin as the best-organised event ever so it came as no surprise to tournament organisers the moment entries started sweeping in.

“The 2017 Centara World Masters consists of magnificent courses in a great location and brilliant organisation. From the time you are picked up for your transfer to Hua Hin to your final transfer back home – everything worked and nothing was too hard. It’s a fantastic week and stress free holiday!” Chris Whelan
“Every moment spent during the Centara World Masters, whether you are a golfer or not, has WOW factor.” Pare Manihera-Duncan

“This is our fourth year at the Centara World Masters. We have to thank Go Golfing Australia and Golfasian for putting on such a wonderful event again. We just love coming back here. The caddies are wonderful. The organisation is brilliant. The accommodation at Centara Grand is first class and I recommend all golfers experience this tournament once and I’m sure like us, they’ll want to come back” said Karen.

Golf In Thailand, Hua Hin – New Courses For 2018
The Centara World Masters is a week-long celebration of golf, social and entertainment events in the popular seaside resort town of Hua Hin in Thailand.
Players have 4 outstanding tournament courses to look forward to at next year’s event. For the first time ever players will enjoy 1 round at each Springfield Royal Country Club, Black Mountain, Banyan Golf Club & Imperial Lake View.
While carts and caddies are included at all courses, each player has a caddie proudly wearing a bib with their name and country flag.
The event is open to all male and female golfers over the age of 35.

Centara Hotels and Resorts
Centara Hotels & Resorts is the major sponsor and most golfers choose to stay at the ideally located Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas, Hua Hin. Established in the 1920s, the resort has all the modern luxuries guests want, while retaining its heritage and magic of elegant bygone eras. Taking full advantage of Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin’s beachfront location, the opening night welcome dinner and gala presentation dinners are hosted around the resort pool with the beach and ocean as a stunning backdrop. Golfers gather each night during the tournament for 19th Hole festivities where tempting Thai cuisine and Chang beer flows and daily golf winners are celebrated.

For the fifth consecutive year, Centara Hotels & Resorts is proud to sponsor this fantastic golf tournament and of course to host so many golfers, guests and events at the iconic Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin. Look out for some extra special themed evenings and festivities at next year’s event that are sure to keep you entertained.

“At Centara, we have 37 hotels and resorts internationally, including many in golfing paradises such as Bangkok, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and in Vietnam’s Danang. We look forward to welcoming many more golfers, friends and families not only to Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas, Hua Hin, our very own home of golf, for the acclaimed Centara World Masters event next year, but also to our array of city and tropical beachfront locations year round” said Thirayuth Chirativat – Chief Executive Officer, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

Players also have THB 5,000 in resort room credit to look forward to if they get their entries in before 30 November.

BIG Prize Winners
Golf and lucky draw prizes worth over US$120,000 have been won over the past 4 years. In 2017 BIG winners were Sue Hutton from Australia who won a return trip to the 2018 Centara Masters and Carollyn Davey also from Australia who won at trip to the Ladbrokes World Masters on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Ms. Amporn Yaemsamran from Kalgoorlie scored a ‘Hole in One’ on the 4th at Banyan with her 7 iron.
The Tournament is played in 15 divisions based on age and handicap. Golfers play each day with competitors of a similar age and handicap. Visit www.thailandworldmasters.com to view the official results.
The seamless coordination of flights, accommodation, transfers and event logistics for 400+ golfers is among the event’s notable achievement

The fifth annual Centara World Masters Golf Championship returns to Hua Hin, Thailand, from 10 to 16 June 2018. For complete event information and to book, visit www.thailandworldmasters.com

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What Surfing Just Taught Me About The Golf Swing

What Surfing Just Taught Me About The Golf Swing

I have always loved surfing (although I am a high handicapper at it) and thought it was a fantastic escape from golf. Until today that is, as surfing a wave just brought the golf swing into a brand-new perspective.

When you are out waiting for that perfect wave, everything is calm, peaceful and relaxing. Then, all of a sudden you start to feel the energy from the ocean beneath you. You turn to start slowly paddling to catch the wave, but instead the wave is actually going to let you ride it. As you paddle, you feel the energy building beneath you and it actually slowly pulls you back and up into the wave.

This energy builds as you are pulled gently back and it almost pauses for a moment. This is when you pop up, in this little pause as momentum shifts from pulling you back to slightly moving you forward. You are then part of this beautiful energy as it propels you forward, slow at the beginning and then increasing your speed as you accelerate smoothly down the face and are balanced, acting at one with this energy and being moved forward and along for a magical ride.

Now, how does this relate to golf? 

Well the best players are always moving a little at set up, they have taken their stance and may waggle or forward press and as they feel the energy from the ground up, like the wave, their club is slowly pulled back. Most struggling golfers are looking for a trigger or want to jerk the club back, instead of feeling or sensing the energy and letting the club simply move back with this flow of energy.

Then in most great swings, there is almost a little pause from the backswing before the forward swing begins, exactly as in surfing. The energy transforms from moving the club back and up to again from the ground up moving the player in the direction towards the target. The move is initiated from the ground up and the club smoothly accelerates almost in the shape of a wave through the ball and effortlessly to a full balanced finish.

The best golf swings simply use the energy and build it back and then let it accelerate the club through the ball to a full balanced finish. Whereas most golfers are trying to move the club back and then thrust it forward at the ball, trying to create the energy themselves instead of feeling the energy and becoming a part of it.

I truly believe that this energy is all around us at every moment. In golf and in life, we have to recognize this energy and be willing to accept it and feed off of it. It is not some mystical thought but a reality. The greatest in their respected fields, be it business, sports, music or art, harness this energy and ride the wave to the outcome. We all hear that if we truly want something the Universe conspires to give it to us. This is not achieved by just wanting, but by sending energy out and then be willing to use the energy sent back to you in a positive way. In golf, this is where true balance, finesse and power resides.

See you in the fairway in Thailand.

Why Indochina Should Be Your Next Golfing Destination

Why Indochina Should Be Your Next Golfing Destination

When thinking of Indochina, it is easy to conjure up thoughts of peaceful relaxation, Buddhist Monks, iconic temples and a deep-rooted history that awakens the soul and takes you back in time. It is true that one can find all of this in the various countries that make up Indochina: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia, but did you know that it is also a great golfing destination for a perfect getaway.

These very things that make Indochina unique add to your golfing holiday and this magical land will awaken and heighten your senses in every way. The sights and sounds away from the golf will make the trip even more intriguing and memorable, giving you an abundance of stories to share with those who have not had the pleasure of exploring this enchanting part of the world. Truth be told, there is so much to see and do that you will be taking more shots with your camera then your golf clubs as you soak up all the atmosphere that surrounds you.

Stacked Rice Paddy fields dot the landscape

The landscape is awe inspiring

No matter what destination you choose (and even better if you combine more than one) the landscape will leave you breathless as you travel to and from the golf courses.  Sweeping views across mountains and valleys with different shades of green from the rice fields dot the skyline.  Iconic limestone cliffs that seem to be rising out of the ocean will leave you mesmerized and sunsets that cast almost every hue of red and orange leave you breathless.

Each country will have its uniqueness in topography and scenery and needs to be seen to believe. Try to play a few golf courses spread out away from one another or even better, try to hop on a train and explore the wonderful country side between different destinations. Even a little long-distance travel won’t seem nearly as time consuming as you will be admiring the vistas during the journey.

Vibrant colours and mouthwatering flavours of Indochina delicacies

The delectable and delicious cuisines

There is nothing that will prepare you for the wonderful flavours and smells of the Indochina foods that seem to be everywhere. From five-star dining to upbeat street vendors, the sights and smells will have your taste buds craving to try dish after dish. The combination of fresh ingredients, herbs, spices and curries will produce wonderful smells that beckon you from all directions.

These countries are well known for their beautiful combinations of flavours and cooking techniques and have Chef’s from all over the world reproducing some signature dishes back home, but now you have the chance to taste the authentic delicacies that will have you craving more. Yes, be prepared to put on a couple pounds, as not only is the food enticing, but the prices are so affordable you will find yourself ordering a second or third dish while washing it down with the local beverages of choice.

If you are the brave at heart, you can also try some barbequed crickets, spiders and scorpions and decide for yourself if everything really does taste like chicken.

A Rock Buddha Head carving in Cambodia

History and Culture

These lands date back to the times of Dynasties and Kingdoms with relics and artifacts prevalent everywhere your adventure leads you.  The deep-history and culture is part of the lure and wonderment that makes up the spiritual energy that seems to emit itself as you explore and discover.

You will be feel like an archaeologist as you lose yourself in  Angkor Wat, Cambodia as the nature has harmoniously grown and slowly encompassed the ruins and artifacts. Maybe you will find yourself enjoying the panoramic views as you visit the Big Buddha in Phuket, Thailand, admiring one of the iconic water temples in Bali, Indonesia, drifting high above in hot air balloon over the Bagan temples of Myanmar or entranced by the beauty of the Crystal Mosque at nighttime in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Wherever you choose to explore, the history and culture of these iconic lands will bring back a sense of what was and all that will be.

White sands and emerald waters await you

Picture perfect beaches

Nothing feels better after a long day on the links as slipping into that cool emerald salt water and drifting away with the waves as you relax and lazily watch the clouds float by.  The beaches of Vietnam and Thailand will have you forgetting any of your poor shots and remind you why Indochina is now your favourite getaway.

With the palm trees swaying in the wind and affordable beverages at bamboo shacks with views that leave you in amazement, will have you relaxing into a state of bliss.
There are a variety of snorkeling and dive excursions which will allow you to have a day off from golf or at least a complete afternoon in order to witness the abundance of underwater life around limestone pillars or to explore the many grottos and caves that seem out of this world. With many small enchanting islands off the coast, you also may find yourself taking a sail or longtail boat ride and losing yourself in an atmosphere that reminds you of Robinson Crusoe or scenes from many movies that have captured these breathtaking vistas on film.

Gorgeous views and comfort of your hotel or resort

Five-star living at a fraction of the price

The price of accommodation is incredible compared to resorts, villas or hotels back home.  These home away from homes give you all the modern comforts you could want and friendly staff who always seem to exceed your expectations and are eager to make your stay the most enjoyable.  Imagine renting your own villa with ocean sweeping views, a bamboo constructed bungalow in the midst of rice fields or a five-star resort amongst all the nightlife activities.  The possibilities are endless allowing something for every budget and desire.

Depending on your holiday, you may find yourself sleeping one night to the sound of ocean waves gently lapping up to the shore, another night listening to the monkey’s leap from tree to tree, and a third to the music vibrating from the nightlife waiting just outside your door. There is a wide range of experiences in all the destinations and a multitude of accommodations to match any of your needs.

Smiling and helpful caddies

The every so helpful and smiling caddies

Sadly, caddies have become a thing of the past, unless visiting a very exclusive private club whose gates are closed to much of the golfing public or 5-star resorts that many cannot afford to play.

Fortunately for you and your escape to Indochina, all the courses will have caddies, and not just any caddies but attractive young ladies whose smile alone will have you playing better.  Yes, the caddies are definitely an added plus to any holiday and their warm heartedness and playful demeanor will have you smiling with them regardless of your play. But don’t let their charm fool you, all the caddies have been professionally trained and will give you expert knowledge on how to play the course and are able to read the greens as if they are simple children’s books.

Yes, you will enjoy the caddy experience so much that you will seek out the management of your home club and explain to him why you should have the same program.

Phoenix Golf Club, Vietnam

Incredible Golf Courses

Now let’s face it, the make and break of any try golf escape are the courses that you will be playing and Indochina has some of the best layouts, conditioning and designs to be found anywhere.  Whether enjoying mountain views of Chiang Mai Highlands, ocean vistas from New Kuta Golf Club, admiring the Palace of the Golden Horses from the Mines Resort and Golf Club, or the iconic limestone cliffs of the Phoenix Golf Club, you will have no shortage in world-class golf.

Many courses are designed by the best in the business such as Nicklaus, Player, Norman, Trent Jones, Schmidt-Curley and more choices of award winning golf that rivals anywhere you could visit.

Yes, Indochina has everything to offer you for the perfect getaway on and off the course. If you haven’t considered golfing here before, now is your time to discover one of the best destinations for a truly unforgettable vacation.

With so many choices to consider when planning, be sure to use a booking company such as Golfasian to help you and your group with any details ensuring you will get the most out of your Golf Holiday in Asia.

Are You In The Right State of Mind To Play Your Best Golf?

Are You In The Right State of Mind To Play Your Best Golf?

We all want to play our best golf, whether at home, or especially if we are away on a Golfing Holiday in Asia.  The one thing that can bring a sour type mood to a beautiful Golf Vacation is playing poorly, as this not only upsets your day on the golf course, but all of a sudden, the food does not taste as good, the bed is not as comfortable, the sights and sounds all feel a little off. Yes, playing poorly affects us in many ways as we feel frustrated and wonder if this vacation was the right idea.

It doesn’t have to be this way if you play your own game and fully embrace being on a fabulous golf course away from home.  What do we have to do?  Well a lot of it has to do with some of your thinking, belief in yourself and commitment to the shot. We can sum this up by three things: See it, Feel it, Trust it.

See It

Before we ever try to hit a shot, we have to have some idea of what we are trying to do, especially if we are in a bad lie or a spot of trouble off the fairway and amongst some trees or shrubs. We need to be able to see and visualize the shot we want and are capable of hitting. Seeing it goes beyond merely picturing the shot in our head.  We have to be realistic and actually be able to see ourselves hitting this particular shot. What does this mean? Well, I can close my eyes and picture myself jumping completely over my entire car, but the fact is that I do not have the skill to do this. Seeing yourself hit the shot means visualizing something that you are actually skilled to do, something you can see yourself hitting successfully.

Once you assess the lie, the window or gap in the trees, the amount of curve or carry you need, the entire situation, then you need to see the best shot that you are capable of and a shot you can see yourself pulling off.  Try to get the clearest picture in your mind’s eye, the shape, the curvature, the flight, the ball landing and rolling or spinning back, whatever the shot, if you can see yourself hitting it, this is the time to picture the complete shot. See it.

Feel It

Now that you have a picture of the shot you want to hit and can see yourself hitting it, we need to get some kinesthetic feel involved. We need to feel the shot. This can be done in several ways. Some players like to take a full or rehearsed practice swing, some like a slow and smooth motion of practice, some might just take it to a position on the backswing as a check point, and others may just need a waggle or simply feel the shot in their hands, or adjusting their feet to feel something. Whatever your method, try to get your body in sync with the picture of the shot that you are seeing. Try to completely feel the shot with as many senses as you can. It goes beyond just a practice swing for practice swing sakes, it is to feel the shot with your entire being that you want to hit.

The great Canadian Legend Moe Norman once told me he could not only feel the shot he could taste it. He could taste the ball in the air going directly where he wanted it to go. I believe it was Paul Runyon (who possessed one of the greatest short games ever) that said he could taste the bottom of the cup before putting. Now these are extreme cases of what I like to call heightened awareness and we may not be able to actually taste or smell the shot, but it gives us an idea of what is possible by the best players in the world. What you need to do is to try to match your feeling of the shot with the shot that you are seeing. Get you mind and body in sync and your success rate will rise.

Trust It

This is the most important step before pulling the trigger. We need to be in complete trust in ourselves to execute the shot that we have pictured or see and that we have felt. We need to clear our head with any doubt and be fully committed to the shot. Try to avoid the “anyways”. I thought I might have had the wrong club but I hit in anyways.  I heard something before I started my swing but I hit it anyways Something didn’t quite feel right but I hit it anyways. These ‘anyways’ are not being committed and trusting the shot and will lead to poor outcomes.

If you can clearly see the shot and feel the shot, then you can trust the shot. Here is the time to stop being modest with yourself and believe in your abilities to hit the perfect shot that you want. You have hit enough great shots before, the ones that you and your friends talk about after the round and years to come. Now is the time to believe in your abilities and fully trust and commit to the shot. The more you can believe in yourself, the better swing you will make and the better outcome you will receive.

The late Payne Stewart once said “A bad attitude is worse than a bad swing” and Sam Snead mentioned “Of all the hazards, fear is the worst”.  These two quotes show you the need to get into trusting what you are about to do. Never go into any shot with fear or doubt in your mind. If you truly cannot trust yourself executing the shot you are trying to picture, think of another shot as this negative trust will more than likely sabotage your chances of success. Trust yourself and your abilities.  See it, Feel it, Trust it and let it go.

Seeing it, feeling it and trusting it of course is not a 100 percent guarantee that we will hit every shot exactly the way we want, but what it will do is increase our percentages of success.  If you can go through these three simple steps before any shot, you will have your body and mind more in sync and this is the way to better course management and saving those important shots that keep the round more enjoyable. Play to your game, know your strengths and weaknesses and manage yourself around the course the best of your ability and you will be having a lot more fun on your Asian Golf Holiday.

To Rent Or Not To Rent – That is the Golf Holiday Question

To Rent Or Not To Rent – That is the Golf Holiday Question

One of the most frequent questions we receive before guests book their Thailand golf holiday with us is “Should I bring my own clubs” or “Are the rentals at the courses any good?”. The answer to this question has a lot to do with you as an individual golfer, but here is what I can share.

As far as the quality of rentals goes, the majority of Thai (and other Asian country) courses and resorts that we deal with will have new updated equipment from a top of the line club company. Most courses now days have a rental agreement with a top manufacturer where they will only rent that companies clubs and advertise the brand on their website, in turn the manufacturer will replace the equipment for the latest technology every year or at the most every two years.  So yes, the equipment is the top of the line but it is still used and a duffer may have been the first to use that driver and on his first swing roofed his drive causing a sky mark, so expect the odd blemish.

Now I stated that the decision is an individual one whether to bring your own clubs or not, here are some tips to help you decide.

Bring your own set if:

  • Playing multiple times at courses in a close proximately to each other
  • Going to continuously comment “I would have done much better with my own sticks”
  • Blame every single mishit on the clubs, ultimately driving your playing partners crazy
  • Have very custom-tailored clubs to your specs (a course is not going to have a 4” long 5up clubs)
  • Cannot putt without anything but your beloved “Scotty”
  • Are a raving club thrower (let’s face it, it’s not polite to throw other people’s clubs)
  • You carry a picture of your clubs in your wallet next to your family photos (You will miss them too much)

Try some rentals if:

  • You are in the market for a new set and would like to test drive some modern equipment on the golf course
  • You will be doing quite a bit of traveling within your holiday and don’t want the hassle of lugging around clubs
  • Are going for the pure joy of enjoying the scenery and experience and score is not your priority
  • Have a persimmon driver and wonder why your buddies keep out driving you
  • Usually comment “wow, those rentals are better than my own set” when visiting courses
  • Prior to your trip, your friends ask “You’re not really bringing those relics are you?
  • Would just like to try something new on the golf course and compare to your own clubs

With some horror stories of airlines losing golf clubs, as one US Open qualifier found out can be a serious inconvenience, many decide to leave their clubs at home for their golfing holiday. The pros of this is that many of the Indochina courses do have the latest and greatest with many of our Thailand courses carrying TaylorMade rentals and our Vietnam courses almost exclusively with Titlesist including Scotty Cameron putters. This could give you the ideal on course test of some of the newest equipment.  It can also give you the ability to blame the odd missed fairway, green or putt on the rentals, and hey, don’t we all want to blame something else other than ourselves? Or you may just want to feel free of the hassle dragging your clubs to and fro if you are playing several different courses or countries during your trip.

The cons are that the equipment is different than yours and may take a little of getting used to. The other major factor is the cost. Most courses charge $30 – $60 for a set of clubs per 18 holes and if you are playing a lot of rounds this can add to the cost of your golfing holiday. The equipment conditioning could also vary depending on the course. To be sure of what you are getting and to avoid any disappointing surprises, I would suggest checking ahead of time the price and type of rentals being offered.

I personally like to leave my blades at home and choose to rent graphite shafted cavity backs and swing for the fences while enjoying the beauty of the courses and the pleasure of playing abroad.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact a Golfasian representative and we will help you plan the ultimate golfing getaway.

*As a side note. I have had my clubs lost by airlines in the past, and even had to play an event with rentals, but my clubs were never truly lost but instead took a little vacation of their own and the airlines always managed to recover them and return to me.

Planning A Golf Holiday With Your Friends – Just Don’t Be “That Guy”

Planning A Golf Holiday With Your Friends – Just Don’t Be “That Guy”

We all love a golf getaway with our friends, one full of laughs, experiences and memories that last a lifetime. Every time you meet afterwards, a story will come up and whisk you all back to the holiday, rekindling happy thoughts of the fantastic adventure you shared together.

However, from time to time there is always “that guy”.  The stories seem to take a different tone, a “I can’t believe he did that” or “how embarrassed he must be” comment instead of bringing back joyful memories. Who is “that guy”?

The perfectionist who thinks he is everyone else’s coach and will comment and offer advice after every swing whether it is on the range, during the round or afterwards in the nineteenth hole. You know the one. He shoots a higher score than everyone else, but insists he knows everything there is to know about the golf swing and will constantly tell you everything that you are doing wrong.  Or worst, after you hit a good shot, he will comment that you got lucky or got away with one there. Don’t be this guy.

The fisherman who cannot walk by a water hazard without grabbing his trusty ball retriever and begins fishing for balls. As everyone else is continuing the hole, he stays there fishing for ball after ball and then realizing half of them are not worth playing and throws them back into the hazard. Your ball retriever becomes your most played club during the round and everyone else is just becoming annoyed. Don’t be this guy.

Qualifier for Team Rolex.  This is a term that is used for someone that is constantly playing slower then slow. He is the one who is so meticulous over every shot that he slows down the entire group turning what could have been a nice leisurely round into a six-hour painful encounter. He looks at every putt from six different angles, constantly throws grass in the air on a perfectly calm day, and takes four looks at the target after setting up before striking the ball. As the late legendary Moe Norman once asked me “the target doesn’t move, does it?” From that point on, it is one look and then fire.  Team Rolex is nothing to brag about, don’t be this guy.

The tour star who thinks he plays by half yardages and berates his caddie for every missed shot. Sure, the caddies yardages or reads may be slightly off from time to time, but in reality plenty of their advice or guidance is helping you a lot more than it is hurting you. Also, these caddies probably worked in the rice fields before this job, not on tour. Be patient with the caddies as they are a great addition to the round and bring a sense of joy and appreciation to the game. We all miss some shots from time to time, and sometimes it is just that, a missed shot. Enjoy the experience of a caddie and don’t be this guy.

There is always something guy.  The greens are too slow, the greens are too fast, the course is too dry, the course is too wet, the course is so short, the course is impossible long, it is too hot today, it is always raining, the group in front of us is so slow, why is the group behind playing so quick, the fairways are too narrow, the course is a wide-open pasture. We all know this guy, there is always something that he will complain about no matter how good the day, the course or the experience is. The rest of the group is enjoying the fact of being away from home and playing some golf.  Relax, smile, have fun and don’t be this guy.

Mr. Mulligan who always needs a second try at every shot and insists of counting Player B for his score. No matter the result of the first shot, he is convinced he could have done better and will always say “hold on, just one more” and reload time and time again. Once and a while we would all like a do-over or maybe have a breakfast ball off the first tee, but the rest of the time as Bobby Jones eloquently stated “in golf as in life, we have to play the ball as it lies”.  Besides a miracle recovery from deep within the trees is always remembered more than a simple shot from the middle of the fairway, so don’t be this guy.

Mr. Smooth who always thinks he can score with the caddies. Sure, a little flirtation is some of the fun part of having a young cute caddie with your group for the round, but this guy likes to take it a step further into that uncomfortable zone. The caddy’s cute smiles and adorable nature is part of their charm, but they are there for the job of caddying, not finding a date for the night. Have fun and the odd joke and wink but keep it to a caddie and player relationship, no further, don’t be this guy.

Fabrege Egg guy who can never abandon a search for his lost ball. He’s the one that hit his shot a mile into the swamp, but will search aimlessly for a ball of similar value to replace his lost beloved Pro V. You should always play a ball that you are willing to lose, not one that will stop the flow of the round for 15 minutes as you keep saying “I know it’s right here somewhere” as everyone else is wanting to continue the game, don’t be this guy.

Blowing a gasket guy.  We all get a little frustrated with poor shots or a high score on a hole, but most of us know that is just part of golf and mumble to ourselves under breath and head off to the next hole. But not this guy, he throws clubs, rips gloves, curses out loud and gets into a foul mood that nobody wants to be around. The rest of the group becomes tense and don’t quite know what to do or say as they are afraid to tip him over the edge even more. Yes, this guy will not only ruin his own round by imploding, but also distracts others from their game and enjoyment of the beautiful time away. Don’t be this guy.

So, there you have it. Be on the look-out if one of these personality traits starts creeping into your game while enjoying a round in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia or any other Indochina destination on your Golfing Holiday as “this guy” will not only be a detriment to your game, but will take away from all your friends vacation and you definitely don’t want to be that guy. – https://www.golfasian.com/

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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Pascal Orczech
Director of Business Development / Golfasian Co., Ltd.
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Thailand Golf Tour Operator Golfasian Teams Up With Golf Hideaway

Thailand Golf Tour Operator Golfasian Teams Up With Golf Hideaway

Bangkok, Thailand & Hong Kong, China — Golfasian, Asia’s largest inbound golf tour operator has teamed up with Hong Kong’s most popular indoor golf lounge Golf Hideaway to provide exclusive golf holidays and prizes to Hong Kong golfers.

“The aim of the partnership with Golf Hideaway is to expand Golfasian’s reach to the Hong Kong market while at the same time offering the golf lounge members with exclusive Asian golf holiday deals, Thailand golf tournament slots and prize sponsoring,” explained Pascal Orczech, Golfasian’s Director of Business Development.

“We are delighted to partner with Asia’s Number 1 golf travel company, Golf Asian.  Our customer base at Golf Hideaway will benefit tremendously from this strategic alliance,” said Golf Hideaway’s Owner & Head Professional, Derek Crampton.

About Golf Hideaway:

Golf Hideaway is Hong Kong’s original indoor golf lounge with over 3,000 square feet featuring two state-of-the-art Full Swing Simulators, a separate lounge / bar area with full size pool table and darts board.

About Golfasian:

Established in 1997, Golfasian has been recognized as the leading dedicated golf tour operator in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Indonesia. We specialize exclusively in golf holiday tours, for both individuals and groups. By selecting the best value-for-money hotels and the finest golf courses you are assured of a truly memorable golfing experience.

Thailands Royal Resort

Thailands Royal Resort

Hua Hin is the oldest and most traditional of the Thai resorts. It combines the attractions of a modern holiday destination, 5 star hotels, fabulous restaurants, gorgeous beaches, first class golf courses, with the charm and fascination of a traditional fishing port. Which is exactly what it was like when I first visited, more than two decades ago. While most other Thai holiday destinations cater mainly to foreign tourists, Hua Hin is a holiday resort for foreigners as well as Thai nationals. Besides it’s great 5 mile long beach Hua Hin provides the highest density of world class golf courses anywhere in Thailand while it’s yet virtually undiscovered as an international Golf destination. Green-fees and other costs are among the lowest in the world and course maintenance and services are kept to a very high standard.

Thailands Royal Resort - Black Mountain

Golf in Thailand was started in Hua Hin, with Royal Hua Hin being the first course, designed by a Scottish railway engineer no less. Hua Hin has another 9 fantastic courses, all worth a visit. Jack Nicklaus has Springfield Royal Country Club, which presnets the golfer with 27 wonderful holes, all beautifully designed. Sea Pines, a kind of links course, is the newest, opened just five years ago. The signiture 16th hole has that “wow” factor, with beautiful ocean views. Must plays are Banyan and Black Mountain. Black Mountain has held several PGA games over since it’s opening and has won many awards and honours.  The same can be said for Banyan, which has now been open for 9 years. It’s the course I’ve played most, not only for the golf, but the apres golf is perfect, sundowners are perfect.

The resort of Hua Hin was discovered in the early 1920s by King Rama VII as an ideal getaway from the sultry metropolis of Bangkok. The tranquil fishing village was turned into the Royal resort and consequently became popular among Thailand’s nobility and upper-class.

Thailands Royal Resort - Hua Hin BeachToday’s visitor to Hua Hin will still sense this special atmosphere and old world charm. Besides sun-filled days on the 5 mile-long beach there are leisure activities for the whole family from watersports and shopping to golf. The area around the town let’s you discover fabulous national parks with fantastic peaks, caves and waterfalls.

In the evening the winding streets have a great variety of shops and markets that make for a relaxed stroll, and the restaurants built on stilts into the sea offer superb seafood prepared in the age old traditional Thai way. Hua Hin has all the ingredients for a very special holiday experience.

So, why not enjoy the sites, sounds, tastes and, of course, the golf, in Hua Hin. Golfasian can take care of everything. For a full and comprehensive quote, or just for some advice, please don’t hesitate to email info@golfasian.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

Is it at the dry cleaners?!!

Is it at the dry cleaners?!!

Make sure it’s clean, free of moths and it still fits you! Then you’ll be ready with all the other green-jacketed brigade as next month sees the 80th US Masters. It’s always held, same time every year, during the first full week of April and it’s the first of the years Majors.

Is it at the dry cleaners - Amen CornerThe US’ Jack Nicklaus has won it the most times, 6 if you were wondering, the last time back in 1986. Since then he’s put his vast knowledge of the game to a few Thailand golf courses, Springfield in Hua Hin, Legacy in Bangkok, Mission Hills in Kanchanaburi & Mission Hills in Phuket and Laem Chabang in Pattaya. Thailand loves this event, so much so that they created a course in Bangkok, one of South East Asia’s best kept secrets, The Royal Gems Golf & Sports Club, which replicates the back 9 of Augusta.  We can book this for you, maybe make a dream come true.

Is it at the dry cleaners - Danny WilletThe Masters is steeped in history and, as you would imagine, has a number of traditions. For instance, did you know that since 1949, a green jacket has been awarded to the champion, who must return it to the clubhouse one year after his victory, although it remains his personal property and is stored with other champions’ jackets in a specially designated cloakroom. In most instances, only a first-time and currently reigning champion may remove his jacket from the club grounds. Another odd one, the day after the tournament closes, The Bobby Jones Scholars from Also, the University of St Andrews in Scotland, play a four-ball round on the course – the last people to do so before the green keepers start the process of repairing and restoring the course to pre-tournament standard. However, of all the traditions at the Masters, none is more endearing than the annual Par 3 Contest. This beloved event, held on Wednesday of Tournament week and now televised around the world, is above all a family affair. Wives and girlfriends, children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews-all happily serve as caddies. The sight of toddlers, outfitted in miniature Augusta National jumpsuits, toting a light bag or tending a flagstick more than twice their height brings smiles to onlookers near and far.

Back in 1934 the winner, Horton Smith, won $1,500. The purse in 2016 was worth around $10 Million, with the winner, England’s Danny Willett, collecting close on 20% of that, very nice for a few days work. The first non-American to win was a South African by the name of Manny Zerman way back in 1992.

By the way, if you had looked at my dates in this article and thought “they don’t quite add up”, just to explain, between the years of 1943-1945 the Masters was cancelled due to World War II.

Wherever you decide to watch this grand event, I hope you all enjoy it immensely, as will I.

If you wish to come play any of the courses mentioned above, and even the famous Royal Gems, please do not hesitate to email info@golfasian.com

Sand, Sea…………And A Seven Iron

Sand, Sea…………And A Seven Iron

Mission Hills Phuket Golf Club Resort and SpaWhen people think of Thailand, and its paradise beaches, most think of the southern Islands, coconut trees, lying in a hammock swaying in the breeze, watching the sun go down with a cocktail in hand. Well, Phuket is all of that, and so much more. Phuket is one of those southern islands, surrounded by the beautiful and diverse Andaman Sea. Phuket and Golf go together very well, it’s a match made in golfers heaven. There are no less than eight championship golf courses just waiting for your visit. Most probably the best known in is Blue Canyon Country Club, the site of Tiger Woods’ 1998 Asian victory, and which has two championship layouts, the Canyon course and the Lakes course, both are a must play. Jack Nicklaus also has Mission Hills Golf Resort, a gem in Phuket. Some of the holes have the most amazing views looking out towards Phang Nga Bay, worth the admission fee alone.  Then there’s Laguna Golf Club and Red Mountain, the list just goes on and on.

 

There are numerous daily flights from Bangkok, as well as the many international flights, so Phuket makes for a great dual destination, so play in Bangkok and head down to the Islands.

 

Hyatt Regency ResortPhuket has an abundance of nightlife, full of fantastic restaurants offering the freshest seafood, as well as a huge choice of accommodation. No matter what you budget, there will be something to suit you perfectly. How about the first class JW Marriott Resort & Spa. Set in the most spectacular location, on the pristine sands of the world-famous Mai Khao Beach, this hotel welcomes you with 5-star guest rooms and suites and an impressive array of luxury amenities. Make yourself comfortable in their resort, which showcases sleek wooden floors, terracotta tiles, stunning views and much more. Dine at one of their 11 first-class exquisite restaurant and bar options, or experience the local delights within a short walk. After golf, enjoy their award-winning Mandara Spa.  Or choose the Hyatt Regency Resort, one of the few phuket hotels terraced up a steep hillside overlooking Kamala Cove at the southern tip of Kamala Beach. Their 201 rooms are larger in comparison to many of the Phuket hotel rooms available. Most of their rooms offer unobstructed panoramic views of the Andaman Sea with its spectacular tropical sunsets.

 

So, why not enjoy the sites, sounds, tastes and, of course, the golf, in Phuket. Golfasian can take care of everything. For a full and comprehensive quote, or just for some advice, please don’t hesitate to email info@golfasian.com

There’s A Giant In Bangkok

There’s A Giant In Bangkok

Choosing the right hotel is always a trying task, and with the enormous number of promotions, deals and programs out there, it can be downright overwhelming. It doesn’t help that these days most hotels have Websites full of tantalizing photos and slick promotional information that make you believe you’ll be bathed in luxury as soon as you step foot into the lobby. How can you tell if a hotel will live up to its own hype and, more importantly, if it’s the right hotel for you and your party? Difficult indeed.
Marriott DeluxeLarge, giant hotels, were plentiful in Bangkok, or so it seemed. The first time I ever stayed there, more than two decades ago, I stayed in the Silom area in the biggest hotel I’d ever seen, let alone been in. Th
ere aren’t actually too many of them around anymore, what with the large number of “Boutique” hotels coming up. Not that there’s anything wrong with these, quite the contrary. However a few years ago, there was an impressive, old hotel called the Imperial Queens park, located along Sukhumvit Road in downtown Bangkok, surrounded by several of the city’s most vibrant shopping, business and entertainment districts. That iconic hotel has now been completely renovated, into the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, which boasts 1,360 rooms and suites. The rooms are all practically brand new, it’s only just opened, and it still has that new smell. The breakfast is most probably the best choice I’ve seen in town, offering everything you could possible need in the morning to get you fired up for the days activities. This hotel really gives you a feeling of space. There are five restaurants to choose from at the moment, with another one on the roof opening very soon. Its modern design, intuitive technology and authentic experiences are aligned to challenge the status quo and address the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s discerning travelers. Close proximity to Phrom Phong’s BTS Skytrain Station really helps, as well as the EM District, a new shopping district, being just around the corner. If you are traveling with non-golfers, they will be set.

 

Marriott Coffee ShopWe are more than happy to help and guide you through the process; we know the hotels very well in Bangkok, and can help  all in your party make the most of their trip.

 

How about combining this hotel in a golf package. It’s popular with a lot of golf travellers.  So, why not enjoy this beautiful hotel in the heart of Bangkok. Golfasian can take care of everything. For a full and comprehensive quote, or just for some advice, please don’t hesitate to email info@golfasian.com

GOLF – IN THE BEST CITY ON EARTH

GOLF – IN THE BEST CITY ON EARTH

Bangkok has always been a favourite for travellers around the globe; it’s the heart of Asia after all. Packed full of great shopping, the best street food ever (I can vouch for this) and a hugely diverse cultural heritage, Bangkok is THE go to city.

The Continent - Deluxe Room

Hotels are plentiful, all priced very competitively to suit your budget. Location is very important in Bangkok, being close to the bts (sky train) is a must. Feel free to email any questions you may have in order to pick the right hotel. The Continent is a hotel we use a lot, not only because of its superb value for money and its great location, but also because the hotel itself offers everything you will need to make the most of your stay. A beautiful roof top bar & restaurant, plus the pool, give the best views over the city. The Westin Grande, in the same area, also offers the opulence needed from a luxury stay. Situated right next to the famous Terminal 21 shopping mall, as well as some of Bangkok’s top eateries, this hotel has become one of our best selling hotels. Both hotels are easy to get in and out off, making the transfers to the golf course easy.

 

Thai Country ClubNow, golf in Bangkok is becoming a must for golfers from all over the world. The only difficulty is how to pick which courses you want to play at! For the best advice, it’s best to ask, as I’ve pretty much played them all. There are around 40 courses within the area, and new ones being designed as we speak.  The newest of these is Nikanti. Located 35 km’s west of Bangkok, around an hour’s journey from most downtown hotels. Nikanti is Asia’s first 18 hole par 72 course comprising of 3 six hole layouts Each individual layout consists of two par threes, two par fours and two par fives. The design allows for starts at three different points on the course adding to your flexibility in the number of holes played. Yet whatever your handicap, you’ll definitely enjoy the day. All-inclusive rates include: green fee; golf cart with GPS technology; caddie fee; and meals before, during and after each round. Of course the one that usually springs to every golfers mind is The Royal Gems Golf City, indeed a unique course. This is Asia’s first course that incorporates copy holes from around the world. Included on the front nine is the Road Hole from St Andres, the Postage Stamp from Royal Troon and Sawgrass’ famous 17th Island Green. To top it all, the back nine copies the back nine of the Augusta National, including Amen Corner. Greg Norman, Gary Player and the late great Arnold Palmer have their courses in Bangkok. Jack Nicklaus also has a number in the area.

 

So, why not enjoy the sites, sounds, tastes and, of course, the golf, in Bangkok. Golfasian can take care of everything. For a full and comprehensive quote, or just for some advice, please don’t hesitate to email info@golfasian.com

8 Reasons Why You Should Never Choose Vietnam as Your Next Golf Holiday Destination

8 Reasons Why You Should Never Choose Vietnam as Your Next Golf Holiday Destination

Vietnam is a truly bad choice for your next golf holiday destination. Here’s why.

Note: Please don’t tell your friends.

1) The golf courses in the north of the country are plain ugly:

Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club
Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club

2) …and in the center:

BRG Da Nang Golf Resort

BRG Da Nang Golf Resort

3) …as well as in the south:

The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip
The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip

4) The caddies don’t know how to smile:

Caddies

5) The hotels are uncomfortable at best:

InterContinental Nha Trang
InterContinental Nha Trang

6) The beaches are a joke:

Vietnam beach

7) Cultural heritage is non-existend:

Hoi An Heritage

 

8) And as we all already know, the food is just disgusting:

Vietnamese Food

Now, you hopefully have a good idea as to why you should (not) book your next golf holiday to Vietnam!

Worry-Free At The Golf Tee: Enriching A Well Protected Golf Lifestyle With Travel Insurance

Worry-Free At The Golf Tee: Enriching A Well Protected Golf Lifestyle With Travel Insurance

The popularity of golf has skyrocketed across the world with several unexpected countries emerging as world-class golfing hubs. While the sport was previously confined to the shores of Europe and North America, the modern game has taken a turn towards the Orient with Asia emerging as a key travel scene for golf lovers. Paying tribute to the budding attractiveness of this sport in the region, unbeatable golf courses have rapidly sprung to life across Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and many other parts of the Asian sub-continent.

But every time golfers step on to the golf course, they have potential liabilities –– whether as players or spectators. That’s why Golfasian has created a comprehensive golf travel insurance package designed to meet your every travel need.

Remove Your Handicap By Choosing Golf Travel Insurance

Golfing liabilities can arise from practically anywhere –– whether you’re practicing, playing, driving buggies or simply attending tournaments as a spectator. To protect yourself from harmful risks and losses, you’ll naturally want to equip yourself with proper on-course and off-course protection.

With this in mind, Golfasian and Pacific Cross insurance have come together to offer an exclusive and all-inclusive insurance scheme for all golf enthusiasts looking to indulge in the lure of the game and the exquisiteness of the region. The next time you book a golf holiday, you may want to consider golf travel insurance, giving you access to the widest travel coverage at highly competitive premium rates.

Minimize Your Liability With Comprehensive Golf Travel Benefits

Golfasian provides a unique golf travel insurance package for golfers traveling to different parts of the Asian continent. Some of the highlights of Golfasian’s travel insurance include:

  • Up To US$ 75,000 Worth Of Medical Treatment: Medical treatment includes fees for surgery, ambulance, medicines, tests, hospitalization and follow-up care.
  • Up To US$ 65,000 Worth Of Personal Accident Insurance: This covers permanent disability or accidental death (inclusive of sight and limb loss). The maximum coverage will double when an insured person travels on public transport as a fare-paying passenger.
  • Baggage Damage/Loss Up To US$ 800 And Baggage Delay Up To US$ 125: Any damage or loss of baggage that results from theft, burglaries, accidents or mishandling will be covered up to US$ 800 with a limit of US$ 250 per baggage item. Any baggage delay of at least 12 hours will be covered up to US$ 65 per item for purchasing emergency items like clothing and toiletries.
  • Golfing Equipment Loss/Damage Up To US$ 2000: Any damage or loss to the golfing equipment of an insured person –– either in transit or at an accepted golf club will be covered up to US$ 2000 with a limit of US$250 per article.
  • Loss Of Travel Documents Up To US$ 1500: Any loss of travel documents will be reimbursed up to US$ 1500 to cover the cost of replacing air tickets, travel expenses, passports and accommodation. The travel documents may be lost because of accidents or burglaries.
  • Up to US$ 300 for Hole-In-One: If an insured person is able to score a Hole-In-One at an accepted golf club, then an allowance of up to US$ 300 is payable, if the person is able to submit a signed certificate from the golf club.

Avail Of The Most Enticing Golf Holidays From Golfasian

Whether you’re looking to take advantage of Thailand golf holidays, Malaysia golf holidays or Vietnam golf holidays, Golfasian has a bevy of enticing packages designed to meet your every travel need –– enabling you to relish in the spectacular backdrop of the Asian region by combining it with your favorite sport. And to help you transform into a smarter golf traveler, Golfasian empowers you with a well-thought-out travel insurance package, designed to make your golf holiday as stress-free as possible.

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

Golfing on the Enchanting Island of Phuket

Golfing on the Enchanting Island of Phuket

When you contemplate booking your next golf holiday, the superior courses of Thailand are beckoning to you to come experience some of the best golfing in Asia. Thailand, known as the Land of Smiles, features excellent golf courses dotting the kingdom, and none of them is more in demand than those of Phuket. Thailand’s largest island, Phuket is easy to get to and a proven destination point for tourists of all stripes. For golfers in particular, Phuket’s array of amenities makes traveling to the island a no brainer when scheduling your perfect, getaway golf holiday.

Top Golf Courses of Phuket, Thailand

Variety is the spice of life, and Phuket provides plenty of spice when it comes to selecting where you want to tee up for a great round of golf. The island hosts more than a half a dozen superior courses with challenges and beautiful vistas built into the design concepts of each course. If you are coming to Thailand in search of great links and superior golfing conditions, you will find both at any of Phuket’s top professional courses.

Red Mountain Golf Club

The crème-de-la-crème of Phuket golf courses, Red Mountain Golf Club provides the ultimate golfing experience for experts and novices alike. Built on the site of an abandoned tin mine, the 18-holes of Red Mountain Golf Club meanders across multiple elevations dominated by dense jungle terrain on the one hand, and towering cliffs of soft red rock of the former mining operation while providing some of the most challenging holes on the island. As the highest course on Phuket Island, you will be afforded incredible views regardless of which hole you playing. Additionally, this award-winning course is centrally located just minutes from famous beaches like Patong and Karon, so this provides a prime opportunity for the non-golfing members of your family to enjoy their vacation while you explore every inch of this awesome golf course.

Blue Canyon Country Club

Blue Canyon Country Club, located just minutes away from Phuket International Airport, provides the closest links for new arrivals, and the club is strategically placed to take advantage of the many amenities along the island’s west coast. Blue Canyon offers two distinct golfing experiences: The Canyons and The Lakes. The Canyons, set in a natural environment that features 80 bunkers and ten holes where water plays a challenging role, is a championship-grade course with greens that run both fast and true. By comparison, The Lakes course navigates around three dozen bunkers and 17 holes that are impacted by the water hazards that lend the course its name.

The Incredible Caddies of Phuket

In the world of golf tourism, the Kingdom of Thailand has a secret weapon at its disposal that places it far above its competition, its cadre of highly qualified caddies. Rooted in the kindness of the Thai people, Thailand’s caddies are not only extensively trained in the fine art of golf, but they also deliver a fun experience for the more than 600,000 golf tourists expected to travel to Thailand this year. Friendliness is a way of life in Thailand, and guests are made to feel as if they are members of the family immediately upon disembarking from the plane.

Top 3 Reasons to Golf in Thailand

Top 3 Reasons to Golf in Thailand

For the true golf aficionado, distance means nothing unless it pertains to judging which club to grab from your golf bag to make that sweet shot on the back nine. As such, the world is your oyster when it comes to locating the next great golfing destination, and Thailand is the pearl you will find when you schedule your Thailand golf holiday.

A fully inclusive Thailand golf package puts you directly on the green for some of the best golfing that the world has to offer. With more than two hundred established golf courses in the country, an already well-established and robust tourist industry, superior climate, and some of the nicest people in the world, Thailand golf excursions are a perfect way to spend your holidays.

1. Great Golfing Options as Varied as Thailand Itself

As mentioned, with more than two hundred golf courses peppered throughout the country, the Kingdom of Thailand golf scene is already well established and awaiting your arrival. Even better, the rich environmental diversity of the country affords a Thailand golf holiday that directly matches your preferences.

For example, the experience of golfing in the highland mountainous regions affords breathtaking vistas rivaled only by the courses along the stunning beach resorts of Phuket and Hua Hin. Additional options include excellent golf courses in close proximity to the vibrant nightlife of the nation’s capital of Bangkok. In short, you decide on the Thailand golf experience that you want and there is a Thailand golf package aimed at meeting those specific desires and expectations.

2. The Rich Cultural Diversity of Thailand

Beyond offering stunning Thailand golf options, the country itself features one of the oldest and unique cultures in the world, so there is something to do for everyone in your traveling party. These adventures encompass everything from exploring towering waterfalls, visiting ancient Buddhist temples, trekking through jungle terrain atop an Asian elephant, or shopping in high-end boutique shops in the famed shopping districts of the country.

For “foodies” in your party, Thailand offers incredible cuisine that combines both international flavors and rich homegrown tastes in an explosion of flavors on your taste buds. Whether the motivation is a Thailand golf holiday or a Thailand pleasure getaway, there is something for everyone when you visit the nation that goes by the moniker, “Land of Smiles.”

3. Well Established Tourism Infrastructure

With a reputation as a visitor destination point owing to its rich cultural traditions and brilliant natural beauty, scheduling a Thailand golf holiday is easy because of the already well-established tourist industry. The Tourism Authority of Thailand is dedicated to supporting the development of an international Thailand golf industry, so there is a wealth of information available to plan your Thailand golf holiday. From five-star rated hotels dominating the skyline to charming Thai style bungalows nestled along the coastline, there is a large array of accommodation options regardless of where you decide to tee up within the country.

Plan Your Thailand Golf Holiday Today

If you are looking for a golfing experience unlike any other, consider planning a Thailand golf package that is without compare. Offering a beautiful climate year round, warm and inviting people, and plenty of thongs to do both on and off the award winning golf courses, a Thailand golf holiday is a great way to spend your time away from the office. Award winning Golfasian offers customized golf holidays in Thailand and it’s neighboring countries.

10 Reasons Why You Should Never Choose Thailand as Your Next Golf Holiday Destination

10 Reasons Why You Should Never Choose Thailand as Your Next Golf Holiday Destination

Thailand is a truly bad choice for your next golf holiday destination. Here’s why.

Note: Please don’t tell your friends.

1) The golf courses in the north of the country are plain ugly:

Alpine Golf Course Chiang Mai
Alpine Golf Resort in Chiang Mai

2) …and in the center:

Thai Country Club
Thai Country Club in Bangkok

3) …as well as in the south:

Mission Hills Phuket
Mission Hills Phuket

4) The Thai caddies don’t know how to smile:

Thai Caddies

5) It’s almost impossible to find a massage or spa:

Spa

6) Nightlife is non-existent:

Bangkok Nightlife

7) Nor are there any nice rooftop bars:

Bangkok rooftop bar
Vertigo Grill & Moon Bar in Bangkok

8) The hotels are uncomfortable at best:

Rest Detail
Rest Details Hotel Hua Hin

9) The beaches are a joke:

Thailand beach

10) And as we all already know, the food is just disgusting:

Thai Food

Now, you hopefully have a good idea as to why you should (not) book your next golf holiday to Thailand!

Pattaya Golf Named Best in Asia/Pacific for 2012

Pattaya Golf Named Best in Asia/Pacific for 2012

The memory of the brutality of a course landscaped by burrowing
animals makes playing a well-maintained course that much more spiritually
uplifting. And this is why Thailand’s golf establishment has once again been
honored by the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators (or the
IAGTO) as they have named the coastal city of Pattaya Asia/Pacific’s number 1
golf destination for 2012. The whole country actually received the award in
2010.

At the top of the list this year is Pattaya’s own Siam
Country Club
, which was named the best maintained course in the region. But
that isn’t all. Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin was named the best
championship course in the region and Thai Country Club right here in Bangkok
was named the second best layout in the region.

Green~57But ratings and accolades aside, there are a lot of beautiful
unsung courses in Thailand. Some part of me believes that there is an effort on
the part of local golfers to keep a few courses to ourselves. Of course it is
my business to let the cat out of the bag about this sort of thing, so here it
goes…

Khao Yai is a good place to start, as it doesn’t see as much
traffic as Pattaya or Bangkok. First let’s look at Mountain Creek Golf Resort
and Residence. The 27 hole course designed by Seve Ballesteros is laid out over
3 9 hole loops, each designed to take the best advantage of their natural
setting – highland, creek, and valley (also the names of the loop). The courses
layout is so harmonious with the natural landscape that the experience is truly
transcendental, it’s also a great course for a very short, or a very long
round, if you don’t have much time or have too much of it.

There are more there in the Khao Yai National Forest area,
and lots of great golf in Thailand (obviously Pattaya is a good spot to hit and
Bangkok’s golf offerings aint to shabby either) but you’ll have to wait for the
next article or check out the Golf
Thailand
site to learn more about those!

 

Does Phuket Need to Reconsider Its Golf Strategy?

Does Phuket Need to Reconsider Its Golf Strategy?

GreenPhuket Golf has always been a major attraction for tourists from all over the world who love to spend their time staying in first class resorts on this beautiful Thai island.

The same can be said for golf, and even the likes of Tiger Woods and Greg Norman have played here at the islands only true Championship course the famous Blue Canyon.

For such a small island, it is unusual to find such a wide variety of golf challenges, from seaside to mountain layouts, and all within a maximum of 45 minutes from your hotel.

The Phuket golf courses are: Phuket Country Club (27 holes); Blue Canyon (36 holes); Lock Palm (18 holes); Red Mountain (18 holes); Laguna Phuket Golf Club (18 holes); Mission Hills Phuket (18 holes); Phukana (nine holes, floodlit.).

The majority of these courses are in good condition and certainly they offer some great memorable holes, especially the 14th at Blue Canyon and the 17th at Red Mountain.

The problem is that most of the green fees are extremely high compared with similar standard courses in other parts of the country.

Here you could be looking at little change from Baht6, 000 once you have tipped your caddie at the end of the round.

Chanwut Hongyok the GM at the island’s busiest course Phuket Country Club has recently said in a local magazine that Phuket needs to start to look at its golf courses and to begin to be more competitive. He explained that it is now unlikely that there will be any new courses built ever again, as the land prices are just too expensive. Therefore he said the existing courses have to rethink how to fill more tee times.

I agree with him that things need to change otherwise the existing clubs will start to loose business.

That said, the Island is still home to one of my all time great golf experiences, Red Mountain, which is expensive, but delivers on all fronts. A great layout, well trained caddies, wonderful modern club house, top class clubs for hire and a certain magic.

Definitely worth booking through a golf travel operator here, and save on both green fees and hotels, then you can enjoy this part of the World’s golf paradise!

 

Playing and Staying on a Thai Golf Course

Playing and Staying on a Thai Golf Course

There is no better feeling than waking up to the sound of wildlife and knowing that you are about to experience a great round of golf.

Golf 2Many of the 250 golf courses across Thailand offer first class accommodation along, with sports facilities, bars, swimming pools and restaurants.

With the high cost of golf course maintenance many clubs now also rely on real estate to help their cash flow, and several courses offer luxury villas and condominiums beside the course too.

Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin is a good example where you can book one of their golf club suites.
The club house has four very exclusive and comfortable suites available with infinity water features and spectacular views across the entire golf course.

All their suites are equipped with luxurious interiors which include, en suite facilities, 42" flat screen TV's, DVD player, music system, satellite TV and mini bar.

It is hard to beat the beauty of having breakfast on the terrace overlooking the front 9 holes or a night cap in Mulligans!

Banyan Resort about 15 minutes away has 75 villas with pools and restaurants as well.

Over at the Chiang Mai Highlands Golf Club up in Chiang Mai, they have a number of villas known as The Resort at Chiangmai Highlands. They are only a short walk away from our clubhouse, yet are privately set amongst the trees, along the creek flowing through the course.  The resort offers Superior Resort Villas, larger Deluxe Resort Villas and Family Villas.  Resort Guests have access to the swimming pool and fitness facilities and receive a preferred green fee rate during their stay.

This Award winning course meanders along the mountains of this Northern region of Thailand, and offers a great golfing experience.

If you prefer the night life then head for the city centre hotels, however you will certainly enjoy the privilege of staying at two exceptional golf courses in Thailand. Check out www.golfasian.com for or more information.

Young Thailand Golfers on Winning Trail

Young Thailand Golfers on Winning Trail

GolfBig_f2Golf in Thailand‘s youth policy especially in golf seems to be paying off.

First a 15 year old Thai player wins in the USA, and Thai Juniors are confident of winning in Asia too next month.

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand won the 63rd U.S. Girls Junior championship recently, scoring a 2 and 1 victory over Dottie Ardina of the Philippines at Olympia Fields Country Club in the States.

It was the first victory in a match-play tournament for the 15-year-old, who captured the AJGA Girls Junior title earlier this year.

“This tournament is so big, it’s like a major to me,” Ariya said.

Earlier this month, she played in the U.S. Women’s Open, as did her sister Moriya, who caddied for her in this tournament because of a sore left wrist.

“I was so confident this week, because it’s easier than the Open,” Ariya said. “The back nine [in the afternoon], I had no power, but I still played good.”

Thailand Golf aims to win fourth consecutive titles in both men’s and women’s teams when it plays the Bangkok golf course, Royal Hills Golf Club outside Bangkok hosts the 32nd Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship next month.

Thailand Golf Association president Rungsrid Luxitanond told a press conference yesterday that eight countries will take part in the annual tournament – Thailand, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Burma.

The event will take place from Aug 2-5 at Royal Hills Golf Resort and Spa in Nakhon Nayok.

The Thai men’s and women’s squads have won the team titles three times in a row and Rungsrid hopes that both teams will win again.

Bernard Langer did wonders for German golf as did the likes of Faldo and Tiger for their respective countries too.

Thongchai Jaidee the Thai golf hero has also made a big impact here in Asia and even runs his own junior golf academy in Lopburi.

With a golf course within easy reach (there are 250 across Thailand) and a policy where golf clubs actually go out of their way to encourage youngsters to come and play, it’s no wonder golf is in such a healthy state in Thailand.

Wildlife, Scenery and Outstand Golf…Khao Yai Thailand

Wildlife, Scenery and Outstand Golf…Khao Yai Thailand

When considering a golf vacation in Thailand it would be fair to say that most of us are likely to end up going with the flow to head for the popular destinations namely Phuket, Hua Hin , Pattaya and Chiang Mai.

02_golf02 Naturally Bangkok has the largest selection of championship courses, so it is a great place to start your vacation. However one area which is gaining a lot of attention is Khao Yai., approximately 2 hours north of Bangkok.

Khao Yai National Park, approximately 2 hours north of Bangkok, is situated in the Sankambeng Mountain Range, the southern prolongation of the Dong Phaya Yen Mountains.

The park is the second largest in Thailand. It covers an area of 2,168 square kilometers, including evergreen forests and grasslands. Its altitude mostly ranges from 400 to 1000 m above sea level.

Khao Yai National Park has three main seasons, with an annual mean temperature of 23 degrees Celsius, though this varies greatly with the seasons.

Rainy Season Is from May to October. During this season most days have high rates of precipitation. The atmosphere is humid with average temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius during the day dropping to 13 degrees Celsius at night. Good waterfalls for travelers.

Cold season is from November to February, with clear skies, sunny and cool. The average temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius during the day and 10 degrees Celsius at night. Good time for hiking.

Hot Season Is from March to April. Humid with day temperatures of 20-30 degrees Celsius and 17 degrees Celsius at night.

Apart from the fabulous wildlife, this region is also the home to a number of first class golf courses, each one offering great golf, in spectacular scenery.

A brilliant setting for a coveted lifestyle, Toscana Valley Golf Club offers diverse range of recreational activities. The 18-holes Toscana Valley Golf Course at Khao Yai ascribes its handsome design to renowned golf course architect Bob McFarland.

Complimented by the stunning Khao Yai backdrop, the charming ambience resembles the environment of Toscana Valley, Italy.

Toscana Valley Golf Course was developed by the same team of experts responsible for creating world-class golf courses such as Green Valley Golf Course (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Rayong; Thailand), Windmill Country Club (Bangkok), Saint Andrews Hill 2000 (Rayong), Lotus Hill View Golf Club (China) and Guangzhou International Golf Course (China).

Apart from the golf Toscana offers equestrian facilities, where you can take advantage of professional instruction in horseback riding. For those who are already experienced, there is access to numerous riding paths through breathtaking Khao Yai scenery. If residents would prefer to casually stroll or have a vigorous walk, a vast network of hiking trails can be explored on foot.

Another club to recommend is Kiri Maya an exclusive 18-hole championship golf course – designed by Jack Nicklaus. It is set within natural surroundings with panoramic views of Khao Yai’s lush greenery and mountains. The course ranges from 4,875 yards (ladies) to an incredible 7,115 yards (tournament) and with its single-track layout, golfers feel as if they are the only ones on the entire course for a truly memorable golf experience.

Panorama Golf & Country Club is set amidst the meandering hills outside of Nakorn Ratchasima also in the Khao Yai area. This Thailand golf course offers some challenging play in simply striking natural surroundings. Although it offers relatively few hazards, this challenging, breezy course is nevertheless difficult, relying on the natural lay of the land rather than man-made obstacles. In addition to the immaculately maintained course, while playing Panorama G&CC only on two holes will you ever see another golfer on a different hole, 16 of the 18 holes has its own separate corridor of natural beauty and stunning scenery.

Most of the area does not cater for mass tourism so forget the 400 bed hotels. Check out https://www.golfasian.com/ and I am sure they will find you some wonderful small villa style hotels to stay in.

If you crave for something different, and are fed up with playing your golf back home next to a motorway or nearby a city centre, then please head for Khao Yai. You will not be disappointed.

Caddie Championship in Thailand

Caddie Championship in Thailand

Thailand is well known as a hot golfing destination with over 260 great golf courses and those ever smiling Thai Caddies.

Thailand Golf Caddies Come rain or shine they read the greens, give you the yardage, hold your umbrella and if you are lucky even give your shoulders a quick massage too.

After putting up with us holiday hackers, you would have thought they would have had enough of the golf course, but a large number actually like to play a round themselves.

Smart thinking General Managers encourage them to play on Monday’s or late in the evening, as it improves their knowledge and understanding of their course and the game overall.

Taking this a step further they now hold a series of Caddie Championships in various regions around Thailand sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Singha.

The hunt is on to find Thailand’s best lady caddy golfer.

The TAT – Singha Caddy Championship 2011 consists of six qualifying rounds leading to a grand final at Siam Old Course on September 26th.

All the rounds take place on a Monday rotating across six venues- Putalong Navy in Pattaya, Singha Park in Kong Kaen, Narai Hills in Lopburi, Majestic Creek in Hua Hin, Royal Hills in Nakon Nayok and Burapha in Pattaya.

There are 144 places at each venue and the top 24 golfers will qualify for the grand final. The sponsors’ support allows the caddies to play for a small entry fee that includes green fee, dinner and a lucky draw.

The Grand Final at Siam Old Course will see 144 qualifiers battling for the title of Thailand Caddy Champion, with a first prize of Baht 55,000.

What started out as a simple idea seems to be catching on as a team of Korean Caddies will fly to Thailand later in the year to play a team of Thai Caddies. Later on the will hold the International Caddy Championship in 2012 with teams from China, Japan, Korea and Thailand competing.

Maybe we can expect to find the future Michelle Wie or Yany Seng from these events.

Bottom line is the golf vacationers will now be getting some expert tips which has to be good!

All of this is great news for golfers and caddies alike. Next time you see that smiling face on the first tee, stop and think whether she might be a future LPGA champion as a result of this special opportunity.

Secret Thai Golfing Gem

Secret Thai Golfing Gem

Kanchanaburi is perhaps better known as the centre of Thailand’s gem industry, where mining has been going on for a number of years.

Many tourists also head there to visit the River Kwai and the railway made famous in World War 2.

08 However soon Kanchanaburi will add a new attraction, when the Blue Diamond Resort opens next March.

The brainchild of Dr Prachin Eamlumnow, who has made his fortune organizing the Bangkok International Motor Show, Blue Diamond, is a huge 2,000 rai project, with a five star golf course to be known as Grand Prix Golf club.

I have been fortunate enough to have been invited to play the front nine holes and it will definitely become one of Thailand’s top courses. Thongchai Jaidee and host of other professionals are due there soon to try the course too.

This new addition to Thailand’s 280 golf clubs will definitely lift the appeal to head for a few rounds to the Kanchanaburi region. It is only a 2 hour road trip West of Bangkok and it already boasts several courses.

These include Blue Sapphire Golf Club, Dragon Hills Golf & Country Club, Evergreen Hills Golf Club & Resort, Grand Garden Resort & Golf Club, Green World Hot Spring Resort & Golf Club, Mission Hills Kanchanburi Resort & Golf Club, River Kwai Golf & Country Club, and Royal Ratchaburi Golf Club. Nichigo Resort & Country Club is also a great course but apparently it is currently closed.

Nearest to the River Kwai is River Kwai Golf & Country Club. Many golfers are keen to play the course which bears the name of this famous region. There may be better designed and presented courses in the River Kwai region, but the jungle-lined fairways of this sometimes hilly course, will certainly provide your game with a challenging and exciting workout. The course is located alongside the banks of River Kwai Noi. With water in play on most holes, and several long tee shots to make this is both a very natural and at times testing course.

This is an 18 hole, 6564 yards Par 72 golf course designed by Art-Anan Yomchinda.The elevated clubhouse is large and modern, with wide ranging views and comprehensive facilities.

Another popular course is Blue Sapphire next door to the new Blue Diamond Resort. This 36 hole course meanders through a working gems mine with hills and lakes to challenge all types of golfers. There is the Canyon and the Ocean Courses to tackle.

Mission Hills Kanchanaburi Resort & Golf Club is owned by the same team who run Mission Hills in Phuket. It is a Jack Nicklaus designed 18 hole course which according to their website will test your mind, spirit, swing and soul! You have been warned.

If you have played golf in Hua Hin, Pattaya, Phuket or Chiang Mai then Kanchanaburi makes an excellent two centre stop when starting your golf vacation in Bangkok. Check out www.golfasian.com for more Thailand golf vacations.

 

Golf Comes With a Big Smile in Thailand

Golf Comes With a Big Smile in Thailand

Having played my short golfing time in the UK, the Middle East and now in Asia, I have to say there is a definite magic in the air when you tee off at a Thai golf course that is hard to find elsewhere.

IMG_6929 Perhaps our definition of what makes a great round of golf may slightly differ from continent to continent.

I have never experienced playing golf in Scotland and I am sure getting a good Scottish breakfast after a round at these historical courses must be awesome.

Also it is hard to beat the quality of the rock hard greens at most of the top UAE golf courses, and their club houses definitely offer everything for the pampered oil execs.

But as Thongchai Jaidee Asia’s golf super star has said, ‘What makes playing a round here in the Kingdom is the warmth and friendliness you receive by everyone from the taxi drivers to the locker room attendants.’

Certainly the smiles from the beautiful caddies can go a long way to making your round of golf in the Kingdom of Thailand an extremely pleasant experience. They know how to read the greens like a popular paperback novel, so you may with their help, break your record too!!!

This coupled with the huge variety of courses…280 in all across the country… makes taking a golf vacation in Thailand a true challenge for all levels.

Add the shopping, spas, cultural temples and palaces and the 5 star services in the hotels and restaurants and Thai golf vacations are hard to resist.

The Thai government is fully aware of the appeal its course hold, and they have created a number of excellent golf tours offered by a number of leading golf travel such as Golfasian.

You can play golf all year round even during the green season (rainy season) as the course have fantastic drainage systems so play is really delayed that long between showers.

If you like the links of Scotland or the seaside courses of Abu Dhabi, then don’t worry these types of courses and more can be found all across the kingdom… but the smile comes free.

What Makes a Great Golfing Experience in Thailand?

What Makes a Great Golfing Experience in Thailand?

I read recently that a large percentage of golfers in Europe don’t feel they are getting their monies worth during their round of golf.

High green fees, poor quality of locker rooms, badly maintained greens, slow playing conditions. These are a few of their gripes.

Muang Kaew 0611_H4_3184 Here in Thailand I think playing golf is a lot more laid back than playing say in Europe, so maybe we don’t expect too much. But we all expect our round of golf to go smoothly.

Bangkok is in fact spoilt for choice when it comes to first class golf clubs. There are approximately over 60 clubs within the Bangkok metro region, several that can be called Championship courses.

Most of them are very well run, and your experience can be extremely memorable.

But of course you do need to avoid some of the rush hours such as national holidays, when the courses are busy with part time golfers.

I am sure that there have been occasions when you have had to wait on the tee boxes while a five ball ahead slowly putts out. Then they decide to play a game of cards, and grab a full course meal. I have known a round to take up to 5 and half hours which is painful.

The clubs that are popular however seem to adopt sensible policies with a maximum of four players per round and a good course marshal will cleverly move along the slow coaches, even giving their caddies a lift in the golf cart.

It is very rare to find a hold up at the Thai Country Club in Bangkok, where they still manage to push through over 55,000 rounds a year. And of course their facilities are top class being part of the Peninsula hotel group.

Maung Kaew Golf Club is another popular 18 hole course near to Bangkok’s airport that seems to work. They have great greens and very professional caddies who politely move the players along.

Of course every club will tell you they have a quite time. Maybe it is on Thursday afternoon’s or early on Monday’s. It’s worth asking the receptionist at the club, or even the caddies themselves, as they can give you the real information.

During the summer month’s some clubs have twilight rates starting at 3pm , so it is possible to play up to 7pm getting in a full round when it is not busy.

While the rest of the world seems to be announcing a golf recession with golf clubs closing down, it seems nobody told the golf course owners here in Thailand.

Every year we seem to have new courses opening. In the past 12 months we have had Riverdale Golf Club in Bangkok, brought to you by the same team that built Phuket’s Red Mountain Golf Club. Then there was the Royal Gems Golf City with a replica of the back nine holes at Augusta.

Both these clubs offer the golfing experience, and of course playing a round in the warm weather and to be assisted by a smiling Thai caddie helps too! Enjoy your next round in the Kingdom of golf and smiles!