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Stunning New Mountain Course at Quy Nhon, Vietnam

Stunning New Mountain Course at Quy Nhon, Vietnam

Paul Myers

April 4th, 2017

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“Out like a lamb, in like a lion,” observes Brian Curley as he completes his round on the newly-opened Mountain Course at FLC Quy Nhon Golf Links in Central Vietnam. Curley – a low handicap golfer who originally hailed from Pebble Beach, California (pictured below […]

Record holes-in-one at Vietnam tournament

Record holes-in-one at Vietnam tournament

Paul Myers

March 31st, 2017

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Thanh Hoa, Vietnam, March 31: Statistically, a hole-in-one is made every 13,000 rounds by an amateur golfer and every 2500 rounds by a professional – or about four times a year on a course hosting 50,000 amateur rounds annually and once every two weeks on […]

Changing the golf landscape in Asia

Changing the golf landscape in Asia

Paul Myers

December 6th, 2016

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The chairman of the company managing FLC Quy Nhon Golf Links, last month jointly named as best new course in Asia Pacific, has predicted its parent company’s projects along Vietnam’s coast will “change the landscape” of golf resorts and golf tourism in Asia. Luu Duc […]

International Golf Media Gives FLC Quy Nhon ‘Thumbs Up’

International Golf Media Gives FLC Quy Nhon ‘Thumbs Up’

Paul Myers

October 6th, 2016

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Quy Nhon, Vietnam, October 6 — The first international media visit to FLC Quy Nhon Golf Links has re-affirmed the Nicklaus Design course and integrated resort in central Vietnam as Asia’s most stunning new golf destination. Fifteen media from six Asian countries – all of […]

FLC Group to build 20 golf courses in Vietnam

FLC Group to build 20 golf courses in Vietnam

Paul Myers

June 24th, 2016

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Hanoi, Vietnam, June 23 — Publicly-listed Vietnam company, FLC Group, has announced plans to build 20 new golf courses in Vietnam in the next five years. The Hanoi-based company – a major developer of apartments, shopping centres, industrial parks and resorts – already has USD1 […]

Nine-hole Additions to Thailand’s Top Courses

Nine-hole Additions to Thailand’s Top Courses

Paul Myers

February 2nd, 2016

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Bangkok, February 2 — New nine-hole additions at three of Thailand’s leading golf courses and the launch of an amateur 2-ball tournament in Pattaya headline a tantalising menu for golf tourists visiting the Kingdom in 2016. Two of the new nine-hole layouts – at Chiangmai […]

Ernie Els’ First SE Asia Course in World Top 100

Paul Myers

January 27th, 2016

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Langkawi, January 27 — The Els Club Teluk Datai, designed by four-time Major winner Ernie Els and opened in mid 2014, has catapulted into the world top 100 golf course rankings announced by US Golf Digest. The par-72, 6750-yard course set in a dramatic jungle […]

Third 72-hole Amateur Golf Tournament in Asia

Third 72-hole Amateur Golf Tournament in Asia

Paul Myers

January 20th, 2016

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Bangkok, January 21 — The growing appeal of amateur golf tournaments in Asia has resulted in a third 72-hole, multi-course event – to be held in Pattaya, Thailand in June – being announced by pioneers of the concept, Golfasian and Go Golfing. The new tournament, […]

12 Asian Courses in World’s Top 100

12 Asian Courses in World’s Top 100

Paul Myers

January 6th, 2016

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Golf in Asia has truly come of age with 12 Asian layouts included in the latest Golf Digest list of the Top 100 courses worldwide. While the usual suspects are deservedly at the top, Hirono (Japan) came in at 21, Shanquin Bay (Hainan, China) at […]

Sky Lake Named Best Championship Course in Vietnam

Paul Myers

December 18th, 2015

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Hanoi, December 18 — Sky Lake Golf and Lake Resort on Hanoi’s south-west fringe has been named best championship course in Vietnam for 2015, following previous awards as the country’s most challenging course in 2012/2013 and being included among the top five courses in Vietnam […]

Sir Nick Faldo Urges New Approach to Golf Course Design

Sir Nick Faldo Urges New Approach to Golf Course Design

Paul Myers

November 23rd, 2015

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By Paul Myers Six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo (pictured below) has joined a growing chorus of current and former players and industry icons who have called for a new approach to golf course design and alternative formats for amateur golf. Speaking during the Laguna […]

Luxury car and villa among prizes at Laguna Golf Classic

Luxury car and villa among prizes at Laguna Golf Classic

Paul Myers

October 2nd, 2015

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Lang Co, Vietnam, October 1 — Prizes including a resort villa, a luxury Mercedes-Benz sedan and lifetime golf club membership will be on offer when the inaugural Laguna Classic amateur golf tournament is played at Laguna Lang Co Golf Club near Danang, Vietnam in mid […]

Laguna Classic Offers Single Venue Entries

Laguna Classic Offers Single Venue Entries

Paul Myers

August 12th, 2015

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Phuket, Thailand, August 12 — Laguna Phuket Golf Club, host venue of the first leg of the Laguna Golf Classic, has announced single-venue packages for amateur golfers to play in next month’s inaugural tournament. From USD250 (THB8750) without accommodation – and from USD750 (THB26,250) with […]

Sir Nick Faldo to Host Amateur Tournament in Vietnam

Sir Nick Faldo to Host Amateur Tournament in Vietnam

Paul Myers

July 30th, 2015

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Lang Co, Vietnam, July 30 – Sir Nick Faldo, newly-appointed as brand ambassador for Laguna Lang Co in Central Vietnam, is partnering with the acclaimed golf resort in a series of new amateur golf tournaments, including the inaugural Laguna Golf Classic in November. As home […]

Asia’s Golf Marketing Amigos

Asia’s Golf Marketing Amigos

Paul Myers

July 1st, 2015

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Bangkok, July 1 — Almost every day of the year the luggage carousels at international airport terminals in Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur disgorge hundreds of sets of golf clubs owned by amateur golfers from every corner of the globe. […]

Laguna Phuket Joins Golf in a Kingdom

Laguna Phuket Joins Golf in a Kingdom

Paul Myers

May 12th, 2015

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Bangkok, May 12 — Newly-revamped Laguna Phuket Golf Club, which re-opened in January after an 18-month makeover by acclaimed designer Paul Jansen, has joined Thailand’s Golf In A Kingdom collective. The par 71, 6719-yard eco-friendly layout has been hailed as one of Asia’s leading resort […]

Montgomerie Links Vietnam: 5 Years of Success

Montgomerie Links Vietnam: 5 Years of Success

Paul Myers

April 15th, 2015

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On April 19,2010, when Colin Montgomerie played an exhibition round at the course bearing his name near Danang, golf was unknown on the Central Coast of Vietnam. While his score of 68 remains the course record at Montgomerie Links Vietnam, designed by the eight-times European […]

Vietnam’s Growth Impresses Danang Golf Club Designer

Vietnam’s Growth Impresses Danang Golf Club Designer

Paul Myers

March 16th, 2015

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Danang, Vietnam, March 16 — Harley Kruse, who designed Danang Golf Club for Greg Norman’s golf course design company, returned to Vietnam in February for the first time in five years and left highly impressed with the course and how golf has developed in the […]

Revamp Transforms Laguna Phuket Golf Club

Revamp Transforms Laguna Phuket Golf Club

Paul Myers

November 12th, 2014

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Phuket, Thailand, November 12 — Laguna Phuket, Asia’s first integrated destination resort, located on the Thai island of Phuket, will relaunch its 18-hole championship golf course in early January after a revamp by one of the world’s leading golf course architects. Laguna Phuket Golf Club, […]

Golf Academy China Opens at Spring City

Golf Academy China Opens at Spring City

Paul Myers

August 29th, 2014

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Kunming, China, Aug 29 — A new golf academy has opened at Spring City Golf & Lake Resort near Kunming in south-west China. The Golf Academy China – operated by the same company that runs golf academies in Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia and Bali, […]

Nine reasons to play golf in Thailand

Nine reasons to play golf in Thailand

Paul Myers

May 23rd, 2014

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Nine, or gao in the Thai language, is considered a lucky number in Thailand. Which is also auspicious for golfers, since nine holes constitute half a round. Golf is one of the fastest-growing participation sports in the kingdom, with many young people, men and women […]

Scott Hend, the ultimate golf traveller

Scott Hend, the ultimate golf traveller

Paul Myers

May 21st, 2014

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Among international professional golfers, Scott Hend may be the game’s ultimate traveller. The Florida-based Australian native, who was second on the Asian Tour’s money list last year, splits his time between his home in Ponte Vedra Beach, the web.com and Asian tours and leading tournaments […]

Rodger Davis Pioneers Pro-Ams Overseas

Rodger Davis Pioneers Pro-Ams Overseas

Paul Myers

March 31st, 2014

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Australian Rodger Davis, who has won 30 professional golf tournaments – including the NZ PGA Senior Championship in mid-March – is the figurehead of new Pro-Am golf holidays to exotic destinations in Asia Pacific. The first four-round event, in which one professional golfer plays with […]

The Success Formula for Pay-for-Play Golf

The Success Formula for Pay-for-Play Golf

Paul Myers

March 31st, 2014

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What Prasertchai Phornprapha (Khun Chai as he is known), the managing director of Siam Country Club near Pattaya, Thailand, lacks in physical size he more than makes up for in vision, tenacity and belief in the region as a world-class golf destination. For the past […]

Centara World Masters Set For Hua Hin in June

Centara World Masters Set For Hua Hin in June

Paul Myers

March 31st, 2014

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Adopting the format of Australia’s largest amateur tournament for club golfers and bringing it to Asia may seem a relatively straightforward task. But the logistics and organisation required to plan and stage an event for up to 600 players from around the world in an […]

Loch Palm Gets Nod of Approval

Loch Palm Gets Nod of Approval

Paul Myers

February 20th, 2014

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Bangkok, Feb 20 — Is Loch Palm one of the most under-rated golf courses in Thailand? Dutch golfers Marius Koen and Peter Kloeppers think so. And so does Mark Siegel, the owner of leading Thai inbound golf tourism company, Golfasian, who says he enjoys Loch […]

Luxury on Vietnam’s Central Coast

Luxury on Vietnam’s Central Coast

Paul Myers

December 9th, 2013

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Luxury can be a cliché when describing hotels, resorts, travel destinations and experiences. These days it seems everyone has luxury in one form or another. If luxury means sumptuous surroundings, exquisite design and furnishing, scintillating scenery, elegant accoutrements and delectable food, Vietnam’s Central Coast more […]

A True Links Course Joins Asia’s Elite

A True Links Course Joins Asia’s Elite

Paul Myers

November 23rd, 2013

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Danang, Vietnam, November 21 — Few sports cling to their time-proven traditions like golf. Despite massive changes in technology, phenomenal growth of the game around the world and huge money for top players, one constant remains: links land on which the game began 500 years […]

Hua Hin To Host Centara World Masters Tournament

Hua Hin To Host Centara World Masters Tournament

Paul Myers

November 20th, 2013

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Hua Hin, November 19 — Hua Hin, named last week as 2014 golf destination of the year for Asia and Australasia, is to host its own version of the world’s largest and most successful amateur tournament for club golfers aged 35 and over. The Centara […]

Black Mountain Again Named Best Course in Thailand

Black Mountain Again Named Best Course in Thailand

Paul Myers

November 13th, 2013

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Hua Hin, Thailand, Nov 12 – As it nears the end of just its seventh year since opening in April 2007, Black Mountain Golf Club near Hua Hin has confirmed its status as Thailand’s best course and one of the great championship layouts in Asia. […]

D’ablo Zooms Up Sportswear Rankings

Paul Myers

October 24th, 2013

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Bangkok, October 24 — Competing with big international golf sportswear brands like Nike, Callaway, Puma and Footjoy would be enough to frighten off most aspiring competitors. But not Bangkok-based D’ablo Sportswear, the company with a cheeky name that husband and wife team Tyson and Jib […]

A Golf Course Making A Difference

A Golf Course Making A Difference

Paul Myers

October 23rd, 2013

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Hue, Vietnam, October 23 — It’s not unusual in Asia to play on a golf course next to paddy fields of rice. It’s also quite common for golf clubs to have a close relationship with their local community, especially as a source of permanent and […]

Vietnam’s Central Coast Woos Golf Tourists

Vietnam’s Central Coast Woos Golf Tourists

Paul Myers

September 23rd, 2013

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Danang, Vietnam, September 23 — New stay-and-play packages for golfers visiting Vietnam’s Central Coast makes this booming golf and holiday destination an attractive short-stay option for the autumn/fall season. Each of the region’s three world-class courses has combined with hotels and resorts to showcase golf, […]

Go Beyond Bangkok To See The Real Thailand

Go Beyond Bangkok To See The Real Thailand

Paul Myers

September 22nd, 2013

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Sixteen million or 73 percent of the expected 22 million people who visit Thailand this year will spend more than one night in Bangkok. The Thai capital – now the most visited city in the world ahead of London, New York and Paris according to […]

Tony Meechai To Promote Thai Golf Tourism

Tony Meechai To Promote Thai Golf Tourism

Paul Myers

September 5th, 2013

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Bangkok, Sept 3, 2013 — US PGA Professional Tony Meechai, one of Thailand’s best-known and most successful golf teachers, has been appointed an official ambassador for Golfasian, Asia’s leading dedicated inbound golf tour operator. Tony, who was born and educated in the United States where […]

Thai Juniors Are Stars Of The Future

Thai Juniors Are Stars Of The Future

Paul Myers

August 12th, 2013

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Bangkok, August 12 — They’re young, talented and ambitious – the future faces of golf in Thailand and, if their dreams come true, internationally. Sandy Wongwaiwate, 17, and Peng Pichaikool, 13, have what it takes to be potential golf champions and are now taking the […]

Vietnam Junior Has What It Takes

Vietnam Junior Has What It Takes

Paul Myers

August 1st, 2013

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Laguna Lang Co, Vietnam, July 30 — The transition from being a top junior golfer to the professional ranks is tough, littered with aspirants who fell by the wayside. But one young Vietnamese female golfer may have what it takes to make the next big […]

First Tournament at Laguna Lang Co

First Tournament at Laguna Lang Co

Paul Myers

July 24th, 2013

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Hue, Vietnam, July 24 — The growing stature of Vietnam’s newest golf club, Laguna Lang Co near Hue, is reflected in two significant junior tournaments being held at the course this weekend. Opened in March by its designer, Sir Nick Faldo, Laguna Lang Co will […]

Clubhouse Tells Everything About A Golf Course

Clubhouse Tells Everything About A Golf Course

Paul Myers

July 24th, 2013

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By Paul Myers What does a clubhouse tell you about a golf course? A lot? Something? Or not much at all? There are probably as many views on this question as there are clubs in a golf bag. But I would argue strongly for the […]

Bangkok stopover: where to play golf

Bangkok stopover: where to play golf

Paul Myers

July 22nd, 2013

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Avid golfers who travel to and within Asia on business or pleasure have a common dilemma: where to play golf when you have a day two to spare? And even if you’re so inclined, is it worth the hassle? In some cities, the answer is […]

Stay and Play at The Ocean Villas, Danang

Stay and Play at The Ocean Villas, Danang

Paul Myers

July 20th, 2013

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  The most convenient and attractively-priced stay and play accommodation in Vietnam is right on the doorstep of the course named as the best in Vietnam at the 2012 Asia Pacific Golf Summit. The Ocean Villas and Danang Golf Club are offering visiting golfers an […]

Black Mountain Sets New Heights in Thailand

Black Mountain Sets New Heights in Thailand

Paul Myers

July 19th, 2013

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  It took just five years for Black Mountain Golf Club near Hua Hin, Thailand to climb the ladder of golf course notoriety in Asia. Now, as it completes its sixth high season since opening in April 2007, the first course in Thailand to be […]

Mountain High Golf In Niseko Japan

Mountain High Golf In Niseko Japan

Paul Myers

July 19th, 2013

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  There’s an old adage that if you want to play golf in spectacular surroundings, go to the coast or the mountains. It’s true. But due to golf’s Scottish links origins, seaside courses get all the attention. Think St Andrews andPebble Beach, any number of layouts […]

Faldo’s Vietnam Course Sets New Standard

Faldo’s Vietnam Course Sets New Standard

Paul Myers

July 19th, 2013

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By Paul Myers Vietnam may not seem the most obvious choice to develop a world-class championship golf course and resort facility. But when you see the spectacular location of Sir Nick Faldo’s latest creation on the country’s Central Coast and realise how few five-star coastal […]

Thailand: World’s Hottest Golf Destination

Thailand: World’s Hottest Golf Destination

Paul Myers

July 19th, 2013

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Like a well-weighted putt or a perfect chip-and-run, golf tourism to Thailand is on a roll. Already one of the world’s four major golf tourism destinations – along with Spain, the British Isles and the US – Thailand has become Asia’s golf holiday market of […]

Heavenly Golf in Queenstown New Zealand

Heavenly Golf in Queenstown New Zealand

Paul Myers

July 19th, 2013

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It’s not difficult to find golf courses situated in superb natural surroundings – Pebble Beach in California, St Andrews in Scotland, Valderrama in Spain and many of the world’s top courses, especially those beside the ocean. But few golf destinations, whether by the ocean or […]

Golf In The Land Below The Wind

Golf In The Land Below The Wind

Paul Myers

July 19th, 2013

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Any place once known as “The land below the wind” must surely appeal as a golf destination, especially if it’s in a coastal environment. Wind, after all, can cause big problems for a small white ball in flight – as anyone who has played oceanside […]

Vietnam’s Central Coast Has It All

Vietnam’s Central Coast Has It All

Paul Myers

July 19th, 2013

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By Paul Myers Ask any reputable golf course designer to nominate his favourite type of land for a golf course, and chances are he’ll say, “Duneland beside the sea”. This is, after all, the DNA of some of the world’s great golf courses … in […]

Kunming – Asia’s new golf tourism hotspot

Kunming – Asia’s new golf tourism hotspot

Paul Myers

July 16th, 2013

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Kunming, China, July 15, 2013 — It may be no surprise that the new hot-spot for Asian golf tourism is in China, where participation in the sport is exploding. But perhaps not where you might expect. More than 1200 kilometres west of the major southern cities […]

Gold Coast, Australia’s golf tourism hotspot

Gold Coast, Australia’s golf tourism hotspot

Paul Myers

July 16th, 2013

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By Jon Underwood There are so many tourism attractions on the aptly named Gold Coast of eastern Australia it would be easy to by-pass one of the best reasons to go there: some of the most enjoyable golf Down Under. Indeed, Australia’s holiday hotspot easily […]