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InterContinental Sets New Standards in Pattaya

InterContinental Sets New Standards in Pattaya

Paul Myers

October 24th, 2017

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Pattaya, Thailand, isn’t what it used to be. The launch of upmarket resorts in the Gulf of Thailand tourism hub and transformation of existing properties have changed Pattaya’s inbound demographic, with the growth of couples, families and business travellers now outstripping increases in other leisure […]

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 […]

Vietnam Hosts Asia’s Largest Amateur Golf Tournament

Vietnam Hosts Asia’s Largest Amateur Golf Tournament

Paul Myers

February 23rd, 2017

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Quy Nhon, Vietnam, Feb 23: In the golf business, Vietnam has become known for punching well above its weight. With an estimated 100,000 golfers and fewer than 40 courses, the country might seem a lightweight as a golf wannabee. But first appearances can be misleading. […]

First Golf Course Being Built At Halong Bay

First Golf Course Being Built At Halong Bay

Paul Myers

January 18th, 2017

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Halong Bay, north Vietnam’s dazzling tourism magnet, is about to present another reason to visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed region: a world-class golf course perched above the old town, overlooking the spectacular limestone karst-riddled bay. Although a site above the city was set aside for […]

FLC Scores at Asian Golf Awards

FLC Scores at Asian Golf Awards

Paul Myers

November 16th, 2016

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Hanoi, November 16 – Vietnam’s newest golf course, FLC Quy Nhon Golf Links, has been named jointly as best new course in Asia Pacific at the Asian Golf Awards ceremony in Hua Hin, Thailand. The Nicklaus Design layout, which opened for play late in 2015, […]

FLC Group Builds New Golf Courses in Record Time

FLC Group Builds New Golf Courses in Record Time

Paul Myers

October 13th, 2016

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Quy Nhon, Vietnam, October 13 — How long does it take to build a world-class golf course? Eighteen months? Or perhaps two years if there are weather delays? Depending on location, this has been the accepted time frame for new courses built in recent years […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hole-in-One Wins Mercedes at Laguna Golf Classic

Paul Myers

November 19th, 2015

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Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam, Nov 19 — A hole-in-one that won a Mercedes-Benz E200 sedan for a local Vietnamese golfer highlighted the inaugural Laguna Classic played at Laguna Lang Co Golf Club, Vietnam last weekend. Nguyen Trang Ngoc (pictured below), who came to the event […]

The Els Club Teluk Datai Best Golf Course in Asia

The Els Club Teluk Datai Best Golf Course in Asia

Paul Myers

November 16th, 2015

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Langkawi, Malaysia, Nov 16 – The Els Club Teluk Datai, Langkawi, Malaysia has confirmed its place as Asia’s best golf course after winning top billing in the region at the World Golf Awards in Faro, Portugal. Designed by four-time Major champion, Ernie Els, the course […]

The Els Club Teluk Datai Launches New Packages

The Els Club Teluk Datai Launches New Packages

Paul Myers

August 26th, 2015

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Langkawi, Malaysia, August 26 — Malaysia’s most spectacular golf club and winner of the World Golf Awards’ World’s Best New Golf Course, The Els Club Teluk Datai, has launched new stay-and-play packages with six luxury beachfront resorts on the island of Langkawi. From MYR630 (USD150) […]

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 […]

Banyan Tree Phuket Joins Golf In A Kingdom

Banyan Tree Phuket Joins Golf In A Kingdom

Paul Myers

June 18th, 2015

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Phuket, Thailand, June 18 — Banyan Tree Phuket is the latest resort member of Thailand’s popular Golf In A Kingdom collective. The luxury all-pool-villa resort in the Laguna Phuket resort complex in north-western Phuket, is adjacent to Laguna Phuket Golf Club, which joined Golf In […]

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 […]

Angsana Lang Co Joins Golf Coast Vietnam

Angsana Lang Co Joins Golf Coast Vietnam

Paul Myers

May 5th, 2015

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Danang, Vietnam, May 5 — Vietnam’s only golf tourism collective, Golf Coast Vietnam, has added a new resort member to add further impetus to the Danang region’s international appeal. Angsana Lang Co, part of the Banyan Tree complex that includes the acclaimed Laguna Lang Co […]

Pullman Danang Beach Resort Joins Golf Coast Vietnam

Pullman Danang Beach Resort Joins Golf Coast Vietnam

Paul Myers

March 31st, 2015

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Danang, March 31 — Pullman Danang Beach Resort has become the latest member of Golf Coast Vietnam, a marketing collective of golf courses and resorts on Vietnam’s booming Central Coast. Pullman Danang Beach Resort joins Fusion Maia Danang and The Ocean Villas as resort members […]

Asian Golf Tourism ‘Needs Overhaul’

Asian Golf Tourism ‘Needs Overhaul’

Paul Myers

March 10th, 2015

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Bangkok, March 10 — Asia’s multi-billion-dollar inbound golf tourism industry needs overhaul if it is to continue growing at the same pace as during the past decade, according to the managing director of the region’s leading dedicated inbound golf tour operator, Mark Siegel. Siegel (pictured), who […]

Tim Haddon Appointed GM at Sky Lake, Vietnam

Tim Haddon Appointed GM at Sky Lake, Vietnam

Paul Myers

February 24th, 2015

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Hanoi, Vietnam, Feb 24 — Australian PGA professional and long-time Asian golf club executive, Tim Haddon, has been appointed general manager of Sky Lake Golf Resort and Golf Club near Hanoi, Vietnam. Previously general manager of Laguna Lang Co Golf Club near Danang, Tim Haddon’s appointment […]

Big Year Ahead for Golf Tourism in Asia

Big Year Ahead for Golf Tourism in Asia

Paul Myers

January 8th, 2015

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Bangkok, January 8 — Golfasian, South-East Asia’s leading dedicated golf tourism operator, has rejoined the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) after a two-year absence. The move comes at an important time for the company and golf tourism in Asia, the world’s fastest-growing market for […]

Huge Response to Laguna Phuket Re-opening

Huge Response to Laguna Phuket Re-opening

Paul Myers

January 8th, 2015

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Phuket, Thailand, January 8 — The long anticipated re-opening of Laguna Phuket Golf Club in Thailand has been met with an avid response from players wanting to try out the revamped layout. More than 600 golfers sampled the Paul Jansen redesigned course last weekend, the […]

Revamped Laguna Phuket ‘memorable’ says designer

Revamped Laguna Phuket ‘memorable’ says designer

Paul Myers

December 12th, 2014

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Phuket, Thailand, Dec 12 —The revamped Laguna Phuket championship golf course, which officially re-opens next month after a full makeover, now has a “real sense of place and belonging” according to its designer, Paul Jansen. The former lead architect for Faldo Design, who created Laguna […]

Centara Grand Villas Joins Bali Golf Paradise

Centara Grand Villas Joins Bali Golf Paradise

Paul Myers

November 27th, 2014

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Bali, November 27 — Bali’s newest five-star resort, Centara Grand Villas Nusa Dua, has joined the island’s golf tourism marketing collective, Bali Golf Paradise. The exclusive 14 pool-villa complex, which opened in August, joins Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort as a hotel/resort member of 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, […]

Thongchai’s Thai Practice Regime Pays Off

Thongchai’s Thai Practice Regime Pays Off

Paul Myers

July 8th, 2014

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Hua Hin, Thailand, July 8 — Thailand’s top ranked golfer, Thongchai Jaidee, who finished equal second in last week’s Alstom de France Open after winning the Nordea Masters in Sweden a month earlier, attributes his success in Europe this season to a practice regime that […]

Centara World Masters Plans Bigger Event in 2015

Centara World Masters Plans Bigger Event in 2015

Paul Myers

June 22nd, 2014

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Hua Hin, Thailand, June 23 — The success of the inaugural Centara World Masters Golf Championship, a week-long tournament played last week in Hua Hin, Thailand, has prompted its organisers to plan an expanded event for 2015. The tournament, for male and female club golfers […]

Players from five countries lead Centara World Masters

Paul Myers

June 18th, 2014

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Players from five countries are leading 13 separate divisions after two days play in the Centara World Masters Golf Championship being played at four courses in Hua Hin Thailand. The amateur tournament, the largest of its kind ever held in Asia, has attracted more than […]

Centara World Masters Begins in Thailand

Paul Myers

June 15th, 2014

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More than 500 golfers representing 23 countries have arrived in Thailand for the inaugural Centara World Masters Golf Championship, starting in Hua Hin today (Sunday). The sell-out event is a welcome boon to Thailand’s tourism which has seen many events and conferences cancelled in recent months. […]

Bali Golf Paradise launched

Bali Golf Paradise launched

Paul Myers

April 22nd, 2014

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Bali, April 22, 2014 — Bali, the island of the Gods, is also the island of Golf. This reality, not widely known or appreciated outside Indonesia, is to be promoted internationally following this week’s launch of a new co-operative marketing initiative, Bali Golf Paradise. Comprising […]

Siam CC Plans Hotel, Golf Academy

Siam CC Plans Hotel, Golf Academy

Paul Myers

April 19th, 2014

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Already firmly established as Thailand’s largest and most successful golf complex, Siam Country Club near Pattaya has two further major projects on the drawing board – an on-site hotel-cum-golf lodge and a US-style golf school, with dormitory-accommodation for aspiring young golfers. Siam Country Club’s managing […]

Danang GC and Nirwana win IAGTO Awards

Danang GC and Nirwana win IAGTO Awards

Paul Myers

April 6th, 2014

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Danang Golf Club in Central Vietnam and Indonesia’s Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort are among four inaugural recipients of Diamond Awards by the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators (IAGTO). The awards, conferred at the Asia Golf Tourism Convention in Hainan, China in late March, […]

Black Mountain Charity Event Raises 4m Baht

Paul Myers

March 18th, 2014

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Hua Hin, Thailand, March 18– Four million baht (USD124,000) was raised to assist the education of underprivileged Thai schoolchildren at the third annual Bangkok Post–Black Mountain Charity Golf and Gourmet Dinner held at Thailand’s top golf course in January. This brings to more than 10 […]

Visiting Thailand: Bangkok Returns to Normal

Visiting Thailand: Bangkok Returns to Normal

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March 4th, 2014

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By Paul Myers Bangkok, March 4, 2014 – The swathe of negative headlines about safety in Bangkok that has swamped international media in the past three months should now disappear as protestors dismantle barricades in key parts of the city. Despite the impression that Bangkok […]

Banyan Celebrates 5 Years of Success

Banyan Celebrates 5 Years of Success

Paul Myers

March 3rd, 2014

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Hua Hin, Thailand, March 3 — It may have seemed a bold step at the time. But the vision of a group of businessmen from the Netherlands to build a golf resort near Hua Hin, which opened five years ago, has been one of the […]

Holiday Beach a new option in Danang

Holiday Beach a new option in Danang

Paul Myers

February 26th, 2014

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Danang, Vietnam, Feb 26 — Danang’s newest hotel, the 4-star Holiday Beach Danang Hotel & Spa, has joined the Golf Coast Vietnam program. In doing so, the hotel overlooking famous My Khe beach in the city of Danang, offers golfers and other visitors a luxurious […]

Siam CC Waterside Course to Open in May

Siam CC Waterside Course to Open in May

Paul Myers

February 24th, 2014

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Pattaya, Thailand, Feb 24 — When Siam Country Club’s new Waterside course officially opens to visitors in May, the golf complex near Pattaya will become the largest in Thailand with 63 holes and an expected 120,000 golfers playing its three courses during the next year. […]

Red Mountain Named Top Course in Thailand

Red Mountain Named Top Course in Thailand

Paul Myers

February 19th, 2014

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Bangkok, Feb 19 — Red Mountain, the newest of eight golf courses on the island of Phuket, has turned the table on several more high profile layouts by being named best course in Thailand in the latest Planet Golf rankings. Opened in 2007 and designed […]

Laguna Lang Co Makes An Impact

Laguna Lang Co Makes An Impact

Paul Myers

January 27th, 2014

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Danang, Vietnam, January 27 — Less than a year since opening, Laguna Lang Co Golf Club in Vietnam has passed 15,000 rounds on the Sir Nick Faldo-designed course and is expecting to double the number in its second year. Naming of the multi-environment layout as […]

New Ski Packages Announced For Niseko

New Ski Packages Announced For Niseko

Paul Myers

January 24th, 2014

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Niseko, Japan, Jan 24 — Attractive new skiing packages are being offered for February and March in Niseko, Japan’s premier ski destination, which is again experiencing a bumper snow season. Japan’s leading inbound ski tour operator, SkiJapan.com, has announced a 20 percent discount on premium […]

Major Brands Join Centara World Masters

Major Brands Join Centara World Masters

Paul Myers

December 16th, 2013

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Bangkok, Dec 16 — TaylorMade-adidas Golf has become the fifth major sponsor of Asia’s largest amateur event for club golfers, to be held in Hua Hin, Thailand next June. The Centara World Masters Golf Championship – from 15 to 21 June, 2014 – is expected […]

Black Mountain To Host 2014 King’s Cup

Black Mountain To Host 2014 King’s Cup

Paul Myers

December 2nd, 2013

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Bangkok, Dec 2 — Black Mountain, Thailand’s number one golf course for the past three years in a row, will host the fourth edition of the King’s Cup, an Asian Tour event, in January 2014. The $US1 million tournament, from January 16-19, will be the […]

English Golfer Wins Senior Amateur Title in Vietnam

English Golfer Wins Senior Amateur Title in Vietnam

Paul Myers

December 2nd, 2013

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Danang, Vietnam, Dec 2 — English amateur golfer John Ambridge played scintillating golf to win the Asia Pacific Senior Amateur Championship at Montgomerie Links, Vietnam in late November. Playing in the 55 to 59 age bracket, Ambridge shot one under par 215 over three rounds […]

Hua Hin Named Golf Destination of the Year

Hua Hin Named Golf Destination of the Year

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November 14th, 2013

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Costa Daurauda, Spain, 15 November 2013 — Hua Hin, the laid-back seaside town on the Gulf of Thailand that has been The Thai Royal Family’s holiday headquarters for more than 80 years, now has another claim to fame: Asia and Australasia’s 2014 Golf Destination of […]

Vietnam Central Coast Courses Win Top Awards

Vietnam Central Coast Courses Win Top Awards

Paul Myers

November 7th, 2013

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Danang, Nov 7 — Vietnam’s Central Coast has been re-affirmed as the country’s top golf tourism destination and among Asia’s elite at separate awards presentations in the past week. Each of the three world-class courses on the Central Coast – Danang Golf Club, Montgomerie Links […]

Lotus Valley Joins Golf In A Kingdom

Lotus Valley Joins Golf In A Kingdom

Paul Myers

October 3rd, 2013

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Bangkok, October 2 — Lotus Valley Golf Resort near Bangkok has become the lucky 13th member of Thailand’s prestigious Golf In A Kingdom marketing collective. Formed five years ago, Golf In A Kingdom, “The Thai Golf Experience”, has grown to 24 members, comprising 13 of […]

Asia’s Amateur Weeks Begin in October

Paul Myers

September 17th, 2013

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Bangkok, Sept 17 — The first of the new season’s Golfasian Amateur Week tournaments in South East Asia kicks off in Thailand next month. Seven amateur events will be held in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam between October and August 2014 with the first in Pattaya, […]

D’ablo Sportswear Sets The Pace

D’ablo Sportswear Sets The Pace

Paul Myers

July 20th, 2013

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Bangkok, July 20 — Designed and made in Thailand, D’ablo Sportswear represents the next level in golf apparel in both quality and price. What’s more, small run orders of 30 pieces or more are the emerging company’s speciality. The Bangkok-based company specializes in custom-made premium […]

Golfasian Gears Up For Asian Golf Tourism Boom

Golfasian Gears Up For Asian Golf Tourism Boom

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June 18th, 2013

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Bangkok, June 18, 2013 – As international golf tourism to South-East Asia accelerates, the region’s leading dedicated golf tour operator is gearing up for its biggest year ever. “We’re expecting double-digit growth again for the 2013/14 season,” says Golfasian founder, Mark Siegel, who is bolstering […]

Golf In a Kingdom Helps Thailand To Tourism Success

Golf In a Kingdom Helps Thailand To Tourism Success

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April 23rd, 2013

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Bangkok, April 23 – Thailand’s emergence as a major force in global golf tourism will be further enhanced next week with the international launch of Golf In A Kingdom, a collection of the country’s best golf clubs, hotels and resorts. Established five years ago, Golf […]

Stay and Play Specials at Danang Golf Club

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February 1st, 2013

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  Danang, Vietnam, January 7, 2013 — The golf course named as the best in Vietnam at last month’s Asia Pacific Golf Summit has launched a stay-and-play initiative to attract golfers to the exclusive resort near Danang. Danang Golf Club and its adjacent sister property Ocean […]