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Asia’s Golf Boom

Projected golf developments in several Asian countries are presented. One sign of the impending Asian golf boom was the number of participants and visitors at the Golf Asia conference held in Singapore. The predicted golf boom may last from 5 to 10 years and will be limited by environmental issues. Golf Courses are Springing up as Destinations Singapore has 21 golf courses and driving ranges. Malaysia has 91 existing golf courses. The Malaysian government intends to build 160 courses. In Thailand, more than 58 golf […]

When considering the range of outstanding golfing getaways in Asia, Taipei may not spring instantly to mind. However, boasting 25 courses within a one-hour drive of the city centre, Taiwan is an attractive and viable destination. With a flexible schedule and visiting at specific times, you’ll be rewarded–and surprised–at the array of golfing facilities offered, many representing good value for money. Although the majority of the clubs are purported to be “members-only”, most happily welcome visitors–particularly on designated “golf days“, which tend to be Monday […]

So it’s cold, snowy, icy, the middle of winter. Even so, why not play a round of golf on your lunch break? Yes, even this week. Golfing diehards who just can’t wait until the summer, months don’t have to. LuckyGolfer Inc., a virtual gaming site based in Stamford, provides new virtual golf games that can actually be beneficial to golfers who want to improve their skills, said Rick Perrone, president and chief executive officer of LuckyGolfer.

Besides yelling “fore,” an increasing number of golfers on incentive trips are chanting “anchors away” as cruise ships have begun incorporating an expanding variety of golf components in their itineraries. “Golf cruises are great values for incentive groups because there are fewer logistical, transportation, accommodation and dining issues,” says Bill Hogan, president of Wide World of Golf, a Carmel, Calif.-based company specializing in high-end golf excursions around the world. “On a cruise ship the accommodations are always consistent, the food is top quality, and there […]

When 35-year-old Danny Errico began playing golf, besides the best golf clubs for beginners, the Prada-wearing founder of Manhattan’s Equinox fitness centers looked to wear the kinds of clothes on the green he was accustomed to wearing on the street. His attitude is changing the course of golf apparel. Many years ago, few dared to use golf and fashion in the same sentence. With the sport’s fast-growing popularity and the rampant spread of Tiger Woods fever, Seventh Avenue has begun trampling the fairway.

With more and more destinations vying for prominence in the golf market, how can you choose the right course for your client? Peter Ellegard suggests resorts and destinations to suit different golfing requirements Golfers on a budget. While golfers tend to have more disposable income than other holidaymakers, there are lots of options for those who need to keep spending on a tight rein.

Golfers In Singapore are among the most fortunate In the world. Within the small and affluent Republic, there are no fewer than 25 courses. Although membership rosters of the top clubs in the island-state read like a Who’s Who of Singapore, and the majority of the leading establishments are strictly reserved for members and their guests, Singapore’s burgeoning golfing population, estimated at more than 70,000, is still spoilt for choice.

Peter Bige may know antiques, but he admits he didn’t know how to answer customers who visited his Issaquah antique store a few years ago and asked for golf clubs. The question was so out-of-place, “I thought they were asking where the country club was,” the Hungarian-born antique dealer says. Looking back on it, the co-owner of Ye Old St. Anthony’s Golf Shop across the street from Greenlake says he understood what his customers were saying, he just couldn’t figure out why anyone would want […]

Thailand may not have the golfing tradition of, say, Scotland or England, but with such spots as the resort town of Phuket or the jungles and mountains of Chiang Mai, golfers in Thailand can play some challenging holes in up-and-coming golfing destinations. As delegates to the upcoming ASTA Congress in Bangkok will find out, golf courses are sprouting up throughout Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia. Some of the most comprehensive golfing packages to Thailand are available through the national airline, Thai Airways, and […]

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