The golf market in Asia is booming and in certain areas of the continent this has meant that green fee prices and holiday packages have skyrocketed and become almost a luxury holiday for the rich and famous, pricing out the average golf tourist. But there is hope for golfers that wish to marvel in the delights of the Asian culture, wildlife and golf experience, an experience that is unique to Asia, Malaysia and Thailand in particular the Pattaya region are becoming some of the most reasonable and popular destinations for travelling golfers looking to find outstanding courses at a fraction of the price of some of the Chinese and Japanese resorts.
The two islands of Malaysia are crammed with golf courses and offer the most thrilling views and design challenges with the courses regularly gaining international acclaim and recognition. The golf courses in Kuala lumpur ? have been designed by some of the biggest names in golf course architecture and coupled with the service you will receive when arriving it is no wonder that golf in Malaysia is quickly becoming a great source of tourist income.
With its tropical climate and average temperatures of around 27`C, Malaysia is the perfect venue for your next golfing holiday, try and avoid the generally wet months of November, December and January.
Johor, the southernmost city of Malaysia has the largest number of golf courses which is why it is one of the busiest areas for locals and tourists wanting to enjoy the array of courses and challenges that each provide.
Perhaps the standout resort in the Johor region is The Legends, which boasts courses designed by the legendary golfers Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer.
The best way to save money on your next golf holiday in Asia is to avoid the weekend rush and play midweek when rates are much lower.? Rates at Malaysian golf courses vary between £29 to £50 during the week and £60 to £80 at weekends.? These prices are inclusive of shared buggies and caddies.
Another up and coming region, which is growing in popularity with golf tourists is the Pattaya region of Thailand. Famous for its beaches and seaside resorts the construction of high end ? golf courses in Pattaya has seen the area become highly sought after for people wishing to take a golf break.? Located to the east of the country, around two hours from Bangkok, the area is home to 20 courses that offer a wide variety of challenges and unbelievable natural vistas that are complimented with the high-class quality hotels and restaurants which are springing up.
It is worth noting that due to the location of many of these wonderfully designed, scenic and individual golf courses the sea breezes often play a part in the difficulties you will face on each course.
The value for money is superb with golf costing a fraction of some of the more “fashionable” resorts in other parts of Asia. A particular delight is the Phoenix Gold G&CC which hosted the 2016 Kings Cup European tour event, boasting not only a challenging layout but spectacular views out across the Gulf of Thailand.
Rates in Pattaya are exceptional value with midweek rates starting at £20 with the top courses charging around £40.? At weekends and on public holidays these rates increase to £40 and £60.? Caddies and buggies are extra.
As outstanding areas of natural beauty and superb facilities for the non-golfer and avid golfer alike Pattaya, Thailand and Malaysia are fantastic designations.