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The Culture Of Change!

It’s October and golf is looking terrific! The Olympics is over. The Ryder Cup is over and America has been crowned as the greatest golfing nation on the Planet. And exciting developments are brewing in the Asia Pacific.

The cash-rich GOLF SAUDI has taken a bold step to play a lead role in the development of golf throughout the Asia Pacific, stretching all the way to the Middle East. It has partnered with the Asian Tour and GOLF SAUDI’s multi-million dollar SAUDI INTERNATIONAL will be the tour’s flagship. This is a massive development and given the resources of GOLF SAUDI, ASIAN GOLF speculates if this development sets the stage for bigger things to come. ASIAN GOLF believes so and we see developments taking place which will be global in scope and size!

The re-imagined WORLD GOLF EXPO 2022 is back on track – bigger, better and bolder than ever. Read all about Asia’s golf showcase happening in November 2022 in Haikou, Hainan.

The October issue also looks at the launch of innovative new products are services – all designed to help golf become a more enjoyable game for all!

For this and more, check out the October 2021 edition of ASIAN GOLF. There is nothing like ASIAN GOLF. Voted the Best Golf Business Magazine In The Asia Pacific for 2020/2021.

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Olympic Golf – Give Asia A Gold!

Golf is set to grow in Asia and this is primarily due to the just concluded Tokyo Olympic Games. Golf was one event that did enormously well and if anything at all, it certainly justified and validated its inclusion in the greatest sporting spectacle on Planet Earth. Although there are no statistics available to back up golf’s popularity at the Tokyo Olympics, it must be noted that every nation in the Asia Pacific geography was placed on the game’s television broadcast footprint – even strife-torn Afghanistan and the remote island of Papua New Guinea! Add to this the fact that television broadcast of the golf competition went out on a common time-zone which means to say that golf fans were able to watch proceedings during their wakening hours. In the absence of TV audience ratings for the Asia Pacific, a good measure of the pull-power of Olympic golf was very evident in the great interest generated on social media.

In the men’s event, reigning Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama made a gallant bid to win gold and boost national pride in what is a golf crazy nation. Although Matsuyama did not make the grade, he battled like a true Olympian to finish tied fourth overall. Another Asian dug deep to summon up the will and courage to bring glory to his home country and to the Asian continent. Taiwan’s C.T. Pan crossed swords with American super-star Collin Morikawa to defeat him in a gut-wrenching play-off to wrest the bronze medal – a massive victory for Pan and for all of Asia.

The women’s tournament was, a nail biter which witnessed incredible performances by India’s Aditi Ashok and Japan’s Mone Inami, the eventual silver medal winner. Aside from the fairy-tale ending to Ashok’s Olympic challenge, Asian women golfers performed extremely well against a tough Olympic field of 60 golfers. A total of 18 players took part representing Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Thailand. Of this group, 8 finished in the top 15 which is a huge achievement for Asian women golfers.

In the final analysis, golf has done well at the Olympic level. Asia has played its part to ensure the validation of golf as a deserving member of the Olympic family of sports. Golf has honoured the Olympic Creed – “The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.”

The September issue also looks at the on-going tussle between the PGA Tour, the European Tour and the renegade Premier Golf League as it struggles in its battle for validation.

For this and more, check out the September 2021 edition of ASIAN GOLF. There is nothing like ASIAN GOLF. Voted the Best Golf Business Magazine In The Asia Pacific for 2020/2021.

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Get Sharp! Get Custom Fitted!

We have gone past the first half of 2021 and what a year it has been! While the raging global pandemic has taken a massive toll across a whole range of businesses, most of the golf industry seems to have managed to pull through, albeit with some damage.

In the United States of America, the National Golf Foundation (NGF) is reporting an uptick in the rounds of golf being played. Likewise, the golf equipment manufacturing sector has also been enjoying record sales of equipment, apparel and accessories.

Amidst of these positives against a world drowning in negatives, Asian women professional golfers have continued to dominate and strengthen their hold on the LPGA Tour. More young stars are emerging from the traditional countries where golf has been strong, namely Japan and South Korea. But players from these two nations are now being challenged by incredible young talent from Thailand, the Philippines and China. ASIAN GOLF looks at this growing trend and provides a peek at the young and fast emerging rock stars of Asian women’s golf.

The August issue also looks at the growing importance of custom golf club fitting, a potentially huge market in Asia. As the game grows exponentially on the Continent and as more golfers seek to play better golf, demand for club customisation is going to go through the roof.

For this and more, check out the August 2021 edition of ASIAN GOLF. There is nothing like ASIAN GOLF. Voted the Best Golf Business Magazine In The Asia Pacific for 2020/2021.

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The July ASIAN GOLF is out – Special Double-Cover edition!

The latest edition of ASIAN GOLF features twin covers, a very rare occurrence in the history of the publication. Only once before, was there a two-cover issue.

The reason for a double-header was brought about by two very important articles. The first related to a special report that explores some exciting trends that could result in the emergence of a “super” golf tour. This report, exclusive to ASIAN GOLF, looks at reported on-going talks between the beleaguered ASIAN TOUR, one of the major professional golf tours operating in the region and investors from the oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. If the deal happens, this will throw a huge lifeline to the struggling ASIAN TOUR and set it on a new course towards growth.

The second cover story focuses on a product that had its beginning in Asia, more specifically in Singapore. It is an exciting and affordable mobile launch monitor that has set a scorching pace in North America and Europe. In fact, it has been voted as the best such device on the market. The company behind this revolutionary product is the Singapore-based RAPSODO and it is now working on launching this mobile launch monitor aggressively in Asia. This is yet another exclusive special report by ASIAN GOLF.

For this and more, check out the July 2021 edition of ASIAN GOLF. There is nothing like ASIAN GOLF. Voted the Best Golf Business Magazine In The Asia Pacific for 2020/2021.

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The Continent’s Golf Visionaries!

The June issue of ASIAN GOLF is out and the focus falls on a select group of men and women who drive the growth of golf in Asia.

This issue presents the eight edition of ASIAN GOLF’s exclusive compilation of the most powerful men and women who lead the golf industry on the Continent. The search has always been a tough one because the majority of these industry movers and shakers are known to maintain low profiles.

However, given the history behind this special awards programme, identifying the best amongst our golf entrepreneurs was made easier. The men and women featured in this special edition have played a huge role to keep the golf industry up and running in these hard and trying times. Collectively, they have brought the industry through trials and tribulations caused by the global pandemic and they are committed to beating the challenges ahead. We congratulate them for providing the leadership for the industry to fight the pandemic and to work at sustaining the thousands employed by the industry throughout Asia.

The other highlight of the June edition deals with the postponement of the 2021 World Golf Expo. This event, scheduled for November this year has been postponed to 2022. The postponement has been caused by the on-going global pandemic and the travel restrictions that are in place for most of the world. The new dates will be announced in the not-too-distant future.

For this and more, check out the June 2021 edition of ASIAN GOLF. There is nothing like ASIAN GOLF. Voted the Best Golf Business Magazine In The Asia Pacific for 2020/2021.

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ASIA – World Beaters!

The May issue of ASIAN GOLF is out and the focus topic traces Asian golfers and their historic success in global tournaments.

Asian stars won three top international golf tournaments and in doing so, these wins have helped Asia stamp its excellence in golf and send out a signal that the Continent is beginning to surge on all fronts.

The three wins scored by Asian players were all historic and highly significant victories and ASIAN GOLF has decided to proclaim all the wins as milestones in the evolution of the game in Asia. For the past few years, in our annual reviews, we have been rooting for some big wins besides those that have been scored by our champion women golfers from South Korea. And the golfing gods have made our dreams come true.

The other big story concerns the World Golf Expo – The countdown clock to the World Golf Expo (WGE) has started and with six months to go, planning is hitting a fever pitch for the staging of one of the most important business summits in the golf industry. The theme for the 2021 event is GOLF – BEYOND THE PANDEMIC. “We believe that this is a perfect platform upon which to build a business get together that will help share new thoughts and ideas to help us build an even more robust and resilient post pandemic industry,” said Mike Sebastian, CEO of ASIAN GOLF and the executive producer of WGE. The disruption has brought about a paradigm shift where digital technologies will play an increasingly larger role in the day-to-day operations of all aspects of the golf and golf club industry.

For this and more, check out the May 2021 edition of ASIAN GOLF. There is nothing like ASIAN GOLF. Voted the Best Golf Business Magazine In The Asia Pacific for 2020/2021.

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Sustainability Delivered!

The April issue of ASIAN GOLF is out and the focus topic concerns golf course sustainability.

ASIAN GOLF has elected to tell this story because it is testimony to how a golf course started off by planning to adopt and engage with a sustainable programme from the outset as opposed to trying to get a programme in place after it is up and running. This case is also special in that it has been made into a reality in Indonesia, a country that is often thought to be insensitive and exploitative towards its environment. The achievements of Parahyangan Golf Club are a major milestone in the slow struggle to inculcate a culture of sustainability in the golf course industry. What the club has achieved in a relatively short time span, is highly commendable and it has since received accolades recognising its work at the annual ASIAN GOLF AWARDS.

Speaking about awards, the campaign for 2021 Global Golf Awards will be starting effective April 15, 2021. The on-line poll will be run over three months ending on the 15th of July, 2021. The awards night will be celebrated in grand style on November 7, 2021 in Haikou, Hainan which will coincide with the staging of the 2021 World Golf Expo. Details of the on-line poll are available in the April edition of ASIAN GOLF.

For this and more, check out the April 2021 edition of ASIAN GOLF. There is nothing like ASIAN GOLF. Voted the Best Golf Business Magazine In The Asia Pacific for 2020/2021.

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A Masterpiece Re-Imagined

The March issue of ASIAN GOLF is out and the focus topic concerns golf course renovations.

Golf experienced somewhat of a boom in Southeast Asia in the mid-1980’s. The ascendency of the game was a direct result of stepped-up economic activity in the region with countries like Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia experiencing new golf course construction activity. Since the boom of the 80’s and the mid-90’s the number of golf courses have grown exponentially in Southeast Asia with the total population currently standing at over 800 clubs. It would be fair to say that the median average age of clubs in the region would be between 20 to 25 years. Like all man-made facilities, age does take its toll on a club’s physical facilities like its buildings and the golf course which is the revenue generator for clubs. With time, many of these courses require upgrades, partial renovation or in some cases a total revamp. One such course is the “grand dame” of Singapore, Sentosa Golf Club. It’s championship course, the Serapong, built in 1982 recently underwent a S$5 million renovation and the multi-award winning world class facility is now open for play and looks gorgeous with beautiful undulating and fast greens, trademark mounds and contours, mammoth lakes with stone-lined walls all complementing the breath-taking scenery of the Singapore skyline that serves as its backdrop.

The March issue of ASIAN GOLF also features a fascinating report on the major strides being made in the development and promotion of golf in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. What is special about the drive is that it is aimed at making the game of golf available to as many of its subjects as possible.

For this and more, check out the March 2021 edition of ASIAN GOLF. There is nothing like ASIAN GOLF. Voted the Best Golf Business Magazine In The Asia Pacific for 2020/2021.

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A Golf Boom Coming?

The February edition of ASIAN GOLF is out and we are sticking our neck out to predict that good times are ahead for the golf industry in Asia in general and Southeast Asia in particular.

According to a recent study by the global financial services organisation Deloitte, the size of the middle class in ASEAN, a ten-nation economic bloc, will account for 334 million people by 2030. The expected disposable income of this group is going to be a staggering US$300 billion. These are impressive numbers and based on a projected annual growth of 5.5% a year, ASEAN is forecast to become the fourth largest economy in the world by 2050.

Combine this with projections for China and India where the size of the middle class is going to be 1.04 billion and 1.17 billion respectively by 2050, Asia is the place to be for the golf industry.

Also in this issue, the spotlight is focused on a slew of new golf equipment that has hit the market. The new arrivals are TaylorMade’s SIM2 family of clubs, PXG’s latest and news from Titleist and Callaway.

Work is progressing in earnest for the staging of the Inaugural World Golf Expo. The new date for the event is November 4 – 7, 2021 and the venue is the plush, multi-million dollars Mission Hills Golf Resort in Haikou, Hainan.

For this and more, check out the February 2021 edition of ASIAN GOLF. There is nothing like ASIAN GOLF. Voted the Best Golf Business Magazine In The Asia Pacific for 2020/2021.

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Asia Rises Again!

2021 – A brand new year and the promise of a new beginning. We are glad to have left behind 2020 which was a year that turned the entire golf industry on its head. It’s all now in the past and we are looking ahead with renewed tenacity and vigour. The golf industry is not out of the woods yet but Asia, known for its resourcefulness and vision, will cut a new pathway to growth and success. Of that, the industry is confident.

The January 2021 edition of ASIAN GOLF reflects this renewed confidence. As the industry battles to get on top of the challenges, Asia has launched itself become a major force in golf.

Asian women professional golfers have made a clean sweep by claiming all the top spots in the world rankings. South Korea’s Sung Jae Im is on tear and looks poised to win a major this.

The giant HSBC has announced a three-tournament extravaganza to be staged in Singapore and two in China.

The World Golf Expo will see a grand staging in Haikou, the capital city of Hainan.

For this and more, check out the January 2021 edition of ASIAN GOLF. There is nothing like ASIAN GOLF. Voted the Best Golf Business Magazine In The Asia Pacific for 2020/2021.

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