Is there anything better than traveling to exotic locations and playing great golf courses? Short of striking it lucky on Mark Six (or striking it lucky with Grace Park, for that matter) we don’t think so, which is why we’ve come up with Asian Golf Explorer-a magazine dedicated to bringing you the best-and most memorable-courses and golf destinations in the Eastern hemisphere.
But we haven’t forgotten our roots. We’re a fortunate bunch, us Hong Kongers. OK, so the SAR isn’t exactly saturated with places to play, but right on our doorstep lies China-and, luckily for us, there’s no shortage of golf in the Middle Kingdom. Despite the game’s boom on the mainland, however, it’s quite staggering how little information there is on the courses themselves, especially in English. Sure, everyone’s heard of Mission Hills, but what of the other sixty golf clubs in Guangdong province? We travel…correction, we explore the region, separating the wheat from the chaff, highlighting the courses worthy lf your business. There may not be many more enjoyable things in life than experiencing truly great courses, but there’s nothing quite like the disappointment attached to playing a featureless dump with surly members of staff and cockroaches in the locker room to ruin your long-awaited day out.
In this our premier issue we eschew the cockroaches as we travel to the incomparable Tiger Beach Golf Links in Shandong, get giddy in the crisp mountain air of Kunming, visit Macau to review the newest course in the Pearl River Delta and get lost in the natural splendour that is Zhuhai’s Pine Valley. Plus we catch up for a quick eighteen with Asian Tour star Adam Groom, delve into the life of a golf course designer, test the hottest equipment on the market and check out the latest deals on golfing travel packages.
There has never been a better time to be a golfer in Asia, so dust off the clubs, find that travel bag and go explore!