Most powerful people in Asian golf industry

Despite a slowdown in China, Asia continues to be golf’s fastest-growing market. We identify the ten people who are influencing the region the most.  While five made our list of the Most Powerful People in Golf in our September/October issue, they are re-ranked here based on their impact on Asia only.


No. 1 Dr. Ken Chu, Chairman and CEO and

Mr. Tenniel Chu, Vice Chairman, Mission Hills Group


Mission Hills Group owns and manages the two largest golf resorts in the world, Mission Hills Shenzhen & Dongguan and Mission Hills Haikou.  The Chu brothers have obtained traction in Asia for pursuing a strategy of “Golf and More” to develop recreational facilities that compliment golf and attract a broader audience.


No. 2 Luu Duc Quang


BISCOM Golf Club Management


He oversees the largest golf course development expansion in the world, with 20 courses in planning. The company has $1 billion in golf-resort development under construction or recently completed.


No. 3 Tanaka Kotaro

President & CEO Pacific Golf Management


Kotaro took over the management company in late 2015, moving up from vice president of sales. PGM owns and operates 140 golf courses in Japan and went private about a year ago.


No. 4 Yuko Tashiro

President & CEO Accordia Golf Co., Ltd.


Tashiro broke through a thick glass ceiling to take over the reigns of Accordia Golf Company in March of 2016 in a reorganization of senior management. 


No. 5 Jose Juan Z. 'Gigio' Jugo

Chairman, Verde Golf Development Corporation


As the Group Head of Ayala Land Premier, Jugo has steered serious Ayala investment into golf with real estate development that has proven highly successful. Expect even more investment in the future.


No. 6 Kim Young Chan

Chairman, CEO, Representative Director

Golfzon Yuwon


A fast growing golf empire started in 2000, Golzon Yuwan has become established throughout Asia, driving millions of new golfers into the game through its simulators. It also owns three golf courses in Korea and a retail company. 


No. 7 Kim Young Je

President and CEO

SKY72 Golf Resorts


Kim Young Je has been a powerhouse in Korean golf since the early days of the nations golf boom in the 1990s. With five golf courses and the largest public practice facility in the world under his management, he also recently built the 380 room Nest Hotel complex adjacent to the Incheon International Airport and in proximity to his golf courses. 


No. 8 Du Sha

Owner and Chairman

Pacific Links International


Owns 12 courses in China and an expanding tourism empire.


No. 9 Conrado L. Benitez II

Founder and President,

The Orchard Golf & Country Resort


Conrad Benitez is a formidable power broker in the Philippines and his leadership influence extends through Southeast Asia.  In addition to his role as founder of The Orchard golf complex south of Manila, he is also promoting golf course management education throughout the region. 


No. 10 David Dale and Kevin Ramsey

Golfplan Partners

Golfplan has been successfully engaged in Asia for the last forty years. David Dale and Kevin Ramsey took over ownership from Ron Fream in 2006 and have amplified their brand. They have numerous highly-ranked courses throughout the region and the PGA Tour recently announced a tournament at their Nine Bridges design in Korea.



Kevin Ramsey way to go man you have been a golf nut forever Congrats on making this list it's nice to see good people getting what the earned. Class of 83.

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