David Townend starts management company in Malaysia

February 6, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

David Townend, a 25-year golf industry veteran, is launching a new management company that will be based in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

Townend previously worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, IMG and Troon Golf, the latter where he was in-charge of business development and operations for the Asia Pacific region.

His new company, Azalea Hospitality, will be a full-service golf and leisure management and consulting company.

China confirms it has closed 111 golf courses

January 25, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

The government of China last week confirmed that it has closed 111 courses and imposed restrictions on another 65 over the last five years as part of an ongoing crackdown against its fledgling golf industry.

China’s Xinhua News Agency claimed the courses were ordered shut down because they were improperly using groundwater or built on either arable land or protected land within nature reserves.

Of the courses facing additional restrictions, 18 were made to return and restore land and another 47 told to shut down construction or business operations.

Biscom and FLC look to make Vietnam major golf destination

December 16, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Luu Duc Quang, chairman of Biscom Golf Management, said his parent company’s projects along Vietnam’s coast will “change the landscape” of golf resorts and golf tourism in Asia.

“We want to create a whole new experience and be the leader in changing the landscape [of golf resort development],” he said. “With a new 5-star FLC hotel being built in the city of Quy Nhon, plus FLC Quy Nhon Beach and Golf Resort [on the nearby island of Nhon Ly], we see Quy Nhon becoming a popular new tourism destination in Asia.”

Most powerful people in Asian golf industry

October 24, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

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


Vietnamese company plans to build 20 new courses

August 4, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

FLC Group, a publicly-traded Vietnamese company, plans to build 20 new golf courses in Vietnam in the next five years.

The Hanoi-based company — a major developer of apartments, shopping centers, industrial parks and resorts — has $1 billion of golf resort development under way or completed at four locations on Vietnam’s 3260-kilometre coastline.

Each of the links-style courses are in dramatic oceanfront settings that provide an extra dimension to golf in Asia and create new golf tourism destinations for local and foreign golfers.

Schmidt-Curley earn top honors from Asia Pacific Awards

October 22, 2015
By Laira Martin

Schmidt-Curley Design earned the title of Asia-Pacific's Best Golf Course Architect for the fifth year in a row. 

Since 2010, Schmidt-Curley Design has received the top prize in the Asia Pacific Awards' Best Architect category and the ninth straight year that the company has claimed a top-three finish.

Co-founded by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley in 1997, the Schmidt-Curley team is has designed more than 150 layouts in 25 countries with 80 courses across the Asia-Pacific region.

Asia Golf Congress cancelled

September 10, 2015
By Jack Crittenden

Three Asia golf industry shows in one month was apparently one too many. The Asia Golf Congress, which was scheduled to be held at Mission Hills in Dongguan, China, October 29-31, is on hold. 

The AGC, run by Reed Guanghe, was slated to compete with the Asian Pacific Golf Summit, which will be held in Singapore, October 14-15, and the HSBC Golf Forum, which will be held in Shanghai, November 1-4.

Reed Guanghe blamed the Chinese government for the cancellation.

Tiger Woods' first design in China opens

May 12, 2015
By Laira Martin

Pacific Links National Golf Club in Beijing — Tiger Woods’ first design in China — officially opened in late April. With this flagship club leading the way, Pacific Links International, a Toronto-based company, has embarked on its plan to rapidly increase luxury, western-style development in the Asian Market. It plans to acquire, renovate and re-open 12 courses in Beijing and Tianjin over the next five years. 


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