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The Pun Hlaing Golf Club News July/August 2020

Updated: Aug 22, 2020

A word from Golf Director, Stephen Chick

I would like to share positive news around the progress of the Golf club renovations. The new Golf check-in and shop will be open in September and we have some exciting new goodies to treat yourself or a loved one and once we are ready to open the check-in will of course no longer be in Awei Metta. Following this the new lobby, restaurant and noodle bar with extended Terrace will follow, so there will be a much larger terrace for everyone to enjoy the view of the 18th hole with a refreshing drink. The Golf Academy will be ready to open at the end of October with news to follow on the launch event and I am hopeful to have our Resident PGA Teaching Professional on the ground for this event. So we are very excited to be embarking on the final stages of these projects as we prepare to open these new facilities which will be elevating Pun Hlaing Golf Club to a new level. In other positive news all Caddies have enrolled in to a development program with 'Step In Step Up' to focus on English, Customer Service and the Rules of Golf. Also, we were delighted to be the chosen host venue to celebrate the 53rd ASEAN anniversary with an event organized by DIGAY which raised 5 million MMK for food beneficiaries and other victims. Finally, for those that are reading this outside of Myanmar and currently unable to return to Yangon I hope the solution for that is improving and in transition as more relief flights back to Yangon appear to be scheduled. So we hope to see you back on the fairways again soon, for those that are enjoying the course please do continue to demonstrate the best hygiene and enjoy your Golf at all times.


NEW local rule

You will see on holes 10, 11, 14 and 18 we have added hazard stakes so that should your ball cross the hazard but fall back in to the water hazard you may take the penalty relief from the side where the ball crossed and from their find your nearest point of relief at the point of entry or alternatively utilise the designated drop zone.


A word on the Agronomy

In general we are satisfied with the turf grass health on the Golf course given the monsoon conditions can be both challenging with limited UV light and demanding with persistent rainfall. A greater challenge has been obtaining certain products we need to use including fertilisers, insecticides and herbicides due to a change in Myanmar customs regulations and import limitations; however, we are doing our best to work around this by utilising available products often used with old stocks.

As pictured below you will notice in certain areas of greens they have dark green patches which goes by the technical term of ‘Bermuda grass contamination’.  How does this happen you may wonder? Well, each time we walk on to the green we are contaminating the ‘Paspalum’ grass on the greens with our feet which have just walked on the fairways and roughs and which over time the Burmuda grass tries to dominate despite regular preventive measures. So a bit like surgery, we are cutting and removing the Bermuda out and replacing it with Paspalum turf from our greens nursery. This will take several weeks to knit together and is essential that we execute now before this contamination escalates to a larger issue.

Bermuda grass contamination
Infected area replaced by 'Paspalum' turf from our greens nursery

Other programs include Tee ground re-levelling on the front 9. Last monsoon season we re-levelled tee grounds on the back 9 tees. Over time the continual divoting of tees creates a surface that becomes ‘crowned’. This in turn becomes most uncomfortable when teeing off from a noticeably un-level teeing surface. In some areas pictured below on hole 8 we are increasing the size of the teeing ground and to be more conventionally shaped.

We thank you for your understanding when encountering the course after some of our maintenance repair programs but this is better than us closing the course or certain holes like many courses do, but your satisfaction is equally important to us as we aim to maintain Pun Hlaing Golf Club to the highest standards possible.


Caddies Corner

Caddies snapped in action enjoying their training



Matchplay Championship update; Matches will resume once possible and extensions will naturally be granted due to COIVID-19 travel restrictions


Save the date for 2020 Club Championships 5th & 6th December

Future Events

Friday 28th August Club Lounge, Sales & Leasing Gallery soft opening


New Member(s)

June New Member July New Member

Mrs. Kim Lan - Sook Mr. Gerald Yuen Kwang Lee Mrs Ko Minjung Mr. Yomo Hideki Mr. Iwai Yoshiki Mr. Kotani Takehiko

Daw Phyu Phyu Win U Myo Myint Kyaw

Daw Nan Mo Hawn U Chit Oo Lwin

U Win Min Hein

U Kyaw Pe

Daw Hla Win

Col. Anthony Egan

Mr. Oh Hyoung Kwon

Mr. Park Woonyoung


General Reminders

  • Hygiene best practices at all times (sanitise, social distance & repeat)

  • Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook & Instagram @punhlainggc


Thai Country Club Affiliate Member Access* from Yoma Central

Head of real estate at Yoma Land, Mr Stephen Purvis, has announced “in addition to the many superb privileges granted to buyers of luxury apartments at The Peninsula Residences Yangon, we are extremely pleased to be able to give affiliate member access to Bangkok’s premier golf course, the Thai Country Club. Owners of The Peninsula Residences Yangon will not only benefit from the full range of standard and a la carte services, for which The Peninsula Residences are famous, but they will also get priority service at The Peninsula hotels all over the world and discounted rates at The Peninsula Hotel Yangon.” The Residences are due to complete at the end of 2021.

Thai Country Club was developed as one of the finest golf clubs in Asia and opened to the golfing world in December 1996. The golf course was designed to United States Golf Association specifications by Dennis Griffiths.

The 7,097-yards course was first seriously tested during the 1997 Asian Honda Classic won by Tiger Woods. This picturesque course is renowned for its immaculate conditions, a neo-classic design and its variety of holes, along with an abundance of water as well as fauna and flora – offering a constant challenge and hours of pleasure.

For enquiries, please contact:

Ms Charlotte Hnin Ei Win, Tel: +95 9 5153315, Email:

Ms Karin Hiramatsu, Tel: +81-3-5404-8570, Email:

* Please note special terms & conditions apply to Affiliate Member Access


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