More than a century after the British colonized Myanmar — and brought with them the game of golf — the country’s premier hotel and course are teaming up on a deal they hope will help put Myanmar back on the world golf map.
From now until Sept. 30, ‘Tee Off in Style’ guests at the iconic Strand receive two nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast, butler service, a dinner at the hotel’s restaurant and a round of golf at Pun Hlaing Golf Club, a Gary Player design widely considered the top layout in a nation Asian Tour executive chairman Kyi Hla Han claims has up to 80.
Prices start at US $533 per person and include roundtrip airport and golf course transfers in a private car.
“Interest in this part of the world is off the charts right now,” said Didier Belmonte, general manager of The Strand. “As travelers begin to rediscover the charms of a country isolated for decades, they’re going to find golf is a major part of its heritage.”
While newer than many of its counterparts, Pun Hlaing GC possesses characteristics of courses built in golf’s Golden Age — appealingly bold greenside bunkering, sand traps in spots that influence play and hazards that add strategic interest.
“Of the many courses I have seen in the world, Pun Hlaing Golf Club has to be in the top five,” said Player, a nine-time major champion, during a 2002 site visit. “It reminds me of Augusta (National), (in) Georgia.”
Opened in 1901 and managed by luxury hotel group GHM, The Strand Yangon remains one of the finest examples of Edwardian architecture in Southeast Asia.
The three-story property sits in the heart of downtown Yangon — the former British colonial capital of Myanmar — and beckons visitors with a grand, colonnaded exterior and marble-floor lobby.
Past guests include legendary authors Somerset Maugham, George Orwell and Rudyard Kipling.
For more information about The Strand Yangon or to book the ‘Tee Off in Style’ package, visit www.ghmhotels.com. Terms and conditions on the offer apply.