Established in 1994 and designed by Han Golf Master, Yangon City Golf Resort boasts a choice of two, 18-hole, championship golf courses.
The first golf course to be opened, plays to just over 7,000 yards and is called Ngwe Thaw Tar, which means Silver and this was ready for play in 1994, coinciding with the completed development of the resort. This course is based on a low, flat plain and offers nice, wide fairways and large greens. It’s perfect for those who like to attack the ball with the driver and it’s possible to card some great scores as a result. The Silver course is suitable for golfers of all abilities, who will find it quite forgiving.
The second course, called Pondi, was completed in 1996 and is located some 40 minutes’ drive to the North of the city centre. Pondi is more challenging than the Silver course, due to the tighter fairways, which require more accurate shooting off the tee. The greens are also smaller and favour a more precise approach shot, than the greens on the Silver course. The Pondi course is the better known of the two, having played host to the Asian PGA Tour in 1998 and 1999. This fact also underlines how Pondi is a much tougher test of a player’s ability, than the Silver course.
However, it’s great that Yangon City Golf Resort has two golf courses, which provide a different type of golfing experience and both can be played, without the fear of them feeling the same. The fairways and greens on both courses are well maintained and play consistently well.
The resort itself, features a huge number of facilities, ranging from hotel rooms, a swimming pool, spa and treatment rooms. There is also a restaurant, which offers Chinese and Thai dishes, in addition to authentic Myanmar food.
Yangon City Golf Resort is one not to be missed, if staying or travelling in the area.