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Nyaung Oo Golf Club exotic sites. Golf in Yangon is on the rise, old colonial buildings dotted around the city elicit a sense of the old days, and a trip to the Shwedagon Pagoda is of bucket list quality. To the North, Bagan is said to be one of the most spiritual Buddhist regions on earth. Personally, everyone I know who has been there has been awed and affected. Beaches are gorgeous and places like Ngapoli have accommodations to suit any taste. Even the Internet at the best hotels is screaming fast. (I suspect because there are not a lot of local users) Pun Hlaing Golf Club and analyzing the many tracks, a modern golfing traveler might not. But that is rapidly changing! Myanmar now has its own Open Championship that is a sanctioned Asian Tour event. The venue in 2017 was in Yangon at the recently renovated, Gary Player, Pun Hlaing Golf Club and was a rousing success. Dagon Golf Club also in Yangon, is an excellent new venue about to come online which will further enhance golf options that are up to international standards. Additionally, some of the courses around Myanmar while not in Once a British colony, the Brits, over the the best of condition by any stretch, are just years built 20 golf courses before Burmese too interesting to pass up. The Bagan Golf re-established their independence in 1947. Club is almost magically routed amongst While the country was in for more strife, fabulous 11th century Temples, Pagodas, the legacy of golf was indelibly imprinted and Stupas. The oldest course in Myanmar, on the landscape. The military and others Thayet Century Golf Club was established subsequently built more than 100 more in 1887 and according to their sign, is still courses around the country. Golf is affiliated with the St Andrews Golf Club everywhere in Myanmar. However there is a and is an interesting example of turn of the catch, with so many years of more important century British Design. Myotha National, business to attend to, many venues have near Mandalay, is also a spectacular desert fallen into disrepair and most have not been style course that will soon open and is sure upgraded since they were built decades ago to be rated a slam dunk world class venue. and some cases, over a century ago. Alas, What may be the most exciting news about while a golf historian may enjoy seeking out golf in Myanmar is that arguably Myanmar’s Volume 3 • Issue 40 35