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Road To Mandalay

Add Myanmar—formerly known as Burma—as the latest Asian country to expose a golfing past. Once a British colony, there are already more than 50 courses, some more than 100 years old. And opening late next year will be Mandalay Myotha Golf Club (that's the par-five 3rd hole, above), located near Mandalay, a business hub as well as the last royal capital and center of Burmese culture. The course is the work of Schmidt-Curley Design, an American firm with many courses in Asia, and Kyi Hla Han, executive chairman of the Asian Tour and a former professional golfer. Built for world-class events—it's par 72 and will stretch to 8,000 yards—Mandalay Myotha “will take full advantage of the site’s dramatic terrain, with golf holes playing along deep river canyons and fairways routed through a vast rolling landscape,” explains Lee Schmidt. It’s one part of an 11,000-acre project that will include schools, hospitals, factories, warehouses, parks, and housing for a population of 250,000.

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