Editor's Note

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 September, 2008, 12:00am

Birdie, eagle and albatross; dog-leg, bogey and bump and run - golf's abundant and quirky terminology can be a virtual sand trap for beginners. Experts continue to debate how the terms evolved over the course of golf's long history but, whatever their origins, the avian descriptions have always seemed particularly suited to the game of golf, in which players head out under an open sky to brave the elements and feel their spirits soar above the greens and fairways.

To help ensure the elements you face in your next game are as pleasant as possible, this edition of Golf + Resorts looks at some of the best courses in Asia to visit, according to the time of year. Whether it is spring, summer, winter or autumn, these courses will put your skills to the test in the most agreeable of conditions.

Some of the world's best clubs for doing business in are featured so you can broker your next deal on the manicured lawns of a golf course instead of in the stuffy confines of a boardroom. The growing trend of buying property on golf courses is also investigated. For those seeking a hassle-free golfing getaway, this issue highlights some destinations that make getting on the course a breeze.

If it's purely a holiday you're after, read about five top eco-resorts, plus hotels in Bangkok that offer the convenience of a city break with all the facilities of a resort. Whether you are a seasoned golfer, an eager beginner or simply enjoy sipping cocktails in the Maldives on a shimmering beach lapped by azure seas, the important thing is to indulge the mind, body and soul in something you love.

Read on and be inspired to treat yourself to that long-promised round of golf or an unforgettable holiday.