Golf is one of the most leisurely sports in the world so it’s no surprise that golfing holidays are so popular. The sport brings with it an air of luxury and five-star hotels and restaurants are never far away from a course. South-East Asia is renowned for its warmth and hospitality where a holiday maker’s every need is catered for. The excellent service and superb hotels, along with some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, make this region ideal for a golfing holiday. Thailand and Singapore are already world renowned golfing destinations, and Vietnam is looking to make its mark by tripling the amount of golf courses it already has. The tropical weather and lush, vibrant landscape help provide an incredible golfing experience. Here’s a run-down of some of the most idyllic courses in South-East Asia.
Blue Canyon Country Club, Thailand
Situated on Phuket island in Thailand, this stunning club is built along canyon edges. There are two courses with distinct greens and fairways, both surrounded by fresh water lakes. The courses contain natural hazards and slick Bermuda Tifdwarf greens. Tiger Woods (12/1 with betfair at the time of writing to win the Open Championship) said that it was one of the most memorable courses he has ever played. There are plenty of other world-class courses in Phuket and it is widely considered to be one of the best places to play golf in Asia.
Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore
The Sentosa is the most exclusive venue for golf in Singapore. It has two courses which are arguably the most scenic and toughest rounds of golf in the region. The two courses are 18-hole masterpieces carved out of lush tropical flora. The rolling hills and challenging greens were once mangrove swamps that have been wonderfully transformed.
Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, Hong Kong
The Clearwater bay has been compared to Pebble beach in California by some golf experts. This is a comparison that the people there will be very proud of. It has a dramatic setting with coastline views. The two nine-hole courses are surrounded by the stunning scenery of the bay.
The Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club, Bali
The Bali Handara is one of the best courses in Bali. It is 1,142 metres above sea level in the breath-taking mountains of Bedugul. This provides lovely fresh air and moderate temperatures ideal for playing golf. The course is within the slopes of an extinct volcano, with walls of dense forest at the back. At the base of the valley there is a tranquil lake, making this course truly idyllic.
Ayer Keroh Country Club, Malaysia
The Ayer Keroh is well known for its incredible design and location. It is only a couple of hours from Kuala Lumpur, in the town of Malacca. The three 9-hole courses were created by cutting into the Malaysian jungle, yet leaving the amazing wildlife there completely intact. The club also has a swimming pool, sauna, tennis courts and a restaurant. Many golf experts believe this course to be one of the most difficult to master in the world.
Cebu Country Club, Philippines
The Cebu Country Club is a championship course that was established in 1928. Since then, continuous improvements have made it one of the best courses in the Philippines. It has winding fairways, lots of flourishing trees, and sand traps furnished with ground coral rock. It is located in the centre of Cebu city, only a few minutes’ drive from the airport. The course is renowned for its beautifully mature parkland and is very peaceful.
Vinpearl Nha Trang Golf Club, Vietnam
Vietnam is looking to invest in many new golf courses over the next few years, and the Vinpearl Nha Trang on the Hon Tre islands is what the elite ones will aspire to. The huge course is built on a total area of 182 hectares. It is an international standard 18-hole golf course with ocean view luxury villas and a superb clubhouse. If you need more convincing just how up market this place is, there is a helicopter pad. It also has a system of luxury and convenient services and amenities.
Vinpearl Phu Quoc Golf Club, Vietnam
After the success of the Vinpearl Nha Trang, the Vinpearl Phu Quoc Golf Club opened in November 2014 on the same island. This is the first 27-hole course on the island and really brings out the best of what this tropical paradise has to offer. The rolling fairways weave amidst the trees and the contours of the lake and give a unique experience of Phu Quoc’s natural splendour.
This list is merely a handful of the many idyllic golf courses that South-East Asia has to offer, and they really have to be seen to be believed. And it may be a good time to experience what Vietnam has to offer, before it becomes too popular and over-run with golfers!