Nothing beats heading out into the fresh air and sunshine, soaking up spectacular views and whacking some balls into the stratosphere. Ok, well maybe not into the stratosphere, but hopefully at least close to their intended destination. We’re talking about golfing of course, and Southeast Asia is home to some of the best courses in the world. Here’s our lineup of the best of the best greens in the region:
Bangkok, Thailand - Thai Country Club
Rated as the number one golf course in all of Thailand for many years running, the Thai Country Club is a world-class course designed to US PGA international standards, and the home of six Asian Tour events, including the 1997 Asian Honda Classic won by none other than Tiger Woods himself. Here you’ll find plenty of water features, sand hazards, rolling greens and professional tees. After a challenging day out on the greens, head to the 19th hole bar for sundowners and scenery before making your way to the elegant clubhouse dining room for excellent Asian and Western cuisine and legendary Thai service.
88 Moo 1, Bangna-Trad Km. 35.5, Thambon Pimpa, Bangpakong District, Chacheongsao
Tel: +66 38 570 234
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Canggu, Bali - Nirwana Bali Golf Club
With incredible views of Tanah Lot temple, undulating rice terraces and the crashing surf, the Nirwana Bali Golf Club is one of the most visually stunning golf courses you’re likely to lay eyes on. Designed by professional golfer (who spent 331 weeks as the world's No. 1 golfer in the 80s and 90s) Greg Norman, this 18-hole course offers challenging greens that will test the skills of even a professional PGA golfer, yet it is still enjoyable for all levels of golfers. Check out the dramatic 7th hole, where you must play across a small swathe of sand to a green that skirts the edge of a shoreline cliff just a few hundred metres from Bali’s most photographed temple, Tanah Lot.
Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Tabanan
Tel: +62 361 815 900
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Johor, Malaysia - The Legends Golf & Country Resort
Designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, the two world-class golf courses here consistently win rave reviews for their challenging greens for all skill levels and beautiful lush tropical scenery. Try your hand at the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus championship course or the 9-hole 3,326-metre Arnold Palmer course for greens surrounded by sand bunkers, grass hollows, trees and water features. After the game, you can soothe those sore muscles in the luxurious clubhouse jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms, and fuel up on delicious Chinese fare in the Legends Court Chinese Restaurant.
Lot 1302, Kebun Sedenak, Kulai, Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia
Tel: +607 652 4388
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Luang Prabang, Laos - Luang Prabang Golf Course
The rolling hills and deep valleys overlooking the mighty Mekong River make for a magnificent setting for this 18-hole, 72-par championship golf course just 15 minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang. The course is unique in that it was designed to mimic old mountain trails, and the rolling fairways feature verdant vegetation and sweeping vistas over historic Luang Prabang. Spend the day connecting with nature as you make your way through this scenic and stimulating course.
Ban Houiphai, Phatamnai, Ket SangkhaLok, Luang Prabang
Tel: +856 55 571 182
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Sentosa Island, Singapore - Sentosa Golf Club
Founded in 1974, the Sentosa Golf Club has won numerous accolades over the years including the 58th spot in the World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses by Golf Digest in 2016. The site was once the home of tropical mangroves and kampungs, but world-class designers transformed it into what it is today, and after a multi-million dollar revamp in 2007, the club now features two stunning courses: The Serapong and The New Tanjong, both of which offer rolling greens, placid lakes, challenging bunkers and spectacular views of the Singapore Straits and city skyline.
27 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa Island, Singapore
Tel: +65 6275 0090
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Bedugul, Bali - Handara Golf & Resort Bali
Handara Golf & Resort Bali is set in the crater of an extinct volcano in Bali’s central highlands, which makes it one of the most unique golf courses in the region. The course is surrounded by lush green mountains on all sides and it features a good mix of uphill and downhill playing holes, demanding bunkers, and picturesque fairways lined by mature trees. We suggest coming for an early morning game when you can watch the cool mountain mist rising over the treetops and mountains.
Bedugul, Buleleng, Bali
Tel: +62 362 342 2646
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Langkawi, Malaysia - The Els Club Teluk Datai
Nestled in a nature reserve between rugged mountain peaks and the Andaman Sea, the course at The Els Club Teluk Datai snakes its way through an ancient rainforest before spilling out onto sands gently lapped by turquoise waters. Throughout the course you’ll see natural streams and native trees along the wide fairways, and you might even meet some of the resident monkeys that live in and around the course. If you’re looking to combine a day out on the greens with some pretty spectacular natural sights, this championship course is a must.
Jalan Teluk Datai, Langkawi, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4 959 2700
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Siem Reap, Cambodia - Angkor Golf Resort
While most people visit Siem Reap to see the incredible temples of Angkor Wat, golfers in the know also come here to tee off on the impressive greens of the Angkor Golf Resort. This 18-hole course was designed by renowned golfer Nick Faldo, and it provides plenty of challenges for all levels spread out over 7,279 yards. By far the most challenging, yet most interesting holes are the final three, as they require long shots over deep bunkers and water hazards.
Kasekam Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tel: +855 63 767 688
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