For most golfers, the experience on golf course with poetic landscapes design is very interesting not less than take a perfect tee shot or finishing a hole with a ‘back door’. With the golf boom in full swing, we’ve found the best golf courses in Southeast Asia for lovers of the game from beginner to professionals.
Blue Canyon Country Club, Thailand
Built along canyon edges with undulating fairways and greens, Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, Thailand has two courses surrounded by freshwater lakes and featuring natural hazards. The Canyon Course has undulating fairways, deadly roughs, lengthy carries and narrow landings while the Lakes Course has distracting winds but sizeable greens.
Particularly, the Canyon Course is not for the feint hearted, challenging the best of players as it flows effortlessly through the dramatic nature of Phuket’s tin-mining past. It features a demanding combination of narrow tree-lined fairways and challenging dog-legs requiring accurate tee shots and precision play. With 80 bunkers, water at 14 of its holes, tight landing areas with slick Bermuda Tifdwarf greens, this course demands your best play throughout.
The most exciting hole on the Canyon Course is undoubtedly the 17th, described by Fred Couples as “one of the best par threes in the world.” Play here and see why Tiger Woods considers it one of the most memorable courses he’s ever played.
Montgomerie Links, Vietnam
Vietnam’s Montgomerie Links is a world-class, semi-private club and perhaps the ritziest course you’ll find around Danang City. Located a stone’s throw from Danang International Airport, the 18-hole Montgomerie Links was designed by the golf legend Colin Montgomerie, featuring outstanding sandy soil, wind-blown dunes and stylish onsite estates which make it one of Asia’s most desirable golf and country club retreats.
The Els Club Teluk Datai Golf, Malaysia
Spreading over 47 hectares within The Datai Langkawi which is a captivating resort destination blending natural setting and architectural designs in the heart of an ancient rainforest, the Ernie Else-designed The Els Club Teluk Datai Golf provides a grand game experience with a magnificent backdrop of Gunung Mat Chinchang mountain and Andaman Sea. Prominently, the fairways meander their way through a million year old rainforest cascading down to the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, with the dramatic backdrop of the mountains’ marbled limestone peaks. The intricate jungle rough border the well groomed and ample fairways, while natural streams flow throughout the course, presenting a major hazard for stray shots on this tight and undulating layout with up and downhill lies. In addition, state-of-the-art club facilities, buggies equipped with GPS units, professional golf lessons brought by the Troon Golf instructors and bag tags personalized with engraved names avouch a truly sophisticated game experience.
Nirwana Bali Golf Club, Indonesia
The best golf course in Indonesia is designed by golf legend Greg Norman. Rice paddies for the rough and three holes on a cliff top overlooking the Indian Ocean are set to give this course in a real sense of place. Besides rice paddies, the course includes streams, jungle and ravines, running down to the beach and up to the cliffs in combination with five ocean-side holes, three cliff-to-cliff tee shots and eight holes sculpted into the terraced rice fields.
The signature par 3 7th hole overlooks the famous Tanah Lot temple and is by far the most photographed hole on the course. Overall, the diverse and meticulously maintained course provides resort golfers and seasoned professionals with an unparalleled golfing experience.
Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore
The highest-ranked course in the nation and site of the annual Barclays Singapore Open, Sentosa’s Serapong Course is that rare bird, a beautiful oceanfront golf course that is also very easy to reach from the city centre.
Renovations for the tournament have stretched it into a 7,300-yard monster from the back, so it is very important to choose the right tees, especially since there are also plenty of water hazards, deep bunkers and undulating fairways. But players who can remain humble when choosing where to play from are rewarded with a fantastic course that plays right to the water’s edge, with dramatic views across to the city’s modern skyline. There are lagoons and inlets throughout, and visitors are constantly reminded they are playing golf on an island. They are also pampered, with a full-service clubhouse, optional caddies and a member-for-a-day experience at Singapore’s premier golf club.
Ria Bintan, Indonesia
This 18-hole par 72 course designed by Greg Norman is surrounded by beautiful scenery of rice paddies, tropical trees, creeks and the Indian Ocean. Along the right side of 12th hole, Balinese temples under tall coconut trees welcome golfers.
The most dramatic tee shot will be the par 3 7th hole, which measures 214 yards from the tee box past the fairway across the Indian Ocean and onto the green. Make sure the check the speed and direction of the ocean wind and choose at least one club longer that you’d normally use.