Golf vacations — Asia golf...coming soon

 
 

Coming soon from Traveler.com...Golf is booming in Asia - at a resort and elite club level.  Opportunities need to grow for aspiring golfers, but the golf traveler will find fantastic golf vacation destinations featuring courses designed by the best in the world.  Consistent quality is an issue, but up-and-coming status is clear from South Korea to Thailand.

 

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* Best places to play, stay and dine

* Secrets resorts don't want you to know

* Tips known only to locals and a few

 

 

Asia golf vacations and golf schools

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Top Asia golf courses and resorts

China

Pine Valley Golf Club;  Beijing

Tiger Beach Golf Links;  Yantai

Spring City Golf & Lake Resort;  Kunming;  destined to be one of the great golf resorts in Asia Pacific

Mountain course - Nicklause design,  native pines and rock out- croppings frame the course, highlighted by mountain views and Yang Zong Hai Lake

Lake course - Robert Trent Jones, Jr design

Sunshine Golf Club;  Kunming

Mission Hills Golf Club;  largest golf resort in the world with 12 courses in Shenzhen and Dongguan, most courses are named after golf personalities and pros such as Ernie Els and Annika Sorenstam

World Cup Course;  Nicklaus design opened in 1994, one of the two recommended courses

Norman Course;  a difficult challenge, but enjoyable and, along with the chance to play the original World Cup Course

Vijay Course;  emulates "Pebble Beach" style

Faldo Course;  tournament style course with blend of strategy and shotmaking

Ozaki Course;  picturesque and mountainous, with a tunnel the length of a football field connecting two holes

 

Thailand

Laem Chabang International Golf Club;  Pattaya

Khao Kheow Golf Club;  Pattaya

Phoenix Golf Club;  Pattaya

Siam Country Club;  Pattaya - Old Course

Banyan Golf Club;  Hua Hin

Springfield Golf Club;  Hua Hin - Nicklaus design

Majestic Creek Golf Club;  Hua Hin

Black Mountain Golf Club;  Hua Hin

 

Vietnam

Viet Nam Golf & Country Club;  is the first 36-hole golf club in Vietnam and is widely regarded as Vietnam's Premier Golf and Country Club.

 

South Korea

Nine Bridges Resort;  Jeju Island

Pinx Golf Club;  Jeju Island;  a Top 100 course in world, host of the only European tour event in Asia

Blackstone Golf Club;  Jeju Island

 

Malaysia

Classic Golf Resort;  Kuala Lumpur;  a Jack Nicklaus’ first South Asian Signature course

 

Indonesia

Nirwana Bali Golf Club;  Bali;  award-winning Greg Norman design

Ria Bintan Resort;  Bali;  Top 100 course by Golf Digest

Klub Rimba Irian;  Bill Coore’s design rates as "the world's most remote championship golf course"

 

Singapore

Singapore Island Country Club - Bukit course

 

Insider Secrets and Tips for Asian golf vacations

The traditional western concept of a day’s golf can be foreign in many parts of Asia.   Asian golfers are generally very brand conscious, and clubs that can buy championship pedigree or pay exorbitant appearance fees of celebrity professionals have the highest profiles.  For the discerning golf traveler, settling for the region’s celebrity layouts can be a misguided practice.

That said, there are many top-notch courses to be found with a bit of research and recommendation, and a journey to any one or several Asian countries can be a golf vacation experience of a lifetime.

As for that experience, you should know that often, players can take up to three caddies, rounds can last half a day and the experience is as much about the culinary delights of the clubhouse as the quality of the golf holes. 

The market doesn’t necessarily appreciate good design, and though a steamy sauna-like climate can be unsuitable for growing decent grass, sumptuous resort facilities, the friendly locals, and several genuine standouts are all worth celebrating