select - Asian golfing
Written by Oryx
Growing prosperity in Asia has seen the opening of spectacular golf courses and an increasing demand for getaways to the greens. Here are some of the continent’s best golfing destinations.
There are several golf courses in Bali, but the best is generally held to be Nirwana Bali in the southwest of the island, designed by Greg Norman and often listed as one of the best courses in all Asia. Some holes run along sea cliffs, while rice paddies provide shimmering hazards, with beautiful views a marvellous distraction.
Distance: 6,930 km
Flight Time: 12 hours , 10 minutes
Frequency: Daily via Singapore
Though there are over 20 golf courses in Singapore, many are open only to members. The best place for visitors to get into the swing is Sentosa Golf Club on the entertainment island of Sentosa. The club is considered one of the best in Asia, with two championship 18-hole par-72 courses, of which the Serapong course provides undulating coastal scenery, lush landscaping, and considerable sporting challenges. After a round, the island also offers superior spas, restaurants, and bars for a discussion of the day’s play over cocktails.
Distance: 6,196 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 35 minutes
Frequency: 2 flights a day
The holiday island of Phuket spoils golfers with choice. Several world-class courses meander between emerald-green hills and the blue ocean. Blue Canyon offers a par-72 championship course with a magnificent landscaped setting, while Laguna Phuket challenges with numerous water obstacles. The older Phuket Country Club – always demanding of a player’s skills – is notable for its large lake, hills, and waterways. With stunning fairways, it’s considered one of the most beautiful courses anywhere in Thailand.
Distance: 5,322 km
Flight Time: 10 hrs, 5 mins
Several golf courses lie less than an hour out of the Malaysian capital. Of the two courses at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, the parkland-style East Course is open to non-members and challenges with its length and layout. Meanwhile, Templer Park Country Club is one of the most scenic in the country, set amid rainforest and lakes, and created by renowned Japanese designer Jumbo Osaki.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Distance: 5,894 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 40 minutes
Frequency: 3 flights a day