With the golf boom (literally) in full swing, Asia offers some of the world’s most breathtaking golf courses. World-class amenities, challenging holes and scenic views, golf courses in the continent have something for everyone. We handpicked five of the most luxurious courses across Asia. Pack your bags and start planning your next golfing holiday!
A popular choice for Delhiites looking for a golfing/spa weekend getaway, the Jaypee Greens Golf course is India’s first 18-hole signature course and the only Greg Norman designed one. Spread over 452 acres of land, the course has some of the most picturesque bunkers and water bodies. Its gently rolling fairways resemble carefully manicured green carpets that use a specialized grass known as Bermuda. What adds significantly to the luxury quotient of this extravagant course is the exotic Six Senses Spa, the first one in India. Also while visiting the resort, don’t miss out on a delectable meal at La Brezza, the Italian specialty restaurant.
Green Fee for walk-ins on weekdays starts from INR 4,000.
Known as one of the best championship courses in Asia, the plush Serapong course has been created by the world-renown course designer Ronald Fream. Even though it opened in 1982, the 18-hole course underwent a S$12 million revamp, incorporating SubAir and PermOPore greens maintenance technology. Serapong has some of the most spectacular views of the Port of Singapore, challenging greens, massive lakes with stone-lined walls, and new-age facilities including zoysia grass fairways and tifeagle greens. Counted among Asia’s most progressive golf marvels, the course is located on a charming garden resort island towards the south easternmost tip of Sentosa. The club also has its own golf academy where professionals coach beginners and veterans alike.
One-year term membership to the club costs USD 30,000 per annum with a credit deposit of USD 1,000.
The island of Langkawi is home to this idyllic Rainforest Course in Teluk Datai. Set amid the tranquility of tropical forests, mountains and natural beaches, golfing on this course promises a mesmerizing experience. The design of the course—a tribute to nature—is by four-time Major Champion and golf legend Ernie Els. Its distinguishing characteristic is its ocean-front holes that meander through a 10-million year old rainforest. The names of holes are inspired by the wildlife one spots during a game. Managed by Troon Golf, the world’s leading luxury brand golf management company, the club also has state-of-the-art facilities like a shop, cafe and lounge overlooking the course. All those looking for a peaceful weekend retreat can choose between two luxury resorts in the vicinity—The Datai and the Andaman.
Rates for visitors start from RM 600.
Established in 1982, the golf course at the Clearwater Bay is located atop a cliff on a rocky peninsula that sticks out into the South China Sea. Its first four holes are stunning seaside ones and have been described as “the most thrilling opening stretch in Chinese golf.” The original layout of the course was extensively remodeled by the design team of Peter Thomson and Ross Perrett in 2006, after which the club's silver anniversary was celebrated a year later. Apart from golf, the club also provides yachting, recreation and dining services.
Green Fee for visitors starts from HK$ 1,900.
One of the most exclusive courses in the Philippines, the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club is also the first Philippine gated community. Spread over 140 hectares of former cane fields in the south of Manila, the Club has two 18-hole rounds called the Masters Course and the Legends Course, which were both designed by legendary golfer, Jack Nicklaus. Apart from the course, there is also a clubhouse, banquet hall, formal dining room, Jacuzzi, massage rooms and other amenities for golfers or family members accompanying a shareholder.
Guest green fee rates are P2,245 for residents on weekdays.