The diverse topography of Asia, the largest and most populous continent in the world, has been a golf architect’s delight for ages. Home to every imaginable terrain on the face of earth, designers have revelled and been challenged while giving shape to vast tracts of land, creating masterpieces that test golfers’ skill and temperament to the hilt. Asia isn’t just about designer layouts and golf courses, though. Links-style courses and other designs, too have played a part in highlighting the continent as a golfing juggernaut.

Given the continent’s enormity and the gems strewn across this hotspot, compiling a definitive guide to Asia’s best golf courses is nothing short of a Himalayan task, and any list may not be a true reflection of why the region is considered a key point of attraction with its plethora of golf facilities that can rival the best in the world.

We attempt to put together 20 of the region’s top golf venues that should be on the to-do list of every passionate player. Scattered all across the region from Thailand’s Pattaya and Bangkok to Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur and Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture, all of the golf courses mentioned here are unique in design, challenges and the rewards on offer. If one were to play a round each at the venues, the experience in one word would be wholesome.

20 excellent golf courses in Asia that you should visit

Mission Hills, Shenzhen, World Cup Course, China
Mission Hills, Shenzhen, World Cup Course, China
No.1 Mission Hills Road, Shenzhen, 518110
(+86 755) 2802 0888

This highly-regarded course was created by 18-time Major champion Jack Nicklaus and was named to celebrate the 1995 World Cup of Golf. It became the first course in China to receive US PGA accreditation for major professional events. Greg Norman, Tiger Woods, and many other golf legends have played here.

(Image: Mission Hills China)

Bali National Golf Club, Bali, Indonesia
Bali National Golf Club, Bali, Indonesia
The MAJ Nusa Dua, Kawasan Wisata, Lot S-5, Nusa Dua, Bali 80363
+62 361 771 791 or +62 361 849 2600

Located on the beautiful island of Bali, this course reopened its doors in 2014 after completing a renovation. This exquisite course features lush tropical hills, jungle fauna, hypnotising views of the Indian Ocean and the luxurious Nusa Dua, hand-built stone walls to terrace the sides of fairways and tee boxes, and several artificial lakes.

(Image: Bali National Golf Club)

The Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula, China
The Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula, China
Shenzhou Peninsula Town, Wangning City, China, 571528

One of China’s acclaimed golf destinations, this course was designed by the former golf great Tom Weiskopf. The golf complex features 36 holes of championship play on its East and West Courses. Large mature trees, streams, rugged dunes, seaside vegetation, undulating fairways, natural rock outcroppings, and constantly changing ocean breeze on this seaside links-style layout offer an exceptional test for golfers of all skill levels.

(Image: Sunny Hainan)

Krungthep Kreetha Golf Course, Bangkok, Thailand
Krungthep Kreetha Golf Course, Bangkok, Thailand
282 Krungthep Kreetha Rd., Hua Mark, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10240 Thailand
0-2736-0378-9 or 061-401-5208 or 061-401-5903

A not-to-be missed name among Bangkok golf courses, the Krungthep Kreetha has been in play for more than five decades. It is incredibly surprising how serene it is here, given its urban setting. With immaculately kept greens, the course manages to be a favourite of both seasoned golfers and newcomers alike.

(Image: Krungthep Kreeta)

Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin, Thailand
Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin, Thailand
565 Moo 7, Nong Hieng Road, Hin LekFai, Hua Hin District, Prachaubkirikhan 77110, Thailand
+66(0)32 618 666 or +66(0)32 618 667

This golf club is all about an award-winning course, year-round immaculate conditions, pleasant climate, delicious food, a sizeable practice space, and a cutting-edge driving range. Situated in a valley surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and towering mountains, this course has hosted numerous Asian Tour events.

(Image: Black Mountain Golf Club)

Sentosa Golf Club (The Serapong), Singapore
Sentosa Golf Club (The Serapong), Singapore
27 Bukit Manis Road, Singapore 099892
+65 6275 0022

The Serapong Course is considered Asia’s top championship course. It has been the proud host of the Singapore Open since 2005 and is widely esteemed by both professional and amateur golfers. Large lakes with stone-lined walls, fast and challenging greens, winding fairways, and breathtaking views of downtown Singapore are some of the highlights of this course.

(Image: Sentosa Golf Club)

Hirono Golf Club, Japan
Hirono Golf Club, Japan
7-3 Hirono, Shijimi-cho, Miki-shi, Hyogo

This exclusive course is popularly dubbed the “Pine Valley of Japan”. The phenomenal short and intimidating long holes on this 91-year-old masterpiece layout will test even seasoned golfers. Wide, well-kept fairways, fast greens, and well-placed bunkers increase the level of challenge. The jaw-dropping scenery encircling the course is one of the most appealing aspects of Hirono.

(Image: Hirono Golf Club/ Taku Miyamoto)

Shanqin Bay Golf Club, China
Shanqin Bay Golf Club, China
Longgunzhen, Wanning, Hainan, China, 571521

Located south-east of the Hainan Island, this exclusive, members-only course is surrounded by the ocean on three sides. Due to the extraordinary topography, distinctive elevation variations, and great variety of cliffs, dunes, greenery, coastlines, valleys, and rocky outcrops, Shanqin Bay is favoured by golfers.


The Bluffs Grand Ho Tram Strip, Vietnam
The Bluffs Grand Ho Tram Strip, Vietnam
Phuoc Thuan, Xuyen Moc District, Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, Vietnam
(+84) 254 378 8666

A world-class links course set on a seaside strip was designed by the legendary Greg Norman. One of the most singular golf experiences, it offers the opportunity to play real links golf while flanked by the dunes of southern Vietnam and with breathtaking ocean vistas.

(Image: The Bluffs Grand Ho Tram Strip)

Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin, Thailand
Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin, Thailand
Blue Lotus Hua Hin (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 68/223 Mooban Hua Na, Tambol Nong Gae, Hua Hin, Prachuabkirikhan 77110, Thailand

Opened in 2008, this course is a major draw for young players as it is regarded as one of Thailand’s natural golf courses. The natural greenery and picturesque views here are a treat, as it was built on a once-thriving pineapple orchard. Undoubtedly a golfer’s paradise, it offers beautiful coastal vistas to the east and gorgeous mountain views to the west.

(Image: Banyan Golf Club)

Kawana Resort, Fuji Course, Japan
Kawana Resort, Fuji Course, Japan
1459 Kawana, Itō, Shizuoka 414-0044

Designed by the illustrious architect Charles Hugh Alison, the Fuji course was opened in 1936. It was designed to take full advantage of the terrain’s natural features to offer mind-blowing views and difficult rounds. The sought-after course features stunning Pacific Ocean views from the cliff tops, deep folding fairways, mature vegetation, and Mount Fuji as a backdrop.

(Image: Prince Hotels)

Nine Bridges Golf Club, South Korea
Nine Bridges Golf Club, South Korea
34-156, Kwangpyong-ro, Anduk-myon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju Island

Located on the volcanic island of Jeju, Nine Bridges is the first Korean golf course to be ranked in the world’s top 100 courses. By hosting the LPGA from 2002 to 2005, Nine Bridges became the first club to host the LPGA in Korea. This course is known for its sensational setting, flawless design, bent grass fairways, and immaculate maintenance.

(Image: Nine Bridges)

Ayodhya Links, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Ayodhya Links, Ayutthaya, Thailand
199 Moo 10 Boh Talo, Wangnoi Ayutthaya, 13170 Thailand
+66 35 257 999 or +66 85 353 9789

The most exclusive course in Thailand, Ayodhya Links is a private championship course. Beginners as well as professionals from across the world are enticed by and challenged by this course’s masterfully manicured topography, which features naturally rolling fairways, undulating greens, elevation variations, lovely streams, dazzling lakes, uniquely designed bunkers, and water hazards.

(Image: Ayodhya Links)

South Cape Owners Club, South Korea
South Cape Owners Club, South Korea
41 Jindong-ri, Changseon-myeon, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea

The premier links-style course, designed by Kyle Phillips, is set along a stunning seaside cliff that offers golfers beautiful vistas throughout their round. The centre of this course has a towering hill that offers golfers a distinct sense of three dimensions and continues to challenge the world’s best players.

(Image: South Cape Owners Club)

Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club - west course, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club - west course, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
10, Jalan 1/70D, Off Jalan Bukit Kiara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+603-2011 9188

Formerly known as TPC KL, the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club is located in the heart of Malaysia’s capital. Host of the Malaysian Open from 2010–2015, the west course is a tranquil 18-hole championship facility with immaculate aesthetic appeal and carefully tended fairways. It provides golfers with the ideal fusion of an alluring layout, flawless course conditions, and serene natural surroundings.

(Image: Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club)

Ono Golf Club, Japan
Ono Golf Club, Japan
1225 Kishicho, Ono, Hyogo 675-1343, Japan
+81 794-63-1212

A private course located in a magnificent landscape with rolling hills adjacent to a picturesque lake. Often referred to as the sister course of the historic Hirono, this heavily vegetated course is known for its major elevation variations and numerous ponds. The travellator between the 12th green and the 13th tee here is quite a rare sight for a golf course.

(Image: Ono Golf Club/ Golfpass)

Lanhai International Country Club, Yangtze Dunes, Shanghai, China
Lanhai International Country Club, Yangtze Dunes, Shanghai, China
Lane 55, Lanhai Road, Chenjia Town, near Zhongbin Road, Shanghai, China

Originally created by Nicklaus Design, the Yangtze Dunes underwent renovation and reopened in 2018. The island’s original landform and continuous coastline combine to offer a distinctive natural setting for this course. This links course is made more difficult and enjoyable by winding fairways, concealed sand pits, natural flora, and the constantly shifting sea breeze.

(Image: Lanhai International Country Club)

Naruo Golf Club, Japan
Naruo Golf Club, Japan
1-4 Aza Kanagadani, Nishiuneno, Kawanishi, Hyogo 666-0155, Japan

Designed by the renowned Charles Hugh Alison, this intriguing course is located in the lush hills east of Japan’s renowned Rokko range of mountains. The 18 holes at Naruo have been aesthetically laid out, including deep bunkers, large-scale fairways and greenways, considering the natural characteristics of the location.

(Image: Brian D. Morgan/ Naruo Golf Club)

Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course, Pattaya, Thailand
Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course, Pattaya, Thailand
50 หมู่ที่ 9 ถนน พรประภา Pong, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
+66(0)38-909-700 or +66(0)94-490-3175

Thailand’s first privately owned 18-hole golf club, this venue has hosted numerous prestigious events since its opening in 1971, including the Thailand Open (four times) and other events on the Asian golf circuits. One of the oldest among the Pattaya golf courses, Siam was reopened in 2007 after renovation. For more than 10 years straight since its renovation, it has served as the LPGA’s home venue.

(Image: Siam Country Club)

Red Mountain Golf Club, Phuket, Thailand
Red Mountain Golf Club, Phuket, Thailand
119 ถนน วิชิตสงคราม Tambon Kathu, Kathu District, Chang Wat Phuket 83120, Thailand

The finest among the Phuket golf courses, this course is carved into the steep rocky terrain left over from the old tin mine days and is both a visual joy and a truly remarkable challenge. Known as the most difficult course in Phuket, all skill levels are welcome on this strategic par-72 course. The breathtaking distant mountain scenery and the vast, clear sky over Phuket are the course’s best features.

(Image: MBK)

(Main image: Nine Bridges Golf Club; Featured image: Krungthep Kreetha Golf Course)

This story first appeared on Prestige Online Thailand

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: What is a golf course?

Answer: A stretch of land specifically designed for golf, typically with nine or eighteen holes, each featuring a tee, fairway, and putting green, as well as possibly one or more natural or man-made hazards.

Question: How many golf courses are there in Asia?

Answer: Asia is home to 6,349 golf courses, according to the R&A's 2019 Golf around the World publication.

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Robin Bose

Robin Bose has covered multi-discipline sport for prominent publications in India like The Statesman and Outlook before being bitten by the golf bug in 2008. He specialised in the sport and covered it across the world for Hindustan Times over 13 years. After moving on, he divides time between setting up his venture, TheGolfingHub, and watching his teenage son chase his dream in golf.

Best Golf Courses In Asia Where You Should Test Your Golfing Skills