Asia Best Golf Courses

Best golf courses in Asia listed by Country

International arrivals to Asia have surged dramatically over the years. Admittedly, not many have golf on their minds when they're touring the world's largest continent. But even if they do plan to play a nine-hole round, they may end up sticking around for longer.

That is because Asia is home to number of elite and ultra-elite golf courses for the discerning enthusiast. And we have experienced the finest of the lot to help you plan your itinerary efficiently.

Our list of the best golf courses in Asia covers 11 countries. China offers the most expansive selection, with open parkland layouts, links-styles in wetland or seaside environments and exclusive walking-only courses purpose-built for professional competitions. Besides the usual suspects – Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing - the list introduces you to the best putting surfaces in Chongquing, Nanjing, Xiamen and Hangzhou, to name some.

Best Golf Courses in Asia listed by City


What can you expect at the top golf courses in Asia?

On the one hand, India's reputation as the fastest growing technology hub in Asia has accelerated the pace of business travel to the country. On the other, leisure travelers are here for the potpourri of culture, languages and customs, the wildlife sanctuaries and the diverse gastronomy. For those who want to squeeze in a few hours of golf or plan a day away from the family to indulge in their favorite sport, we have a good selection of courses in major cities, including the country's #1 public golf course - the 300 acre Royal Springs overlooking Srinagar's extraordinary Dal Lake.  

In the major Japanese cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa and Fukushima, lovely tree-lined private golf courses share space with a few public and limited access counterparts. Among Malaysia's golf offerings are some world-class courses overlooking mountain slopes and meandering through rainforests. We discovered top-rated golf courses in Singapore, regarded among Asia's best, and a few with waterfall features and the opulence you would expect from competition-level surfaces.

Thailand's golf tours offer visitors a chance to tee off amidst a landscape of mountains, beaches or electric cityscape. We have scoured Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and many other destinations to find top-quality courses and found some beautifully-maintained surfaces that blend in beautifully with the surrounding scenic landscape. What Sri Lanka's golfing opportunities cannot deliver in terms of number, they make up for in the quality stakes, boasting lush open parkland layouts in proximity to natural landmarks and perfectly manicured public courses.

Capping off the list are the best golf courses in Vietnam and Brunei. The former includes major cities of Ho Chi Min City and Hanoi as well as Dalat – the city of eternal spring – and Qui Nhon, a coastal city with pretty boulevards and shorelines. The oil-rich Sultanate of Brunei is also home to top-quality, challenging and compact golf courses in woodland settings.

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