1. Alpine Golf & Sports Club (Bangkok, Thailand)
The land of smiles is not just well-known for great food and shopping. Located just slightly over two hours by flight, Bangkok is also a great spot for those looking to spend a little time away from Singapore for a golf vacation. Designed by world-renowned architect Ron M. Garl, the Alpine Golf & Sports Club is considered as one of the city’s most exciting courses to play in. Stay in one of many luxurious city hotels like the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok and take a drive to this world-class golf course. Don’t forget to fit in plenty of eating and drinking while you are there with your best golfing buddies!
Website: Alpine Golf & Sports Club
An exciting golf course that is just a short drive away from the Bangkok city. Photo credit: Alpine Golf & Sports Club
2. Laguna Phuket Golf Club (Phuket, Thailand)
With over 1,000 acres of idyllic tropical landscape accompanied by scenic lakes and sandy beaches, the Laguna Phuket Golf Club is the perfect spot for a weekend of golfing and beach bumming. You can easily find yourself at the doorsteps of this integrated destination resort just slightly under two hours by flight and another twenty minutes by car. If you are looking for luxury accommodation, check out the award-winning Banyan Tree Phuket with villas that feature a private garden and even an outdoor jet-pool for your weary bones at the end of the day!
Website: Laguna Phuket Golf Club
A stunning golfing location with superb sunsets. Photo credit: Laguna Phuket
3. Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
With 14 flights a week from Singapore, the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort located not too far away from the famous UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Angkor Wat, is a great place to check-in to. More importantly, this luxurious hotel is also home to the Phokeethra Country Club (18-hole Championship course) and the stage for numerous International Golf Tournaments so you can be sure of challenging yourself. In the evening, kick back your (golf) shoes and take a dip in the lavish outdoor swimming pool that is surrounded by lushness and opulence.
_Be surrounded by lush greenery and calming waters. Photo credit: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort_
4. AYANA Resort and Spa Bali (Bali, Indonesia)
Take a major break away from city life and find yourself at the Island of the Gods. Famed for its gorgeous Rock Bar, AYANA Resort and Spa Bali also offers complimentary unlimited use of the 18-hole golf putting course in the property when you are a club or suite guest. The par 64 course, though smaller than regular-sized courses, will definitely put your golfing skills to the test. Besides, how do you say no to a glass of ice cold beer while watching the sun go down in the evening?
Get a drink at the famous AYANA rock bar after a game of golf. Photo credit: AYANA Resort and Spa Bali
5. The Datai Langkawi (Langkawi, Malaysia)
Awarded the World’s Best New Golf Course in 2014 at the World Golf Awards held in Portugal, the Datai Langkawi offers an 18 hole par 72 Championship Golf Course with magnificent views of the Mat Cinchang Mountain (850-metres). This 47-hectare golf course was designed by golf legend Ernie Els and it features 5 holes that are right next to the beautiful Andaman Sea. For the ultimate retreat experience, opt for one of the Rainforest Pool Villas that come with a private plunge pool with a built-in Jacuzzi.
Stare out to the beautiful Andaman Sea while on the greens. Photo credit: The Datai Langkawi
6. Mission Hills Shenzhen (Shenzhen, China)
Located approximately 4 hours by flight away from Singapore lies the world’s largest golf club, according to the book of Guinness World Records. The Mission Hills Shenzhen spanning over 20-square kilometres offers twelve 18-hole resort and championship courses and has won multiple international awards. Check out the Vijay Course, designed by three-time major winner Vijay Singh himself of course, perched atop a rock wall and inspired by the famous Pebble Beach design for a challenge. In the evening, retreat to your room at the luxurious Mission Hills Resort Shenzhen and enjoy some authentic Cantonese cuisine at Imperial Court.
Enjoy expansive green space while enjoying a game of golf at the Mission Hills Shenzhen. Photo credit: Mission Hills Shenzhen
7. Banyan Tree Bintan (Bintan, Indonesia)
Well, the last one is a bit of a cheat since it does not require you to take a flight at all. Just under an hour away by ferry, the Banyan Tree Bintan is perfect for those who wish to enjoy a good golf vacation without having to deal with the trouble of going through airport security. This luxurious beach resort that is located on a hillside, offers expansive views of the South China Sea as well as an undulating championship golf course that is co-nestled within – the Laguna Bintan Golf Club. Designed by Greg Norman, this 18-hole championship course (par 72) will feature a mix of forest land and natural wetlands but which are accessible for beginner to advance players. The Banyan Tree Resort is also home to the highly-acclaimed Banyan Tree Spa which will be a much sought-after treat at the end of the day.