Taiwan

Taiwan may not be at the top of the “must-visit” list for many travellers, but the Portuguese were the first Westerners to discover Taiwan and they immediately named it Ilha Formosa – Beautiful Island – for very good reasons. An exceptionally diverse landscape coupled with vibrant cities like Taipei ensures that anyone travelling to Taiwan will experience one of Asia’s most exciting and diverse destinations.

The Japanese brought golf to Taiwan and the country’s oldest club, Taiwan Golf & Country Club, dates back to 1918 but Taiwanese professional golfers did not show their international potential until Liang Huan Lu battled with Lee Trevino in the final round of the 1971 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Lu eventually finished in 2nd place, one-shot behind Trevino. There are now around 70 golf courses in Taiwan and golf is one of the most popular Taiwanese sports.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Taiwan

Sunrise

1st Taiwan Ranking

The course at Sunrise Golf & Country Club circulates around one of the higher hills in Northern Taiwan, providing the architect with natural elevation changes which have been worked into many of the holes.

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Orient

2nd Taiwan Ranking

Ronald Fream's course at The Orient Golf & Country Club is an intermediate test of golf. The layout is friendly in that most of the holes afford a good look at the green...

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Miramar (North & West)

3rd Taiwan Ranking

Designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1994, the 36-hole golf facility at Miramar Golf & Country Club comprises four 9-hole loops – “North,” “South,” “East” and “West” – with championships contested over the North and West nines.

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Ta Shee (Kingfisher & Egret)

4th Taiwan Ranking

The 27-hole complex at Ta Shee Golf & Country Club was renovated by Robert Trent Jones Jnr at the end of the 1990s when he addressed drainage issues by installing new drain lines and sand capping the fairways.

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Taiwan Golf & Country Club

5th Taiwan Ranking

Formed in 1918, Taiwan Golf & Country Club is the oldest golfing society in the country and the course is located within dense woodland on the estuary of the Danshui River.

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Palm Lakes

6th Taiwan Ranking

The hilly Palm Lakes golf course - where staff wear Hawaiian shirts - is set in Taiwan’s southern county of Chiay and it displays all the ambience of a Pacific Island resort layout, from swaying coconut palms to wood cabins.

Yung Han

7th Taiwan Ranking

Designed by Japanese architect Shunsuke Kato, the 18 holes at Yung Han Golf Club are laid out in the style of a Scottish links, allowing the club to inform golfers that there’s “no need to travel to the UK to pay homage to St Andrews”.

Nan Fong

8th Taiwan Ranking

The mountain course at Nan Fong Golf Club is a rare non-American design from Lee Trevino. Fairways pitch and roll around the hills above Nantou City with some particularly steep climbs to be found on the back nine holes.

National Golf Country Club

9th Taiwan Ranking

Situated close to Huoyan Mountain in Miaoli County, the fairways at National Golf Country Club are wide and open, allowing fine views across the Taiwan Straits. Unusually, some of the holes feature spectacular large-scale bronze sculptures from Taiwanese artist Yuyu Yang.

North Bay

10th Taiwan Ranking

Set out on cliff tops along Taiwan’s northern coastline, the course at North Bay Golf & Country Club is often a tough proposition to play as it’s totally exposed to the elements.