Asia

Map of Asia

The largest and most populous continent in the world, Asia covers around one third of the land area on Earth. More than half of all the people on the planet – approximately four and a half billion individuals – reside within a vast continent that’s bounded by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Indian Ocean to the south and the continent of Europe to the west. Reference books include Middle Eastern countries within Asia but we keep a separate section for golfing nations located in that western region of the continent. Similarly, Russia and Turkey, which straddle the Europe-Asia frontier, are listed within our Continental European golf course rankings.

China is by far the largest country within our geographical definition of Asia and we profile fifty of its best courses, several of which are located offshore, on Hainan Island. In addition to these top tracks, we also maintain ranking lists for layouts in the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Taiwan. Further to the east, courses in South Korea and Japan are both heavily featured whilst a further 3,000 kilometres to the south, you’ll find a Top 30 listing for golf facilities in the Philippines.

Further south again, in the heart of southeast Asia, all the recognised golfing centres are endowed with national ranking charts. In the maritime region, Indonesia boasts a Top 30 table, Singapore a Top 15 and Malaysia a Top 40. On the mainland, Vietnam enjoys a Top 25 chart whilst we also promote a Top 50 for the popular tourist destination of Thailand. Travelling westwards, we highlight some of the best golfing tracks to be found in the cricket and hockey-mad nation of India and the twenty layouts listed for that country brings the total number of golf courses appearing within our Asian section to over 250.

An interesting statistic to emerge from the R&A report entitled “Golf around the World 2015” was that there were 244 military courses in Asia, with most of them located in India, Thailand, Pakistan and South Korea. The follow up report, named "Golf around the World 2017," indicated 67 of 176 planned new facilities were under construction at the end of 2016. To see the full reports, click this R&A link then download the appropriate free publications.

Our inaugural rankings of the Top 100 Golf Courses of Asia were published in February 2018. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Asia

Hirono

1st Asia Ranking

Hirono Golf Club has played host to all the major Japanese championships and, although it measures a mere 6,925 yards from the back tees, it’s a supreme test of golf.

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Description: Hirono Golf Club has played host to all the major Japanese championships and, although it measures a mere 6,925 yards from the back tees, it’s a supreme test of golf. Rating: 5.7 out of 6

Kawana (Fuji)

2nd Asia Ranking

There are two courses on the Izu Peninsula at the Kawana Resort and the Fuji course is universally considered to be the best.

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Description: There are two courses on the Izu Peninsula at the Kawana Resort and the Fuji course is universally considered to be the best. Rating: 5.4 out of 6

South Cape Owners Club

3rd Asia Ranking

The course at South Cape Owners Club is a Kyle Phillips design, set out on a dramatic cliff top property, with ocean views available from all eighteen golf holes.

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Description: The course at South Cape Owners Club is a Kyle Phillips design, set out on a dramatic cliff top property, with ocean views available from all eighteen golf holes. Rating: 6 out of 6

Shanqin Bay

4th Asia Ranking

Constructed in a manner unlike anything that’s been built before in China, the Shanqin Bay golf course just might become the benchmark for those still to come... assuming the authorities do not commandeer the fairways.

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Description: Constructed in a manner unlike anything that’s been built before in China, the Shanqin Bay golf course just might become the benchmark for those still to come... assuming the authorities do not commandeer the fairways. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Yokohama (West)

5th Asia Ranking

Yokohama Country Club was founded in 1960 and over the following six years architect Takeo Aiyama designed and built both the East and West 18-hole layouts.

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Description: Yokohama Country Club was founded in 1960 and over the following six years architect Takeo Aiyama designed and built both the East and West 18-hole layouts. Rating: 6 out of 6

Naruo

6th Asia Ranking

Naruo shares all the traditional aspects of Japan’s older golf clubs. The continuity in tradition here is maintained by the 700 members whose average age is 71.

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Description: Naruo shares all the traditional aspects of Japan’s older golf clubs. The continuity in tradition here is maintained by the 700 members whose average age is 71. Rating: 5.3 out of 6

Bluffs Ho Tram Strip

7th Asia Ranking

The Greg Norman-designed golf course at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, took all of ten years to come to fruition after it was first earmarked for investment back in 2004...

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Description: The Greg Norman-designed golf course at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, took all of ten years to come to fruition after it was first earmarked for investment back in 2004... Rating: 5.4 out of 6

Tokyo

8th Asia Ranking

You’ll need an invite to play here at Tokyo Golf Club but if you are lucky enough to receive one, take it immediately. This is a world-class golf course that is mature way beyond its years.

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Description: You’ll need an invite to play here at Tokyo Golf Club but if you are lucky enough to receive one, take it immediately. This is a world-class golf course that is mature way beyond its years. Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Nine Bridges

9th Asia Ranking

The Club at Nine Bridges is located on Jeju Island, the volcanic island south of South Korea’s continental landmass sometimes referred to as Korea’s Maui.

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Description: The Club at Nine Bridges is located on Jeju Island, the volcanic island south of South Korea’s continental landmass sometimes referred to as Korea’s Maui. Rating: 5 out of 6

Whistling Rock (Temple & Cocoon)

10th Asia Ranking

In a feat of major engineering expertise, three quarters of a million cubic metres of rock was blasted to create the three nines at the very hilly, 425-acre, Whistling Rock property...

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