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Golf Course Reviews

During my travels I will be visiting some of the best golf courses in each country.  I will give my personal review of each course on their beauty, playability, guest services, and overall experience. What is different about my reviews?  I will give insight through a professionals eye, but also keeping my students of all abilities in mind to produce a review that will help you choose the best courses that match your needs and desires.  Golf during travel should be fun, and my aim is to give you all the information on the courses to allow you to pick those that are perfect for you. 

 

MONTGOMERIE LINKS -  Da Nang, Vietnam


Situated between the city of Da Nang and the enchanting historical town of Hoi An, this award winning course designed by eight time European Tour Order of Merit winner, Ryder Cup star and winning captain Colin Montgomerie, offers locals and visitors alike a taste of links golf just off the beach of the East Sea on the Central Coast of Vietnam.  

 

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BA NA HILLS GOLF CLUB -  Da Nang, Vietnam


Located just 25 minutes inland from Da Nang city nestled in the foothills of the Ba Na Mountains, this recently opened gem is the first design by former world number one tour star Luke Donald.  It is easy to see that Donald majored in Art at Northwestern University as his first attempt at design resulted in a true masterpiece.  

 

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THE BLUFFS HO TRAM STRIP - Ba Ria, Vung Tau, Vietnam


Located approximately 120 kilometers southeast of Ho Chi Minh City on Vietnam's southern coastline, this unique links masterpiece was handsomely created amongst towering sand dunes and native grasses by former world number one and Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman. With the entire meticulously conditioned course built on a coastal plateau with elevation changes and sweeping panoramic views, it is no surprise that the layout was just rated 74th on Golf Digest's Top 100 golf courses worldwide. 

 

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HARIPHUNCHAI GOLF CLUB - Lamphun, Thailand


Located just a 30 minute drive south of Chiang Mai, this true hidden gem entices you with perfectly manicured conditions from tee to green and the feel of your very own private course nestled within the surrounding rice fields and mountain views. With the sacred Hariphunchai Temple nearby and known to house one of the Buddha's relics, this enchanting oasis offers a truly magical and spiritual day on the links.

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ALPINE GOLF RESORT CHIANG MAI - Chiang Mai, Thailand


Situated 25 minutes from the center of Chiang Mai in a gorgeous valley in the heart of the San Kampaeng natural forests with 360 degrees stunning mountain views, it is no surprise that this Ron Garl design is one of the top courses in the area. Having hosted the Asian Tour's Chiang Mai Classic in 2013 and 2014, you can soak up the views while walking in the footsteps of Ernie Els, Jason Dufner, Scott Hend and local favorite Kiradech Aphibrnrat.

 

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CHIANG MAI HIGHLANDS GOLF AND SPA RESORT - Chiang Mai, Thailand


Just a 45 minute drive from downtown Chiang Mai, this Schmidt-Curley design nestled in the tranquil foothills with impressive mountain views has easily established itself as one of the best course in Thailand and has been voted as one of the top 10 resort courses in Asia by Golfing Magazine.  With the new Mountain course recently opening to add to the Valley and Highlands courses, Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort has become an impressive 27 hole facility whose service levels and course conditioning is unmatched in the area.

 

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NIGHT GOLF - STARDOME GOLF CLUB - Chiang Mai, Thailand
 

The sun slowly sets leaving a reddish hue to the sky, soon darkness will fall and golf will begin. Wait a minute, begin?  Yes, if you have not experienced night golf, prepare for an awakening to your golfing senses. I am not talking about the glow in the dark ball kind, I am talking about a fully lit par 36 nine hole course measuring 3,350 yards in the middle of the city of Chiang Mai.

 
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RED MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB - Phuket, Thailand


Built amidst a former tin-mine with dramatic elevation changes and a picturesque experience unmatched anywhere on the island, it doesn't take long to realise why this course measuring just under 7000 yards is rated the best course in Phuket and one of the top designs in Southeast Asia.

 

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MISSION HILLS PHUKET GOLF RESORT AND SPA - Phuket, Thailand

 

This Jack Nicklaus design, set on the scenic north-east coast of Phuket, offers you picture perfect breathtaking views out over the Andaman Sea on most of its beautifully manicured holes. Located only 10 minutes from the airport, you may want to make it your first stop when you arrive to this enchanting island.

 

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LOTUS VALLEY GOLF RESORT - Bangkok, Thailand

Located outside the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, this original Gary Player parkland design which was slightly revamped recently by Jon Morrow and TurfPro Golf's Craig Bertram allows you to get back to nature and enjoy the peacefulness of the Thai countryside as it sits amid traditional rice fields and offers a serenity type atmosphere.

 

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VICTORIA GOLF AND COUNTRY RESORT - Kandy, Sri Lanka

 

This Donald Steel Championship design is a true hidden gem within the majestic hills of central Sri Lanka over looking the spectacular Victoria Dam and Knuckles Mountain Range.  If you have a chance to play a round of golf while visiting this beautiful and diverse island, make sure you play this course which was featured as one of the 100 Most Beautiful courses in the World by Golf Digest.

 

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ROYAL COLOMBO GOLF CLUB - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Set in the heart of the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Royal Colombo Golf Club and its park like setting is like a sanctuary in the middle of this busy traffic laden capital. This is the oldest of the three golf courses in Sri Lanka as it was founded in 1879, and was given the prefix of "Royal" by King George V in 1928 making it one of the 64 official golf clubs with Royal bestowed to them by a member of the United Kingdom royal family.

 

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NIRWANA BALI GOLF CLUB - Bali, Indonesia

 

Nirwana Bali Golf Club at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort is a Greg Norman design set along the dramatic coast line that gives you all the feel of Bali; from five ocean-side holes with one overlooking the famous Tanah Lot temple, to manicured gardens and traditional Balanese rice paddies. A true Bali golf experience not to be missed.

 

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ONE BOAT CLUB - Ascension Island, Saint Helena

 

I had the opportunity to visit Ascension Island, a small volcanic island located just south of the Equator and about 1000 miles off the coast of Africa. Not the ideal place to find a golf course but with the One Boat Golf Club boasting to be the World's Worst Golf Course, I knew I had to check it out.

 

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HOLMAN GOLF CLUB - Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories

 

I could not believe my luck when I heard that my work (The World Residences at Sea) would be conducting an expedition transiting the Northwest Passage from Greenland to Nome Alaska making its way across the top of Canada. I would be seeing a part of my homeland I never thought possible and along this route would be a golf outing like no other.

 

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