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SOUTH EAS T ASIA


10 BEST TROPICAL LINKS


1: Danang Golf Club, Vietnam Built on sandy loam soil, the Greg Norman- designed Dunes course at Danang Golf Club echoes classic Scotish links and the courses in the sand hills of Carolina — and is every bit as enjoyable to play. The 16th is a highlight. An elevated tee tempts golfers to atack the puting surface, beyond which the white sand of China Beach pours down to the aquamarine expanse of the South China Sea while the distant mountainous Cham Islands rise in green, jungle-clad bulk towards the cobalt sky. Another distinctive test is the long 10th, which plays towards the Marble Mountains through a funnel of imposing sand dunes. (Pictured above). Green fees from £100. dananggolfclub.com


BEST FOR HISTORY BUFFS


2: Phokeethra Golf Club, Siem Reap, Cambodia When French explorer Henri Mahout popularized Angkor in the west in the 19th century, he couldn’t have foreseen top-class golf courses being constructed within a long-iron shot of the ancient temples. Golf knows no boundaries when it comes to breaking new ground, however, and the course at Phokeethra Country Club is a majestic test in sympathy with its fabled immediate environment. Indeed, the layout has incorporated original Angkorian


COURSES YOU HAVE TO PLAY IN… SOUTHEAST ASIA


Southeast Asia has become the go-to destination for golfers in search of winter sun, but with ever-increasing options, the hardest decision is


choosing where to go. Let us offer some suggestions Words: Duncan Forgan


elements into its design in the shape of an 11th-century bridge that links the 9th green with the 10th tee. Of the holes, the finest is undoubtedly the par-five 18th, which entails a double carry over water and an approach shot to an island green. Green fees from £90. photeethragolf.com


BEST FOR TROPICAL LOUNGING


3: Samui Santiburi, Thailand Carved through coconut plantations on the unspoiled north coast of Koh Samui, the premier club on the Thai paradise isle


is as atractive a golfing test as you’ll find anywhere. The visual thrills soon start to mount as the elevation starts to rise. The islands of the Gulf of Thailand are famed for their splendour and the panoramic view of Maenam Beach and Koh Phangan, Samui’s neighbour, across the cobalt tropical waters, is worth any number of fluffed shots. The course is far more than just a prety face, though. Tight winding fairways make accuracy paramount while rock outcroppings on add to the challenge. Green fees from £120. sanurisamui.com


Samui Santiburi


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