Sun, sea and the perfect swing make for a satisfying game of golf by the sea. Here are some heavenly courses to check out
The Els Club Teluk Datai, Langkawi
The Els Club Teluk Datai is situated in one of Southeast Asia's most breathtaking locales, frequently referred to as a tropical paradise. No surprise why, it has earned a reputation as one of the most picturesque places to play golf in Malaysia.
The course is set against the backdrop of a rainforest that is estimated to be 10 million years old, and the allure of the Andaman Sea can be seen in the distance.
Datai Bay, located on the northwest tip of Langkawi, was named one of National Geographic's Top 10 Beaches in the World and is widely regarded as one of the island's most beautiful and unspoilt beaches.
To the pleasure of golfers, there are five holes on the course that run along the edge of the ocean. From these holes, golfers may get a good view at some of the 99 islands that make up the archipelago as well as the pristine, white beaches of Langkawi.
There are also breathtaking views across Datai bay and the towering summit of Machinchang mountain.
The layout of the course makes use of strategically placed tree-lines and a naturally meandering stream in order to compensate for the absence of bunkers on the course.
• Tropicana Cenang is only about 30km from The Els Club Teluk Datai
Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii People who make their vocation by travelling the world in search of the best places to play golf have, time and time again, selected Turtle Bay Resort’s golf courses.
Golf is becoming an increasingly popular activity at Turtle Bay, thanks to the luxury resort’s immaculate courses that are suitable for players of all skill levels. Professional athletes, amateur golfers, and people who simply yearn for a one-of-a-kind and breathtaking view of the coast are all drawn to the sport here.
Turtle Bay Resort’s 1,300 acres of land includes 650 acres of permanently allocated conservation space, reaffirming the resort’s commitment to positive stewardship of the land.
As the only full-service resort on Oahu’s North Shore, Turtle Bay has become synonymous with the unique experiences and stunning vistas that can only be found on this side of the island. Guests have significant room to roam the beaches, forests, and farm land on the property. The resort features two golf courses (including one designed by Arnold Palmer), as well as horseback riding, helicopter tours, hiking and mountain biking trails and, of course, miles of pristine beaches. Whether on land, in the air or at sea, Turtle Bay’s extensive roster of activities and experiences provide nearly endless opportunities for exploration.
Aquella Golf & Country Club, Phuket With its pristine white sands, gentle waves and breathtaking views of the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, Aquella Golf & Country Club is the crown jewel among Thailand’s golfing hotspots.
What’s more, it is home to the only championship golf course along the Andaman Coast. The Platinum Paspalum grass on the course's well-drained, sand-based fairways, greens, and tees provide outstanding playing conditions all year long and was designed by an award-winning team from Pacific Coast Design.
Golfing amid rolling coastal terrain, this 18-hole golf course with a par 72 delivers a beautiful 7,019-yard play through the course. The course takes players on a strategic adventure via flowing streams, sand bunkers, vast landscape, Casuarina woodland and an eye-catching sea view thrown into the mix.
Hole 11 Par 3 is clearly the signature hole of Aquella Golf & Country Club, featuring the magnificent azure ocean waves and fine white sand of Thai Muang Beach.
There is also a mini golf course at the club, so your children can try their hand at the game while you work on perfecting your swing at the driving range.
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