A tee-off at any of these courses provides an unforgettable experience as each has its own special charm
Merapi Golf Course, Indonesia Located 800 metres above sea level, this golf course boasts ideal weather year-round with a stunning vista of Mount Merapi, the Yogyakarta countryside and the Indian Ocean. The public can play on this 18-hole, par-72 course that is within 30 minutes from Yogyakarta. The golf course is one of the most remarkable in Central Java because of the unique combination of stunning natural scenery, cool mountain air and a topography that features challenging hilly landscape and volcanic rocks that are millions of years old! Each hole presents its own specific challenges and is strategically placed to make for a great club testing experience. The tranquil setting and breathtaking scenery are added bonuses. Plus, the heat and pollution aren’t an issue here, making it ideal for golfers.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club, China This stunning golf course is nestled in a valley facing the iconic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which stands at 5,596 metres in the Yunnan Province of China. Created by famous golf course architects Robin Nelson and Neil Hawthorn, this 18-hole par 72 golf course was launched in 2001 and is the longest regulation golf course in the world, spanning 7.8 kilometres from the pro tees.
Located at an altitude of over 3,000 metres, this golf course is not only the highest in China, but also the second highest in the world after La Paz, Bolivia, which sits at 3,342 metres. Because of the thinness of the mountain air, the ball is said to go 20 percent further when played at this altitude. In addition, there are breathtaking panoramas of snow-covered mountains from wherever you tee off.
And don’t forget to take some selfies with the "Naxi" (said to be descendants of the ancient Qiang tribe) caddies in their traditional garb for your Instagram feed!
Nullarbor Links, Australia The idea of Nullarbor Links is one-of-a-kind. From Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia, the 1,365-kilometre-long 18-hole par-72 golf course stretches along the Eyre Highway. It is the world’s longest golf course! A natural terrain fairway, tee box and green are featured at each hole. The course is a welcome addition to the deserted highway, offering visitors a taste of Australia and a fun activity.
The concept of the Nullarbor Links was conceived to supplement and improve the highway’s tourism sector by giving visitors another reason to spend more time and money in the area. With this concept, golf and tourism are united. The course is a welcome addition to the highway, which lacks leisure and entertainment options.
Hans Merensky Golf Course, South Africa Hans Merensky is well-known as one of South Africa’s most wildlife-rich golfing destinations. The course is a visual marvel, and the giraffes, hippos, warthogs, impalas and monkeys that live there give the game a safari vibe that is rare to find elsewhere.
Located outside of Phalaborwa and adjacent to the Kruger National Park, it is yet another delightful course to emerge from Limpopo’s fertile soils. This championship course was designed by the famous golf course architect Bob Grimsdell, and it features his signature Par 72 challenges. The course was given the Diamond Arrow Award for having the highest rating in Limpopo and was named the top walking course in South Africa. Both of these accomplishments are quite remarkable feats when one considers the level of competitiveness in the country.
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