3 New Golf Courses in Southeast Asia

  • A forest-flanked fairway at Langkawi's Els Club Teluk Datai, with Mount Mat Cincang in the background.

    A forest-flanked fairway at Langkawi's Els Club Teluk Datai, with Mount Mat Cincang in the background.

  • Malaysia's newest par-72 championship course.

    Malaysia's newest par-72 championship course.

  • Hole 7 at Els Club Teluk Datai.

    Hole 7 at Els Club Teluk Datai.

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A trio of new or revitalized golf courses in Southeast Asia is set to delight duffers and scratch golfers alike. Closed since 2012 for a complete overhaul and rebranding, the Bali National Golf Resort (formerly the Bali Golf & Country Club) has been returfed, rebunkered, and stretched to play over 7,200 meters. Over on Langkawi, Malaysia’s newest par-72 championship course is the Ernie Els–designed Els Club Teluk Datai. Overlooked by limestone peaks, it boasts five seafront holes and a bunkerless layout that meanders through an ancient rain forest. Billing itself at the Philippines’ first “truly world-class” course, Anvaya Cove Golf & Sports Club runs beside the West Philippine Sea, with sweeping views across SubicBay. Hole 13 is a standout, with a peninsular green set 30 meters above the ocean. Christi Hang

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2014 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“In The Swing”).

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