July 30, 2016 00:42 ET

Diamond Resorts International® Timeshare -- Best Golf Courses to Play in Asia

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - July 30, 2016) - Golf has become such a popular activity that its courses are now destinations in and of themselves. Diamond Resorts International® timeshare professionals know that many vacationers regularly plan holidays around the idea of spending time playing the Scottish-born sport in breathtaking locations. As enthusiasm for the game continues to grow, interested recreational golfers and professionals alike are now bound for Asia to putt on its innovatively built, picturesque greens. With so many new courses regularly being introduced in the Asian market, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the choices. Thankfully, Diamond Resorts International® timeshare experts have outlined some of the very best golfing spots to be found throughout the world's biggest continent.

The sheer amount of fine golfing options in China alone makes it the best place to start the discussion of Asian courses, with Mission Hills Golf Club in Guanlan, Shenzhen standing out. This is a golf landmark that's not to be missed. The sprawling facility boasts 11 championship courses, each designed by a different golfing legend, including Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. With the addition of one 18-hole par three course, Guinness World Records recognized Mission Hills as the world's largest center of the sport in 2004. Lotus Hill Golf Resort in Guangzhou, located in the Pearl River Delta, contains many exquisite lakes and creeks that were incorporated into the course's design. In Kunming, perfect weather attracts golfers to the Spring City Golf and Lake Resort. Enthusiasts are also drawn to the world-class grounds of The Dunes' natural setting along the Shenzhou Peninsula coastline in Hainan.

Despite Hong Kong's density, it contains one of Asia's best courses, The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club. Players enjoy the tranquil experience of being away from the city's hurried pace, further enhanced by pleasant seaside views on one side and rolling hills along the other. In Japan, the Phoenix Country Club in Miyazaki is perennially high-ranking for its challenging 27-hole, pro tournament-level grounds, which host the annual Dunlop Phoenix Tournament. Kawana Resort Fuji Course in Ito is well regarded for its panoramic view of Mt. Fuji, and the classic layout and use of deep bunkers at the prestigious Tokyo Golf Club in Sayama provides some stimulating difficulty.

On the island of Singapore, a pair of 18-hole courses at the exclusive Sentosa Golf Club meanders between vibrant tropical flowering trees and expansive lakes, while well-kept Singapore Country Club contains a short 18-hole course on its hilly and forested grounds. Diamond Resorts timeshare vacationers should also consider Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia for exhilarating golf. Thailand's Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket is situated in a unique area among rubber plantations and freshwater lakes. Set against the Phang Nga Mountains in the distance, Blue Canyon is often called the very best course in Asia. In Vietnam, the Montgomerie Links in Danang City incorporates naturally formed dunes, indigenous vegetation and sights of the Marble Mountains at many of the holes along its course. Indonesia's stunning Nirwana Bali Golf Club is no less awe-inspiring, as the greens traverse cliffs, jungle, streams and a beachfront, while dramatic Balinese temples can be spotted along the hillside. No matter which Asian nation or city vacationers choose as the springboard for their golf destination getaway, they are sure to find the right course to suit their playing style, and the right setting to have an incredible, one-of-a-kind experience.

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