Let’s face it, finding a gift for Father’s Day can be quite a challenge — especially when your dad has everything he needs. Of course, practical gifts are your best bet when it comes to the most special man in your life. But does he really need another watch or technologically-advanced gadget?
Unlike your mum, dad’s love is not easily bought over with a bouquet of flowers or the fanciest jewellery. Most fathers would want something you’ve put thought into — because it really is the sincerity that counts.
We’ve recently rounded up the best luxury SUVs for your dad, but not all dads are created equal. If your dad is more of a golf enthusiast instead of a road trip lover, why not treat him to the ultimate golf vacation instead? Not only will he appreciate the thought — it makes for the perfect bonding activity as well.
From a golf course on Langkawi island that boasts awe-inspiring views to an award-winning one right here in Singapore, check out these best golf courses around Southeast Asia.
(Main image credit: Nirwana Bali Golf Club)
The Els Club Teluk Datai, named as Malaysia’s most scenic course by the World Golf Awards, is an 18-hole championship golf course located in Datai Bay. Designed by professional golfer Ernie Els, the course runs through ancient rainforests and down to the edge of the Andaman Sea, boasting spectacular vistas of mountain peaks and the emerald green waters.
Golfers will have access to the clubhouse, which features the restaurant and a lounge with an open air setting and picturesque views of the surrounding jungle.
The Els Club Teluk Datai, Jln Teluk Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Built on top of a cliff in the tranquil village of Baraban just 22km from Ngurah Rai International Airport, this top-ranked course in Indonesia is the brainchild of star designer and golf legend Greg Norman. The course, boasting five ocean-side holes, three cliff-to-cliff tee shots and eight holes sculpted into terraced rice fields, provides a diverse environment for resort golfers and seasoned professionals alike.
The course includes rice paddies, streams, the jungle and ravines, along with the beach and the cliffs overlooking Bali’s crashing surf — perfect for a scenic Father’s Day getaway.
Nirwana Bali Golf Club, Jl. Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban, Kediri, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82121, Indonesia
This 18-hole, par-71 golf course in Phuket was named “Thailand’s Best Golf Course” for two consecutive years, as well as “Asia’s Best Golf Course.” The course is challenging, but is suited for golf enthusiasts of all abilities.
The course layout was redesigned by architect Paul Jansen and opened in January 2015. The USGA specification greens provide playing surfaces that remain playable all year round, with well-designed contouring and run-off areas.
Laguna Golf Phuket, 29 Moo 4 Srisoonthorn Road Cherngtalay Thalang Phuket, 83110, Thailand
If your dad is a busy man, here’s good news — you don’t even have to leave our little red dot. Sentosa boasts the beautiful oceanfront Serapong golf course, which was opened in 1982 by world-renowned golf course designer Ronald Fream. It has gone through a S$12 million revamp in course design and greens technology, and now incorporates SubAir and PermOPore greens maintenance technology.
Patrons will have access to a full-service clubhouse, optional caddies, and a member-for-a-day experience at this premier golf club.
Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Rd, 099892, +65 6275 0090
The Empire Country Club in Brunei has excellent golfing facilities, boasting an 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus-designed championship course that has played host to heads-of-state and royalty from around the world. Located on the grounds of Brunei’s luxurious beachfront resort, The Empire Hotel & Country Club, it is also where the annual Brunei Open is held.
If you or your dad are new to golfing, don’t fret. Golf lessons on the driving range or course are available with resident professional Ahmad Dan Bateman.
The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Kg Jerudong, Muara – Tutong Hwy, Brunei BG3122, Brunei