Myanmar is one of the last virgin golf destinations in South East Asia for golf holidays boasting a wide variety of Golf Courses. After decades in the shadows Myanmar opened up to reveal a surprisingly robust and vibrant golfing community throughout the country. It is estimated there are up to 80 golf courses in Myanmar (formally Burma) some of the smaller public courses.
Myanmar features some great newer courses including the Pride of Myanmar, 'Pun Hlaing Golf Club' built in 2000 by Gary Player. Also being a former outpost of the British Empire there are a lot of older golf courses left behind by the British, which are kept in great condition such as Yangon Golf Club built in 1909. Some of the older golf courses have been renovated and they have matured over the years too offer fantastic venues for the adventurous golf traveler.
Situated in the northwest of Yangon city, only 8 miles away from the city centre, the Pun Hlaing Golf club features a 18-hole, 7,012 yards golf course superbly designed by the legendary Gary Player.
With its magnificent views of the Hlaing and Pun Hlaing rivers, and the spectacular backdrop of Shwedagon Pagoda from several holes. Pun Hlaing Golf Club has enjoyed the title of "The Pride of Myanmar" since its inception in 2000. It was selected as the country's host venue for the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat in 2001, Putra Cub 2005, Myanmar Masters Tour 2008 and 2009. Pun Hlaing's Club members were privileged to have the opportunity to play with the visiting golf professionals in a Pro-Am tournament held at Pun Hlaing Golf course before the two-day 2009 Masters Tournament was held. After a visit to Pun Hlaing Golf Club in November 2002, its designer and legend Gary Player commented on his website that "Of the many golf courses I have seen in the world, Pun Hlaing Golf Club has to be in the top five. It reminds me of Augusta, Georgia".
Also know as YCDC Golf Club consists of two 18-hole courses the first 18 known as Silver (Ngwe Thaw Tar) was opened in 1994 spread over 7000 yards and the second 18 known as Pondi (Myakantha) was opened in 1996...
Yangon City Golf Resort (Also know as YCDC Golf Club) consists of two 18-hole courses the first 18 known as Silver (Ngwe Thaw Tar) was opened in 1994 spread over 7000 yards and the second 18 known as Pondi (Myakantha) was opened in 1996 spread over 6208 yards. Situated 40 minutes' drive North from downtown Yangon it was designed by Han Golf Master himself the Executive Chairman of the Asian Golf Tour. The two 18-hole courses are quite different. Silver is spread across a low flat plain with forgiving wide fairways and greens and is great for players of all skill levels. Pondi is more challenging with tighter fairways and snug greens it favors more accurate play. It's a more well-known golf course being host to the Asian PGA Tour in 1998 and 1999.
Yangon Golf Club is the second oldest golf club in Myanmar. Established in 1909 by the British the designer is unknown but the club has lasted throughout the ages until today, being constantly updated over time. It's a 25 minute drive North of Downtown Yangon and is a not-for-profit company.
The course has now been improved so that it can now be played with reasonable conditions all year round. Overall it's a challenging and fun course to play with a few long tee offs over wide water and plenty of bunkers and well placed hazards. It's a real crowd pleaser being a regular host the Asian PGA Tour and it is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. It's got a peaceful natural ambiance and is abundant in natural beauty. In the year 2000 all the greens had the grass replaced with Japonica to reach international standard. In addition the staff and caddies are very friendly and professional making it a great golfing experience not to be missed if you're travelling to Myanmar.
Royal Mingalardon Golf & Country Club is an 18 Holes Par 72 (7,200 yards) international standard golf course in Yangon. The 286 acre Royal Mingalardon Golf & Country Club is located 6 kilometers from the Yangon International Airport and 20 kilometers from the city center. Each hole boosts its own identity created exclusively from water features, strategic bunkering and a mature landscape. An exquisite balance between imposing challenges and sheer beauty. Manicured greens that are a spectacular pleasure to behold and breathtaking tees that are arguably one of the best that you have ever set your eyes on.
Bagan Golf Resort is located next to Bagan Golf Resort Hotel at the back of the Archaeological zone only 10 minutes from old Bagan. The golf course has been built in amongst the world famous Bagan temples, stupas and pagodas many dating back to the 11th century. Playing golf in this setting is pure magic, overlooking the panorama of the ancient ruins is an unforgettable and serene experience.
Playing in the mornings here is nice and cool as there is no rainy season as such like the southern parts of Myanmar you can play all year round. The gameplay here is not overly challenging most holes feature a bunker or two but overall it’s a fun course to play. The golf is ok but to enjoy this course you really need to take your time, relax and appreciate the fantastic atmosphere and beautiful ancient setting.
Aye Thar Yar Golf Resort is located near Taunggyi, about 30 minutes from Heho airport or 20 minutes drive northeast from Inle Lake. Situated more than 3000 feet above sea level in the highlands of Southern Shan State, it receives a refreshing cool breeze all year round and boasts beautiful mountain and valley scenery.
The gameplay is rewarding as the back nine runs through woodland and boasts views of the hill station. The front nine is more challenging and features picturesque panoramas of the surrounding mountain range. The course is beautiful and the area offers diverse tourist attractions not too far away to delight golfers and their families alike. This course offers a challenge to accomplished golfers as well as being suitable for golfers a lot newer to the game. It’s a well maintained course with a well stocked pro shop and the restaurant offers great local cuisine.
Ye Dagon Taung Golf Club or the waterfall course is located 30 mintues west of downtown Mandalay towards Maymyo. Situated at the base of Yay Dagon Taung (Water Fall) Mountain it features beautiful panoramic views of the Shan Mountain ranges which you can enjoy during your golf game. This course is cool and pleasant in the winter and offers challenging gameplay with long and narrow fairways and small, tight and fast greens. This course is a favorite for nature lovers. They do not supply electric golf carts here and that is for the best. Walking the course you get to appreciate the picturesque scenery that is just simply beautiful.