Golfweek’s Best 2021: Top 25 courses in Asia

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Welcome to Golfweek’s Best rankings of the top 25 courses in Asia as determined by Golfweek’s Best Raters for 2021 (pictured atop this story: The Club at Nine Bridges in South Korea).

For the purposes of this story, Golfweek has used generally accepted boundaries of Asia that stretch from the Pacific Ocean westward through the Middle East.

The members of our course-ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on our 10 criteria. They also file a single, overall rating on each course. Those overall ratings on each course are averaged to produce a final rating for each course. Then each course is ranked against other courses in Asia to produce the final rankings.

For more on top courses outside the U.S., check out the following lists:

Listed with each course below is its average rating, location, designer(s) and year opened. Private clubs include a p, daily fee courses a d, resort courses an r and courses that host top-tier tour events a t.

Nos. 1-10

>> Hirono (par-3 13th pictured)
>> Hirono (par-3 13th pictured)

Hirono in Japan (Golfweek files)

1. Hirono 8.23
Hyogo, Japan; Charles H. Alison (1932); p

2. Kawana Hotel (Fuji) 7.86
Shizuoka, Japan; Charles H. Alison (1936); r

3. Naruo 7.37
Hyogo, Japan; H.C. Crane, Charles H. Alison (1920); p

4. The Club at Nine Bridges 7.11
Jeju Island, South Korea; Ron Fream, David Dale, Steve Wenzloff (2001); p, t

5. Tokyo GC 7.06
Sayama, Japan; Kohmyo Otani, Gil Hanse (1940); p

6. Kasumigaseki (East) 6.94
Kawagoe, Japan; Kinya Fujita, Charles H. Alison, Tom Fazio, Logan Fazio (1929); p

7. Abiko Golf Club 6.90
Abiko, Japan; Shiro Akaboshi, Rokuro Akaboshi, Brian Silva (1930); p

T8. Spring City Golf & Lake Resort (Lake) 6.89
Yunan, China; Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1998); r

T8. Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula (East) 6.89
Hainan, China; Tom Weiskopf (2011); r

10. Yulongwan (Lakeview) 6.80
Kunming, China; Brian Curley, Lee Schmidt (2013); r

Nos. 11-20

Bluffs at Ho Tram Strip in Vietnam (Courtesy of Bluffs at Ho Tram Strip)

11. Bluffs at Ho Tram Strip 6.76
Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Vietnam; Greg Norman (2014); r

12. Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula (West) 6.70
Hainan, China; Tom Weiskopf (2010); r

13. Black Mountain (East & North nines) 6.59
Hua Hin, Thailand; Phil Ryan (2007); r

14. Sheshan International 6.55
Shanghai, China; Robin Nelson, Neil Haworth (2004); p, t

T15. Yas Links 6.48
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Kyle Phillips (2010); r

T15. Mission Hills (Blackstone) 6.48
Hainan, China; Brian Curley (2010); r

17. Ba Na Hills 6.34
Da Nang, Vietnam; Luke Donald (2016); r

18. Emirates (Majlis) 6.22
Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Karl Litten (1988); d

T19. Shining Star (Aqua) (also known as Citic Jialize Wetland) 6.17
Kunming, China; Phil Mickelson (2013); p

T19. Ayodhya Links 6.17
Ayutthaya, Thailand; Peter Thomson, Pitak Intrawityanunt (2007); p, t

Nos. 21-25

Tommy Fleetwood plays his second shot on the 18th at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Warren Little/Getty Images)

21. Abu Dhabi Golf Club (National) 6.11
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Peter Harradine (1998); r

22. Alpine 6.05
Pathumthani, Thailand; Ron Garl (1996); r

23. Sentosa (Serapong) 6.03
Singapore, ; Ron Fream, Gene Bates (1982); d

24. Banyan 5.98
Hua Hin, Thailand; Pirapon Namatra (2008); r

25. Laguna Lang Co 5.97
Hue, Vietnam; Nick Faldo (2012); r