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Sri Lanka-Victoria  ri Lanka - Victoria Golf S and Country Resort While some golf courses are famous for the quality of their playing conditions, or the challenge of the course, or the exceptional scenery, Victoria has all these attributes, added to which are a warm sunny climate, and free draining undulating fairways. The course is lined with stately Mara trees. The par 73 course, designed by Donald Steel, measures a little less than 7000 yards from the back tees. The signature hole is the 6th, which is played from an elevated tee, offering stunning views of the Victoria Reservoir and dam. This 460 yard par 4 demands a well struck tee shot and a long accurate iron, if the green is to be reached in regulation. Thailand-Sanitburi Samui If there was a classification for ‘wild golf’ then Machirihanish Dunes would hold the title. This is a young course, designed by David McLay Kidd in the 2000s, yet the land and nature have dictated the terms of the course’s development and layout, right down to the bunkering. Set on a Site of Special Scientific Interest the terrain buckles sharply and constantly… including on the greens. There’s no doubt that the wildness and the sheer scale of the dunes make this a muscular adventure (there are some long green-to-tee walks) but the location and that natural rhythm make the two Machrihanish courses irresistible. 28 Thailand - Chiangmai Highlands  Golf & Spa Resort Set in the foot-hills east of Chiang Mai, Chiangmai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort features a magnificent 27-hole championship golf course by award winning architects Schmidt-Curley Golf Design. It provides golfers with the additional pleasure of magnificent mountain views on every hole. The three nines are the Valley, Highlands and Mountain courses, each a par-36. Not long after opening, it was heralded by Asian Golf Monthly as one of the Best New Courses in Asia and is now regularly voted among the top 10 courses to play in Thailand. With 19 Private Resort Villas, The Spa at Chiangmai Highlands, condominiums plus a tasteful housing development, Chiangmai Highlands has become the premier golf holiday destination in the north of Thailand. Thailand - Santiburi Chiang Rai Located in the far north west of Thailand, away from the commotion of Bangkok for example, lies Santiburi Golf Club. A stunning par-72 6,966 yard course that was built by Robert Trent-Jones Jnr, widely regarded as one of the world's finest golf course designers. Located in an area that is known as the “Golden Triangle”, it’s perfectly presented between the Mekong River and the mountain range. Taking advantage of its natural terrain, the Championship standard course offers golfers rolling hills guarded by countless sand and grass bunkers, trees and huge water hazards. Feature holes include the stretch from 2-4, which play beside a huge lake. It’s many dogleg and well protected holes demand course management. After your game the charming and fully functional club house governs the highest point, offering views of the course. For those wanting to play & stay, there is accommodation on site as well.