Renowned for it's neon cityscapes, buzzing casinos and a lack of open space, Macau is in fact home to some world-class golf courses, with the game increasingly growing in popularity.
Escape the rolling of the dice by swapping the baize tables for the golf greens at one of Macau’s two courses. Most convenient for the Cotai Strip is Caesars Golf, a public course open to all, while the more exclusive Macau Golf & Country Club, the host of the Macau Open (part of the Asian tour) for over a decade, is a members-only haven overlooking the sea on Coloane.
The Macau Golf and Country Club, which opened in the 1990s, is the SAR’s grand dame. Part parkway, part links course, the club is open to members, their guests and guests of the next door Westin Macau only. The 6557-yard, par-71 course is renowned for its narrow fairways and spectacular views of the South China Sea. Signature holes include the 17th, a par-3 that runs down the coast, and the 18th, a par-5 with numerous water features. The last two are a delight to play and leave golfers with great memories of the course.
Macau Golf and Country Club, 1918 Estrada de Hac Sa, IIha de Coloane, Macau, Tel. +853 2887 1188, www.mgccmacau.com
Conveniently located at the end of the Cotai Strip, Caesar’s Golf is an award-winning 175-hectare oasis within the sea of neon resorts and is home to practice facilities, a comfortable clubhouse with new restaurant Dining Room and a lakeside garden that is ideal for events. Tee off and you’ll find the undulating 6,913-yard, par-71 course is as much about the water features as the fairways. The signature par-3 16th may be short but its two levels of green make it the hole that catches many players out, with the 3rd another tricky challenge playing across a lake to land on a green surrounded by water.
Caesar’s Golf Macau, Estrada de Seac PAi Van SN, R/C, Clube de Golfe Orient (Macau), Tel. +853 2888 0123.