It has only been a few decades since golf took off in Asia, but the speed and growth of its popularity has been phenomenal.
As a result, many countries in Asia have constructed and developed world-class golf courses and resort, many of which remain hidden gems to those outside the continent.
Here's a look at ABCNews.com's recommendations for 10 of Asia's top golf courses that might be worth a visit.
The grandiose scope and scale of the Chinese is reflected here in southern China where 12 18-hole golf courses, or 180 holes in total, spread across an area of about 5,000 acres. Just 30 minutes outside of Hong Kong, Mission Hills is the world's largest golf complex and also houses three golf academies, a 5-star resort, three world-class spa facilities and residential developments.
In November, Mission Hills will host the $5.5 million World Cup of Golf tournament for the third successive year.
Each of the twelve courses is designed by and named after some of the world's most famous golf legends: Jack Nicklaus, David Duval, Pete Dye, Nick Faldo, David Leadbetter, Jumbo Ozaki, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Greg Norman, Jose Maria Olazabal, Annika Sorenstam, and Zhang Lian Wei.
For golfers with jet lag, night golf equipped with floodlights is available until 2 am.
Greens fees range from $200 to $263, cart and caddie fee not included.
Known as the Pebble Beach of Japan, Kawana Hotel and its two golf courses are built along red cliffs facing the Pacific Ocean, with the legendary Fuji Mountain as the backdrop. The Oshima course is Japan's first golf course designed by Otani Komyo in 1928. The Fuji course designed by British golf architect Charles H. Allison in 1932 is more for lower handicap golfers -- challenging and with deep bunkers -- but the panoramic view of Mt. Fuji from the greens is simply breathtaking.
The hotel is built based on an old English country estate with a bit of Spanish influence but the rooms offer Japanese-style suites. It is a nice weekend getaway, just a two-hour bullet train ride from Tokyo. Kawana was the honeymoon destination for Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio.
Greens fees: $296 weekdays/$380 weekends
The first Korean course to make the 100 best courses list compiled by U.S. Golf Digest and U.K. Golf World, Pinx golf course offers 27 holes with a spectacular view of the Halla Mountain and the blue ocean. The course is specifically designed to preserve nature by keeping volcanic cones spread across the island on a grassy plane.
Pinx is a private country club, but tee times are open to visitors from time to time if reservations are made early enough. Chances are better if booked through a luxury hotel concierge desk. The Podo Hotel run by the golf club is highly recommended if looking for a calm and zen-like atmosphere for a night or two. The award-winning boutique hotel has 26 rooms with panoramic views of the ocean or traditional Korean-style garden views.
Green fees: $100 to $120 plus about $200 for caddie fee and cart rental per team.
The resort is blessed with refreshing spring-like weather all year round. Perfect for idyllic family trips, the resort is just 45 minutes from the airport and offers 73 luxurious Club Lodges Rooms and more than 200 units of resort villas that come with personal butlers.