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8. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) The Netherlands

8. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) The Netherlands

Passengers in 2009: 43.6 million
Distance from city center: Seven miles
Where to play: Kennemer Golf & Country Club (10 miles from the airport) is a classic seaside course. Founded in 1910, Kennemer is one of the leading clubs in the Netherlands and moved to its present location in 1928. Harry Colt designed 18 holes among the dunes and gorse bushes, and nine new holes opened in 1985. Kennemer has been the site of numerous Dutch Opens: It was here, in 1976, that Seve Ballesteros got the first of his 50 victories on the PGA European Tour.
Green fee: €120 ($150)
Contact info: Kennemer Golf & Country Club, Kennemerweg 1978, 2042 XT, Zandvoort, the Netherlands.
Phone: +31-23-5710-2836; Web: kennemergolf.nl
9. Dubai Airport (DXB) United Arab Emirates

9. Dubai Airport (DXB) United Arab Emirates

Passengers in 2009: 40.9 million
Distance from city center: Five miles
Where to play: The palm-fringed fairways of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club are a five-minute drive--less than two miles--from Emirates Airlines' gigantic new Terminal 3. Dubai has experienced an explosion of golf-course construction during the dramatic growth of the Emirate in recent years, but Dubai Creek and the original Emirates Golf Club--home of the European tour's Desert Classic, 20 miles up the Sheikh Zayed Road--haven't been overshadowed by the new growth. The Creek's layout snakes alongside Dubai's famous waterway, culminating in a dramatic closing stretch of holes; it's always a challenge and always in good condition. After your round, relax in the gorgeous club-house, whose design was inspired by the sails of the traditional Arab dhow.
Green fee: 400 DHS-695 DHS($110-$190)
Contact info: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, P.O. Box 6302, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Phone: +971-4-295-6000; Web: dubaigolf.com/dcgyc
10. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Thailand

10. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Thailand

Passengers in 2009: 40.5 million
Distance from city center: 20 miles
Where to play: Ideally you'll be able to get a game at the private Thai Country Club, one of the best courses in Asia, where Tiger Woods won the 1997 Asian Honda Classic (phone +66-2-651-5300). If not, we really like Muang Kaew Golf Course, a beautiful, welcoming haven just six miles from the airport.
Green fee: 2,500 THB-3,500 THB ($80-$110)
Contact info: Muang Kaew Golf Course, 52 Moo 8 Bangna-Trad Road Km. 7, Bangplee, Bangkaew, Samutprakarn 10540, Bangkok, Thailand.
Phone: +66-2-740-2693; Web: muangkaewgolf.com
10. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Thailand

10. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Thailand

Passengers in 2009: 40.5 million
Distance from city center: 20 miles
Where to play: Ideally you'll be able to get a game at the private Thai Country Club, one of the best courses in Asia, where Tiger Woods won the 1997 Asian Honda Classic (phone +66-2-651-5300). If not, we really like Muang Kaew Golf Course, a beautiful, welcoming haven just six miles from the airport.
Green fee: 2,500 THB-3,500 THB ($80-$110)
Contact info: Muang Kaew Golf Course, 52 Moo 8 Bangna-Trad Road Km. 7, Bangplee, Bangkaew, Samutprakarn 10540, Bangkok, Thailand.
Phone: +66-2-740-2693; Web: muangkaewgolf.com
11. SingaporeChangi Airport (SIN) Singapore

11. SingaporeChangi Airport (SIN) Singapore

Passengers in 2009: 37.2 million
Distance from city center: Nine miles
Where to play: The lush fairways of Tanah Merah Country Club are just a little more than a mile from the airport. The club--one of the most prestigious in Singapore--has two 18-hole courses, Garden and Tampines, with the former being the venue of the LPGA-sanctioned HSBC Women's Champions. Although the Garden is a strong championship layout, the Tampines Course is a more benign but no less picturesque layout that was the site of the 2005 Lexus Cup, an international team event between women professional golfers representing Asia against an International selection.
Green fee: SGD 130-SGD 300 ($90-$215)
Contact info: Tanah Merah Country Club, 25 Changi Coast Road, Singapore 499803.
Phone: +65-6542-3040; Web: tmcc.org.sg
12. Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) China

12. Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) China

Passengers in 2009: 37 million
Distance from city center: 17 miles
Where to play: The Dragon Lake Resort (nine miles from the airport) is part of a massive development that includes a fully re-created European town, nestled within the valley of a lush mountain range and bordered on two sides by the picturesque Dragon Lake. There's an 18-hole championship course--a China Tour stop and 2010 Asia Games venue--plus another nine that has lights for night play.
Green fee: 760 RMB-1380 RMB ($110-$200)
Contact info: Guangzhou Dragon Lake Resort, Dragon Lake Village, Huadong Town, Huadu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province 510897, China.
Phone: +86-20-3679-9888; Web: dragonlake.com.cn
13. Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport (CGK) Indonesia

13. Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport (CGK) Indonesia

Passengers in 2009: 36.5 million
Distance from city center: 15 miles
Where to play: Cengkareng Golf Club couldn't be more convenient for travelers: It's within the airport compound. The semiprivate facility welcomes visitors, and since opening in 1999 the course has earned a strong reputation. Afterward, have a bite at the Soewarna restaurant--it offers Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Mexican and (if you must) Western cuisine.
Green fee: RP 450,000-RP 1,250,000 ($50-$135)
Contact info: Cengkareng Golf Club, Soewarna Business Park, Block G Lot 1-2, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang 19110, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Phone: +62-21-5591-1111; Web: cengkarenggolfclub.com
14. Rome Fiumicino Airport(FCO) Italy

14. Rome Fiumicino Airport(FCO) Italy

Passengers in 2009: 33.7 million
Distance from city center:12 miles
Where to play: Circolo del Golf di Roma Acquasanta (22 miles from the airport) is the oldest golf course in Italy, established in 1903. Slightly hilly, with some water hazards, the course provides magnificent views, such as the Acquedotto Claudio (Aqua Claudia), built by Romans between A.D. 38 and 52, from the seventh hole and, from the 16th tee, the dome of St. Peter's in the Vatican.
Green fee: €100-€120 ($120-$150)
Contact info: Circolo del Golf di Roma Acquasanta, via Appia Nuova, 716/a--00178 Rome, Italy.
Phone: +39-06-780-3407; Web: golfroma.it
15. Sydney Airport (SYD) Australia

15. Sydney Airport (SYD) Australia

Passengers in 2009: 33.4 million
Distance from city center: Six miles
Where to play: A daytime flight into Sydney comes with the bonus of an aerial tour of a spectacular golf peninsula. Access can be a problem at the famed New South Wales Golf Club, but next door is the highly regarded St. Michael's Golf Club (five miles from the airport). Some blind tee shots make it inter-esting for the first-timer, but with views over the Pacific Ocean it's a stunning setting.
Green fee: AUD 115 ($100)
Contact info: St. Michael's Golf Club, Jennifer Street, Little Bay, Sydney 2036, Australia.
Phone: +61-2-9311-0068; Web: stmichaelsgolf.com.au
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