Royal Thimphu Golf Course

With stray dogs sleeping in the rough and the occasional cow on the fairway, a round of golf at the Royal Thimphu Golf Course is a uniquely Bhutanese experience — although the fervent local players will be familiar to golfers everywhere. The 9-hole, par-33 course (which can also be played as an 18-hole round using two different sets of tees) was constructed in 1971 atop fallow rice paddies a few kilometers north of Thimphu, within sight of dramatic Tashichho Dzong. One of the world's highest courses, it is also the only one of Bhutan's seven golf courses open to the public. Visiting players will see the ball sailing up to 10% further here due to the course's altitude (2,350m/7,709ft).