Zhailjau Golf Resort
This Arnold Palmer-designed, championship-standard 18-hole course boasts an exquisite setting, with the mountains providing a dramatic backdrop to one’s game and the green improving year on year as the landscaping matures. Green fees start at 30,000 KZT for 18 holes on weekdays and increase to 40,000 KZT at weekends. Golf cart rental starts at 6,000 KZT, a practice session on the driving range is 2,500 KZT (there’s also a practice green) and private lessons are priced from 20,000 KZT per hour. With prices like these there’s surely no need to to spell out the fact that Zhailjau attracts Almaty’s top dogs, as well as moneyed international visitors. The popular Dali restaurant and bar within the elegant clubhouse are the perfect spots in which to refuel and talk business, and there are even sauna and spa facilities for soothing tired muscles, too.