Nurtau Golf Club
This attractively-located championship standard club was first established as a nine-hole course – and the first golf club in Kazakhstan – in 1996 at President Nazarbayev’s suggestion, and was extended to 18 holes in 2004. Nurtau is the more established, and perhaps the more approachable, of Almaty’s two 18-hole courses. There’s a driving range and practice green as well as a small but plush club house with a restaurant and pro shop, and playing 18 holes on a weekday will set you back 15,000 KZT. On weekends the price is 25,000 KZT, and it’s possible to hire equipment and caddies. Nurtau has hosted the annual Kazakhstan Open tournament since its inception in 2005, and the course is apparently a hit with the professionals – Colin Montgomerie himself played the first ever 18 holes alongside the President when the course reopened after its extension in 2004.