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With variety to excite all golfers, Malaysia is host to hundreds of courses throughout its varied terrain. From the country’s capital of Kuala Lumpur to the Cameron Highlands with tea fields as far as the eye can see, visitors can choose their preferred course based not just on reputation and course details but on landscape and surroundings.
Dating back to 1929, the Malaysia Golf Association offers nearly 200 courses, many of which have hosted international golfing events and well-known professionals from around the world. Unique features of some of the courses found in western Malaysia include The Mines Resort & Golf Club, designed and built in what was once the largest open-cast tin mine in the world and whose features are dominated by the lake that was used to fill in the deepest section of the mine.
Kota Permai hosted the Malaysian Open 2008 and the Volvo Masters of Malaysia and was created by Aussie Ross Watson in the 1990s, becoming a fast favourite of the Malaysian golf circuit. Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club is often voted the best course in Malaysia and is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Popular amongst tourists and locals alike, the KLGCC offers the choice of 36 separate holes combined into two courses, East and West. With an adjacent clubhouse in which to enjoy a pre-game drink or post-game feast, any keen golfer passing through Kuala Lumpur should allow for at least a few hours to check out and test their skills at this remarkable course.
Short- and long-hitters enjoy playing a round at the Penang Golf Club, where Vijay Singh won the 31st Malaysia Open. Opened in 1984 and recently refurbished for comfort and elegance, this is one of the premiere courses outside of Kuala Lumpur. Across the water and into Eastern Malaysia, also known as Borneo, and golfers will find the Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club, just 10 minutes from the airport at Kota Kinabalu, and the Kudat Golf Club which is the oldest course in Sabah and was once associated with St. Andrew’s Scotland.
No list would be complete, without mention of the 18-hole, par-72 Els Club Teluk Datai on the island of Langkawi. A luxurious island with a stunning golf course to match, the Els Club was recently voted the Most Scenic Golf Course in Malaysia, having been renovated in 2014, and is nominated as one of the best golf resorts in all of Asia. Designed by Ernie Els and situated on 8,000 acres, this golf course is located on the northern shore of Langkawi and bordered by the Andaman Sea. Designed to preserve its natural surroundings and hosting a wide array of flora, fauna and a variety of trees, the high standard and unique design of this course provides a powerful draw card to override the relatively expensive green fees. For the avid golfer, this course should absolutely be on your bucket list.
Whether you prefer to play on a tropical island, highland or city course, there is no doubting that Malaysia features some of Asia’s most diverse and exciting courses on which to play. With the likes of Jack Niklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Gary Player and Max Wesler visiting Malaysia’s shores for a round or two, it’s certain you won’t leave disappointed! So call a My Malaysia representative today and plan your rounds accordingly.