Malaysia is rapidly emerging as South-East Asia's latest golfing haven.
Almost 200 golf courses are currently available around the country. Malaysia
has bloomed as the ideal destination for combining a memorable holiday with
an exciting game of golf.
Whether one chooses to tee-off in the cool highlands, amidst lush
greenery or by the fringe of the South China Sea, one can do so in
superbly-designed, international-standard golf courses. In addition, with
each course depicting a style or them highlighting its natural surroundings,
one can indulge in challenging rounds enhance by Malaysia's natural beauty.
Two of the top courses in the country are:
1) the Mines Resort Golf & Country
2) the Saujana Golf & Country Club.
Both of the golf courses offer the very best
The first one is part of the magnificent Mines Resort City (also a
shopping centre with a canal and a theme park called "Mines
It's known as one of the 'Seven Wonders of Malaysia' and the golf
course is situated around a lake, which used to be the world's
largest open cast tin mine.
the Clubhouse of the Mines
Situated less than half an hour from the centre of Kuala Lumpur and just
over 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the Mines Resort
Golf & Country Club course was designed by Robert Trent Jones. It earned
exposure all over the globe in 1999 when staging the World Cup of Golf -
Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara lifted the title for the United States - and
has since hosted the Malaysian Open.
The Saujana Golf & Country Club is another gem, this particular one
having been designed by Ronald Fream. Just 37 minutes from the Internal
The Saujana Golf & Country Club
The historical city of Malacca, two hours from KL, has the
A'Famosa Golf Resort. It's a family-orientated holiday destination that
features 27 holes, a water world, safari park and the bizarre cowboy town,
which comes alive at night. The three nines, Rockies, Palm and Crocodile,
are all well designed, set against boulders, palms and clear waterways.
The island of Langkawi lies off the northwest of West-Malaysia. It's
a 55-minute flight from Kuala Lumpur.
In the 1980s the island had just one hotel, relying on fishing and
rubber production, before being developed as a tourist attraction on
inspiration by the former prime minister Mahathir. Today there are
10 000 hotel rooms and three golf courses and the airport receives
direct flights from London to make it Malaysia's most popular
The Golf Club Datai Bay on Langkawi is carved out of the
jungle in the foothills of the Gunung Matchincang mountain range, along the
coastline of the turquoise Andaman sea. The course is short at 5 994 metres
but is extremely tight with the forest collecting anything remotely off
line. I would be hesitant to look for anything or anyone in there. Monkeys
and monitor lizards frequent the course and players are warned not to leave
objects of value in their golf carts. The club has a unique extra hole, the 19th,
a par 3 built on the water.
Malaysia's Top 10 courses
Saujana (Bunga Raya)
The Mines Resort
Royal Selangor (New)
Royal Selangor (Old)
Pulai Springs Resort
The Legends (Nicklaus)
Kuala Lumpur G&CC
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