Golf is often branded as a form of sports played only by high-income individuals and families. Over the years, golf has emerged as one of the most popular sports among Malaysians since it was first brought into the country.
There are various Malaysian golf magazines providing solid golf information to avid golfers. But of course, the largest so far is Golf Malaysia magazine. Established since 1980, it is also the leading golf publication in Asean region. Published monthly, the magazine offers variety of information ranging from top golf courses, consumer goods manufacturers and distributors as well as equipment manufacturers.
Enthusiastic golfers can get a glimpse of the monthly issue from over 200 golf courses nationwide and another 17 courses in Singapore and remaining seven in Brunei. Besides that, golfers can also purchase it from major bookstores or subscribe it using a form featured in monthly issue.
Each month, the magazine which is distributed over 20,000 copies can reach not only the target audience but also wider potential clients. In each issue, the magazine features simple rules for beginners, in-depth review of the latest equipments for sale in the market, top golfing destinations, tips on how to improve skills and other editorial opinions.
Every year, amateur golfers can register to participate in Maybank Malaysian Open as it aims to encourage more new players to get involve in this exciting sport. Offering prize money of US $ 2 million, players are required to play over 72 holes in 4 rounds.
Participating players will be selected up to remaining 65 after playing 32 holes. The official sanctioning bodies are PGA European Tour Asian Tour and Malaysian Golf Association.
Malaysian government encouraged women to participate in golf activities to ensure that women also enjoy the same exciting and beneficial sports as it is not limited to men only. Thus, Malaysian Ladies Golf Association (MALGA) was incepted officially on March 1983 by the founder, Mary Williams.
Ten years after its establishment, MALGA was taken over by Sports Commissioner of Malaysia, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia. The association has since expanded rapidly to cater the interest of women’s golf in Malaysia
Introduction to Golf Game
Golf refers to a form of sports activity whereby players are required to hit the balls into specific holes on a golf course. Winners are determined by the lowest number to strokes to get the ball into the hole. Competing players (golfers) must complete a series of 18 holes to be declared as winner.
Uniquely designed golf course is meant to captivate the players while they are enjoying the game on beautifully landscaped greenery. It comprises a total of 18 holes that is separated off by two lines/markers indicating legal tee area and also surrounded by flagsticks and cup. Certain golf courses consist of nine holes only as it can then be played twice that makes up the total of 18 holes.
In order to increase excitement of the game, different level of grass is set. Usually, most of the holes are within direct line-of-sight that enables the golfers to aim for it precisely. However, there are also certain holes set off from the tee-point (either bend to left or right). This is commonly known as dog’s knee.
As a beginner who would like to start a game, you need to have several basic equipments such as clubs, golf balls, tee, golf shoes, golf bag and also golf cart. Golf club contains grip on the top end for players to grab hold off while club head to strike the ball is on the bottom. In fact, golf clubs can be divided into two types – long and short.
Typically, long clubs are catered for players to strike the ball on a longer distance while short clubs are meant for short distance only. Bear in mind that when you are playing in a stipulated round, you are only allowed to bring a maximum of 14 clubs. Even though the official governing body has set that every club must be made according to the pre-determined parameters as pointed out in the rules, choice of clubs selected is still at player’s discretion.
Other equipments needed including spherical ball which is usually white, golf shoes complete with either metal or plastic spikes to increase traction and avoid accidents and golf bag which is used to carry 14 clubs and other supplies such as balls and gloves.