Malaysia has long been regarded as one of the best places to go for golfing. This is widely contributed by the fact that Malaysia is home to some of the most natural wonders of the world where you can find a lot of greeneries, vegetation, forests, lakes and many more. With more and more international golf tournaments coming into Asia in recent years, the golf courses in Malaysia has been growing in terms of popularity and number.
There are currently more than 180 golf courses scattered among the 13 states and 3 Federal Territories and the golf courses here are designed and built by some of the most reputable people of the sport. Depending on where you will be visiting and what you are looking for, you will find that you will be spoilt for choice on where you can carry out your game. There are many elements that you would need to consider like the difficulty level, the environment, the facilities and such but it is in the experience that you will find most rewarding.
So which is the best course in the country? Judging by the recognition and such, the TPCKL would perhaps be the most reputable as it plays host to the Malaysian Open which draws some of the world’s top golfers to the country. However, there are also other major courses like the Saujana Golf and Country as well as one of the most popular The Mines Resort Golf and Country Club, both of which are located in the Klang Valley.
The TPCKL or formerly KLGCC is popular as it was the host for the prestigious Maybank Malaysian Open for 4 consecutive years. In 2013, it was awarded the ‘Best Course in Malaysia’ by the Asian Golf Monthly while it was voted as the Best Golf Experience by the Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine in the same year, making it one of the top Golf Courses not only within Malaysia but around Asia as well.
The golf course here is divided between the West Course and the East course. The West course is made for the golfer who enjoys the scenery while playing while the East Course is designed in parkland style. This means that the East Course is a more challenging one as compared to its opposite because it is designed for tournaments in mind.
This course is located not far from the heart of the city and is known for its lakeside fairway which includes a wellness spa, a shopping centre and its challenging Robert Trent Jones Jr designed course.
Located in Langkawi Island, the Gulf Club Datai Bay is one of the most beautiful courses around. In 2009, it was voted as the Most Scenic Golf Course in Malaysia by the Asian Golf Monthly and that is because of its beautiful surroundings of rich forest settings against the backdrop of the Andaman Sea.
Located in the Klang Valley, the Saujana Golf and country Club is considered as one of the most luxurious golf clubs in Malaysia. This course is designed with some very narrow fairways and bunkers that make the game really challenging.
The Bukit Jambul Country Club has a very challenging course around the northern region of the Peninsular Malaysia. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, there are some very intimidating fairways and bunkers that can give the golfer a real test.
This club is one of the latest additions to the Malaysian golf circuit. Designed by Andy Dye, the course is known for its challenging fairway, some very annoying bunkers and a lot of beautiful sceneries along the way.
Everyone knows that Malaysia is a great golfing destination due to its naturally rich slopes and highlands. So if you are planning to go around Malaysia for a golf vacations, you will surely be spoilt for choice as there are so many Golf Courses scattered around all the states around the country. You could go for a strict golf course or head out to the countryside. The highlands could be a great place to go or one with a resort for the spouse and kids.
Located halfway between Genting Highlands Resort and Kuala Lumpur, this golf course is very popular especially among those who like to play away from the city and enjoy some time up in the ‘clouds’ of the resort city.
Nothing makes the game of golf more pleasing if you are playing the game under great weather and without any distraction of the hustle and bustle of the city. Elevated 1,525 feet above sea-level, the Cameron Highlands Golf Club is a great place to enjoy the game without having to worry about the heat as it is s a lot cooler here and refreshing.
Located in Putrajaya, the Palm Garden Golf Club offers the player an exciting option where it is not far from the major cities and yet further away from the bursting crowds there. This club was awarded with the Best Customer Service Award twice and was voted as among the Top Golf Courses in Malaysia in 2007.
This is the oldest golf course in Malaysia which was has been around for about 100 years now. This club is open only for members and with a location in Bukit Bintang, this course has two 18 and 9 holes courses respectively. It was once used for the Malaysian Open and is considered as one of the most prestigious golf clubs in Malaysia due to its rich history and the fact that it has been used by royalties and renowned people in the country.
If you are into nature and has time to go adventure seeking a bit, then off to East Malaysia you should go. In Sabah, there is the very popular Mount Kinabalu Golf Club, the Borneo Golf & Country Club in Bongawan, the Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club, the internationally acclaimed Karambunai Resorts Golf Club as well as the Lahad Datu Golf & Country Club among many more. The Sandakan Golf and Country Club and the Sabah Golf & Country Club too are hosts to some of the major local golf tournaments.
In the neighbouring state of Sarawak some renowned courses here can be found at the Damai Golf & Country Club in Kuching, the Hornbill Golf & Jungle Club, the Sibu Golf Club and Miri Golf Club in Sibu and Miri respectively as well as the Prisons Golf Club. This is where you will be able to enjoy a game of golf during the day and perhaps take a few days escapade tours to the naturally rich forests and resorts around the states here. After all, Sarawak is also home to the Niah and Mulu caves all of which are tourist attractions in their own accord.