Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Golfing in Malaysia

Golf is one of the most popular sports in Malaysia, and the country today is home to more than 200 golf courses, frequented by local and visiting golfers alike. Malaysia is believed to be home to some of the best golf courses in South East Asia. Moreover   most of the Malaysian golf courses have been designed by pro-golfers and have something to offer for golfers of all ages and skills.

Listed below are some of the leading golf courses in Malaysia that are open to access by the general public.

Then Royal Selangor Golf Club, Kuala Lumpur
The Royal Selangor Golf Club, located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur is the oldest golfing institution in the country. Established in 1893, the club’s membership list includes foreign diplomats, international royalty and titans of business from around the globe. The club which basks in the shadow of the famed KL landmark of the Petronas towers is equipped with two 18-hole championship courses and a 9-hole course. Other facilities on offer at the club are a driving range and a golf program for children. Visitors are welcome to use the club during the week.

Ayer Keroh Country Club, Melaka 
The Ayer Keroh Country Club located near historic city of Melaka is considered to haeve one of the best golfing greens in Malaysia. Renowned for its incredible design and location, the Ayer Keroh course was conceptualized by the former Chief Minister of Malacca, Ghafar Baba in 1964. The golf course was subsequently built by clearing out lush tropical forests around Malacca. The Ayer Keroh Golf Country Club offers three 9-hole courses that feature a lake in their midst and are enveloped by much native flora and fauna. This aspect enhances the difficulty of these courses, for even if you  have a  small slip up, your ball is likely to get lost in the dense jungle that surrounds the course. 
The Golf Club, Datai Bay
The Golf Club Datai Bay is situated in the midst of an ancient rainforest on the stunning emerald isle of Langkawi. A favored vacation destination, Langkawi offers numerous natural and cultural attractions along with great shopping opportunities for the island is one of the three duty-free islands in Malaysia. Combine a family holiday to Langkawi with a spot of golf on the scenic 18-hole championship course at the Datai Bay Golf Club which is open to public and is often visited by the native residents of the surrounding lush rain forest, bold macaque and dusty leaf monkeys. The Golf Club Datai Bay is the site of major tournaments like the Langkawi Masters and the Langkawi 54-hole Endurance Golf contest.
Palm Resort Golf and Country Club, Johor
The southern Malaysian state of Johor has one of the highest concentrations of golf courses in the country. The Palm Resort Golf and Country Club which is located close to Johor Bahru’s Senai International airport is an immensely popular golfing locale, equipped with three 18-hole championship courses namely- the Allamanda, Cempaka and Melati courses. All three courses are enveloped by landscaped gardens and much tropical flora,though they also feature water bodies and much diverse terrain. Of the three courses the Allamanda is considered to be the easiest, while the Melati course is the longest at 7,205 yards. The Melati course also features 35 sand bunkers, six water bodies and Malaysia’s longest hole that measures a mind-boggling 684 yards.
Fancy a golfing holiday? Why not tee off at one of these wonderful golf courses in Malaysia?

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