Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Malaysia's oldest golf courses

If you are golfing enthusiast, you will be delighted to learn that Malaysia is equipped with well-developed infrastructure for the sport. In fact the country is home to more than 200 well-designed golf courses situated in various settings like city centers or then more exotic locations like adjacent to tea and rubber plantations or dense tropical jungles or on cliffs overlook sparkling seas. Many of  Malaysia’s oldest golf courses date back to the colonial times and were built by the British, though the creation of  the country’s newer greens can be attributed to famous names like Max Wexler, Andy Dye, Robert Trent Jones Jr and of course, Jack Nicklaus.
Some of Malaysia’s oldest colonial-era golf courses include:
The Royal Selangor Golf Club- Kuala Lumpur
This grand dame of Malaysia’s golfing scene is situated in the heart of bustling KL. The club which was established in 1893 is popularly referred to RSGC, and has the who's who of the country as members. Equipped with two championship 18-hole courses and a shorter 9 holes option, the RSGC serves as a venue for various golfing tournaments.
The Sungai Petani Golf Club
The Sungai Petani Golf represents yet another anal in Malaysia’s golfing history. This golf club was established in 1922, as a meeting spot for European rubber planters, who were resident in Central Kedah during the time of British rule in Malaya. The club offers a nine-hole par 35 golfing green considered perfect for an enjoyable round of social golf. However aside from golf, other facilities for sports like tennis, swimming and various indoor sports like billiards are also on offer at the club. The membership-mix of the Sungai Petani Golf Club is quite diverse and largely made up of residents of the area.
Cameron Highlands Resort
The Cameron Highlands Resort golf course which is located between the townships of Tanah Rata and Brinchang, also dates back to colonial times and is thus included in the list of oldest golf courses in Malaysia. The 18-hole par 71 golf course at the resort is situated at a height of 5000 meters above sea-level and provides an ambience that is conducive to pleasant round of golf. However, the course is considered to be quite challenging as it is home to a  tricky green and terrain.

Kelab Golf Sentul Raya
The Kelab Golf Sentul Raya located north of Kuala Lumpur is another old-world golf club in Malaysia that dates back to 1928.  The club’s public-access 9-hole golf course was however redesigned by Chris Pitman and Douglass Lee in 1997, along with the renovation of the entire golf club. This relatively new course which is littered with water hazards and bunkers is believed to pose quite a challenge to golfers of all capabilities.
So if you fancy a bit of history on your next golfing holiday, why not pencil in a round at one of these historic Malaysian greens?

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