Malaysia’s 6 most picturesque golf courses

Malaysia is home to many scenic golf courses, such as Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort. Pic: gtknj, Flickr.

By Ken Hunter

You approach the tee-box, ready your stance and adjust your grip. Just as you’re about to lean into your drive, you stop. You stop and take it all in.

On your right, ancient rainforests sway in a thousand shades of green. On your left, the warm sun glistens off turquoise waters. Up ahead of you, a monitor lizard scurries across the fairway.

You say to yourself, “Wow, even if I shank this drive, who cares? Look where I am right now!”

Where you are right now is Malaysia, fast becoming one of Asia’s top golfing destinations. With more than 200 golf courses to choose from, Malaysia is the perfect place for your next golf getaway.

The South China Sea divides Malaysia into two separate regions: Peninsular (West) Malaysia, and Malaysian Borneo, or East Malaysia. Both regions feature stunning scenery, such as white sand beaches, lush tropical rain forests and cool green mountains.

And both regions feature stunning golf courses that challenge golfers of all levels. Here are six of the most picturesque golf courses in Malaysia:

Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort

Rolling greens and cool air characterize this 6,117-metre (6,689-yard) course, where one wrong swing could see your ball land in a forest, pond or ravine.

The cool, crisp air of Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort awaits you only an hour’s drive north of Kuala Lumpur. Pic: Amani Hasan, Flickr.

At 945 metres (3,100 feet) above sea level, this spectacular course is all about trees and views. Located in the Genting Highlands resort, this 18-hole, par-71 course was designed by Ronald Fream, and offers a breather from the heat and humidity below.

Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort       

Located on a former tin mining site, Clearwater Sanctuary boasts 27 beautiful holes. Large lakes dot this award-winning resort, helping it sparkle as one of Asia’s most scenic golf courses.

Located in Perak State about 200 kilometres (124 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, Clearwater Sanctuary consists of the Raintree, Lakes and Wetland Nines.

Several large lakes add to the scenery at Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort. Pic: gtknj, Flickr.

The 3,613-yard Raintree Nine is named for the many large rain trees lining its fairways, while the 3,581-yard Lakes Nine gets its name from its water hazards.

The Wetlands Nine, meanwhile, offers golfers a chance for a quick game to practise their skills. At 1,518 yards, the Wetlands Nine is also good for beginners.

Bukit Unggul Country Club

Watch as majestic eagles soar high above this course, located less than an hour from central Kuala Lumpur. Providing a “unique blend of natural beauty and great golfing,” Bukit Unggul Country Club rests in a 65-hectare valley bordered by lush rain forest.

The 18-hole, par-71 layout consists of the Swan’s 9 and the Eagle’s 9. The Ronald Fream-designed course rolls and ripples along its 5,858 metres (6,406 yards), so you need patience and keen club selection.

Malaysia is home to some of the world’s oldest rainforests. Pic: buck82, Flickr.

Berjaya Hills Golf & Country Club

Tropical rainforest 150 million years old surrounds Berjaya Hills Golf & Country Club, which rests 762 metres (2,500 feet) above sea level.

Located in Pahang, Berjaya Hills lies only 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur. The 18-hole, par-72 course features lush, rolling fairways and greens, as well as natural streams and lakes.

The 6,312-metre (6,903-yard) course has played host to a number of major tournaments, such as the Hospitality Asia Golf Championship and the World Inter-Team Amateur Open.

Berjaya Hills Golf & Country Club sits 762 metres (2,500 feet) above sea level and offers views similar to this one. Pic: Amani Hasan, Flickr.

Tawau Hot Spring Golf Club

Located in Sabah, Tawau Golf & Country Club offers 27 holes of championship golf: the original nine-hole layout near central Tawau, and a newer 18-hole mountain layout 17 kilometres (10.6 miles) away.

Set in a tropical rainforest, the newer 18-hole, par-72 Hot Spring course gives you spectacular views of the surrounding area. This 5,904-metre (6,457-yard) course was designed by the club’s own in-house designer group, with help from club members.

Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club

Formerly a mangrove swamp, this wetland course boasts beautiful views of the Mengkabong and Tambalang rivers, as well as Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia’s highest peak.

At 4,095 metres (13,435 feet), Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia. Pic: hirosi SBM, Wikimedia Commons.

Part of Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, this 18-hole, par-72 golf  golf course is located in Sabah about 35 kilometres (22 miles) from Kota Kinabalu.

Water figures prominently on the 6,738-yard course, so steering clear of the hazards and wetlands should be your top priority.

If you enjoyed this article and would like to find out more about travelling to Malaysia, please visit the Tourism Malaysia website

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Ken Hunter (Japan)

Ken Hunter is a freelance writer based in Japan, where he has lived since 2003. You can connect with him on LinkedIn, circle him on Google+, and follow him on Twitter. You can also check out his travel blog.