Malaysia’s top 5 golf beach resorts

By Ken Hunter

WITH its white sand beaches, turquoise waters and emerald green rain forests, Malaysia is a golfer’s paradise. The Southeast Asian country has more than 200 golf courses, including ones designed by golf legends like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman.

Beaches such as this one abound in Malaysia. Pic: HooLengSiong (Peter Gronemann), Flickr.

Beaches such as this one abound in Malaysia. Pic: HooLengSiong (Peter Gronemann), Flickr.

While Malaysia doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of golf destinations, the history of golf here dates back to the 19th century. Today, you can find golf courses in almost every area of the country.

The South China Sea splits Malaysia into two separate, geographically similar regions: Peninsular (West) Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo, or East Malaysia. The country’s tropical climate provides a pleasant golfing experience.

You’ll have a ball golfing in Malaysia! Pic: josh99smith (Joshua Smith), Flickr.

You’ll have a ball golfing in Malaysia! Pic: josh99smith (Joshua Smith), Flickr.

Whatever the weather, one way to make the most of your Malaysian vacation is to stay at a golf beach resort. These resorts feature luxurious accommodations, fine dining, and beautiful golf courses.

Resort courses are often designed to let golfers enjoy a relaxing game. Don’t relax too much, though — the resort courses in Malaysia offer challenges for golfers of all abilities.

Malaysia’s golf beach resorts also provide a host of activities to keep your family entertained, such as archery, bird watching, fishing, spa treatments, tennis, and water sports.

To help you plan your Malaysian golf getaway, here are five of Malaysia’s top golf beach resorts:

1. Lanjut Golden Beach & Golf Resort

Located on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia near Endau Rompin National Park, this resort sits on 500 acres of land and features a 3.5-kilometre (2.2-mile) private beach.

Lanjut Golden Beach & Golf Resort offers chalet- and resort-style accommodations with gorgeous views of the South China Sea. Formerly known as Serai Beach and Golf Resort, the resort has a par-72, 18-hole golf course with spacious greens, as well as a driving range.

The resort also has a variety of family-friendly activities, including cycling, clam picking, snorkeling, and woodball, a Taiwanese sport similar to golf and croquet.

2. Awana Kijal GolfBeach & Spa Resort

Up the coast from Lanjut Golden Beach & Golf Resort, Awana Kijal Golf, Beach & Spa Resort is surrounded by 800 acres of lush greenery and a 7.6-kilometre (4.7-mile) beachfront giving you panoramic views of the South China Sea. The par-72, 18-hole championship course, consisting of the Palma and Rimba Nines, ranks as one of Malaysia’s most challenging courses.

The 5-star resort’s Taman Sari Spa has specialized treatments designed to invigorate. Enjoy such regal-sounding treatments as the Queen Massage and the Royal Heritage Massage, while listening to relaxing Gamelan music.

3. Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut

Overlooking Pangkor Island and the Strait of Malacca, Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut boasts an 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course, as well as a 12-bay driving range. Pro golf lessons are also available for visitors and guests.

When you’re not playing golf, the resort has no shortage of entertaining options: You can play tennis or squash, work out at the fitness centre, go sightseeing, or rejuvenate yourself at the resort’s new Balinese Samsara Spa.

4. Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort

Located on beautiful Tioman Island in the South China Sea, Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort is the only resort on the island with its own 18-hole international golf course. What the course lacks in difficulty, it more than makes up for in scenery, with lovely views of the sea and rainforest.

Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort on Tioman Island, the largest island in the South China Sea. Pic: ssedro, Flickr.

Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort on Tioman Island, the largest island in the South China Sea. Pic: ssedro, Flickr.

Tioman Island is also a popular diving location, home to about 15 dive sites. Berjaya’s PADI dive centre offers professional instruction and equipment. Once you’re all set, you can go diving and marvel at the colourful coral, tropical fish, crustaceans, turtles and rock formations.

Getting to Tioman is easy, as there is a ferry service from Mersing on the mainland, and an airport on the island itself.

5. Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai

This award-winning resort on Malaysian Borneo features eight restaurants and bars, and a variety of leisure and recreational activities. The views from Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai’s golf course will leave you breathless, as you look out on Karambunai Beach, the South China Sea, and Mount Kinabalu, the highest point in Malaysia.

The par-72, 18-hole championship course is a golf cart-only course, and has practice putting and chipping greens, as well as a driving range. The course is fair, but demanding, and gives golfers options that suit any skill level.

The resort also has tennis and squash courts, a 75-acre nature park, and Borneo Spa, which uses its own private-label blends of pure essential oils.

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
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.