Malaysia’s 6 most picturesque golf courses
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!”
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Water figures prominently on the 6,738-yard course, so steering clear of the hazards and wetlands should be your top priority.
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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.