Golf, Malaysia Golf Courses
is truly unique as a golfing destination, the diversity of
its courses is unrivalled in the world. Numbering more than
190 throughout the country, they can be found high in the
mountains, along the seashore, on tropical islands, amidst
towering rain forests and in the heart of the city. As well
as offering spectacular scenery, many of these courses are
equipped with the best facilities and amenities to be found
anywhere, to make your golfing a complete and unforgettable
A number of courses have been designed by some of golf's
top names. Designers and golfers alike, including Jack Nicklaus,
Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Greg Norman, Peter Thomson, Ronald
Fream, Robert Trent Jones, Ross Watson, J Michael Poellot,
and Max Wexler, et al, have brought out the best features
of the environment whilst incorporating their own special
accounts for the tremendous variety of courses throughout
Malaysia, each with its own special features, for a range
that no true golfing aficionado can resist. And with Malaysia's
excellent road system and transportation, including frequent
flights between all major cities, it is easy to get to the
best of the country's courses for a typically Malaysian golfing
experience par excellence.
The visiting golfer will find a variety of grasses to play
on. The older courses will feature Cowgrass or broad-leaf
indigenous grass on the fairways and rough, with Serangoon
or Bermuda Tifway covering the greens.
Most of the newer courses will have the popular warm weather
favourite Bermuda Tifway on the fairways and rough and Bermuda
Tifdwarf on the greens. Some courses prefer the resilient
Zoysia Martrellia species, while the Sea Shore Paspalum variety
is the grass used for seaside courses. The temperate climate
Bent grass can be found in one of the mountain courses. The
average speed of Malaysian greens is between 6-8 on the Stimpmeter.
But in a small number of courses, the speed can rise to as
high as 10. However, the golf courses in Malaysia generally
do not have fast greens.
Tourism Malaysia organises the highly successful World Amateur
Inter-Team Golf Championship. This annual tournament brings
together amateur golfers from all over the world to play in
some of the best courses in Malaysia as well as to savour
the sights and sounds of this fascinating country.
To avoid disappointment, you are advised to call the club
concerned to make your bookings early. Also bear in mind that
green fees may change from time to time, so do check with
the clubs. The greater majority of golf clubs in Malaysia
insist on the use of rubber-studded shoes. Happy golfing!