Fore! 17 Stunning Golf Resorts in Malaysia and Singapore

Fore! 17 Stunning Golf Resorts in Malaysia and Singapore

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Golf Resorts in Malaysia

Berjaya Tioman Resort: Tioman Island, Pahang

A four-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur (plus 90 minutes to the island by fast ferry), and you will be standing on the spot made famous in South Pacific. The Berjaya Tioman Resort's 18-hole golf course is the only one on the island, and it boasts a panoramic view of the South China Sea to one side, with lush rainforests on the other. Other activities available in addition to the usual water sports include jungle trekking, tennis and sunset cruises.


Pulai Springs Resort: Mount Pulai, Johor Bahru

Made up of two distinct hotels, the 200-unit Cinta Ayu All Suites and the 22-room Anugraha, the Pulai Springs Resort also features two 18-hole USGA championship golf courses. There's the 6,819-yard Pulai Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and the 6,582-yard Melana Course by Peter Dalkeith Scott. Both contain the expected features that make up great courses, including varied terrain, changes in elevation, memorable signature holes and water elements. In addition to two practice putting greens and bunkers, there is a driving range with 31 bays.


Ponderosa Golf & Country Club: Taman Molek, Johor Bahru

A quick 15-minute drive from the Johor Bahru city center, the Ponderosa is an intimate 16-room lodge with an 18-hole, par-72 golf course. The course was originally designed by Max Wexler and later redesigned by Ronald Fream. Sand, water hazards and undulating greens make the 7,072-yard course challenging the fairways are turfed with Zoysia Matrella (Manila Grass) and the greens with Bermuda Tifdwarf. If night golfing is something you'd like to try, its offered at the Ponderosa.


Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort: Pasir Gudang, Johor

You've got 800 landscaped acres housing the Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort, with its 20 luxurious guestrooms, 34 villas and three 18-hole championship golf courses. Some 35 kilometers northeast of Johor Bahru, the Plantation, Village and Straits courses were all designed by Max Wexler and Mamiya San on former oil palm plantations. Their intent was to preserve and blend in palms, forests, mangroves and waterways. Lit for night golfing, the courses measure 7,058 yards, 7,014 yards, and 6,740 yards respectively. Note that The Straits Course is especially challenging because of the terrain and strong prevailing winds from the Straits of Johor.


The Legends Golf and Country Resort: Sedenak, Johor

The Legends Golf and Country Resort features two courses designed by legendary golfers. The 18-hole par 72 course designed by Jack Nicklaus first opened in 1997, and the 3637-yard, nine-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer opened 12 years later. Approximately 40 minutes by car northwest of Johor Bahru, the resorts 32 guestrooms reflect contemporary Asian style in both construction and furnishing, most with landscaped outdoor showers.


Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort: Batu Gajah, Perak

You've got three options at Clearwater: The Raintree Nine and Lakes Nine, which are said to be among among the most challenging and picturesque courses in South East Asia, and the Wetlands Nine, a Par-3 course that's great for beginners or anyone looking for something a little shorter. The 27-hole golf resort is located on over 100 acres in the Kinta Valley and has 30 lakefront chalets.


Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Damai Laut: Lumut, Perak

Within walking distance of the Damai Laut Golf & Country Club, this beachfront resort is about a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. The championship caliber 18-hole Par 72 course was designed by Ronald Fream, and provides a range of playing lengths. The 300-room hotel overlooks Pangkor Island, and has a Samsara Spa on site that offers Balinese massage,  just the thing after a day on the links.


Palm Resort: Senai, Johor

With three championship courses and a driving range at the Palm Resort Golf and Country Club, you can spend some serious time getting your game up to par. Total yardship on the Allamanda Course, with its beautiful water features and daunting sand bunkers is 6,866. The longest is the more open Melati at 7,205 yards. The Cempaka Course isn't far behind, measuring 7,156 yards from the pro tees, and is extremely challenging with narrow, winding fairways and nine water hazards. The luxury resort, with its 330-room hotel, Le Grandeur, is at the southernmost tip of Peninsular Malaysia, a 30-minute drive from Johor Bahru's city center and 45 minutes from Singapore.


The Club Saujana Resort: Shah Alam, Petaling District, Selangor

A half-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, and set on 160 acres of lush tropical gardens, this 105-room five-star resort is next to the Saujana Golf and Country Club and its two 18-hole championship golf courses. The 6,992-yard Palm Course sits on what was an oil palm plantation, boasting a daunting terrain with water hazards, numerous bunkers, dense clusters of palms and slopes that drop off into steep ravines. The 7,034-yard Bunga Raya Course, on the other hand, features wide expanses of water and greenery and looks deceptively easy.


Borneo Highlands Resort: Kuching, Sarawak

The Hornbill Golf Course is one of the attractions offered by Borneo Highlands Resort, which sits on a mountain plateau in the Penrissen Range in the worlds oldest and second largest rainforest. The sport is literally taken to new heights here, as you golf in the clouds, on an 18-hole Par 72 leisure course designed by Neil Crafter. Guests stay in jungle cabins or clubhouse rooms, and dine on vegetarian meals grown in the resorts organic garden.


Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa: Tuaran, Sabah

A nature reserve on Pantai Dalit Beach, with Mount Kinabalu in the distance, the Shangri-La resort is appropriately named. The resort is approximately 45 minutes by car from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Its 18-hole championship golf course, at the Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club, is bordered by the Tambalang and Mengkabong rivers. If you need pointers, look for the resorts resident golf pro, Aaron Johnson, a fully-qualified AAA member of the Australian PGA who has been playing and teaching golf in Asia for more than a decade.


Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai: Karambunai Peninsula, Sabah

Bookended by Borneo rainforest to its east and the South China Sea to its west, the beachside Nexus Golf Resort is within walking distance of the Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai. A 30-minute drive from from Kota Kinabalu City, the 18-hole Par 72 golf course was designed by the Ronald Fream Design Group, and features small lakes and waterways, tricky greens and undulating terrain. The course has a clubhouse with practice putting and chipping greens as well as a driving range.


Sutera Harbour: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

This 384-acre resort includes hotels, a marina and recreational facilities in addition to its 27-hole, 6,561-yard golf course with excellent ocean views. There is a small driving range where you can warm up, and several putting greens as well as chipping areas. It's the only course you can play at night in East Malaysia.


A'Famosa Resort: Melaka

A full 1,300 acres comprise this resort, which is a 90 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur. With a water theme park and safari wonderland, there plenty for the non-golfing members of the family to enjoy while you' ve got three nine-hole loops waiting: namely, the Palm, Rocky and Crocodile courses. The driving range has nine covered bays, and the grass range has five target greens so you can warm up before play. There are two practice greens and a practice bunker as well; and if thats not enough, the club pro is available for lessons.


Golf Resorts in Singapore

While golf is popular in Singapore, the courses tend to be owned by private clubs and not as part of resorts. Hotels adjacent to golf clubs usually arrange for guest access to the clubs.


Orchid Country Club: Yishun

There are 3 nine-hole courses at the Orchid Club: the Aranda, Vanda and Denro, measuring 3,417 yards, 3,328 yards and 3,496 yards, respectively. Although the Vanda is the shortest of the three courses, its considered to be the most challenging with its many water hazards. The 160-bay driving range is one of the biggest in Southeast Asia and has the only automatic tee system in Singapore. The range is open daily until 11 PM, and night golfing is also available. The 75-room Orchid Lodge is on the 100-hectare property, which overlooks the Lower Seletar Reservoir. You will also find pools, a gym, a bowling alley, and tennis and squash courts.


Hollandse Club: Camden Park

This international club provides accommodation to members and guests and is located about 15 minutes from the center of Singapore. In addition to free use of the clubs pool and gym, as well as access to tennis and squash courts, club members have privilege rates at several golf clubs in Singapore, including the Orchid Country Club (described above) and the 18-hole course at the Sembawang Country Club.


Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa: Sentosa Island

This five-star clifftop resort situated on Sentosa Island in Singapore is a 25-minute drive from Changi International Airport and just 15 minutes from the city center. Two championship courses are located steps away at the Sentosa Golf Club: The 7,100-yard, Par 72 Serapong Course (home of the Singapore Open); and The Tanjong, a 6,800-yard, Par 72 course. Before heading out, you should note that the maximum time of 18-hole play is 4 hours and 30 minutes, and that all players must possess official USGA handicaps index of lower than 36.6 for men and 40.4 for ladies.

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