Stunning golf courses, spectacularly laid out. from old, established club’s to some of the country’s finest golf resorts
Words by Navjot Singh
It is no exaggeration that it would take weeks, if not weeks, to get to see and know Kuala Lumpur. The city seeps rich history from its buildings and streets. A wonderful blend of cross-cultural influences and traditions, Kuala Lumpur radiates an exciting, alluring charm, which will no doubt add to your golf experience here.
In recent years, Kuala Lumpur has had a wide selection of stunning golf courses built, spectacularly laid out with pleasant greens. Some of the country’s finest golf resorts have sprouted up along with old, established club courses in Kuala Lumpur. You’ll notice that each golf course in Kuala Lumpur you visit is matchless with its own challenging topography. Golfers will take pleasure in challenging themselves at the many golf clubs situated within the city, with courses designed for all skill levels.
Where else to start other then at the historic Selangor Royal Golf Club – founded in 1893, this exclusive members only golf course is the birthplace of Malaysian golf. With its rich history and cultural influence, this golf course plays host to many international tournaments (The Old Course was home to the inaugural Malaysian Open). It offers two 18-hole championship standard courses for professionals and a smaller 9-hole course for golfers of all skill levels. The clubhouse also offers lifestyle amenities and dining options to suit every interest.
Designed by the five-time British Open Champion Peter Thompson, Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (KGSAAS) is approved as being of an USGA championship standard, and is divided into three 9-hole feature courses. Neatly situated on the northern part of the royal town of Shah Alam and very close to the majestic Blue Mosque, the KGSAAS offers night-time golf sessions and a seasoned team of knowledgeable caddies. The course is popular with both professionals and beginners. Located just around a 25-minute drive from downtown KL, it’s an easy win all round.
Perhaps the most challenging golf course in KL, if not in the whole country, Saujana Palm Course is renowned for hosting professional golf tour events. It has two 18-hole golf courses with the Palm Course generally accepted as the tougher of the two. Formerly the site of an oil palm plantation, it may be a wee bit challenging for social golfers or beginners despite its beautiful layout with narrow fairways, varying elevations and rolling greens.
Located around a 30-minute drive away from the city’s main international airport, Glenmarie Golf and Country Club is one of the top ten golf courses in Malaysia. This astoundingly spectacular course has undergone a host of improvements and renovations that build on its well appreciated good conditioning and lovely, ornate landscape. Glenmarie’s 36-holes meander through olive and citrus groves before drifting along in typical links fashion to cater to different game modes. Golfers can stay at the nearby Holiday Inn Glenmarie Hotel.
With its lush green landscape going well into the horizon, it’s very difficult to miss the luxurious Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Situated a stone throw’s away from the city centre, this 36-hole course -split into two 18-hole, par 72 championship standard courses – is neatly tucked away between the affluent residential suburbs of Damansara Heights and Mont Kiara. Expect it to be overcrowded at the weekends or during major public holidays because of its popularity.