Malaysia

There are two discreet parts to Malaysia which are separated by the South China Sea – East Malaysia and West Malaysia. Both territories have similar geographical features, with sweeping coastal plains and densely forested mountain interiors but it’s the country’s multicultural, multi-ethnic and multilingual attributes, along with a broad range of diverse cultural and gastronomic customs, that are most admired around the world.

The Malaysian economy is one of the most vibrant in all of Asia and its GDP has shown steady growth for decades now, with tourism reckoned to be the nation’s third largest source of foreign exchange income. Nevertheless, revenue from oil and gas still underpin the government’s annual budget via the national oil company Petronas, which operates from the tallest twin-tower structure in the world in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

The Malaysian Golf Association dates back to 1928 and one of its main annual functions nowadays is to oversee the running of the Malaysian Amateur Open Golf Championship, an event that started out in 1894 as the Straits Championship. The quality of Malaysian courses is high and as we now feature what we consider to be the Top 40 golf courses in the country you’ll be well advised to pack your clubs if you’re planning a visit.

Our Malaysian Top 40 rankings were last updated in January 2017. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Malaysia

TPC Kuala Lumpur (West)

1st Malaysia Ranking

TPC Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, or KLGCC as it is known, is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and is one of Malaysia’s most popular golf clubs.

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Els Club - Teluk Datai

2nd Malaysia Ranking

The Big Easy transformed the old Ted Parslow-designed Datai Bay golf course into The Els Club Teluk Datai, which is one of the most exciting new 18-hole layouts in South East Asia...

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Clearwater Sanctuary (Raintree & Lakes)

3rd Malaysia Ranking

Aussie professional Tim Woolbank designed the 27 holes at Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort and the Raintree and Lakes nines are the main attraction, supplemented by a par three course called the Wetlands.

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The Mines

4th Malaysia Ranking

The Mines Resort & Golf Club just outside Kuala Lumpur was once the largest open-cast tin mine in the world and the topography is dominated by the lake...

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Els Club Desaru Coast (Ocean)

5th Malaysia Ranking

The Sultan of Johar opened the Ocean course at the Els Club Desaru Coast complex in November of 2016. It’s one of two Els Club destinations in Malaysia...

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Saujana (Palm)

6th Malaysia Ranking

The Palm course at Saujana Golf & Country Club is a stern test of patience. Skew-whiff hitting is a sure recipe for a miserable day out in the unrelenting tropical heat.

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Shan-Shui

7th Malaysia Ranking

Located just outside Tawau on the south east coast of Sabah in eastern Malaysia, Shan-Shui Golf Club is acknowledged as one of the finest golf courses created by the respected design company of Nelson & Haworth.

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Kota Permai

8th Malaysia Ranking

Created by Australian Ross Watson in the late 1990s, the course at Kota Permai Golf & Country Club has hosted a number of top professional competitions, including the Volvo Masters of Malaysia and the 2008 Malaysian Open.

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Horizon Hills

9th Malaysia Ranking

Host to the Iskandar Johor Open from 2010 to 2012, Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club was laid out by Aussie architect Ross Watson and he incorporated dramatic elevation changes, waterfalls and lakes into its design.

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TPC Kuala Lumpur (East)

10th Malaysia Ranking

The East course at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (or KLGCC as it is often called) is the understudy to the West course, but the park-like East is every bit as challenging and could host national tournaments with ease.

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