East Malaysia

Malaysia is divided into two separate parts, separated by the South China Sea: Peninsular Malaysia (or West Malaysia) is where the capital city of Kuala Lumpur is situated on the Malay Peninsula and where most of the Malaysian people live, and East Malaysia (comprising the states of Sabah, Sarawak and the federal territory of Labuan) in the northern reaches of the island of Borneo.

The region shares borders with Indonesia to the south and with the tiny enclave of Brunei to the north. Although East Malaysia is larger in size than West Malaysia, it contains only 20% of the national population. It may not be as well developed as its western counterpart but it does have the distinct advantage of an abundance of more marketable natural resources in its oil and gas reserves.

There are more than two dozen golf clubs in East Malaysia affiliated to the Malaysian Golf Association, including a couple of offshore clubs on Labuan Island, in Brunei Bay. The 18-hole course at Labuan International Golf Club is an impressive Parslow & Winter design that opened for play at the end of 2013 and, although it’s not currently ranked in our Malaysian listings, we’re keeping a very close eye on it in relation to its future ranking prospects.

Top 100 Golf Courses - East Malaysia

Shan-Shui

1st East Malaysia - Best in Area

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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Dalit Bay

2nd East Malaysia - Best in Area

The Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club golf course at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort is set within a wonderful 400-acre tropical estate which lies between the Tambalang and Mengkabong rivers on the island of Borneo.

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Eastwood Valley

3rd East Malaysia - Best in Area

The course at Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club lies just outside the coastal city of Miri, in northeastern Sarawak, very close to the border with Brunei.

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Damai

4th East Malaysia - Best in Area

The Arnold Palmer-designed Damai Golf and Country Club opened for play in 1996 and it's fashioned in two distinct halves. The Mountain front nine plays through the forested foothills of Mount Santubong and the Ocean homeward nine tumbles down to the South China Sea.

Mount Kinabalu

5th East Malaysia - Best in Area

Set out 5,000 feet above sea level on the Pinosuk Plateau, the course at Mount Kinabalu Golf Club is a mid-1990s Robert Muir Graves layout that somehow defies gravity to cling onto the lower slopes of the highest mountain in Malaysia.