West Malaysia

The South China Sea divides Malaysia’s two distinct geographical regions: East Malaysia on the island of Borneo and West Malaysia, also known as the Malay Peninsula or Peninsula Malaysia. West Malaysia comprises of eleven states and two federal territories in an area covering just over 50,000 square miles. The Thai border forms a boundary to the north and the island of Singapore lies immediately to the south, separated from West Malaysia by the Johore Strait.

Around 25 million people live in this region, a large proportion reside in and around the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, which is one of Southeast Asia’s most progressive metropolitan areas. The thickly wooded Titiwangsa Mountains form the backbone of the Malay Peninsula, running north to south, with the Straits of Malacca off the west coast acknowledged as one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

Almost one hundred and twenty West Malaysian clubs are affiliated to the Malaysian Golf Association (more than 80% of its membership) so it will probably come as no surprise to learn that the vast majority of courses featured in our national chart are also from the same geographical location, with 18-hole layouts around the capital claiming most of the highest ranking positions.

Top 100 Golf Courses - West Malaysia

TPC Kuala Lumpur (West)

1st West Malaysia - Best in Area

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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Description: 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. Rating: 5 out of 6

Els Club - Teluk Datai

2nd West Malaysia - Best in Area

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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Description: 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... Rating: 4 out of 6

Clearwater Sanctuary (Raintree & Lakes)

3rd West Malaysia - Best in Area

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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Description: 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. Rating: 1 out of 6

The Mines

4th West Malaysia - Best in Area

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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Description: 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... Rating: 4 out of 6

Els Club Desaru Coast (Ocean)

5th West Malaysia - Best in Area

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 West Malaysia - Best in Area

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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Kota Permai

7th West Malaysia - Best in Area

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

8th West Malaysia - Best in Area

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)

9th West Malaysia - Best in Area

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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Palm Garden

10th West Malaysia - Best in Area

Situated in Putrajaya, Malaysia's administrative centre, the popular golf facility at Palm Garden Golf Club is owned and operated by Resort Villa Golf Course Berhad.

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Description: Situated in Putrajaya, Malaysia's administrative centre, the popular golf facility at Palm Garden Golf Club is owned and operated by Resort Villa Golf Course Berhad. Rating: 5 out of 6