Cinta Sayang is a popular 4-star resort in Sungai Petani and their “home grown” 18-hole golf course is routed across a generous 190-acre site. It’s a surprisingly solid layout despite its lack of architectural pedigree.
Berjaya Hills Golf & Country Club (formerly Bukit Tinggi G&CC) is a 1995 J Michael Poellot design that has hosted a number of important amateur championships. The two closing holes provide an exciting climax to the round.
Set at the southernmost tip of the Malaysian peninsula, the Palm Resort Golf & Country Club boasts three courses. Most consider the Hiromasa Inagawa-designed Cempaka layout – host to the 2005 Asian Senior Masters – to be the premier layout.
The original 9-hole course at Johor Golf & Country Club was laid out in 1968 by Dato' Ahmad Adam and a second nine was added in 1974. The club hosted the Iskandar Johor Open between 2007-2009 with K.J Choi and Retief Goosen among notable winners.
The 18-hole Robert Trent Jones II-designed Pulai course is the main golfing attraction at the impressive 27-hole Pulai Springs Resort. A feature hole is the par three 13th with its unusual island tees.
Set within an old oil palm estate, the Plantation course at the 54-hole Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort was designed by Max Wexler, opening in 1992. The 18-hole layout is floodlit, which allows golfers to play in the cool of the evening.
The fairways at the Cameron Highlands Golf & Country Club lie 5,000 feet above sea level, carved from the forested Malaysian mountains, and some think the course began as a 6-hole layout in 1935, with others citing a 1950s date of origin.
At Kelab Rahman Putra Malaysia, there are thirty-six holes available to golfers on two championship courses, “The Lakes” and “The Hills,” both of which were unveiled to the golfing public in 1987.
Originally formed in 1991 as Kelab Golf Perak Darul Ridzuan, the Valley nine was the first of three 9-hole loops to open followed by the Waterfall circuit in 1993. The club changed its name to Meru Valley Golf & Country Club in 1998.
Japanese owned and built by Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., the 36 holes at Starhill Golf & Country Club, Bintang and Bukit, are two contrasting 18-holers with the walkable Bintang widely considered to be superior to the hilly, cart only, Bukit.