Kuala Lumpur Golf
Golf in Kuala Lumpur
With its stable hot and humid weather, the Kuala Lumpur golf scene is a thriving all-year industry, particularly popular with retirees, working professionals and urban dwellers. You can expect to find beautiful golf clubs with large courses and pleasant greens all over KL, ranging from luxury resorts with platinum level greens, to age-old fields in the heart of the city.
Each is unique with its own challenging and well-maintained obstacles and terrain, such as sand traps, water hazards, and cleverly-placed pins, plus each venue comes with some of the most family friendly facilities you will ever come across. Topping the list of our favourite places to play golf in Kuala Lumpur is the Royal Selangor Golf Club – established in 1893, it has been the venue of international tournaments, with members ranging from corporate giants and industrial heavyweights, to cabinet ministers and foreign diplomats.
Bukit Jalil Golf & Country Resort
The Bukit Jalil Golf Course is located within easy reach of Kuala Lumpur via the Kesas Highway. Situated on 165 acres of testing, undulating terrain, this 18-hole layout was designed by Max Wexler, with green surroundings. Designed to blend harmoniously with nature, it truly is a golfer's haven.
The courses are tough, but not frustrating to play. You will find, as you negotiate the greens, that the course has the right balance of challenge and delight. There's also a nearby 60-bay, 2-tier driving range for enthusiasts to practise their swings. The clubhouse, on the other hand, offers excellent recreational and rest facilities.
Bukit Unggul Country Club
In a valley high above Bangi, the Bukit Unggul Country Club offers some of the most spectacular golfing experiences in the Klang Valley. Carved out of the natural terrain of valleys and hills, it has a strong reputation for preserving the natural surroundings. Bukit Unggul's most picturesque hole is Hole 10, dubbed the waterfall hole. This par-5, 476m from the blue tee, plays to a dogleg left. Tee off in front of a beautiful waterfall into a blind drop. The approach shot offers the spectacular sight of slightly elevated greens surrounded by a ring of trees.
The club's signature hole is at 375m, par-5, Hole 11; a breathtaking play through a jungle valley with a series of decks and ridges leading to the green. The putting surface undulates and a bunker eagerly sits in wait of hooked-approach shots on the left. Par is an excellent score on this hole. This course is just perfect for those who want a challenge. Beginners may lose a lot of balls, but the scenery and setting is a boon. Bukit Unggul's other facilities include nine-hole night golfing, a pro-shop and putting green.
Glenmaria Golf & Country Club
The Glenmarie Club consists of a pair of lovely courses, called the Garden and Valley Courses, located within the Pan Pacific Glenmarie Resort. Both are designed by Max Wexler, with the Garden Course being the longer of the two, at 7017 yards, par 72 from the back tees. Due to its length, buggies are mandatory for play. The Garden Course is floodlit to enable night-time golfing. As there are two lakes on the course, do be aware of potential water hazards.
Kelab Golf Sentul Raya
Kelab Golf Sentul Raya is one of the oldest clubs in Malaysia, dating as far back as 1928. Chris Pitman and Douglas Lee re-designed its nine-hole course in 1997, when the whole club underwent an extensive renovation. Sentul Raya is located north to the city and is opened to the public. It has a very tight and challenging layout with plenty of water hazards and bunkers placing the onus on accurate shots, so take care not to let the magnificent views of the city's skyline distract you!
Kota Permai Golf & Country Club
This course is all about superb layout and excellent facilities. This immaculately Watson-designed is stimulating and challenging, and has been the venue for the prestigious Volvo Masters of Malaysia for the last few years. Kota Permai is easily accessible via the KESAS highway and just a 10 minute drive from Subang Jaya as it is part of the new township of Kota Kemuning. Take note of its interesting mix of grasses - the greens are typically Tifdwarf, while the fairways are turffed with "Matrella", a strain of Zoysia.
Royal Selangor Golf Club
Established in 1893, the Royal Selangor Golf Club is one of Malaysia's most well-known golf clubs. Also know as RSGC, the club has played a large role in influencing the golfing landscape of Malaysia. Today, its members include corporate giants, industrial heavy-weights, Cabinet ministers, foreign diplomats and any one with the income to play golf. The club has also been the venue for many international tournaments.
The club has a 45-hole golf course which comprises two 18-hole courses and a short 9-hole course. Located along Tun Razak road in the heart of the city, the Royal Selangor Golf Course is also a well-landscaped area, with rich natural surroundings permeated by the call of birds and chatter of monkeys.
The course can also be reached from a few points in the city, making it very accessible.
Saujana Golf & Country Club
The Saujana is one Malaysia's finest golf courses, with international recognition among world-class players. Sand traps, water hazards, and cleverly-placed pins are some of the challenges on this course. Some of the courses include the Palm Course, aptly dubbed "The Cobra" for its testing and challenging layout. The course plays 6565 yards off the blue tees and 6959 yards from the black. It has the most talked about greens in Malaysia, as putting on the greens is no mean feat.
On the other hand, the Bunga Raya Course or "The Crocodile" is about wide expanses of water and undulating greenery with a terrific sense of freedom created by its clever use of space. Although the course does not have many ravines ands thick woods, it looks deceptively easy. Many have undermined it and fumbled at this challenge.