Golfing in Penang

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o     Golfing & Golf Courses in Penang: Malaysia, a land renowned for its diverse attractions, is rapidly emerging as South-East Asia's latest golfing haven. With almost 200 golf courses currently available around the country, Malaysia has bloomed as the ideal destination for combining a memorable vacation with an exciting game of golf. Here we take a look at some of the finest golf courses in Penang, Malaysia:

 

Ø  Bukit Jambul Golf and Country Club: Bukit Jambul Country Club is now one of Malaysia's most prestigious golf clubs. Boasting a stunning 18-hole, 5763m, par 72 golf course, it is acclaimed as one of the 'Top Ten Golf Courses in Malaysia' and is among the toughest and tightest courses here in Malaysia. It is also a very popular venue for tournaments in the region.

 

Its captivating views of the island are unrivalled, especially from the 10th Hole which was cited 'The Most Beautiful Hole' in Malaysia. From a 130-acre hilly and rocky jungle, it is conveniently adjacent to Equatorial Hotel and a mere 10 minutes drive from Penang's International Airport. Bukit Jambul got its name from the species of bird which makes its home on the hill or bukit.

Tel: 04-644 2255

Ø  Bukit Jawi Golf Resort: The Club is located only just a 20 minutes drive away from Penang Bridge and from Kulim, and 30 minutes drive from Penang Airport and from Sungei Petani.

This resort
is also one of the venues for the inaugural launch of the Penang Golf Circuit. Formerly an oil palm plantation, this golf resort boasts a distinct 36-hole course designed by Wong Yew Kuan and a futuristic looking clubhouse designed by Lawrence Loh. Golfers have the choice of the Hills Course or the Lakes Course. While both have 18 holes, the Hills Course is more challenging. The Resort also offers a whole range of other recreational facilities such as swimming pool, spa pool, gymnasium, 4 squash courts, 6 tennis courts, snooker and multi-purpose hall.

Tel: 04-582 2612

Ø  Penang Golf Resort: Stretching across 500 acres of lush greenery, Penang Golf Resort is strategically located in the heart of the Kepala Batas township in northern Seberang Perai. For seasoned golfers the sprawling acres of Penang Golf Resort is a must. This 36-hole golf course is developed by Penang Golf Resort Bhd and designed by Former Malaysian and US Senior Open champion Graham Marsh. The course integrates real estate with golf course development, with a layout that exudes a striking balance of development and nature.

Golf aside, Penang Golf Resort is also an ideal family getaway. The elegant clubhouse comprises a variety of exclusive facilities such as a pro shop, swimming pool, tennis courts, gymnasium, games room, children's playground, computer room and karaoke room among others.

Ø  Kristal Golf Resort: Located in 287 acres of lush greenery, this 18-hole international par excellence golf course, is simply breath-taking as it is crafted according to the natural flow and undulations of a scenic valley. This sprawling Malaysian-Japanese joint-venture is in Sungai Bakap, just 24 km from the Prai end of the Penang Bridge. Designed by the Japanese Firm Eiwa Sekkei, and aided by 1973 Malaysian Open champion Hideyo Sugimoto, this magnificent course artfully uses the natural climbs and drops in its hilly terrain. The first few holes are easy but golfers are in for a challenge ahead, especially the water-lined stretch from Hole 14 to Hole 17.

Kristal offers two clubhouses - the main Golfer's Clubhouse which is the golfing focal point, and the Family Clubhouse, located at the highest point of the resort some 100 metres above sea level. The facilities at both are excellent and include superb F&B outlets serving Oriental, Western and Japanese cuisine; changing rooms; Japanese O'Furo baths; a swimming pool with jacuzzi and water slides plus comprehensive sports and recreational facilities.


Tel: 04-399 8661

A golfing holiday in Penang guarantees that memories will linger long after the game ends.

 

o     Water Sports: Beach hotels provide facilities for a host of water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, parasailing, canoeing and speedboat rides. The uninhabited islands of Pulau Bidan, Pulau Telur and Pulau Song Song off Batu Ferringhi are ideal for snorkeling and fishing. Trips to these islands can be arranged by the hotels or local tour agents.

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