Golf Malaysia Survey of the Best Golf Courses in Malaysia
Kota Permai and Sarawak GC are Tops
The latest Golf Malaysia Course Poll that determined the best golf courses in Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia produced some pleasant surprises, thanks to 5.
In this 2008-2010 survey you have voted by way of our website, at numerous Golf Malaysia competitions, via e-mail, on Facebook and also at the annual GolfFest events.
The 2008-2010 poll was unique, as the voting extended over a three-year period rather than the traditional two-year time frame of the previous polls. In late 2008, Golf Malaysia felt the world’s poor economy was having a negative bearing on the country’s golf courses, especially when it came to maintenance. When the economy started to show signs of recovery in 2009, the decision was made to extend the voting into 2010 with the plan to determine the results in December of 2010 and release the list of winners in early 2011.
When golfers voted they were asked to state their preferences based on the course’s routing, playability, conditions, cleanliness, maintenance, overall landscapes, facilities, services, and the memorable qualities of their rounds.
In the last poll, which gave us winners that reigned from 2008 to 2010, the winner for Peninsular Malaysia was Kota Permai Golf & Country Club and Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai captured the East Malaysia crown.
Since clubs capable of creating overall customer satisfaction year-in-and-year-out tend to garner the votes Kota Permai G&CC was able to retain the top spot as the best course in Peninsular Malaysia by receiving 1,288 votes. In fact Kota Permai’s win makes it three-in-a-row for the 18-hole facility.
If Kota Permai wishes to join Saujana Golf & Country Club’s Palm course in Golf Malaysia’s Hall of Fame for outstanding golf courses it will need to win the next two polls to meet the Fame’s criteria of five-in-a-row. And, if this year is any indication Kota Permai’s task is far from a lock.
With 1,117 votes, Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) displaced Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort (1,003 votes) as Peninsular Malaysia’s second best course and The Mines Resort & Golf Club (1,087) climbed to third to push Clearwater down to fourth.
In the previous poll KLGCC sat at No. 9, but since that poll their West and East courses were completely revamped at a cost of several million Ringgit and the club hosted the 2010 Malaysian Open on the West Course and the inaugural Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia on the East Course. Over the next two years, with their continued hosting of the two professional events and more golfers getting to play their outstanding new layouts KLGCC will give Kota Permai a strong challenge.
The same can also be said of The Mines Resort & Golf Club. While its 18 holes did not undergo major renovation, the condition of the course was brought to its finest in 2010 as the club prepared to host the first US PGA Tour event to come to Malaysia, the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia. The exposure this first-class tournament provided The Mines had it moving from No. 7 to No. 3 in the voting and like KLGCC it will be challenging Kota Permai for the top spot over the next two years.
The most startling news, however, from the latest survey is that there are NINE new ‘faces’ in the Peninsular Malaysia Top 20. Leading the way for the new comers was Saujana Golf & Country Club’s Bunga Raya course (997) in fifth position followed by: Starhill Golf Club (864) No. 12, Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club (861) No. 13, Ayer Keroh Country Club (791) No. 15, Berjaya Hills Golf & Country Club (776) No. 16, Pulai Springs Resort (758) No. 17, The Golf Club, Datai Bay (667) No. 18, The Legends Golf & Country Resort (656) No. 19, and Bukit Jawi Golf Resort (604) No. 20.
Clubs voted out of the top 20 included Staffield Country Resort in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan (3rd previously), Palm Garden Golf Club in Putrajaya (4th), Cinta Sayang Golf & Country Club in Sungai Petani, Kedah (5th), Kajang Hill Golf Club (6th), Sungai Long Golf & Country Club in Kajang (8th), Bukit Jambul Country Club in Pulau Pinang (11th), Kelab Golf Negara Subang in Petaling Jaya (12th), Kelab Golf Rahman Putra in Sungai Buloh (19th) and Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Shah Alam (20th).
The biggest upward moves were made by Tropicana Golf & Country Club (972), which jumped from No. 18 to No. 6 and Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort (892) from 16th to 9th.
The Top 10 East Malaysian Courses from the states of Sabah and Sarawak, had Sarawak Golf Club with 1,821 votes dethroning Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai (1,672) and their jump from No. 7 to No. 1 represented the strongest move among the top 10. The second biggest upward move was Sabah Golf & Country Club (1,411) going from 10th to 5th.
Interestingly, no new courses appeared in the East Malaysia rankings.
While Nexus lost its pole position in Sabah/Sarawak, it did retain the title of Best Golf Resort in Malaysia (814 votes), with Melaka’s A’Famosa second (717) and Sutera Harbour (712) third.
And when it comes to being ‘Memorable’ Sabah’s Tawau Hot Spring Golf Club impressed those who played enough to receive 886 votes to outrank Clearwater Sanctuary who claimed the second spot with 809 votes.
For those who have not played Tawau, be informed that the tough 18-hole layout gets the ‘Memorable’ honour because of its natural jungle settings, cool highland weather, the frequent appearance of majestic hornbillls and more out-of-bounds than any other course in Malaysia.
Clearwater again top in the most scenic category (679), followed by Awana Genting (576), Bukit Unggul (511), Tawau (476) and Berjaya Hills (403).
As for difficulty Klang Valley golfers have to look no future than Kelab Rahman Putra (712) as it is the most difficult course to handle, followed by Orna in Melaka (671), Tanjong Puteri (411), Berjaya Hills (387) and Horizon Hills (355).
In the Most Difficult Hole category readers put Hole 9 on the Lake Nine at Tiara Melaka (788), with another 9th hole, that of The Legends Nicklaus course (702) at No. 2, with Hole 3 Hill Course at Rahman Putra (644), Hole 15 Bukit Jawi (553) and No. 18 at Kinrara (502), in that order.
Darul Ehsan Golf Club was voted (708, as it was in the previous poll), the Best 9-hole Course, followed by Bukit Utama (555), Royal Kampung Kuantan (504), Royal Kedah (467) and Valencia in Sungai Buloh (432).
The Golf Malaysia Course Poll 2011-2012 poll will commence with voting in December 2011 with the results announced in the 2013 February issue of Golf Malaysia magazine.
Total Official Votes Received 5,723 polls
The Top 20 Courses in
Peninsular Malaysia for 2011/2012
1 Kota Permai Golf & Country Club 1,288
2 Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club 1,117
3 The Mines Resort & Golf Club 1,087
4 Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort 1,003
5 Saujana Golf & Country Club (Bunga Raya) 997
6 Tropicana Golf & Country Club 972
7 Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club 936
8 Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah 897
9 Tanjung Puteri Golf Resort 892
10 A’Famosa Golf Resort 883
11 Palm Resort Golf & Country Club 871
12 Starhill Golf & Country Club 864
13 Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club 861
14 Impian Golf & Country Club 812
15 Ayer Keroh Country Club 791
16 Berjaya Hills Golf & Country Club 776
17 Pulai Springs Golf Resort 758
18 The Golf Club, Datai Bay 667
19 The Legends Golf & Country Resort 656
20 Bukit Jawi Golf Resort 604
The Top 10 Course in
East Malaysia Courses for 2011/2012
1 Sarawak Golf Club 1,821
2 Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai 1,672
3 Sutera Harbour Marina G&CC 1,633
4 Tawau Hot Spring Golf Club 1,515
5 Sabah Golf & Country Club 1,411
6 Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club 1,053
7 Shan-Shui Golf & Country Resort 1,007
8 Borneo Golf & Country Club 978
9 Damai Golf & Country Club 844
10 Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club 765
The Most Memorable Golf Courses in Malaysia:
No. 1 Tawau Hot Spring Golf Club 886
No. 2 Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort 809
No. 3 Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club 666
No. 4 The Golf Club, Datai Bay 501
No. 5 (Tied) Berjaya Hills Golf & Country Club 494
No. 5 (Tied) Meru Valley Golf & Country Club 494
The Most Difficult Golf Courses in Malaysia:
No. 1 Kelab Rahman Putra Malaysia 712
No. 2 Orna Golf & Country Club 671
No. 3 Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam 622
No. 4 Tawau Hot Spring Golf Club 607
No. 5 (Tied). Mount Kinabalu Golf Club 599
No. 5 (Tied) Seremban 3 Paradise Valley Golf Resort 599
The Most Difficult Golf Holes in Malaysia:
No. 1 Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club 788
Hole: No. 9 (Lake Nine)
No. 2 The Legends Golf & Country Resort 702
Hole: No. 6 (Nicklaus)
No. 3 Kelab Rahman Putra Malaysia 644
Hole: No. 7 (Hill Course)
No. 4 Bukit Jawi Golf Resort 553
Hole No: 15 (Lake Course)
No. 5 Kinrara Golf Club 502
Hole No: 18
The Most Scenic Golf Courses in Malaysia:
No. 1 Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort 679
No. 2 Awana Genting Highland Golf & C Resort 576
No. 3 Bukit Unggul Country Club 511
No. 4 Tawau Hot Spring Golf Club 476
No. 5 Berjaya Hills Golf & Country Club 403
The Most Scenic Holes in Malaysia:
No. 1 Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club 543
Hole: No. 11
No. 2 The Golf Club, Datai Bay 432
Hole: No. 19
No. 3 Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort 411
Hole: No. 17 (Straight Course)
No. 4 Berjaya Hills Golf & Country Club 387
Hole: No. 17
No. 5 Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club 355
Hole: No. 18
The Best Private Members' Clubs in Malaysia are:
No. 1 Saujana Golf & Country Club 775
No. 2 Sungai Long Golf & Country Club 723
No. 3 Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club 698
No. 4 Royal Selangor Golf Club 664
No. 5 Kelab Golf Negara Subang 621
The Best Golf Resorts in Malaysia are:
No. 1 Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai 814
No. 2 A’Famosa Golf Resort 717
No. 3 Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club 712
No. 4 Berjaya Hills Golf & Country Club 615
No. 5 Palm Resort Golf & Country Club 569
The Best 9-Hole Courses in Malaysia are:
No. 1 Darul Ehsan Golf Club 708
No. 2 Bukit Utama Golf Club 555
No. 3 Royal Kampong Kuantan Golf Club 504
No. 4 Royal Kedah Golf Club 467
No. 5 Valencia Golf Club 432
The Best Maintained Golf Courses in Malaysia are:
No. 1 Kota Permai Golf & Country Club 931
No. 2 Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club 807
No. 3 Impian Golf & Country Club 714
No. 4 Sungai Long Golf & Country Club 574
No. 5 Sabah Golf & Country Club 490
The Best Clubhouse/Facilities in Malaysia are:
No. 1 Saujana Golf & Country Club 770
No. 2 Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club 721
No. 3 Tropicana Golf & Country Club 653
No. 4 Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah 620
No. 5 Glenmarie Golf & Country Club 544
The Best Customer Service Clubs in Malaysia are:
No. 1 Kota Permai Golf & Country Club 721
No. 2 Palm Resort Golf & Country Club 617
No. 3 Tropicana Golf & Country Club 576
No. 4 Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah 437
No. 5 Penang Golf Resort 422