As we all know golf is an international sport loved across the world and played by millions.
One of the fastest growing regions for the sport is Asia and the Asian countries are taking advantage of the growth of the sport and developing golf resorts to rival the best in the world.
One of the regions that has taken advantage of the boom and the need to cater for more than just the local golfer is Malaysia.
The topography of the two islands of Malaysia are perfect for the construction of golf courses and as it stands there are around 200 hundred courses across the nation today.
Unlike neighbours Japan and China, Malaysia is competitively priced and offers more reasonable golf than its competitors. The courses have been moulded through spectacular landscapes and make the most of the natural beauty of the area and it is this landscape and scenery that has attracted some of the biggest names in golf course architecture. Designers include Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Gary Player and the late great Arnold Palmer.
As a visitor to the many resorts you will be treated to some of the finest service and facilities on offer anywhere in the world. A caddy service is almost guaranteed and well worth the extra money, as local knowledge is a must if you want to knock a few strokes of your scores.
The Datai Bay Golf Club is an excellent example of course design, short at just under 6000 metres the course is challenging. Extremely tight fairways are lined with jungle shrubbery and anything that misses the fairway is almost certainly a lost cause. It is advisable to ensure you leave nothing lying around as monkeys are prominent and will snatch anything left unattended. But it is the 19th hole, an extra hole that is unique a par three constructed on the water.
Arguably the best course in Malaysia is the Mines Resort Golf and Country Club which is about 30 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur International airport. Designed by Robert Trent Jones the course is built around what was once the largest open tin mine, now a lake and was host to the 1999 World Cup and a regular host to the Malaysian Open.
A visit to Malaysia wouldn´t be complete without taking in some of the countries cultural delights, and of course visiting the Petronas Towers. Malaysia has much more than spectacular golf courses to offer the tourist and if you are planning a golf trip to Malaysia then be sure to include some sightseeing tours at the same time.
The weather in Malaysia is tropical, hot and humid throughout the year. There is however a contrast with the east having its wettest season between November and February and the West between April and October, so plan your trips wisely and you should be able to enjoy the perfect holiday in this beautiful country.
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