Johor is renowned for its white-sand beaches and outlying islands but it also offers some of the best golf courses in Malaysia and the 20 or more golf courses in Johor are usually pretty empty during the week Johore is an ideal place for a golf holidays.
Here is our pick of the best golf courses in Johor:
Ponderosa Golf & Country Club in Johor Bahru is an 18-hole, par 72 course in a very picturesque location surrounded by lush tropical rainforest framed by the panoramic hills.
Austin Hills Golf Resort is very close to the Johor causeway and offers 27 holes spread over 200 hectares with amazing views from the huge clubhouse sitting on top of the hill overlooking the course.
The Palm Resort Golf & Country Club is located very close to Senai airport and features three 18-hole championship golf courses – the Allamanda, Cempaka and Melati which each offer a very different challenge.
Poreasia Country Club is the closest golf course to the second crossing at Tuas. It offers 36 holes designed by Pete Dye with four interchangeable nines: Hibiscus, Orchid, Sakura and Bougainvillea.
Located at the foot of Mount Pulai, the Pulai Springs Resort which was once ranked amongst the top 50 golf courses in the world is home to two wonderful championship golf courses offering great views over the surrounding countryside
The three layouts at Tanjong Puteri are all quite challenging and have been designed to blend with their natural surroundings as they wind their way between the lush jungle and numerous water hazards.
The Legends Golf & Country Resort was supposed to feature three courses, each designed by the three legends of Golf: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. In the end only the Jack Nicklaus and 9 holes of the Gary Player courses were ever completed. The Jack Nicklaus course is a very attractive design in open countryside with numerous elevation changes and has often been voted the best golf course in Johor.
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Johor is renowned for its white-sand beaches and outlying islands but it also offers some of the best golf courses in Malaysia and the 20 or more golf courses in Johor are usually pretty empty during the week Johore is an ideal place for a golf holidays.\n
Here is our pick of the best golf courses in Johor:\n
Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club was developed at a cost of $10 million US and was opened for business in May 2008. The course was designed by world renowned Australian golf course architect, Ross Watson and there are many standout features for golfers to enjoy. The championship course measures in at 6,271 metres and plays to a par-72, with Bermuda greens and paspalum fairways.\n
The greens are very quick and undulating, providing a real test with the putter. Having the ability to read a green well, will certainly be useful at Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club, because this will be where many shots are gained or lost. Many of the holes have quite significant elevation changes, from tee to green and this makes club selection very important. Also, many of the fairways feature large bunkers and water is prevalent throughout the course, with perhaps the par-4, fourth hole being the pick of the front nine.\n
Much of the golf course at Horizon Hills is built on Watson’s famous ‘risk and reward’ philosophy and the fourth hole is no exception. The view from the elevated tee is both fantastic and daunting in equal measure and although it’s a short hole for a par-4, the dogleg right and the water hazard, which stretches the length of the hole, past the green, makes the fourth hole at Horizon Hills a great experience to play. The choice is simple, play safe to the left but leave a longer second shot to the green, which will make it difficult to keep the ball on the putting surface or risk cutting off as much of the water as possible, leaving a nice sand wedge approach, which can be easily controlled.\n
These are the choices faced by visitors to Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club and it all adds up to a tremendous golfing experience. Additional facilities include a lovely clubhouse complex, boasting an Olympic size swimming pool, gym and tennis courts. There is also the golfer’s Terrace, serving cuisine from around the world, plus a bar, café and Chinese restaurant.\n
Horizon Hills is a gated township development located in Iskandar Puteri, Johor Bahru District, Johor, Malaysia. There are many homes in the township and the majority have been built in clusters, to encourage community spirit and there are also lakes, parks and gardens for the residents to enjoy. However, the pick of the facilities in Horizon Hills, has to be the golf course.',
The 27 holes are divided in to three sets, of nine holes, called the Palm Course, Putra Course and IOI Course. Each set of nine holes offers a different challenge and the Palm Course, which is 3,012 metres long, is renowned for its hilly layout, featuring plenty of doglegs and water hazards. There are a number of lovely ponds situated throughout the course, which add to the spectacle of the round but can also become dangerous for those who are less than accurate off the tee.\n
The Putra Course is the second longest set of nine at Palm Villa at a distance of 3,097 metres and is surrounded by a number of properties. This course is not as hilly as the Palm, so if a less undulating layout is what you prefer, the Putra Course may be the better choice out of the two. However, each hole on the Putra Course is narrow and therefore presents a different challenge, with rough present on both sides of the fairway.\n
The third set of nine is the IOI Course and this is longest course at Palm Villa, measuring at 3,253 metres. This is often referred to as being the most challenging course, featuring the longest hole and a number of doglegs, in addition to water hazards and well protected greens. The IOI Course really does have it all.\n
All three courses come complete with native palm trees and there is also a magnificent view of Gunung Pulai, a stunning tree-clad mountain in the distance.\n
The two story clubhouse comes complete with changing rooms, lockers, pro shop and terrace, in addition to hosting other activities, such as pool, tennis, badminton and table tennis. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, sauna and gym, meaning there is plenty to keep you occupied, both on and off the golf course.\n
In terms of dining, the Mercury Café is open all week, offering a mix of Malaysia and Western Cuisine, which can be enjoyed with a lovely view of the golf course below.\n
Palm Villa, due to its location, is very accessible for those living in Malaysia and those visiting from further afield. For a good variation of holes and distant views, it’s hard to beat.\n
Situated just a 30-minute drive from Singapore, in Jalan Indah Utama, Bandar Putra, 81000 Kulai, Johor Darul Takzimis, is the 27-hole golf course at Palm Villa. A prestigious development by the Industrial Oxygen Incorporated Group, Palm Villa was built in 1998 and is designed by Rick Robbins.\n
There are three distinct, 18-hole championship golf courses to enjoy at Palm Resort Golf and Country Club, which opened for business in 1994. Although all three courses were designed by Hiromasa Inagawa, there is enough to differentiate each of them, that they are all worth playing when staying at the resort.\n
Each course is named after the flora of Malaysia and as a result, they are called Allamanda, Cempaka and Melati. Each course is based on the natural rolling hills and picturesque lakes of the region and water is often a feature on numerous holes around the golf club, with large bunkers coming in to play off the tee and on approach to the green.\n
The Allamanda Course played host to the Johnnie Walker Super Tour in 1998 and World Cup qualifiers in 2002 and 2004. The scenery on this golf course is fantastic, with well-maintained Tifdwarf Bermuda greens, adding to the large sand bunkers and water features. Fairways are often undulating, with changes in elevation and doglegs situated throughout.\n
The Cempaka course is the one which is used most regularly for local tournaments and measures 7,156 yards from the pro tees. Water, which appears on half of the 18 holes and narrows fairways, are the standout features of the Cempaka Course and the island fairway on the 9th hole, requires plenty of attention.\n
The Melati Course plays more like a links course and is the longest out of the three. There are a total of 68 bunkers and water comes in to play on six holes. The par-5, 15th hole is said to be the longest in Malaysia, at 684 yards and the largest bunker in Malaysia is reputed to be on the par-3, second hole. Due to the elevated tees, there are plenty of tremendous views of the surrounding area to be enjoyed, when playing the Melati Course.\n
In addition to the three golf courses, the Palm Resort Golf and Country Club offers a driving range, short game practice facilities, clubhouse and fitness centre, making it the perfect venue for a long weekend of golf.\n
Palm Resort Golf and Country Club is situated in an enviable location, just off Jalan Jumbo, on the southernmost tip of the Malaysia Peninsular. The Golf club is just a 3-minute drive from Johor Bahru\'s Sultan Ismail Airport and less than an hour away from Singapore, using the second Link Expressway, making it very accessible to both visitors and those living in the region.',
Permas Jaya Golf Club is a nine hole, par-36 golf course, playing to a total yardage of 3,125 on the blue tees, 2,910 on the white tees and 2,655 on the red tees. It was designed by Desoro Sdn Bhd and opened for business in 1994.\n
The course consists of five par-4 holes, two par-3 holes and two par-5 holes. The longest hole on the course is the 485 yard third hole, which has a slight dogleg left of the tee and a large bunker in play down the left side of the fairway. The green is guarded by a pond, which stretches across the front of the whole green, so anything under hit will be severely punished.\n
Water is also present on the par-3 fifth hole, where the green is reached with a tee shot over the hazard and the par-5 seventh hole, where the fairway is split in two, by a large expanse of water.\n
Perhaps the most intriguing hole, is the par-4 sixth, which does not feature any hazards of note but has a turn mid-way down the fairway, of over 90 degrees. This gives players little choice but to play a lay-up style shot off the tee and then attack the green from that position.\n
In addition to the golf course, Permas Jaya Golf Club has a clubhouse, with a pro shop, cafeteria, bistro and pub. There is also a two tier driving range, putting practice green, pitching and chipping practice green and a practice bunker.\n
The golf course is always in good condition and the bulk of the holes are easy to medium difficulty. Permas Jaya Golf Club offers great value for money and is worth a visit if staying in the Johor Bahru region.\n
Permas Jaya Golf Club is located just 10 minutes away from the centre of Johor Bahru, making it a very convenient golfing destination in Malaysia. It is also within driving distance of Singapore, so reaching Permas Jaya Golf Club is very straight forward. Within the vicinity, there are a number of shopping malls, with all the popular stores and supermarkets available and there are plenty of hotels, from luxury to budget on offer. This may be important for some because there are no facilities to stay overnight at the golf club, so it’s good to know there are plenty of options in the area.',
Tucked away in a lovely suburb of Johor Bahru, Ponderosa Golf and Country Club is just a 15-minute drive from Johor Bahru city centre and is straight forward to reach, via the main Tebrau Highway or via the Eastern Dispersal Link. The golf club is also close to Johor\'s international theme parks, which makes it a great choice, especially if when visiting the area with family.\n
The par-3 holes are actually quite long, with the 12th hole over 200 metres in length and many of the fairways are built around hills, which makes tee shots more difficult than they may seem at first. The wind has also been known to play a part during a round at Ponderosa, so do not be deceived by the lack of length, as this course is certainly not a walk in the park.\n
The 7th, 9th and 16th are the pick of the holes here. The par-3, 7th hole features a tee shot over a large pond, which stretches all the way alongside the green. There are also plenty of matured Khaya trees to the left of the green, which is small and undulating.\n
The par-5, 9th hole, offers a different challenge altogether, with trees, a creek, hollows, a high-lipped fairway bunker, narrow green-approach, greenside bunkers and a large undulating putting surface, making it the most difficult hole on the course.\n
Finally, the par-4, 16th hole, features a dogleg to the left and large pond, with waterfalls, which runs to the green. Those with a long drive, may be able to hit over the water, to make the approach to the well-contoured green, that much shorter.\n
Other facilities at Ponderosa Golf and Country Club, include a pro shop, driving range, tennis courts, Olympic size swimming pool and Chinese restaurant. Furthermore, with floodlights in place, it’s possible to play the course in low light.\n
The golf course at Ponderosa Golf and Country Club was originally designed by Max Wexler and later re-modelled by Ronald Fream, in 1996. The 18-hole course measures 6,467 metres from the black tees, with a choice of an additional three tee positions, which are blue, white and red. The length of the course may seem short to some but the plethora of water and sand traps, coupled with the testing undulating greens, make Ponderosa a good test, for players of all abilities. Indeed, strategic thinking plays a big part during a round of golf at Ponderosa.',
There is a choice of two championship golf courses available to play at Pulai Springs Resort. The first and perhaps the more popular, is the Pulai Course, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr and opened for business in 1993. This is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course, playing at 6819 yards from the championship tees.\n
One of the key features of the Pulai Course is the bunkering and the majority of holes are played on undulating fairways, with trees lining both sides. The fairways themselves are quite wide and will be very tempting to the big hitters but as mentioned above, bunkers loom, ready to punish anything which is not accurate. The tee boxes are elevated, which gives players a good look at the hole in-front of them and so are the greens, although these are protected well by deep bunkering throughout. Water is in play on five of the back nine holes.\n
The second course at the Pulai Springs Resort is called the Melana Course and this was designed by Peter Dalkeith Scott. The Melana Course opened in 1993 and is an 18-hole, par 72 course, measuring in at 6582 yards. The front nine of this course is set in natural and attractive jungle, with palm oil plantation scenery. The back nine drifts more towards the housing development of the resort but in doing so, offers a nice contrast.\n
The layout of the Melana Course is tight and undulating, with the most significant elevation changes coming on the front nine and towards the end of the back nine holes. The greens can be small and present a challenge with the number of slops present, meaning a two putt often comes as relief.\n
The clubhouse boasts men’s and ladies changing rooms, Jacuzzi, rock showers, steam rooms, saunas and a golfer’s terrace, serving food and drink. It’s also possible to stay at the Pulai Springs Resort, with a choice of rooms available, ranging from studio suites to four bedroom suites.\n
Nestled amongst the splendid foothills of Mount Pulai in Johor, Pulai Springs Resort enjoys the Malaysian flora and fauna, whilst being close to all the main attractions of the Johor Bahru region. The resort has been designed in the style of an ancient royal Malay palace and offers breath-taking views of the surrounding area. Located just 25 kilometres from Johor Bahru centre and 1 hour from Singapore, Pulai Springs Resort is very each to reach.',
Each of the golf courses at Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort play through palm oil plantations and rolling hills. There are mangroves, water-ways and natural forest throughout and all three courses are very well maintained.\n
The plantation Course was the first to welcome visitors and plays to a length of 6,454 metres. There are still signs of the oil plantation and fruit grooves, which were used by the villages and these are incorporated in to the landscape. The majority of oil palm and fruit trees can be seen along both sides of the fairway, especially along holes 4, 6, 7, 14, 15 and 17, where it’s possible to spot mango and coconut palms, among others.\n
The Village Course, opened in August 1994 and was also part of the original palm oil plantation in this area. The Kampongs (villages) which people lived in to work on these plantations can still be seen on the 6th, 11th and 12th holes, one of which dates back to the 17th Century. Water plays a large part on the Village Course, with thirteen of the eighteen holes featuring water along either the fairway or greens. The total length of the course is 6,399 metres.\n
The Straits Course, as the name suggests, follows the coastline of the Straits of Johor. This is the latest addition to Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort and is also the shortest layout, playing to 6,185 metres. The mangrove swamps provide much of the backdrop on this golf course and if there are high tides, the swamp water can be brought into play on some of the holes, such as the second hole. In addition to swamp land, the Straits Course has very undulating terrain and if the sea breeze picks up, can offer the toughest challenge of the three courses.\n
Other facilities at Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort include a 52-bay driving range, practice green, large clubhouse and four restaurants. It’s also possible to stay at the resort, so if you are planning to play all three golf courses, this would be a good option.\n
Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort is a large complex in Johor, featuring a choice of three championship golf courses. Located along the water, on the straits of Johor, Tanjong Puteri is close to Pasir Gudang new town and can easily be reached from Johor Bahru in little over 30 minutes. The golf courses were designed by Max Wexler and Akira Mamiya and opened in 1992.\n