Situated in Sedenak, Johor, the Legends Golf and Country Resort is just a 40-minute drive from Singapore, on the Second Causeway, via the North-South Highway. This resort was originally going to feature three 18-hole championship golf courses, designed by some of the biggest names in golf, however, as things stand, there is one 18-hole course and one 9-hole course completed.
The 18-hole championship course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is 6,710 metres, playing to a par-72. The course was completed in June 1997 and has been regularly ranked as the top golf course in the Johor region and one of the best in the whole of Malaysia.
The front nine of the course feature predominantly hilly terrain, with plenty of elevation changes and bunkers to contend with. However, although there are trees lining many of the fairways, in addition to the neighbouring palm oil plantation, the course actually has a feeling of being very open.
Each hole offers a different challenge at Legends Golf and Country Resort but a common feature are the elevated tee boxes, which mean a downward drive onto the fairway. Many of the greens on the front nine are quite small, making approach play key to scoring well. Perhaps the pick of the holes on the outward nine is the par-5 6th, where the hole drops 100 feet down from the tee, to a green which is sandwiched between two lakes. The bigger hitters can reach the green in two, if they dare.
The back nine presents a tougher challenge than the front nine, with water a significant hazard, especially from the 11th hole, through to the 17th. On each of these holes, water comes into play on every tee shot and can be quite daunting yet very beautiful at the same time. Look out for the monkeys, which are often seen patrolling the par-5, 16th hole.
The 9-hole, Arnold Palmer design, also offers some spectacular, tropical scenery and provides a good challenge to golfers of all abilities. This was opened in 2009 and a Gary Player designed course may follow suit, as the Legends Golf and Country Resort continue to develop towards their original goal of having three championship courses in place.
In addition to the two current golf courses, there is a spacious 110,000 square foot clubhouse, with luxurious changing rooms, pro shop, steam rooms, sauna, Chinese restaurant and large, outdoor legends terrace.