Travel about an hour towards the South China Sea from Kota Kinabalu City along the Beaufort motorway and you will come across the Borneo Golf and Country Club. The par 72, 7159 yard 18-hole championship golf course is arguably the jewel in the crown for golf in this region.
Opened in 1997 and designed by the legendary golfer and course designer Jack Nicklaus the course boasts some of the finest holes you will find.
Nicklaus renowned for his golf course designs has created one of the best yet here in Borneo Golf and Country Club a semi private club that has the complete set-up required for tournament golf.
The clubhouse is large and more than sufficient for the needs of visiting golfers and club members alike. Facilities within the clubhouse include a golfer’s lounge where your every need is catered for, a well-equipped pro shop with a resident pro on hand to offer advice and a superb practice facility which includes a driving range and short game practice area. Swimming, tennis and fishing can also be enjoyed on the resort which is neighboured by a large hotel which is perfect for golfers wishing to base themselves outside of Kota Kinabalu.
Built over 200 acres the course takes advantage of the natural lagoon which Nicklaus has cleverly integrated into his design, the abundant water, waste areas and large bunkers, a Nicklaus design trait, make for a visually dramatic layout. The rolling fairways are a joy to see and play with tight knit roots to ensure an almost certain good lie. The greens can be extremely fast, especially during a dry spell and are treacherous.
With its location close to the seafront the course invariably as some holes that play along the shoreline offering not only a challenge for the golfer but also stunning views out across the South China Sea.
One of the challenges golfers will undoubtedly face when visiting The Borneo Golf and Country Club is the sea breezes. Nicklaus upon designing this courses ensured that the style closely followed that of the great Links courses of the United Kingdom and in doing insured that the wind would definitely become a huge player throughout the game.
It is this ingenious design that allows golfers of all levels to enjoy this wonderful course to the maximum.
A round here will not disappoint and it is absolutely no surprise that the course is gaining worldwide recognition as one of the best courses in Malaysia. It is a course that has the Nicklaus signature to it and it is definitely a course he can be proud of.