Langkawi is set to become a major golfing destination and now boasts three of the best golf courses in Malaysia and one of the great attractions of playing golf in Langkawi is the fact the courses are virtually empty – especially during the week. Discover golf in Langkawi and its wonderful golf courses before everyone else does.
99 East Golf Club
The 99 East Golf Club is a new golf course in Langkawi with many challenging shots that offer beautiful views and link style holes with rolling forest.
East Golf lies between Pantai Centang and Kuah Town. It’s the first Malaysian course that’s managed by Troon Golf, an American based firm. This man made course has a natural feel to it made up of forests, orchard valleys and wetlands.
You play uphill to the high point on the opening holes, the views here are spectacular. The par-5 6th travels down towards the forest with valleys below. Along the ocean the holes mimic Scottish links with native wild grasses and reeds around the holes. There are some rice terraces around the course, just to remind you you’re not on a British course.
This course provides its share of challenges, from the waving forests to the flat ocean holes, swept by the wind which can give you an average score. But the holes have been well designed and with the breezes and magnificent views, the score doesn’t seem to matter.
Gunung Raya Golf Resort
A good golf course, that’s perhaps not outstanding, but offers good play for high handicappers. It’s hot, so come prepared. Tucked away in the foothills on a former rubber plantation it’s provides an interesting day’s golf.
The Gunung has been designed by the American Max Wexler and it’s an interesting addition to the Langkawi golfing scene. It’s built on a rubber plantation on 300 acres of land.
The first tee is elevated with a dog-leg on the right. There are some excellent views here from this elevated position. The fairways come with Bermuda grass and are wide enough to play comfortably. There aren’t too many hazards, remarkably, but the par-3 7ths over 200 yards is difficult with tiered green with bunkers all around with breezes coming to make things even harder.
There’s more foliage as you go along and the 10th comes with a long par-5 dog-leg and comes with water down the left side. There’s a fairway with its fair share of bunkers, and the ground is quite tough and thick and you could lose your ball easily. The drainage is questionable so there are some soggy parts to avoid. You need to make sure you have water and sunblock as the heat here is phenomenal. The trees are still quite young so don’t really offer any shelter.
This is a good golf course that’s not exceptional but provides a good round of golf. It would be a good idea to come when the weather is cooler so as to make for a more comfortable game.
The Els Club Teluk Datai
The Els Club opened in the early nineties and was voted the most scenic golf course in Malaysia and then nominated as one of the best golf resorts in Asia.
The Els Club Teluk Datai has much to recommend it with two votes as the best scenic golf course in Malaysia and the best golf resort in Asia. If that’s not enough it was also voted Best Top ten Golf Course in Malaysia by Asian Golf Monthly in 2009. During the period 20-12-13 the course was renovated and opened for play this year in 2014.
It’s clearly one of the most unique golf courses in Malaysia. It’s in the northern part of Langkawi with the Andaman Sea and 8,000 acres. It travels through a rainforest that’s at least a million years old, that moves towards the Andaman Sea. Above, we have the peaks of Mat Cincang Mountains. Streams run throughout the golf course and you could lose your concentration if you look into the face of the mountain or lose yourself in the rainforest. The views really are that spectacular.
The golf is excellent not hindered by the fact that the entire reserve is protected. There are many different varieties of trees and plants including tropical hardwoods, broad-leafed plants, palms, parasitic vines and bougainvillea. There’s wildlife too with monkeys and other animals living around the course.
This is a par-72 championship course with nearly 7,000 yards from the tip for both beginners and more experienced players. There’s uphill and downhill play with sloping fairways and undulating greens. The fairways are wide enough for good bunkering. The breath-taking supply of proud trees line the fairways.
The landscape of this course is hilly but flat on the front-nine. The sharp dog-leg par-5 8th is exceptional. There are some more slopes on the back nine. The 15th has an awesome closing stretch with a downhill plunge par-3. The par-4 16th comes with giant trees reaching over to trip your ball as it travels; the signature hole is a 17yard par-3 over the Andaman Sea. Then back uphill with a par-3 followed up with a short par-5 closure.
The course is managed by Troon Golf and comes with excellent service that is of an international standard. The facilities and locker room are exemplary as are the Pro Shop and food and drink. You can hire golf equipment, and golf carts are included in your fees. The green fees are quite expensive but the golf here in Malaysia is of a high standard. If you love nature and you love golf, then this is a match made in heaven and a must visit course.
Langkawi is set to become a major golfing destination and now boasts three of the best golf courses in Malaysia and one of the great attractions of playing golf in Langkawi is the fact the courses are virtually empty – especially during the week. Discover golf in Langkawi and its wonderful golf courses before everyone else does.\n
At the moment the course only offers 9 holes for play but work as already started on another 9 holes which are expected to be open by the end of 2015 together with the new clubhouse to take over from the temporary structure.\n
From the elevated opening tee box you get wonderful views over the surrounding countryside with the mountains and ocean as a backdrop. This is a par 5 with water along the left hand side and a green which is partially protected by another water hazard. The par-3 second is one of the most beautiful and challenging holes to be found on any course playing 171 yards from the back tees with water all the way to a green protected by bunkers in front and surrounded by water on three sides.\n
A few of the holes venture into deeper jungle so you need to watch your belongings from the ever-present monkeys who are always on the lookout for unattended food. Great views from behind the 4th green towards the sea and also looking towards the mountains from the 6th tees. Another great view as you get out your driver on the elevated 7th tee box and launch it into the valley below.\n
The 99 Degree East Golf Club offers great vistas from many of the holes and the fairways are bordered by colourful wild grasses and reeds with the occasional rice terrace.\n
This is not an easy golf course but with several tee boxes to choose from there is something for everyone and this course will challenge both the single figure golfer and provide enjoyment for the weekend hacker and the designer has gained inspiration from some of the Scottish courses with some influences from his native Australia.\n
99 Degrees East Golf Club has an excellent driving range and practice facility and a restaurant. Also if you don’t want to bring your clubs you can hire them here as well as golf shoes.\n
It may only be 9 holes at the moment with the superb design and dramatic setting will ensure a great day out.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Langkawi 99 East Golf Club
Golfsavers can book your chosen tee time at Langkawi 99 Degrees East Golf Cub quickly and easily using our simple booking engine which will display the exact green fee depending on the day and time and the number of players. No restrictions here on the number of players and it is very unlikely that the course will be very crowded.
The 99 Degree East Golf Club but has been completely renovated by Ross Watson who has built a beautiful golf course in harmony with its natural surroundings. Managed by Troon Golf it is a welcome addition to the Langkawi golfing scene.',
This is a very well-maintained course and should always be included if you intent to play golf in Langkawi. This course has been deliberately designed to appeal to golfers of all standards and if you choose a tee box appropriate to your skill level then you should find enough excitement. The fairways are wide and will have you reaching for your driver even if you are not that accurate as there is no OB on this course and few hazards.\n
The tee box on the opening hole offers panoramic views over the course and the jungle and mountains in the background. You drive into the valley and then it’s a slight dogleg as you play uphill towards the green. This is followed by a long par-5 with a narrow landing area and a zigzag shaped fairway up to the green. The 3rd is a medium length par-4 with a wide landing area providing you can avoid the water just in front of the tee and as you approach the green the hazard encroaches into the fairway on both sides providing a very narrow opening onto the green. The 5th is a long par-3 measuring nearly 200 metres from the back tee with a ravine all the way from tee to green which is one of the largest on the course. The 6th has a tree positioned right in the middle of the fairway which blocks what is already a very narrow landing area and very easy to get blocked by the trees for your approach. The rest of this nine are fairly straight forward although the 9th which is rated as the most difficult needs to be navigated carefully.\n
There is more water and other obstacles on the back nine and they sometimes let the rough grow quite long so you need to mark your ball carefully to avoid losing a ball and after heavy rain the course does not drain as well as it should.\n
The back nine at Gunung Raya Golf Resort starts with a signature par-5 with elevated tee boxes offering great views over the course and especially to the mountain after which the course was named – it’s a slight dogleg but the green is quite open. This is followed by a superb par-3 which plays 170 yards from the back tees with a water carry all the way to a green without too much protection so providing you can make good contact then this is a birdie opportunity. The 12th is long par-4 with a water carry off the tee and a ditch running in front of the green so you need to be brave to get up in regulation.\n
A nice modern clubhouse with well-equipped pro-shop, excellent changing facilities and a nice bar and restaurant overlooking the course.\n
We loved the natural feeling to this course – a real “back to nature” experience with great views and some excellent and interesting holes and if you play midweek you will probably have the course all to yourself.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Gunung Raya Golf Resort
If you would like to play a round of golf at Gunung Raya Golf Resort then Golfsavers have discounted greens fees and it’s easy to book a tee time using our simple booking engine. No restrictions here on the number of players as the course is rarely booked out.
Gunung Raya Golf Resort in Langkawi is built in a beautiful valley surrounded by jungle with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. The fairways on the golf course are pretty forgiving but plenty of water on the back nine to wreck your card.',
This is a wonderfully presented course in pristine condition under the management of Troon Golf so you can expect service of the highest standard. With jungle lining the fairways on most of the holes Ernie has decided that the local flora and fauna is enough of a challenge and has decided not to have any bunkers on the course unless of course you count the beach which runs close to some of the holes! The problem with this approach is that many of the holes are very similar and it’s only when you get close to the beach that you will play holes that will stick in your memory. There are few man-made water hazards on the course and the natural stream which meanders through the course and appears, sometimes unexpectedly, is enough to catch you out.\n
One great feature of the Els Club Teluk Datai in Langkawi and especially because caddies are not always available is that all the buggies are equipped with a sophisticated satellite navigation systems which give you an aerial view of each hole and also gives accurate distances to the greens.\n
The opening couple of holes are fairly straight forward with reasonably wide landing areas and in common with many holes on this course are gentle doglegs. The par-3, 3rd is a very pretty hole with the green framed by the jungle – it plays slightly uphill but not too much trouble. The 4th is a medium length par-4 with some water in play off the green but if you can avoid that then the landing area is generous and the green unobstructed. The 5th is a one hole you definitely will remember as you play directly towards the sea to a green right on the edge of the water and the view from the tee will have you reaching for your camera. The par-4, 6th takes you back up the hill away from the sea and although it’s quite short the stream runs across the fairway just in front of the green so this approach is not for the faint hearted! The par-5, 7th is another signature hole with the stream crossing in front of the tee boxes and a fairway which doglegs to the right down to the green right beside the beach and as you get closer you will feel the effects of any prevailing wind which makes club selection a lottery. The 8th starts the journey back to the clubhouse and the ever-present stream is much in evidence here as it crosses in front of the tee boxes and snakes up the left side of the fairway. This hole again doglegs to the left as you approach the green and the creek passes in front of the greens and has created a larger pond to the right hand side of the green.\n
The opening few holes on the back nine at the Els Club in Langkawi are pretty similar as you zigzag up and down the jungle with some great views of the mountains as you play away from the sea. The really interesting holes on this nine starts at the short par-3, 15th with water directly in front of the green which slopes gently from back to front. The 16th is a par-4 which is quite a severe dogleg down to another green close to the beach. The 17th is a very spectacular par-3 right beside the beach with a carry across the beach and rocks all the way to the green – The views from the tee box are spectacular with the sea and islands in the background. Here you will feel the full force of any wind with no room for error if you take on the pin although for the less able there is a generous bail-out area left of the green.\n
Very modern clubhouse with restaurant and bar looking over the course down to the sea. If you have time why not sample one of Ernie’s wines!\n
Tee Time Bookings at the Els Club Teluk Datai
You simply must play a round of golf here if only for the bragging rights to say that you have played one of the top-rated courses in Asia. Golfsavers have discounted green fees at the Els Club in Langkawi and using our simple booking engine you can obtain your chosen tee time.
Following its redesign by Ernie Els, The Els Club in Langkawi is earning rave reviews with its spectacular scenery, cooling jungle environment, immaculately presented course and very attentive staff. Some spectacular holes beside the sea.',