Penang is renowned for its wonderful beaches and the incredible variety of food to be found in George Town – it’s also a great place for a golf holiday with three golf courses within easy reach of Penang.
Penang Golf Course
A well maintained championship course, which plays short and tight and poses a real challenge for more expert players.
The Penang Golf Course was once 130 acres of jungle, now it’s the Bukit Jambu Country club and one of the most successful golf courses in Malaysia. It was once home to the Malaysian Open in 1992 which was won by Vijay Singh. This is one of the top ten courses in the country so it has a lot to live up to. Having said that, it’s won awards, so there has to be some truth in its reputation. There are wonderful views from the top and it’s worth a game while you’re here. The undulating course plays tight, your shot needs to travel just over 6,000 yards – hit hard. There are some sharp little dog-legs at the par-4 1st, and a really tight 4th, so be careful where your ball lands because if it lands in the jungle say goodbye to your ball forever. The smallish greens are fast and the designer, a Robert Trent Jones Jr has cleverly disguised the bunkers so they cannot be seen, from a distance all you see is a grassy mound, until you’re up close and personal trying to retrieve your ball if you’ve miss-shot.
The course is kept in excellent condition and challenges golfers from relatively new to well-seasoned players. It could be a long day, but come along and enjoy the challenges it offers.
Bukit Jawi Golf Resort
Bukit Jawi offers two superb championship courses in excellent condition with ample opportunity to try both on the same day. Bukit Jawi is 30 minutes away from Penang on the mainland near Sungai Bekap. IT boasts 36 holes which is spread just over 300 acres of mountain. There are some top notch layouts that give the golfer plenty to grapple with. The fairways are in good condition with Zoysia Matrella grass with a luxurious carpet feel. The rolling greens are fast and the ball travels over the Bermuda Tifdwarf grass, so no heavy shots. There’s little in the way of rough terrain, and the elevation changes aren’t too difficult to master with some first rate views over the course. The course is particular good from the par-3 15th where you will hit your shot towards the island green. The par-4 5th is a really difficult hole with a 90 degree dog-leg, with trees coming in at all sides of the fairway. You could put for an eagle if you have a good drive. The par-4 14th provides a tee shot that must cut the lake to land safely on a strip of fairway and then on to an island fairway with a difficult approach to a small sloping 18th.
The Hill Course is similar to the lake course in that it has wide fairways but the elevation here mean that many tee shots are played uphill and blind. The par-3 12th has a small lake as its guard and the bunkers and elevation changes can give you more challenges before you’re finished. The 17th will test you with a slope that steers steeply from the right and to the left and could be four putted. The wildlife is stunning and there are some monitor lizards that are often seen crawling along the fairways. This is an excellent course and the Bukit Jawi should provide a few hours of pleasurable golf.
Penang Golf Resort, East Course
The Penang Golf Resort is a flat course with some superbly designed holes with bunkers to grapple with, providing both a challenge to professional and amateur players. The Penang Golf Resort is situated on a former palm oil plantation which is an exceptional course. There are two championship courses here, East and West. It has been host to the prestigious Malaysian Amateur Open and many others. You’re tested from the beginning with a par-4 that dog-legs near a lake. Yes, you’ll have to flirt with water, hopefully getting over the fairway bunker on the other side. There’s water near the 2nd, with a short par-5 that can be done in two. Pot bunkers then become the enemy with greensides hiding on the 5th and 6th which could leave a dangerous shot to the pin. The 9th is an interesting hole where you can either be ambitious or cautious. The corner of the dog-legging par-4 14th can be avoided, but if you get this wrong and you could land yourself in a pot bunker which could see you battling to get out for some time.
There’s mostly flat ground but it’s been played around with by the designers to make it interesting. Contouring and mounding the earth has proved successful, but it’s still an open course. There are some trees around so you still need to keep an eye on the ball. The greens are more sloping, and a good maintenance programme keeps the course in good shape all year round.
It is a challenging course, but it’s been a little over hyped. There are some excellent facilities so it’s definitely a must for a keen golfer and plenty to keep the entire family busy if they come along with you.
Penang Golf Resort, West Course
A flat course with plenty of interesting bunkers for players of all levels. There’s a resort which offers excellent facilities for families. It’s built on a former palm oil plantation and is part of a twin course; it’s also under heavy promotion as one of Malaysia’s best courses in the north. The two championship layouts of east and west are well designed; they are almost the same except the West course is a little less busy. The terrain is flat with the contouring and mounding of the earth to create some interesting shots. The bunkers have been well designed have their fair share of water hazards providing some challenging golf. The fairways are big and there’s an open feel that means you can hit with confidence.
Towards the end of each nine you need a careful approach. The water isn’t too threatening, but the innocent looking greens hide them well, so be careful. The pot bunkers pose some problems protecting the greens from the invasion of your ball. The greens slope more than the fairways do and an ongoing maintenance programme means you will find the course in good condition all year long.
It’s up against competition here in Penang, and it’s got a long way to go before it’s the best in the north, however, having said that there are some impressive and extensive facilities meaning that your family can come too and enjoy the day.
Penang is renowned for its wonderful beaches and the incredible variety of food to be found in George Town – it’s also a great place for a golf holiday with three golf courses within easy reach of Penang.' },
Bukit Jawi Golf Resort is not actually on the island of Penang and you need to drive across one of the bridges on the mainland and then head south towards Ipoh. Depending on traffic conditions and where you are staying it takes around 60-90 minutes to reach the course. With two courses on offer one of the options is to stay overnight at the course and play a second round before returning to Penang island.\n
There are two courses here and both are actually quite similar although the Hill Course is recognised as the championship layout. The Hill course is a real test of every aspect of your game with distance, accuracy and course management all required if you are to navigate this course successfully. The Lakes Course as its name suggests has water on all but a handful of holes and is probably the prettier of the two layouts.\n
The Hill Course starts with a reasonably easy par-4 which doglegs to the right but any attempt to take on too much and you will end up in the trees and a bogey or worse will be the result. The second is short par-3 with a large bunker protecting the front of the green and the 3rd is the longish par-4 on the front nine with a green well protected by bunkers. The 5th is another long par-4 and rated the most difficult not only because of its length but also because of the fairway bunkers and quite a small green with bunkers left and right. The 9th is a great par-5 which requires you to negotiate two water hazards as you make your way to the green which is surrounded by bunkers.\n
The back nine at Bukit Jawi Golf Resort is memorable for the two par-3s: The 12th is quite short but has a large pond in front of the green and a bunker left and behind. The 16th is slightly longer but also has a pond and bunkers protecting the green. The finishing hole is a great par-5 with a large water hazard encroaching into the fairway and bunkers all around the green.\n
As you start the Lakes Course there is water both sides and if you can avoid that then there are two strategically placed bunkers waiting to swallow your tee shot. No water on the easy par-3 2nd but the 3rd has a waste hazard which the longer hitters might try to carry and if you play safe then it’s a long way to the green. The 5th is a short par-4 but is a severe 90 degree dogleg which requires careful shot section as a bunker and water lies in wait for those that over club. The 6th which is a long par 4 and the most difficult hole on the course has a large pond waiting for your tee shot.\n
As you reach the turn you need to prepare yourself for several blind tee shots especially on the 10th which has a green surrounded by bunkers so an accurate tee shot is essential. The 12th is a pretty par-3 with water on the left short of the green and a large bunker in front of it. The 13th is a long par-5 dogleg with no water but plenty of sand around the green. The 15th is the best hole on either course: A medium length par-3 teeing off from an elevated position to an island green framed by the mountains in the background. The 17th has water all the way along the left hand side and the 18th has water directly in front of the tee boxes and another very well-protected green.\n
The clubhouse facilities and management at Bukit Jawi Golf Resort are excellent and we thoroughly recommend this course.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Bukit Jawi Golf Resort
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Bukit Jawi Golf Resort is a 36-hole layout with two excellent and challenging Championship golf courses spread out over more than 300 acres of undulating countryside, contoured water hazards and lakes interspersed with palm trees. The pick of the courses in Penang.',
Quite short and at times very tight but offers a good challenge for all golfers. During the renovations the existing course layout was maintained and most of the changes were cosmetic with re-shaped greens and tee boxes, larger water hazards and improved grass on the fairways. The renovation added many undulations to the already fast greens which are protected by very deceiving grass-faced bunkers which are difficult to spot from a distance.\n
Still one of the top courses in Malaysia and once hosted the Malaysian Open and still makes it onto the list of the best courses in the country and offers some panoramic views from the elevated tee boxes.\n
It is a very tight parkland course which requires very careful course management and from the very first hole you will know that you have to be accurate if you wish to score well. Wild shots will probably end up in the jungle which lines many of the fairways offering no chance of a recovery and almost certainly a lost ball.\n
Penang Golf Club is around 20 minutes from the airport and Georgetown and around 40 minutes from Batu Ferringhi.\n
The 2nd hole is a medium length par-4 and slight dogleg right with the usual tree-lined fairways and a bunker along the left side perfectly positioned to capture your tee shot and then it’s uphill to the green with a bunker protecting the left side. The 3rd is a straight forward par-5 with bunkers guarding both sides of the fairway off the tee and another five bunkers in on the approach to and either side of the green. The 4th is a short par-4 with a blind tee shot and then you play uphill to quite a small green. The 5th is a pretty easy par-3 and you just need to avoid the large bunker guarding the left side of the putting surface. The 6th is the longest hole on the front nine and the 7th is a driveable par-4 for the really long hitters but there is a large fairway bunker along the left side and another right in front of the green. The 8th is a very pretty par-3 which is played from elevated tee boxes over the rocks in front of the green with bunkers left and right. The 9th is another short par-4 but your approach is quite steep with two deep bunkers in front of the green.\n
The signature hole at Penang Golf Club is the 10th where you play from an elevated tee box some 100 high onto a very narrow fairway and you need to pick your spot very carefully – hit it short or long and you end up in the water. The approach to the green is also over water with a very large bunker immediately in front of the green. The 11th is a dead straight par-4 which is an easy birdie opportunity if you can avoid the fairway bunkers. The 12th is a short par-5 with trees encroaching into the fairway which can block your second shot if you get out of position off the tee. The 13th is a short but intimidating par-3 with water in front of the green and bunkers over the back. The 14th is a very difficult driving hole with a large bunker on the right and a water hazard on the left – if you can avoid these hazards the green is wide open. The 15th is a very short and easy par-3 offering probably the best birdie chance of all but the 16th is a very long par 5 with water all along the left side from tee to green. The 17th is a tricky par-4 with water and bunkers in play off the tee and the finishing hole goes uphill back to the clubhouse with a very tricky approach to an elevated green.\n
Overall Penang Golf Club is very well maintained and the staff very attentive and professional but high handicappers may find it a tough challenge as there is little margin for error on this tight and technical course.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Penang Golf Club
As this is the only course on the island it can get very busy, especially at weekends, so we recommend that you book a tee time well in advance.
Golfsavers have discounted green fees at Penang Golf Club and using our booking engine it is easy to book a tee time.',
Penang Golf Club is the only golf course actually on the island of Penang was previously known as Bukit Jambul and was extensively renovated a couple of years ago.',
On the site of a former palm oil plantation lie the twin courses of the Penang Golf Resort. The East course is largely preferred as host of prestigious tournaments such as the Malaysian Amateur Open, there is really very little to choose between them and you might find the excellent West course less crowded than it\'s slightly more favoured twin. The naturally pancake-flat terrain has been enlivened by the clever use of earth-mounding to create enough contours and definition to keep the course interesting. The stylishly designed bunkers combine with a smattering of water hazards to create plenty of challenges for golfers of all abilities.\n
The fairways are pretty generous, and the open feel and light rough mean you aren\'t too usually heavily punished by wayward drives. It may not be one for the purists, but if you\'re anything like us it\'s nice to have the chance to recover after a bad shot. It\'s on the approaches where you need to take extra special care, especially towards the end of each nine where water starts to become more prevalent; in general, the water isn\'t too threatening though, lurking behind greens rather than in front of them, so you\'ll need to be unlucky or simply holding the wrong club to end up in the drink most of the time. The pot bunkers are more troublesome, with many of the greens heavily guarded. Like its sister course, the greens are more sloping than the fairways, and an ongoing maintenance programme that keeps the course is good shape.\n
The pick of the holes on the West Course at Penang Golf Resort include the very long par-5, 5th which is also rated as the most difficult hole on this course and the 8th which is a short par-3 but with water all along the left hand side this is an intimidating tee shot. ; The 12th is a long par-4 which requires two good strikes to get up in regulation the 14th which is a short par-3 and rated as the easiest hole offers a great birdie opportunity. The 18th is a long and tricky par-5 with a daunting approach to a green with water protecting one side. If you decide to play the East Course then you will not encounter so much water and it’s not really a factor on any of the holes unless you are very wild.\n
Many of the holes are pretty similar and on the front 9 the 5th, a long par 5 is most likely to wreck your card. ; The par threes are all very short except for the 17th so all offer opportunities to regain some shots from the course.\n
Penang Golf Resort is an enjoyably challenging course and the unforgiving nature of the courses make for an enjoyable day out.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Penang Golf Resort\n
This course is rarely very busy and it is quite easy to secure a tee time here. Golfsavers offer discounted green fees at Penang Golf Resort and it is very easy to find a tee time at excellent rates using our booking engine',
Penang Golf Resort is a 36-hole layout offering two very similar courses around 60 minutes’ drive from Penang Island. The mounding, water and pot bunkers will provide an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all levels. Course maintenance is usually good but can get waterlogged after heavy rain.',