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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Penang Golf Resort is an enjoyably challenging course and the unforgiving nature of the courses make for an enjoyable day out.
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