Water water everywhere, a course that makes you think. A tough but scenic challenge that will have you coming back for more.
What was once a mangrove swamp bordered by the Tambalang and Mengkabong rivers is now Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club, 18 championship holes set over 400 acres of the Shangri-La Resort. The legacy of the mangrove swamp lives on in the form of a plethora of water hazards that feature on nearly every hole, meaning that this is a course not to be taken lightly.
After a fairly sedate opening hole, the course starts asking some tough questions: the approach into the narrow 2nd green will need to avoid water front left and bunkers all around, water runs all the way down the right of the par-5 3rd, and the par-3 4th has an island green surrounded on all sides by deep bunkers. The opening nine closes with a picturesque hole ranked the hardest on the course, with dense trees, wetland lakes, massive waste bunkers and a severely undulating putting surface mean that you'll celebrate a par here as if you'd won the Masters.
The signature hole is the 185 yard par-3 11th, rated the easiest on the course despite having the South China Sea surrounding the tee. You must cut across the Tambaland River Mouth to reach the gentle contours of the heavily protected green, the imposing Mount Kinabalu looking on in the distance. The 13th requires a forced carry of 200 yards over the Tambalung river, to get to the 17th green you must cross a lake and a host of bunkers and the water that runs all the way down the right hand side of the 18th fairway means you can't relax until you've sunk your final putt.
As you can probably gather from the above, this is a pretty challenging course, and water is in play on nearly every hole. Thankfully it doesn't play too long, so while the long-hitters will still be at an advantage it's a more level playing field as far as driving distance is concerned, with accuracy being more important, especially given the small Tifdwarf greens.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club to your Sabah golf holiday.
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