It may be by the beach, but it's the amount of water and sand on the course itself that will concern you as you attempt to master this tricky, high quality course.
Host of the Malaysian Amateur Open in 2007 and winner of numerous awards including Best Resort Golf Course in Malaysia and Third Most Memorable Golf Course in Malaysia, Nexus Golf Resort is located by the sea, just a short drive from Kota Kinabalu City. Set against a lush rainforest backdrop to the south and sound of the waves on Karambunai Beach just to the north, the course meanders over undulating terrain peppered with lakes and waterways cunningly placed by architect Ronald Fream to catch you out.
You tee off amongst the jungle foothills with a fairly straightforward par-4, before things get a little trickier thanks to water on seven of the next eight holes. Slices on the par-4 2nd and anything short on the memorable par-3 3rd will result in a wet ball. You can take the water hazard that guards the green of the par-5 4th by playing conservatively around it, but long hitters will struggle to resist the temptation to go for the well protected green in search of an eagle. The 5th and 6th both dog-leg around water, meaning that while a fade is an advantage, a slice can be terminal.
The back nine, which heads down towards the coast, opens with more water, the long par-5 10th requiring crossing one waterway to a patch of fairway then crossing back over again en route to a green. The direct line to the putting surface is blocked by a series of bunkers so only the very confident need attempt to get there in two. The par-3 14th memorably requires a carry over water that stretched from tee to green, and if the water that intrudes upon the 17th fairway catches you out you can be sure you weren't the first to befall such a fate.
Overall, there's plenty to test even the promising amateurs who compete in the prestigious tournaments held here. Complicating matters beyond the large amounts of water and sand, the numerous and judiciously placed bunkers and the deep rough are the strong winds coming in off the coast, which often require you to send your ball out over a water hazard and have faith it will be brought back to safety. It all adds up to a high quality and enjoyable challenge, and on that basis a round at Nexus Golf Resort comes highly recommended.
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