Gain a new found respect for the professionals by taking on this tricky course which ranks as one of the most illustrious in Malaysia.
The more prestigious of the two courses at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, having hosted numerous Malaysian Opens including most recently the 2011 won by rising star Matteo Manassero, an opportunity to play a round on the West Course should not be passed up. Toughened up since an overhall in 2007 which added an extra lake, this is severe test of your abilities, not least thanks to water being in play on no fewer than thirteen holes.
It's a classy affair all round, from the warm reception at the luxurious clubhouse to the helpful staff at the terrace bar while you have a pre-round drink. The state of the course is as immaculate as you would expect from such a prestigious course, giving you perfect lies should you find the Bermuda fairways, and consistent roll on the lightning quick greens. It's a thinking man's course, so you shouldn't automatically reach for the driver on the tee, as often it's a better strategy to play more conservatively, especially given the numerous dangers that lurk just off-line. Your approach shots can be either straightforward or nightmarish depending on which side of the fairway you are on, so take advantage of the elevated tees to plan your route to the hole.
There are some memorable holes. The par-3 4th is just 140 yards but very tricky thanks to a tiny green with bunkers both in front and behind, which leaves absolutely no margin for error. The 9th is strong par-4 which ends with a tricky uphill approach to an elevated green. The back nine is at once more attractive and tougher, with the majority of water hazards featuring after the turn. A par is to be cherished at the par-3 11th, which has water from tee to green, and the 14th and 15th are probably the most enjoyable holes, a short par-4 with a heavily bunkered fairway and a lake protected green followed by a mid length par-3 back over the same lake. As you can imagine, this is a tough course and after a round you'll look up the scores of the professionals and have a new found respect for their abilities.
The recently refurbished clubhouse, which boast the graceful lines of Californian-Spanish architecture, is now outfitted with state of the art facilities and is a great place to enjoy a cool drink as you reflect on your round. With the West Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club ranking as one of the best and most prestigious in the country, a round here is one you won't soon forget.
Amongst the best courses in the country, this attractive parkland course does well not to be overshadowed by its more illustrious sister course, and is highly recommended.
The championship standard East Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, which lies just outside the city centre, was recently voted the 4th best course in Malaysia and stepping onto the tee and taking in the vibrant, parkland-style environment of natural grasses and wetlands that are home to a variety of wildlife, it's easy to see why.
This is not a course that can be bludgeoned into submission, instead placing a premium on intelligent golf as you negotiate the undulating terrain and numerous bunkers that pepper the perfectly maintained fairways and bordered the immaculate greens. The elevated tee boxes on several holes give you a good idea of the challenges each hole with throw at you, allowing you to plan your route to the green, and despite playing long at 7348 yards there is not always virtue in hitting as far as possible off the tee. With many fairways tightly lined with trees which can severely punish drives that veer off line, accuracy is at more of a premium. This is especially true of the opening holes of the back nine where OB comes into play. It's a good idea to take advantage of the more easy going front nine if you want to score well, as the bunkers and increasing numbers of water hazards that you will encounter as the round progresses can easily mar your scorecard.
While you'll find perfect lies on the immaculately maintained Bermuda fairways, the rough that borders them is particularly thick, clinging onto your ball and very reluctant to let it go. This is equally true around the greens, meaning that chip-and-runs are out and target golf is the name of the game. It hardly needs saying that you'll be in for a long day if you aren't hitting straight - for example, at the tough par-5 16th, your drive from an elevated tee must avoid water on both sides. Both nines end with challenging approaches in front of the clubhouse, requiring an accurate long iron over a pond that menacingly protects each green. Many a scorecard ends on an ugly note.
The recently refurbished clubhouse, which boast the graceful lines of Californian-Spanish architecture, is now outfitted with state of the art facilities and is a great place to enjoy a cool drink as you reflect on your round. For those taking a golf holiday in the area, a round on the East Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club should be on your itinerary.
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