A hugely enjoyable course in immaculate condition; this is a top-tier club with mid-tier prices and comes highly recommended.
Just a short half hour drive from Kuala Lumpur lies Palm Garden Golf Club, part of the IOI resort and home to 27 holes of championship golf. The main tournament 18 is made up of the Putra course (holes 1 - 9) and the Palm course (10 - 18). The shorter, but no less challenging IOI course makes up the rest.
The Putra course gets off to a tough start thanks to the water running down the entire hole; trees encroach on many holes meaning there is little margin for error. Even when the trees recede, you can find yourself needed to make some awkward water carries, twice in one hole on the case of the attractive 9th.
The Palm course is somewhat more forgiving, with wide, generous fairways flanked by a band of light semi-rough that doesn't cause too many problems. That's not to imply that this nine is a walk in the park (although the attractive parkland environment would make this course a joy even without a golf club in hand). At the par-3 15th, a stone wall in front of the green punishes anything short by sending you back into the pond that stretches from tee to green.
There are some dramatic elevation changes which are always enjoyable and offer some scenic panoramas, not least at the 12th which is a 152 yard par-3 with such a drop from tee to green that it is very easy to overclub - even a wedge proved too much club.
The IOI nine is perhaps the toughest of the lot, playing short but tight - none of the wide, inviting fairways of the Palm nine. With water in play on your tee shots on the 1st and 9th, and blind tee shots required at the 3rd, 4th and 7th, there is much to keep you on your toes.
All three courses are in immaculate condition, testament to an excellent and ongoing maintenance programme. We saw lots of maintenance workers tending to the course on our round, manicuring the fairways to perfection and ensuring that the ball sits up deliciously every time we managed to find the wide fairways. The bunkers were similarly top notch, and despite recent rain they were in that fluffy sandy condition that is so satisfying to play out of. The greens are perhaps the only slight letdown, as some had traces of sand which made the roll somewhat inconsistent. In the main though, they were very good, and getting down in two wasn't as tricky as it is on other courses as they don't undulate too much.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Palm Garden Golf Club to your Kuala Lumpur golf holiday.
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