A premium course with the best fairways in the country; avoid the 3rd nine in favour of 18 memorable championship holes.
Built on the site of a former rubber plantation back in 1993, the 27 holes of Tropicana Golf & Country Club wasted no time in establishing themselves amongst the best Malaysia has to offer. This is more true of the 18 hole West Course than the slightly disappointing East Course, which does not quite live up to the delights of its sister course and should therefore be avoided.
The West course is in immaculate condition. If you're looking for an example of how fairways should be, look no further. The perfect carpet of Bermuda grass is without equal in the country and is surely a match for the best courses in the world. Furthermore, the excellent macro- and micro-drainage systems ensure that the course remains playable in the face of heavy rain, and sophisticated irrigation systems ensure that the playing surface remains in tip top condition during the dry season. The rough isn't too thick, allowing plenty of scope for recovery after a poor drive, and the bunkers are perfection, with soft white sand that isn't packed down too hard. The greens are in excellent condition too, albeit slightly too inconsistent to be rated as immaculate - some played a little slower, some a little faster, which can lead to a frustrating day with the putter.
There are a number of memorable holes. The 1st requires you carry a lake to the left to a smallish green, and the 11th which plays from an elevated tee with the rest of the course itself providing a stunning backdrop. As your drive soars into the sky, time seems to stand still as it takes an age to fall back to earth. There are plenty of bunkers to keep you on your toes, and enough elevation changes to keep things interesting. The fairways are fairly narrow, the trees that line them can cause all sorts of problems, but the rewards for finding the short stuff are great, as your ball will sit up invitingly.
Overall, this is a must play course. It's in immaculate condition, with probably the best fairways this side of Augusta, and it proves to be an absorbing challenge that will leave you wanting more. Don't let that tempt you in taking on the vastly inferior nine holes of the East course; stick with the West, and a hugely satisfying day of golf is practically guaranteed at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Tropicana Golf & Country Club to your Kuala Lumpur golf holiday.
If you are travelling to other parts of Malaysia ask us to help you to organise a Malaysia Golf Package which features tee times at Tropicana Golf & Country Club.