It won't win any awards but it's a decent open course which is perfect for high handicappers. Take plenty of water and sunscreen.
In the foothills of the majestic mountain from which it takes its name you'll find Gunung Raya Golf Resort set in 300 acres of what used to be a rubber plantation. Designed by American Max Wexler, it's a useful addition to the limited options for golf in Langkawi.
From the elevated tee on the 1st, a slight dog-leg right, you get a great view of the distant mountains and a pretty good idea of what the course is going to throw at you. The Bermuda fairways are generously wide and inviting, with plenty of leeway for those of us who are less than reliable with a driver. There is almost no OB and not too many hazards so there's not that much to lose by going for it off the tee, certainly on the front nine. Having said that, the 225 yard par-3 7th features a tricky two tier green flanked by bunkers and exposed to some stiff breezes, so don't think you'll have a straightforward time of it on every tee.
After the turn there is more in the way of foliage and you start to encounter water - the 10th is a beauty, a long par-5 dog-leg right with water all the way down the left and a fairway peppered with bunkers. One slight complaint is that certain sections of rough are just too thick, and it's easy to lose a ball that you would never expect to lose. Part of the problem is that the drainage doesn't seem to be perfect, so you can end up plugging your ball in a soggy patch of rough, even in the baking sun that is the norm. On that note, remember to take a hat and sunblock as it really is hot in Langkawi, and given this is a fairly new course the trees are yet to reach maturity and so offer little in the way of shade.
Overall, this is a decent course that won't be winning any awards but nonetheless provides enough to satisfy those who need to scratch that golfing itch and can't get on the course at Datai Bay; probably best played on cooler days as the heat can really get oppressive at Gunung Raya Golf Resort.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Gunung Raya Golf Resort to your Langkawi golf holiday.
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