If you can avoid the rough, water, pot bunkers and crocodiles, you'll have a chance to score well on this hugely enjoyable course.
An hour south of Kuala Lumpur lie the 27 parkland-style holes of A'Famosa Golf & Country Club, host of the 2011 Malaysian Amateur Open. Famously, the course houses a bunch of crocodiles which is nothing if not unique, and although they pose no threat from their deep enclosure, they have lent their name to one of the nines (the others being the Rockies and Palm Courses) which will aim to tear your game to shreds.
The Rockies nine is sprinkled, appropriately enough, with attractive outcrops of boulders and begins with a dangerous par-4, rated index 1 mainly thanks to the meandering drain that splits the fairway. The 5th seems to play even tougher, with water bordering a narrow slip of a fairway, and the 9th involves driving over a pretty pond to a very steep uphill green.
The Palm course is the most scenic of the three, and kicks off with the daunting task of driving between water on the left and some menacing pot bunkers on the right. With elevated greens and some significant greenside bunkering, its tough to score well. The challenging 13th requires a ballsy 2nd shot over water to a smallish green, and the par-5 17th entices you to reach the elevated green from the brow of a hill.
The crocodile nine is more open than the other two, perhaps so any escaping reptiles can't sneak up on you (joke). The crocs themselves hang out just beyond the island green of the 7th, one of the few occasions that water comes into play on these holes, and getting to see them is reason enough to go for this nine.
Overall, A'Formosa is a fun course, with enough character to keep things interesting, its undulations and elevation changes keeping you on your toes. Given escaping from the rough is tough as it isn't really kept properly and was strewn with fallen leaves on our round, the course is even tighter than it appears. A few bald patches on the odd fairway mean a few minus points, although the slow greens actually for an easier time of putting so we won't complain too much. Overall, A'Formosa Golf Resort is a good bet for a reasonably priced and enjoyable round of golf.
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