It may be the number two course at Pulai Springs, but narrow, undulating fairways and probably the toughest closing holes in Malaysia means this is a course not to be underestimated.
In the shadow of Mount Pulai lie the two championship golf courses of the Pulai Springs Country Club, once deemed worthy of a spot on the World's Top 50 Golf Resorts and still regarded as amongst the best in Asia.
The Melana Course is Pulai Springs' second course, but don't let that make you think it is any less challenging and enjoyable that its big brother, the Pulai Course: its 6582 yards or rolling hills were voted Best Johor Golf Course (and there is a lot of competition) by the Business Times of Singapore.
The reason for such an accolade becomes quickly apparent. The opening nine winds its way through stunning scenery made up of jungle and the legacy of the former palm oil plantation on which the course was built. With some daunting slopes and numerous undulation changes twinned with narrow fairways, reaching greens in regulation is not easy. Even when you do make the putting surface, getting down in two on the small, sloping greens is never simple.
A few holes stand out: the tee shot from the signature par-3 6th must traverse a jungle ravine from which there is no escape to reach the narrow fairway. If you've still got enough golf balls after that, save them up for the final stretch of four holes collectively known as "The Challenge", for reasons that will become clear. Your second on the par-5 5th must land on a patch of fairway just 10 yards wide and flanked by water on either side, while the fairway at the par-4 18th features a 20ft waterfall that dissects the split-level fairway and claims many a victim. Spectacular enough during the day, this feature is even more stunning under the floodlights that allow night golf here.
The clubhouse is designed to resemble an ancient Malay Palace, and its exposed timber and stone murals do a good job of that. The changing rooms are excellent, and you can even enjoy jacuzzis, saunas or steam rooms before retiring to the golfer's terrace for a drink. If you managed to keep your scorecard intact over the closing holes at the Melana Course at Pulai Springs Country Club, you will most certainly have earned it.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Pulai Springs Golf Club to your Johore golf holiday.
If you are travelling to other parts of Malaysia ask us to help you to organise an Malaysia Golf Package which features tee times at Pulai Springs Golf Club.