Two great championship courses both in great condition make it worth allowing time for a round on each
Half an hour from Penang, back on the mainland near Sungai Bekap lies the Bukit Jawi Golf Resort, 36 championship holes spread out over 315 acres of attractive mountain terrain. Both courses can boast of excellent layouts that present an absorbing challenge.
The fairways are in immaculate condition, with the Zoysia Matrella grass retaining that perfect carpet-like feel even in the face of heavy rain; likewise the large, undulating greens which are quicker than you expect - the ball just seems to keep going on the Bermuda Tifdwarf grass, so be prepared to use a feather touch on downhill putts.
With such an open, expansive course you'd expect the rough to be pretty thick, but surprisingly it wasn't too bad, which means you can get away with some pretty wayward drives without too much of a penalty. The elevation changes combine with this open feel to allow some pretty great views over the course, particularly from the elevated par-3 15th (Lakes course) where you hit towards a semi-island green.
The 15th isn't the only hole of note on the Lakes course: the par-4 5th is a 90 degree dog-leg right with, unusually, forests encroaching on both sides of the fairway. Cutting the corner is a massive risk, but it's definitely possible to find yourself putting for eagle if you connect with your drive. The par-4 14th is another beauty, with a tee shot that must cut the corner of a lake to land on a thin strip of fairway, and the round ends with another forced carry too an island fairway followed by a tough approach to the small, elevated 18th green.
The Hill Course replicates the wide fairways of the Lake course, but elevation changes mean that six or seven tee shots are played blind and uphill. The par-3 12th is memorably defended by a small lake right in front of the green, although it is the bunkers and elevation changes rather than water that are more likely to cause you problems on this course, despite the stream that cuts across the 9th and 18th fairways. The toughest part of your round will be navigating the 17th green which slopes steeply from right to left and can easily be four-putted.
An added bonus here is the wildlife on view, in particular the groups of large but harmless monitor lizards crawling up and down the fairways, enhancing the natural feel of the course further. Overall, it's hard to find much fault with Bukit Jawi Golf Resort, aside from a system error that made registration a somewhat drawn out affair, although we assume this isn't the norm. Definitely worth playing.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Bukit Jawi Golf Resort to your Penang 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 Bukit Jawi Golf Resort.