An immaculately presented championship course that plays short but super-tight. A tough challenge for more able golfers.
What was once 130 acres of jungle clad hills is now the Penang Golf Club one of the top courses in Malaysia and once home to the Malaysian Open won by Vijay Singh in 1992. Routinely voted amongst the ten best courses in the country, as much for its stunning hilltop views as its challenging, award-winning course, this is a must-play.
Its a dramatically undulating parkland-style course which plays tight. At just 6282 yards, it's not necessary to be a big-hitter to score well - playing straight is far more important, as evidenced by the sharply dog-legging par-4 1st. By the time you've reached the super-tights 4th, you'll be very wary of veering off-line, and with good reason as balls hit into the jungle aren't going to be found. Probably the most famous hole is the 10th, where you tee off some 100 feet above the fairway on the valley floor.
Around the smallish greens, which play lightning quick as you would expect from a course of this calibre, designer Robert Trent Jones Jr has someone mischievously decided to camouflage the numerous bunkers, giving them grassy faces that are hard to pick out from a distance. Your best bet is to try to pitch your ball on the green rather than risk running it up blindly in the face of hidden hazards.
Overall the course is kept in immaculate condition, and is a challenge to golfers of all levels. Beginners and high handicappers could be in for a long day, but if you fancy yourself as quite handy with a golf club in hand then Penang Golf Club is one of the toughest and most technical challenges out there.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Penang Golf Club 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 Penang Golf Club.