Like the West Course, this is a fairly flat affair that benefits from earth-mounding, water and pot bunkers aplenty to provide an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all levels. The attached resort makes this a great option for golfers traveling with the family.
On the site of a former palm oil plantation lie the twin courses of the Penang Golf Resort, currently being promoted as Malaysia's Jewel In the North. There are two championship layouts here, East and West, and while the former is largely preferred as host of prestigious tournaments such as the Malaysian Amateur Open, there is really very little to choose between them and you might find the excellent West course less crowded than it's slightly more favoured twin.
The naturally pancake-flat terrain has been enlivened by the clever use of earth-mounding to create enough contours and definition to keep the course interesting. The stylishly designed bunkers combine with a smattering of water hazards to create plenty of challenges for golfers of all abilities. The fairways are pretty generous, and the open feel and light rough mean you aren't too usually heavily punished by wayward drives. It may not be one for the purists, but if you're anything like us it's nice to have the chance to recover after a bad shot.
It's on the approaches where you need to take extra special care, especially towards the end of each nine where water starts to become more prevalent; in general, the water isn't too threatening though, lurking behind greens rather than in front of them, so you'll need to be unlucky or simply holding the wrong club to end up in the drink most of the time. The pot bunkers are more troublesome, with many of the greens heavily guarded. Like its sister course, the greens are more sloping than the fairways, and an ongoing maintenance programme that keeps the course is good shape.
Given it is up against some stiff competition in the form of the numerous quality courses in the Penang area, it might be too soon to start talking about the Penang Golf Resort as the 'Jewel In The North' in a purely golfing sense, but the West Course is an enjoyably challenging course, and when combined with the extensive facilities in the resort itself, it is an excellent choice for a golf holiday in Malaysia, particularly for those with a family in tow.
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