Hornbill Golf & Jungle Club

Course Data
LocationSarawak, Malaysia
Yardage6834 yards Par 72
Course Rating 
Playing Date2 Jul. 2006
DesingnerNeil Crater
Golf Cart Yes (Can run on the fairways)
Overall Rating
Course Layout
Difficulty Level
Greens Conditions
Fairways Conditions
Landscaping & Views
 The golf course nestles amongst the 1.5 million years old virgin rainforest, the 2nd oldest and 2nd largest rainforest in the world. The elevation stands at 1000 meters (3000 ft.) above sea level, so it is cool throughout the year. It follows the natural contours of the rugged mountain terrain, enclosed on all sides by the Borneo rainforest. The course was designed to reflect the natural features and contours of its unique highland location. The result is a course which does not impose itself on the ancient rainforest, but works in harmony with it. You can sometimes enjoy playing golf in clouds.

A view from the clubhouse

A view from the 12th green

2nd Par 5 560 yards
A double dogleg par 5 with a slight dogleg to the right followed by a dogleg to the left. The tight fairway line is marked by a tropical rainforest on both sides. The second shot is especially demanding as the landing area is very narrow. The right half of the green border water, so the third shot needs to be accurate as well.

2nd Par 5 560 yards (3)

2nd Par 5 560 yards (2)

2nd Par 5 560 yards (1)
5th Par 4 438 yards

5th Par 4 438 yards (2)

5th Par 4 438 yards (1)
A beautiful hole with a downhill tee shot. The green is elevated with jungle on the left and a hazard at the back.
6th Par 4 313 yards

6th Par 4 313 yards (2)

6th Par 4 313 yards (1)
A straight, very short par 4 but a signature hole. The fairway drops some 50 meters (160 ft.) from the tee, so it is possible to hit the green in 1. The green looks tiny below and the overlapping mountains extend beyond it. The green sharply slopes to the left.
7th Par 5 515 yards
A straight, gently downhill hole. The fairway is tight on this short par 5 as well. Long hitters are able to hit the green in 2 but need to decide to go for the green or lay up as there is water in front of the green.

7th Par 5 515 yards (3)

7th Par 5 515 yards (2)

7th Par 5 515 yards (1)
11th Par 4 390 yards

11th Par 4 390 yards (2)

11th Par 4 390 yards (1)
A dogleg to the right with the green swung to the left. Because of dense tropical rainforests growing thickly on both sides, the hole looks narrower than it actually is. There is a pond on the left of the green. It is a mysteriously charming hole.
13th Par 5 560 yards
A slight uphill, near straight & difficult hole. Three creeks cross the fairway. You drive toward a towering mountain, which makes you feel good. A creek runs on the landing area of the second shot and a big lake extends on the left. You can see neither of the water hazards from the second shot area., which is a demerit. The green is set on a foot of a mountain and surrounded by a tropical rainforest, so a precise approach shot is required.

13th Par 5 560 yards (3)

13th Par 5 560 yards (2)

13th Par 5 560 yards (1)
14th Par 4 406 yards

14th Par 4 406 yards (2)

14th Par 4 406 yards (1)
A downhill, straight hole. A creek crosses the fairway 280 yards from the tee therefore players who hit more than 250 yards tee shots can’t use drivers. The green is protected by water at the back and a large bunker in the front, so the right club selection taking downhill into consideration is important. The view seen from the second shot point is really superb.
15th Par 4 465 yards

An almost straight, long par 4. You need a big drive to reach the green on the second shot. The fairway is a double fairway separated right & left by a creek. The creek running in front of the green could catch errant shots. The green is slightly elevated and slopes from right to left. Watch out for 2 bunkers guarding the left of the green as they are deep.

15th Par 4 465 yards (3)

15th Par 4 465 yards (2)

15th Par 4 465 yards (1)
19th hole

It is a 1 and half hour drove from Kuching City and a 1 hour and 10 minutes drive from Kuching Airport. It is a 1 hour 45 minutes flight from KL to Kuching. The direct flights between Hong Kong and Kuching with one stop over at Kota Kinabalu were available this time, so it was easy to move. Lodge is available. Steam sauna, spa & massage, Jacuzzi bath and fitness center are also available.

A room key



A four-wheel drive vehicle is needed to run on the steep maintain road to the golf club. You go to the nearest gate by taxi, and then change into a pick up car and ride for 20 minutes but you must ask the club the pick up car beforehand. Or, you can ask the club for the entire transportation by a club car. I arranged this time to be picked up by the car at the airport and to bring us to a hotel in downtown. When I played 2 years ago in Mount Kinabalu GC in the same Malaysia, I had frustrating experience of using a taxi to get there. Instead, I should have used a 4-wheel drive. This time, I took advantage of the bitter experience and prepared the suitable car in advance.

Neil Crater is Australian and his designed other courses are Astana G&CC in Malaysia and South Palms CC in China.