The Legends Golf & Country Resort

Course Data
LocationJohor, Malaysia
Yardage7330 yard Par 72
Course Rating75.7 (Estimated)
Playing Date31 Oct. 2006
DesingnerJack Nicklaus
Opened1997
CaddyYes
Golf Cart Yes (can be run on the fairways)
Rating
Overall Rating
4.70
Course Layout
5
Difficulty Level
5
Greens Conditions
3
Fairways Conditions
4
Landscaping & Views
6
# I estimated the course rating as 75.7 to play from gold tees, which is 350 yards longer and should be 1.5 point higher than the blue tees which has the official rating of 74.2.

This is a hillside course making great use of the natural terrain. Its layout is superb with many impressive and memorable holes. Many greens are small and flat, which is rare for a Nicklaus design. Most tee shots are from elevated tees, so the total yardage of 7330 would be actually 7100 yards if the course were flat. However hazards come into play on a lot of pivotal shots, so the course is very demanding. You play with water hazards from the 11th to the 17th hole, which adds to the tensions. It is a little regrettable that the green conditions were bad and the greens were slow for such a great course.



A view from the clubhouse

2nd green seen from the next hole

 
3rd  Par 5 567 yards
A slight dogleg to the right with water on the right. The tee shot is slightly uphill and the second and subsequent shots are slightly downhill. On the tee shot, fairway bunkers sit on the right with portions protruding into 1/3 portion of the way into the fairway forcing you to drive to the left side. The second shot must keep straight or left to avoid the next sets of bunkers protecting the right edge of the fairway. Be careful of a bunker guarding the right front of the green as it is deep.
 

3rd Par 5 567 yards (3)

3rd Par 5 567 yards (2)

3rd Par 5 567 yards (1)
 
5th  Par 4 465 yards

5th Par 4 465 yards (2)

5th Par 4 465 yards (1)

A slight dogleg to the right with a downhill tee shot. The right edge of the fairway drops sharply down a steep slope into a jungle where it is easy to lose a ball. The green is heavily guarded in the front by 3 deep bunkers.

 
6th  Par 5 540 yards

6th Par 5 540 yards (2)

6th Par 5 540 yards (1)

A very beautiful signature hole. A slight dogleg to the right with a green further swung to the right. The tee shot is downhill and the landing area is narrowed by a large bunker on the left and a series of 5 bunkers on the right. There is a lake behind the right bunkers, which divides into the split fairway. If you are confident of your distance and accuracy on the second shot, you can hit onto the right fairway. To play safe, you hit the second shot onto the left fairway and the third shot over the water onto the green. The green is only 12-yards wide but deep and makes for a difficult target. This is the hole where a good score will depend on your skill as well as your game plan as you will have a few decisions to make at the tee and a few more when you get down to your ball.

 

6th hole seen from behind the green

6th Par 5 540 yards (4)

6th Par 5 540 yards (3)
 
7th  Par 4 416 yards

7th Par 4 416 yards (2)

7th Par 4 416 yards (1)
The green is one of the most interesting on the course. The entire right half of the elevated green represents the ultimate in approach shots because it is guarded by a deep bunker in the front and a steep slope around the entire right, so on the second shot, no margin for error is allowed on the right.
 
11th Par 4 460 yards

11th Par 4 460 yards (1)

A dogleg to the left with a downhill tee shot. A narrow fairway snaking diagonally right and flowing lazily left from about 15 meters (50 ft.) below the panoramic tee box. A stream runs along the entire left side of the fairway waiting for short drives or duck hooks. A carry of 230 yards is needed to clear the water. If you play safe driving to the left side, the second shot will be long and it will be difficult to hit the green in regulation. The second shot is straight and the small green is guarded by water on the left and bunkers on the left and at the back. This is a hole which requires both distance and accuracy on the tee and second shots.

 

11th Par 4 460 yards (4)

11th Par 4 460 yards (3)

11th Par 4 460 yards (2)
 
13th  Par 5 538 yards

13th Par 5 538 yards (2)

13th Par 5 538 yards (1)
A gentle downhill, dogleg to the left. A carry of 220 yards is needed to clear a lake. The green is swung further to the left and its front borders the water.
 
15th  Par 3 188 yards

15th Par 3 188 yards
A scenic, downhill par 3. The peninsula-like green is surrounded by water and bunkers, so the right club selection allowing for the downhill effect is important.
 
16th  Par 5 590 yards

16th Par 5 590 yards (2)

16th Par 5 590 yards (1)
An almost straight hole. A tight fairway with a stream on the left makes the tee and second shots difficult. The green is elevated.
 
18th Par 4 463 yards
A dogleg to the left, a long par 4. There are 2 distinct ways to play this hole as the fairway is separated by a bunker in the middle. The right fairway, which is shorter, needs a carry of 220 yards and its narrow landing area is protected by bunkers on both sides, so a precise shot is needed to avoid these bunkers. The fairway bunker on the right extends onto the left of the green and its length is as much as 300 yards. The bunker protecting the right of the green comes into play on both routes off the tee.


18th Par 4 463 yards (3)

18th Par 4 463 yards (2)

18th Par 4 463 yards (1)
 
19th  hole

Restaurant

It takes 50 minutes from Johor Bahru City and 30 minutes from Johor Airport by car. It also takes a little less than 2 hours from Singapore (Queens Road) by taxi. Spa, sauna, fitness center and lodge are available.

The distances are in meters. To play from the longest gold tees, you need to inform a starter that you are a single-digit handicap player.

The other Jack Nicklaus designed courses in Malaysia are Borneo G&CC and Sungai Long G&CC, and Empire H&CC in the neighboring country of Brunei.