The rolling hills of the former oil palm estate have been turned into
two 18 holes golf courses, Palm and Bunga
Raya. Both courses have undulating fairways, mounds, bunkers, ridges,
lakes and ponds to prevent you from getting that "par" or "birdie".
Both are equally challenging, maybe difficult should be the word.
Although the Palm is more famous, this Bunga Raya Course, nicknamed "Crocodile",
is equally charming with its risk-reward elements and relatively small
greens. This scenic 18 has a wide expanse of water and undulating greenery
that create a sense of freedom and space. At 6800 yards, it looks deceptively
easy but many have regretted underestimating it. There are no palm trees
on the course but a lot of lakes and trees guarding the fairways come
into play. I was very much impressed to see a woodpecker in for the first
time in my life.
Ted Parslow is on the way to renovate the entire course. When I played
on Apr. 5 2010, only the back 9 was available to play. The green has become
| It is a 40 minutes drive from
Central Kuala Lumpur and 50 minutes drive from ＫＬ International Airport. |
order to play, you need to stay at the adjacent hotel. I recommend you stay at
the Saujana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Club. (Formerly named as Hyatt Hotel, Regency
Club). If you pay a little over USD 100 per night, the beer, wines, drinks and
some snacks are free of charge at the lobby from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The hotel
changed ownership in May 2005, but the service remains the same.
were well trained. 3 players are needed to play on Saturdays and Sundays. The
distance sticks are in yards, which is not common in Malaysia as meters are used.
Carlsberg Malaysia Open, on the European PGA Tour, was held at the Palm Course
in 2004 and 2005. The Palm Course was voted as the best course in Malaysia by
Asian Golf Monthly in 2003 and 2004.
Among Ronald Fream designed other
courses, in Asia are, Kelab
Golf Perkhidmatan Awam, Awana Genting G&CC, Karambunai
Resorts GC and Bangi Golf Resort in Malaysia, Mountain
Shadow GC, Panya Indra GC and Windsor Park &GC in Thailand, Bonari Kogen
GC, Happy Valley GC and Oumurawan CC - New Course in Japan, Asiana CC and The
Club at Nine Bridges in Korea, Tianjin Warner International GC, Grand Shanghai
International G&HR and Orient
Xia Men G&CC in China, and Royal Brunei CC in Brunei.