Saujana Golf and Country Club – Palm Course

Course Data
LocationSalengor, Malaysia
Yardage 7024 yards Par 72
Course Rating75.1
Playing Date 6 May 2005 & 4 Apr 2010
DesingnerRonald Fream
Golf CartYes
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Course Layout
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Landscaping & Views

The rolling hills of 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.
At the Palm Course, the sloping greens are fast while the dramatic changes in elevation and undulating fairways are challenging even to professionals. When your shots are not accurate, it is easy to lose them among the rows of palm trees that line the fairways. The front 9 holes are very difficult that remind me of Blue Canyon in Thailand while the back 9 are easier. It has played host to the prestigious Malaysia Open four times and was also given the honor to become the first golf course in Asia to host the inaugural European & Asia PGA Tour event. Nicknamed “the Cobra”, the Palm Course is widely acknowledged as the toughest in the country with its tight, palm-lined fairways and fast tricky greens. Carved out of a former oil plantation where cobras were introduced to keep the crop-destroying rats at bay, the Cobra was an obvious and fitting nickname. There are signs warning of cobras along several fairways, but I was told that a sighting of one is extremely rare. At 7024 yards, the Palm Course is not the longest but what it lacks in length it makes up for in layout. All-round golf skills are a prerequisite to success.

A view of 1st green

A crossing bridge in 3rd hole

2nd Par 3 216 yards
A par 3 over a ravine. It looks easy at first but actually is very demanding. It is said that it is one of the most difficult holes in Malaysia. The jungle palm trees surround the hole with an OB on the left, a deep ravine in front of the green, and three bunkers guarding the green. The green is highly undulating with a strong mound, so 3 putts or 4 putts are likely.

2nd hole seen from the green

2nd Par 3 216 yards (2)

2nd Par 3 216 yards (1)
3rd Par 5 605 yards
A downhill hole where you often come across monkeys. The green is as highly elevated as 4 meters (13 ft.), so the approach shot from off the green is difficult. Because the green is double-tiered with the subtle slopes, putting is demanding, too. The green has a magnificent look.

3rd Par 5 605 yards (3)

3rd Par 5 605 yards (2)

3rd Par 5 605 yards (2)
4th Par 4 331 yards

4th Par 4 331 yards (2)

4th Par 4 331 yards (1)
A very short par 4, dogleg to the left. The tee shot is downhill, so its layout tempts a long hitter to go for the green in 1. However, the front side of the green is guarded by water and pot bunkers protect the green on the right. The view of spreading palm trees seen from the tee is excellent.

7th Par 5 565 yards
A straight hole with an OB on the left. The second and third shots are downhill. The green is guarded by a creek on the front and bunkers on both left and right.

7th Par 5 565 yards (3)

7th Par 5 565 yards (2)

7th Par 5 565 yards (1)
8th Par 4 413 yards

8th Par 4 413 yards (2)

8th Par 4 413 yards (1)
A gentle uphill, strong dogleg to the left with a deep ravine at the turn. The second shot remains 150 to 200 yards from a steep side hill lie. You need to manage the way to attack the pin with a long iron or so. If you miss the green to the left on the second shot, there is a steep slope and a deep bunker, which makes saving par difficult from there.
11th Par 4 400 yards

11th Par 4 400 yards (2)

11th Par 4 400 yards (1)
A dogleg to the right, flanked on both sides by OBs. The narrow fairway is guarded by trees, so the landing area off the tee is extremely small. A bunker guarding the front left of the long, narrow green is in play.
12th Par 3 185 yards

12th Par 3 185 yards (2)

12th Par 3 185 yards (1)
A neat par 3. The green is slightly elevated. When the pin position is on the left, the bunker in front of the green comes into play.
14th Par 4 446 yards

14th Par 4 446 yards (2)

14th Par 4 446 yards (1)
A very long, uphill hole. You need to drive very hard due to the long distance. The uphill on the second shot becomes steeper. This is a hole that you are happy with par.
15th Par 4 424 yards
A straight hole with a pond guarding the green. A middle or short iron is used on the second shot. It becomes the slightly downhill lie, which makes the shot difficult, and If you are short of the front edge of the green by a mere 5 yards, the shot will be in the water. If you have a bad lie on the second shot, you had better lay up on the fairway on the right side of the green.

15th Par 4 424 yards (3)

15th Par 4 424 yards (2)

15th Par 4 424 yards (1)
19th hole

It is a 40 minutes drive from Central Kuala Lumpur and 50 minutes drive from the KL International Airport.

In 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.

The caddies 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.

Saujana Hotel

Saujana Hotel

Saujana Hotel

Carlsberg Malaysia Open, on the European PGA Tour, was held at the Palm Course in 2004 and 2005. The 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.