Golf in Malaysia

Golf in Malaysia

Apa Khabar Dan Selamat Datang to Golf in Malaysia!

We must admit, we didn’t know much about Golf in Malaysia before we arrived. With a 90-day visa upon arrival available for most countries, we knew that Malaysia was going to be a great place to travel. But golf? We weren’t sure.

We arrived in the incredible capital city of Kuala Lumpur and rented a flat for a month. After months of constantly being on the move, we were looking forward to having our own place again. And I was especially looking forward to having a closet to hang my golf shirts!

Golf in Malaysia arriving in KL
Golf in Malaysia, arriving in KL

Golf in Kuala Lumpur

Using our new apartment as our base, we played a lot of golf in and around KL. We started our golf adventure at Kelab Golf Seri Selangor, a great place to get our golf muscles working again. Next, we made the adventure out to The Carey Island Golf Club, one of our most unique golfing highlights ever!

Feeling ready to up our game, we made our way to the impeccable Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Over a few days, we explored the incredible clubhouse, got some range practice in, and played both golf courses. Rated in the top 100 in the world by Golf Digest, The West Course at KLGCC was a bucket list come true! Perhaps overlooked by its more famous neighbor, do yourself a favor and make sure to include The East Course at KLGCC in your KL playing itinerary. We can promise that you will not be disappointed!

Also located in KL, The Mines Resort and Golf Club is in what was once the largest tin mine in the world. How could a former hole in the ground be transformed into one of the best golf courses in Malaysia? We knew that we had to find out for ourselves.

Last, but surely not least, we managed to play the exclusive Royal Selangor Golf Club. The golf courses here are some of the oldest in Malaysia, and RSGC lies at the birth of golf in the country. We were so thankful to be able to play golf at this historic Club.

Golf in Malaysia via the KL Metro
Golf in Malaysia via the KL Metro

Golf in Langkawi

Traveling via trains, buses, and boats, all while dragging our golf clubs behind us, we slowly made our way north. Our next golfing opportunity was on the breathtaking island of Langkawi, located in the far north of Malaysia. The main road that went through the middle of town where I grew up was named 99 West. So, when Menekse found a course named 99 East Golf Club, well, we knew that we had to play there!

Have you ever wondered what it is like to play golf at one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world? Another top 100 in the world, The Els Club Teluk Datai on Langkawi could just well be the most beautiful golf course we have ever played!

Golf in Johor

Our last golfing stop was the city of Johor, in the far south of Malaysia. Here we played at Impian Emas Golf and Country Club, a fun golf course located just north of the city center.

While we were in Johor, we took a short ferry trip to Bintan, a small paradise island in Indonesia. It was all we could do to pull ourselves away from the Banyan Tree Resort, where we stayed for a couple of days. But we did manage to play at the beautiful Laguna Golf Bintan.

Returning to Johor, we played another beauty, The Els Club Desaru Coast. We knew that it was going to be an exceptional golf course. What we didn’t know was that we would be treated like VIP’s!

Golf in Malaysia traveling by bus
Golf in Malaysia traveling by bus

A check of the R&A website, we were surprised to learn that there are 248 golf courses in Malaysia as of 2019. While we didn’t play all 248, we have now played more golf in Malaysia than in any other country in the world other than our home countries of the US and Germany. Enough golf to come up with our 5 Best Golf Courses in Malaysia!

We feel that Malaysia is a country that we could easily return to. This is good because there are still a few more courses there that we want to play! Golf in Malaysia- what an incredible surprise!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. John Doyle

    Loved your summary I’m going to kuala lumpur in mid
    October with my son hoping to play 10 rounds of golf how do I go about arranging to book .thanks John Doyle

    1. James Humphrey

      Hello John,

      Thank you so much- your kind note means the world to us! KL is a fantastic city to play golf, and we’re definitely envious of your upcoming journey!

      There is a great website and app named Deemples that is based in Malaysia. (Please note that this is an unpaid, and therefore unbiased recommendation!) Other than Royal Selangor, tee times for all the courses we played in KL can be made via their website.

      If you’re interested, we wrote a fairly extensive blog about golf and travel in KL- you can find the article here:

      And, if you travel throughout Malaysia (which we would highly recommend), and are looking for great golf, we also wrote about our 5 favourite courses in Malaysia:

      Have a wonderful time in KL!!!

      Yours in golf and travel,
      Menekse and James

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