Golf in the heart of Kuala Lumpur
Menekse and I had quite a few golf courses located in or near Kuala Lumpur that were on our ‘bucket list’ to play, most notably TPC Kuala Lumpur and Carey Island. And since we didn’t play as much in Sumatra as we had intended, we urgently needed to get in some practice rounds.
A quick evening search of ‘inexpensive golf courses in KL’ in Google, and our following day at Kelab Golf Seri Selangor was planned.
Located only a few kilomeres (a couple miles) from the centre of Kuala Lumpur, we arrived at the golf course without a tee time and inquired about the promotions that we found on their website. We paid 240 Malaysian Ringgit, which was about 52 euros / 57 dollars, for 18 holes, and a mandatory buggy and caddy (not including caddy tip) for the both of us. Not a bad promotion indeed!
Wasting no time, we put our clubs on the buggy, met our caddy, and quickly made our way to the first tee.
Let’s play golf!
Measuring 6921 yards from the tips, KGSS is an 18-hole par-72 track. The course seemed to play longer than the distance on the card. It might be due to the fact that the course has some slope and quite a bit of elevation changes. Or, it might be because it played a little wet that morning. If you have been in KL, you know that it can rain here. Hard! Regardless of the reason, we found ourselves always needing an extra club to get to where we were trying to go!
The fourth hole, an uphill 388-yard par-4, was easily our favourite hole. With a bunker strategically guarding the right side of the fairway, the slight dogleg right hole played quite long. Once you got to the top of the hill, the green has a fantastic view. This hole absolutely appealed to our eyes.
Another hole with a fantastic backdrop of the city was the downhill 439-yard par-4 ninth. It didn’t hurt that we smoked a tee shot down the hill and had just under 100 in!
Making the turn
Making the turn, we saw one of the most interesting things we’ve ever witnessed on a golf course. The tee shot on ten is hit across a small river that runs below the tee box. After teeing off, you cross a small bridge that takes you to the fairway. Just as we hit our tee shots and came back to the buggy, Menekse was the first to see two water monitors. At first she thought they were, well, let’s just say dancing. But the ‘tango’ turned quickly into a fight! After a few seconds, a victor was declared, and chassed the defeating onto the bridge! Crossing the bridge, we have no idea how he got all the way down to the water, but we saw him swimming away.
KGSS finishes with a relatively short 477-yard par-5 hole that had too much going on in our opinion. With water right and a hill left, we played it safe and hit rescue off the tee, which seems to be what the hole requires. The water then continues its way to front the green, which leaves you with a layup or go for it decision. Continuing to play it safe (old age??!), we hit 9 iron which left a full wedge over the water to the large green. Moving the tees forward and creating some space that allows a player to hit driver off the tee, and then making the hole a long par-4 would, in our opinion, greatly improve the finishing hole.
Some final thoughts
Overall, we were quite pleased with the golf! When you Google ‘inexpensive golf courses in my area’, expectations aren’t always high. However, we would happily play here again, and certainly for the price, we would not hesitate to recommend a stop at KGSS when you’re in Kuala Lumpur.