The island of Langkawi in Malaysia doesn’t seem to run out of tricks. Just in case a tourist has had enough of Langkawi’s pristine beaches, crystal-clear blue waters, intriguing dive sites, mythical land formations, and amazing cultural festivals, golf in Langkawi is a very good next option.
Langkawi is also called “the Jewel of Kedah” because it is just that. An archipelago off the shores of Kedah in northwestern Malaysia, Langkawi placed Malaysia on the map yet again as it was chosen as one of UNESCO’s World Geoparks. Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands, plus five more that show up during low tides. Only two of the archipelago’s islands are inhabited, which are Pulau Tuba and Pulau Langkawi (Langkawi Island), the largest and most important island. Located where the warm Andaman Sea meets Malacca Strait, Langkawi is clearly the leading tropical destination in Malaysia today.
Using Langkawi’s one-of-kind natural wonders as backdrop, golf in Langkawi is one of the best golfing experiences in Asia, if not the world. There are three golf courses in Langkawi Island and all of them are of international caliber.
First is Golf Club Datai Bay, a public golf course within the tropical rainforest along Datai Bay. This could be the most exotic place to play golf. The rainforest is filled with interesting and endangered animal and plant species, which, who knows, may be watching golfers make their swing. The nature-themed Golf Club Datai Bay is an international 18-hole, 72-par golf course that is facing picturesque Andaman Sea. Opened to the public in November 1997, this top-class golf club is equipped with locker rooms, a golf shop, restaurant, and buggies. It is open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Green fee is RM300 for each golfer, plus RM40 for a buggy.
Second is Gunung Raya Golf Resort, which was designed by Max Wexler, the world-renowned golf architect from the United States. Just like Golf Club Datai, Gunung Raya Golf Resort is also situated in a very exotic location, at the base of mythical Raya Mountain. This 18-hole, 72-par golf course boasts of its beautiful rolling greens, scenic tees, impeccable fairways, and challenging and unique sand traps and water hazards. Completed in 1998, it is the newest golf resort in the island and it is open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. This golf course has an open driving range, a golf shop, changing rooms and a restaurant (Club House Café). Green Fee is RM 200 per golfer, and additional RM 60 for a buggy.
Third is the Langkawi Golf Club, the first and still the most popular golf course in Langkawi. Yet another 18-hole, 72-par golf course, it is located by the beach and is near the town of Kuah. The traps and hazards are not difficult since the purpose in playing here is primarily to experience the sport while enjoying the picturesque view. Golfers can come here and play a very relaxed and casual game. Golf in Langkawi Golf Club is for everyone. The club is open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.