Golf is best played in the most tranquil of places. This is one sport that is best enjoyed in silence, without a din of shouts and cheers. And in that sense, golf in Penang comes very close to the most ideal golfing experience ever. The charming island of Penang is found on the northwestern part of Malaysia. It is considered by many as the most inviting island-state in the Malayan Peninsula, if not the whole of Asia. It offers modern, nature, medical and educational tourisms, which have already been discovered and enjoyed by millions of local and international tourists.
Penang also attracts a number of conventions and conferences, so that hundreds of professionals and business leaders come here. Almost always, the working class enjoys a game of golf between conference schedules. There may only be three golf courses in the island but these are world-class courses that are sure to entertain, challenge and satisfy golf players.
The first golf course is the Bukit Jawi Golf Resort on Main Road, Sungai Bakap, Seberang Peri. Bukit Jawi boasts of its world-class Hill Course and Lake Course. The 18-hole 72-par Hill Course is a champion course with hazards and greens spread in a total of 6,385 meters of playing area. Although beginners and amateur players won’t find this course too difficult, there are still plenty of reasons for the most seasoned golfer to be challenged.
The Lake Course is also an 18-hole 72-par course but a bit smaller with only 6,163 meters of playing area. The holes are shorter but the course is not at all easier. There are more water hazards and sand bunkers. But what really makes golfing memorable here is the picturesque lake nearby.
In addition to the two courses, Bukit Jawi Golf Resort also offers, to name a few, swimming pools, tennis courts, gymnasium, snooker room and Mahjong room, sauna, and the Grand Ballroom that could seat 1,500 guests. The resort is equipped in handling business meetings, conferences, seminars, celebrations, and other social functions in a way that is truly relaxing and memorable.
Another Penang golf course is Bukit Jambul Country Club on Jalan Bukit Jambul, Bayan Lepas. Knowing that the area where this golf course stands used to be a hilly rugged and rocky jungle would give you an idea how challenging and interesting this golf course is. It also offers an impressive view of the iconic Penang Bridge. This 130-acre golf course opened in 1984 and it has been the preferred venue for the 31st Malaysian Open in 1992. Golfers are especially challenged to make the 10th hole of this 18-hole golf course because it is perched a hundred feet above the fairway on the valley floor. This exciting 72-par course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Finally, the third golf course is the 36-hole Penang Golf Resort (referred to by its patrons simply as “PGR”) in Seberang Perai Utara on a new township developed by Bertam Properties Sdn. Bhd. It was designed by Graham Marsh, a respected golf player and well-known golf course architect.
Three golf courses that offer lush greenery, spectacular views, soothing tropical weather and challenging hazards. Although there are just three courses to choose from, playing golf in Penang is world class and truly unforgettable.