Kelab Golf Kinta
Situated on the high ground west of the small, historical administrative town of Batu Gajah in Perak is Kelab Golf Kinta, an 18-hole par 70 layout designed by Australian planter Alma Baker.
Previously, this was an airstrip for light aircraft and a vast open area used for horse riding. Today, what was part of the airstrip is the 487 meter par-5 12th. The pond on the right of the green is where aircraft would be ditched should they overshoot the grass airstrip. The ruins of Bakerâ€™s mansion, which had an observation tower, is just outside the perimeter of the club.
As Batu Gajah gradually developed into an important administrative center under the British colonial rule after the First World War, more and more Europeans moved into the area and the club was founded in 1921 with one Dickson Eric Ayton installed as its first president.
It was then just a 9-hole course, with a small wooden clubhouse, set in 45 acres.
In 1998, Kinta embarked on a major development project with the clubhouse remodeled and another nine holes added. This followed in the wake of the club acquiring a further 55 acres of land from the state government.
The expansion project, which was completed in 2001 at a cost of RM 1.5 million, left Kinta with undulating terrain and water bodies that made the tree lined course more scenic and a great deal more challenging.
Set in the tranquility of a secondary jungle, where wild boars often raid the course in search of food, Kelab Golf Kinta prides itself for a well maintained 5590 m tract. Even after heavy downpours, the course is soon playable due to its excellent drainage system.
Unlike most golf courses, which are designed by professionals, this layout has the input of the club members.
Among the most challenging holes are the 5th (168m par3), the 6th (311m par4) and the 17th (155m par3). The water hazards and sand traps are the major obstacles at these holes.
The greens are tricky and demand a good read. Featuring 31 bunkers and seven ponds, they are designed to bring out the best in every golfer.
Kelab Golf Kinta is the ideal place for a family getaway. Not only it is reasonable priced â€“ green fees for 18 holes is RM 48 on weekdays and RM 80 on weekends and public holidays, inclusive of a buggy for two â€“ but the rest of the family can always find some interesting places to visit.
Location: Jalan Changkat, 31000 Batu Gajah,, Perak Darul Ridzuan.
Just over a two hour drive along the North-South Expressway from Kuala Lumpur or Penang, Kinta is ideally located.
Exit at the Simpang Pulai Toll of the North-South Expressway and turn left at the main trunk road towards Gopeng. About 2km from the junction, turn right into Batu Gajah and drive on straight after the flyover. The club is on the right. The back is from the Ipoh-Lumut Highway. Enter Batu Gajah at Bemban and then straight to the club on the left.
Tel: +605 366 7270