Malacca Golf Courses
The golf courses may not be as old as the many historical sites and attractions of centuries gone by, but some of them are just as intriguing.
The countryâ€™s third smallest state â€“ only Perlis and Penang do not have a bigger area â€“ Malacca has no more than eight golf tracts, one of them a nine hole layout.
Still, for the state known as Negri Bersejarah ( Malay for historical state ) or Negri Hang Tuah ( Hang Tuah Country ), the quality and popularity of the courses are among the best in Malaysia. The best known includes:
Aâ€™Famosa Golf Resort is a 27-hole course designed by Ross C. Watson and a distinguished international holiday destination with a long string of activities for the whole family. Golf, though, does take precedence, given its huge drawing power and the layout is a challenging and interesting one. The course itself is split into three nines, which all play to a par-36. The Rocky, Palm and Crocodile Nines have been proficiently craved out of the undulating topography without unduly infringing on the natural terrain.
Tiara Malacca Golf & Country Club is one of the countryâ€™s celebrated golf courses and there is good reason for that. This 27-hole layout, made up of three testing nines, was designed by Nelson, Wright & Haworth and serves as a yardstick for Malaysian sport. Comprising the Lake, Meadow and Woodland Nines, Tiara has been superbly crafted over some 400 acres in the Ayer Keroh district of Malacca. With it natural water bodies, sand hazards and tricky greens, it provides an ideal test of oneâ€™s ability.
The Orna Golf & Country Club, designed by Andy Dye, not only serves as a day / night facility but also provides golfers of all skill levels with a tough challenge. Indeed, Orna, with its pronounced mounded fairways, has been expertly carved out between slopes with big bunkers and intimidating water hazards. And with the afternoon and evening winds blowing off the Straits of Malacca, this layout can pose some serious questions.
One of Malaccaâ€™s premier golf courses, Ayer Keroh Country Club is a 27-hole layout located not more than 10 minute drive from the Ayer Keroh Interchange of the main North-South Highway. The course designed by Tun Ghaffar Baba, the then chief Minister and an avid golfer, is set amidst virgin jungle and was opened in 1964. The design was carefully chartered to retain a significantly large part of the jungle with a view to limiting the damaging ecological impact of the course to a minimum.
There are many other golf resorts scattered around the region. Hereâ€™s the list of golf courses in Malacca:
- Aâ€™Famosa Golf Resort
- Tiara Malacca Golf and Country Club
- Orna Golf and Country Club
- Bukit Terendak Golf Club
- Ayer Keroh Country Club