Negri Sembilan Golf
Negri Sembilan, wedged between Selangor and Malacca, has several courses that have become synonymous with Malaysian golf. Most of the layouts have been craved out of what used to be rubber plantations, and make for some exciting golf, including a few that host international tournaments.
The upkeep of these courses is generally good, with much effort being put into their maintenance. Some of them have been remodeled and upgraded.
Overall, Negri Sembilan is another state where golf can be enjoyed to the fullest, with challenges to suit all skill levels, depending on where and when you are playing.
Malaysia Travel Guide touches on a sampling of what the state has to offer:
Port Dickson Golf & Country Club is set in tranquil surroundings and features an 18-Hole Layout that stretches 5,900 metres from the championship tees. Split into two nines â€“ the opening Rusa 1 is 2,981 metres while the homeward Rusa 2 is 2,919 metres. By and large, they make up for a relatively flat course whose character becomes defined with numerous water and sand hazards, tall trees and other obstacles. However, with the Straits of Malacca just a stoneâ€™s throw away, the winds that sweep off it often have a big say in how tough this layout plays.
Staffield Golf Resort is perhaps the best known of Negri Sembilanâ€™s courses. It is a 27-hole layout that was crafted by Australian Graham Marsh and, like several of the others in the state, it is constructed on former rubber plantation. Officially opened in 1994, it spans 335 acres and is primarily made up of rolling hills and water hazards that can be a big bother. Marsh took the liberty to pepper the course with more than 80 bunkers, merely adding to its character and employing them, in most cases, as obstacles to make the tract even more of a challenge.
Tucked away on the outskirts of Negri Sembilanâ€™s capital and in the developing Seremban 3 Township, Paradise Valley Golf Resort is a charming course set on a hilly terrain. Among its characteristics is water, a lot of it, that strengthens its makeup for a decent test. Part of a plan that envisions a fully integrated township complete in harmony with the surrounding environment, Paradise valley is a par-72 18-hole course that measures 6,072 metres from the black tees.
Port Dicksonâ€™s Royal Palm Springs Golf Club is a flat course parked along the shores of the straits of Malacca. And with the exceptionally taxing difficulties, given it is a resort course, the winds that blow off the sea often bring the most damage to scorecards. Measuring 6,174 metres from the back tee boxes, Royal Palm Springs is an 18-hole layout that plays to a par-72 and is situated on the 500 acre Palm Springs Resort City.
Like many of the older clubs, Seremban International Golf Club has had its highs and lows and is now firmly back in the reckoning as one of the countryâ€™s best. And while it might first appear, on face value, as a rather easy layout, it has immense character and proved a difficult challenge, even for the professionals. Crafted by members of the club, it measures 6,252 metres from the championship tee boxes and plays to a par-72. The 18 holes that comprise cowgrass fairways and Serangoon greens are well kept as is the clubhouse and the amenities.
About 10 minute drive from Bahau, ERA Golf & Country Resort is Negri Sembilanâ€™s newest par-72 18 holes course. Opened earlier this year, it was designed by local golf course architect, Bobby Lim, and stretches just beyond 6,000 metres. It is set in a valley, bordered by forests and presents one with an impressive sight when driving there. Much of the layout has had its surrounding terrain kept intact and Lim used a lot of the old, tall trees to good effect as he shaped the courses around them.
There are many other golf resorts scattered around the region. Hereâ€™s the list of golf courses in Negri Sembilan:
- Port Dickson Golf Club
- Staffield Golf Resort
- Paradise Valley Golf Resort
- Royal Palm Springs Golf Club
- Seremban International Golf Club
- ERA Golf & Country Resort