Orna Golf Country Club
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.
It is a 27-hole course that tested the resolve of the professionals at the Asian Tourâ€™s Qualifying School between 2001 and 2003; events that drew players from all over Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States.
The championship layout is made up of East and West courses. It measure 6,697 meters and has a record of nine-under 279, shot by Korean Ted Oh on his way to victory in the 2001 Asian Q School.
The East course stretches 3,297 meters from the black or championship tee boxes and has water as it foremost feature.
On the front nine of this tract, the 505m par-6 seventh hole is always a talking point. It is a double dogleg that careers to the right and tempts the big hitters to thwart the dogleg and lake by taking a Tiger-line to the green in tow. If length and accuracy should work in tandem, then well and good. However, should this situation be reversed and one is somewhat wayward, then a penalty â€“ often a grave one â€“ will be paid.
The longest of the three nine is the West course which measures 3,400 meters from the championship tees. It is also Malaccaâ€™s sole course that offers night golfing.
Ornaâ€™s signature hole is found on this layout â€“ the 183m par-3 12th. It is certainly an interesting experience, with the tee shot played off an elevated tee box to an island green. Given that there is no bailout here, what with the full water carry, correct club is of primary importance. The safest way to play this hole is to aim for the center of the gently undulating putting surface, with a par being the main objective. But remember to take note when the wind is up, because this could also cause more than a few problems.
The par-5 16th stretches 549 m and also has its own individual character â€“ two fairways on either side of a water body. Thereafter, a tricky undulating green awaits the golfer.
Ornaâ€™s championship 18 is closed out with a 424m par-4. Teeing off a hillside, the drive has water carry to a narrow landing area. The fairway and lake are separated by a long bunker that comes into play with errant tee shots. An uphill approach to an undulating green has to negotiate more sand hazards, which dictates that the second shot must be accurate. A par on the index six hole is widely as a job well done.
The third nine â€“ the North course, measures 2,911 meters off the bvlack tee boxes, but is by no means a walk in the park. It has its own trappings and also makes for interesting golf.
Orna has a 44-bay driving range with lighting, a pro shop, gym, golfersâ€™ terrace and coffee house.
The clubhouse is huge and well laid-out. The interior has been stylishly appointed to ensure top-notch hospitality. The Chinese Restaurant can seat 400 while the 700 capacity Banquet hall is ideal for seminars and functions.
Location: Batu 16, Jalan Gapam Ladang Gapam, 77200 Jasin, Malacca
Tel: +606 5210 333
Orna is situated less than 10 minutes by road from the Ayer Keroh inter-change and some 25 minutes from the Malacca town centre.
Par: 72 (Either combination)
Designer: Andy Dye
Length: East Course 3297 m, West Course 3400 m, North Course 2911 m