Staffield Golf Resort
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.
Course superintendent Richard Ho explained that among the upgrades in progress were the flattening of the teee boxes, the specialized treatment to certain areas in the fairways and an exercise to increase the speed of the greens.
â€œThe application of herbicides to some areas of the Bermuda grass fairways was necessitated by the invasion of foreign grasses and pests. But it was only carried out on those areas which were affected,â€ said Ho.
â€œIn the case of the greens, we have acquired new machinery that now allows us to double or triple cut the Tifdwarf putting surfaces in a single day, which in effect, means that our greens are much faster than before. To this end, on an average day â€“ for members. We can cut the greens to a speed of say 8. We can take it up to maybe 10 for tournaments.â€
Staffieldâ€™s three nines â€“ Western, Southern and Northern â€“ each have their own identity.
The Western Nine, which stretches 3,108 metres, is the friendliest of the trio. Here, the toughest hole is the 379 metres par-4 fourth. It features water all along the left with a few mounds on the right. The green, which is two tiered, can prove tricky even for the better putters.
The 3108 metres Southern Nine is certainly the most popular of the three and also the most interesting. This challenge requires the golfer to use both mind and skills, and a great deal of shot-making is demanded if a good score is to be had.
It also boasts Staffieldâ€™s signature hole â€“ the 164 metres par-3 eighth. It is by far one of the most scenic holes of the local circuit, but also requires much accuracy. This beauty plays over water to a green that has a wide front, which tapers down as it move towards the back.
The Northern Nine, at 3197 metres is the longest of Staffieldâ€™s three nines. On this layout, the layout, the 370 metre par-4 5th hole is one example of where the golfer has to put on his thinking cap.
It provides two options from the tee box â€“ left or right. Those who choose to aim left will target a narrow landing area with the boundary fence not too far off. To pull it off would mean one is nearer to the green that using the other route. To go right is a lot safer, regardless of the fact that you are playing towards the lake.
Staffieldâ€™s clubhouse is Tudor-styled. It is an imposing huge structure that has the Centrepoint Golfersâ€™ Terrace, a golf shop and driving range all within the complex. Peppers Restaurant, which serves delicious local and international cuisine, is found within the confines of the clubhouse. There are conference and meeting facilities as well.
Staffield is ideally situated, no more than a 45 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur along the North-South Highway and even less time from KLIA.
13th Mile, Seremban-KL Country Road, 71700 Mantin, Negri Sembilan
Tel: +603 8766 6117
Par: 72 (either combination)
Designer: Graham Marsh
Length: Southern 3108 metres, Western 3108 metres, Northern 3197 metres