Tiara Melaka Golf Country Club
Tiara Melaka 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 lake course, as its name clearly suggests, is influenced by water. However, that is not all as there are a variety of trees and shrubs that line the fairways and add to its appeal.
The finishing ninth hole on the lake course is a 472m par-5 that has water running its entire length on the right and behind the green. A drive that find its place close to the water enjoys the best angle to attack the green and â€“ for the big hitters who are prepared having a go at getting it on in two â€“ paves the way for a possible eagle.
While the Meadow is primarily flat with a scattering of shady palm trees, it does have its own allure.
The par30fourth measures 161 meters and presents the golfer with a shot that demands precision. Here, a right to left draw is the stroke to play â€“ downhill to a small, narrow green that is guarded by a large sand hazard on the left and two pot bunkers at the back.
The Woodland course, situated in the northern part of the complex, is heavily wooded with mature woods which create a tropical jungle effect.
A gem of a golf hole on this nine is the 354m par-4 third. It features two landing areas and those who choose to go left, and are successful, stand a better chance of attacking the green. Playing down the right fairway is safer, but it leaves a somewhat more difficult approach with a full carry over water and sand before finding the green.
The club has numerous amenities, including a driving range, golf shop, swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, a fully equipped gym, a restaurant and golfersâ€™ terrace.
Location: Jalan Gapam, Bukit Katil, PO Box 473, 75760 Malacca
Tel: +606 231 1111
Tiara is easily accessible from the Ayer Keroh exit on the North-South Highway, and is an hgourâ€™s drive from Singapore and one and a half hour from Kuala Lumpur. From the Ayer Keroh exit, it is less than 15 minutes drive â€“ turn off left at the traffic lights after the zoo, and proceed straight for 3km.
Desinger: Nelson, Wright & Haworth
Length: Lake 3107 m, Meadow 3215 m, Woodlands 3292 m