Are you thinking about spending some time on the green during your vacation in Sabah?
Not only you can take a relaxing break, but Sabah is also home to some excellent golf courses in Malaysia.
1. Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club
Combining splendid natural scenery with astounding modern architecture, the 27-hole golf course at the heart of the Sutera Golf & Country Club lives up to its reputation as one of the best golf courses in Malaysia, having garnered various awards.
The entire course is divided into three courses with nine holes each – the Lake Course, the Heritage Course and the Garden Course.
The Lake Course, named for its setting amid tranquil man-made lakes, is the most challenging because of its water hazards.
The Heritage Course, in contrast, is the most relaxing, backed by beautiful views of the city of Kota Kinabalu.
Finally, the Garden Course offers something for both beginners and pros to enjoy and is also the most scenic, overlooking the South China Sea and dotted with attractive landscapes.
The holes of the Lake Course and the Garden Course are open for night golfing, as well.
Golf facilities include a club house, a covered driving range, a putting green, a golf shop and a golf academy where you can learn from international golfing experts.
9 holes – RM 240 (weekdays), RM 270 (weekends and holidays)
18 holes – RM 270 (weekdays), RM 360 (weekends and holidays)
27 holes – RM 470
9 holes – RM 50 (for 1 player), RM 65 (for 2 players)
18 holes – RM 80 (for 1 player), RM 120 (for 2 players)
2. Borneo Golf & Country Club
Located about an hour away from Kota Kinabalu, the Borneo Golf & Country Club boasts of a nine-hole course designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus. It is considered one of his best designs.
In fact, with its spectacular setting right next to the South China Sea and its excellent combination of lagoons, wastelands and sand bunkers which make it truly challenging.
There are plenty of facilities offered for golfers here, as well, including a lounge, locker rooms, a golf shop, a driving range and putting green.
There are other recreational facilities, too, such as swimming pools, racquet courts and a billiards room, while the Prescott Resort Hotel provides accommodation for those who want to spend more time on its gorgeous greens.
Weekdays – RM 110
Weekends – RM 150
3. Shan-Shui Golf & Country Club
Considered to be the finest creation of Nelson & Haworth in Asia, the 18-hole golf course at the Shan-Shui Golf & Country Club is backed by lush mountains, palm tree forests and cocoa plantations, giving off a feel of being lost in paradise.
The 15th hole is especially renowned, numbered among the best golf holes in the world, although it can also be quite a challenge, with its tee box located beside a river that actually contains crocodiles.
Don’t worry, if one seems to be coming at you, you can always hop in your buggy and drive away.
Aside from the usual golf facilities, the club also offers a jacuzzi and sauna, as well as one of the best restaurants in the area serving jazzed up local specialties.
Weekdays – RM 180
Weekends – RM 210
Caddy fees – RM 16 per caddy
Buggy (compulsory) – RM 25 per person
4. Kudat Golf & Marina Resort
The Kudat golf course, which is backed by verdant forests and olf houses, is considered to be the oldest in Sabah. Its registration dating back to 1906.
In 2002, another nine-hole course was added, labeled as the ‘first nines’ which faces magnificent Marudu Bay.
Both are quite challenging, although the newer course is more so because of its water hazards.
Complete practice facilities are offered, including a driving range, putting green and practice bunker.
Accommodations are available, together with plenty of seafood restaurants along the bay to accommodate hungry golfers.
Weekdays – RM 100
Weekends – RM 150
5. Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club
Located in Tuaran and designed by famous golf designer, Ted Parslow, the course at the Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club has 18 holes and is surrounded by breathtaking views all around.
In particular, the course affords views of majestic Mount Kinabalu and the idyllic Pantai Dalit Beach while being bordered by winding rivers and dense forests.
The facilities here are those one would expect of a world-class resort, including a spacious clubhouse with a restaurant, changing rooms, a pro shop, a driving range, a putting green and a chipping green.
For those planning on staying overnight, rooms await at the Shangri-La Rasa Ria Hotel, which is also known for its award-winning spa.
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9 holes – RM 260
18 holes – RM 380
These golf courses are the pride of Sabah and a great way to sample the natural scenery that Sabah has to offer, allowing you to truly tee off to an extraordinary vacation.