Get into the swing in Penang

Penang Golf Club, the only championship 18-hole golf course on Penang island, has gone through a makeover making it a challenging and exciting venue for golfers.

The Robert Trent Jones Jr designed golf course, situated on the slopes of the Jambul Hill, has Bermuda grass shaping the tee boxes and fairways and tif eagle covering the greens with luscious vegetation surrounding it to bring players as close to nature as possible.

Locals and visitors who have numerous sights to enjoy on the island known as the “Pearl of the Orient” including recognised World Heritage Sites now can add a memorable game of golf into their itinerary.

The Penang Golf Club, which was formerly called Bukit Jambul Golf Club, has a rich history since it opened in 1984 and was the venue for the 31st Malaysian Open in 1992 which was won by Vijay Singh. It had a new facelift and reopened on November, 2012.

Pine, Palm, Durian, Rambutan, Skyfruit, Angsana, Yellow Flame, Pulai, Tecoma, Neem and other tall trees add character to the golf course which also provide a panoramic view of different parts of Penang, including the two bridges which link Penang to the mainland, which can be seen from different holes.
The 6,393 yards (5,848 metres) par 72 course has sand bunkers at strategic places, water hazards encroaching into the playing area and rolling fairways which are characteristics that are similar to golf courses in Japan.
The 32-bay, two-tier, driving range which is 250 metres long provides practice for budding golfers and those who want to hone their skills. Professional lessons are also available for those interested in taking up the game with Japanese and local staff at hand to make the players feel at home.

The Sakurajima Restaurant in the clubhouse has large and small private rooms that serves Japanese and Chinese cuisine and is stocked with a variety of well-known “Sake” and “Shochu” from Kagoshima, Japan.

A 10-minute drive from the airport will bring you to Penang Golf Club while accommodation is convenient with the five-star Equatorial Hotel located a stone’s throw away.

Penang which is famous for its sight-seeing, shopping and entertainment beckons you with the additional lure of an exciting round of golf. So when you plan your next holiday, make sure Penang Golf Club is on the agenda.