Top 10 Reasons To Go Golfing in Malaysia

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It’s one of the world’s great holiday destinations in its own right, and Malaysia is also gaining a reputation as a golfing mecca thanks to the development of some world class courses. Golfers can discover four completely different experiences in Malaysia by playing in the highlands, by the beach, in amongst the jungle or within the city limits and these are all experiences which can be easily done. 

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Here are our 10 top reasons to take a golfing holiday in Malaysia: 

1. Quality golf courses 

There are more than 200 golf courses to choose from including designs by world renowned architects such as legends like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman. New golf developments are in progress by Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Greg Norman and Padraig Harrington. Many courses have received global distinction and prestigious awards and some play host to global golf events on the European Tour, PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour and Asian Tour. The highly knowledgeable golf specialist tour operator members of the Malaysia Golf Tourism Association (MGTA) provide tournament packagesaround the “Big Four” annual events. 

2. The big tour events 

Maybank Malaysian Open

CIMB Asia Pacific Classic

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Iskandar Johor Open 

3. Value for money 

Malaysia provides good value for money. From the wide choice of hotel accommodation and golf, to shopping in the local markets or world-class department stores and shopping malls, to the wide array of dining choices and nightlife. According to recent studies conducted by Golf Travel Consulting, Inc., green fee rates in Malaysia are on average less than those in competing destinations such as Thailand. 

Golfers can play world class golf courses for around US$100. 

Average green fees for visitor friendly “export ready” courses 

                 Malaysia    Thailand        Vietnam       China

Weekday*  US$ 83      US$ 120        US$100        US$128

Weekend*  US$ 118    US$ 132        US$131        US$173 

(*based on average green fee rates of top 10 “export ready” courses promoted by inbound golf tour operators.) 

4. World class hotels 

Kuala Lumpur´s luxury hotels are ranked among the best in the world based on value for money. There is a broad variety of accommodation from five-star hotels to small privately owned lodgings. More than 3000 rooms in the 4 & 5 star category were added in 2012, making Malaysia one of the fastest growing top class destinations in the world. A variety of golf courses are within 30 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Or alternatively golfers can stay on a golf resort and travel into the city to enjoy the sights. 

5. World class cuisine 

Malaysia is a great holiday destination for culinary adventures and its multicultural background means it’s a gastronomical paradise. There is a huge variety in choice with the local cuisine, and a wide selection of international restaurants for those who prefer something more familiar. Golf & Gourmet Trips to Malaysia are popular, from humble hawker stalls, serving the world’s best street-side food, to an eclectic mix of genuinely world class restaurants. 

6. Not just golf ... 

Malaysia, home to prehistoric rainforests and a melting pot of culture, is an amazing country to discover. From visiting the world’s tallest twin towers or UNESCO World Heritage sites to the local night markets and street stalls which sell everything imaginable. Many species of plant and animal are exotic or even endemic to their particular region, all of which are there to be explored, along with stunning beaches, beautiful waterfalls and mountains. The world’s largest flower can also be found in Malaysia (Rafflesia in Sabah). 

From indulging in world class spas to enjoying boat trips to idyllic islands or visiting to Asia´s first Legoland theme park, the list is endless. Malaysia has even been ranked the world´s fourth best shopping destination by Global News Network CNN

Theme Packages and Unique Experiences in Malaysia:

  • Golf & Formula 1
  • Golf & Shopping
  • Golf & Gourmet
  • Golf & Hideaways
  • Golf & Wellness
  • Golf & Nature
  • Golf & Family Fun
  • Corporate Golf 

7. The weather 

Malaysia experiences tropical weather where golf can be enjoyed all year round as the east and west coasts experience their wet months at alternate times of the year. But even during wet season on the west of the peninsula (April to October), golfers are regularly out enjoying a round in the mornings. 

8. Culture and diversity 

One of the significant characteristics of Malaysian culture is its celebration of various festivals and events. The year is filled with colourful, exhilarating and exciting activities. 

9. It's safe and easty to get around 

English is the official language in Malaysia and therefore spoken everywhere. A multicultural country with cosmopolitan cities means that Malaysia is accustomed to welcoming visitors from around the world. Malaysia is considered safe and car rental is an easy option with road signs in English. The health system is excellent and has led to a rise in medical tourism. 

10. What the legends are saying 

Tiger Woods - winner of 14 major championships: 

It’s fun to come to Malaysia. I enjoy sightseeing in the city and it’s especially beautiful at night. I’d definitely recommend people to come visit Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is such a safe city and the entire region is a fantastic place.” 

Padraig Harrington - winner of three major championships: 

Malaysia has been a happy hunting ground for me. I’ve felt very comfortable here. I enjoy the weather. I have often brought my family with me and we all enjoy it. The courses are fantastic. It’s amazing how good they are. KL is a super city. Very enjoyable and very safe. I would recommend Malaysia to everyone.”

For more information on golfing in Malaysia, visit Malaysia Golf Tourism Association,

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