GOLF checked out two layouts in this Borneo Island state.
Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club
Newly opened for play in 2005, this championship layout is set to challenge the single-digit handicap golfers as well as social golfers. The course requires accurate placement of shots in order to approach the fast Bermuda Tifdwarf greens with both subtle and dramatic contours and strategically placed bunkers.
The signature hole of the course is the par-three 160 metre 13th, with its island green, similar in design to the memorable TPC Sawgrass par-3 17th. The 501-metre par-5 sixth is the longest par-5 on the course. A certain degree of concentration is needed to stay on the fairway all the way to the green, as bunkers on the right for the first two shots with jungle on the left will keep you focused on the centre of the fairways. The 186 metre par-3 eighth is a beast of a hole that will challenge the best of the golfers. One of the longest par-3s in East Malaysia, with trees on the left side of the green and bunkers hugging the front left of the green, the only safe place to land your ball is on the right of the green.
Facilities here include a driving range, pro shop, restaurant, meeting and function rooms, swimming pool, gymnasium, Spa, steam bath, sauna and a number of rooms and suites.
Jalan Miri By-Pass
Ph: +6085 - 421 010
Sarawak Club Golf Resort
Located about 30 minutes drive from Kuching, both nines on this course are quite different – there is the Garden nine with open spaces and breathtaking views while the Jungle nine has been carved out of jungle and lined with many water hazards along each fairway. It’s tricky and deceptive with a few layups needed on some holes while long hitters could probably clear some of the water hazards.
The par-3 15th is the longest par-3 on the course at 202 metres. With water to the left and a bunker front right it needs a long accurate iron shot struck high to get onto the green. You might want to go right but be careful of the high mounds which create tricky terrain for return chipping. The par-5 18th is a medium length hole at 487 metres and presents a good birdie opportunity to close the round. Danger comes in the form of bunkers on either side along the fair way for long hitters, whereas short hitters will not reach the bunkers and will also play short of the stream in front of the wide fairway before the green.
Facilities include a Clubhouse, driving range, Olympic-sized swimming pool, fitness centre, Spa, library, terrace cafeteria and bar.
Block 26 MTLD
Ph: +6010 982 -277
The Hornbill Golf & Jungle Club
Borneo Highlands Resort's Hornbill Golf Course is an award-winning world-class 18-hole layout located about an hour’s drive or so from Kuching.
The Neil Crafter-designed 6,249 metre course is a beauty and reflects the natural features and contours of its unique highlands location that adds a whole new dimension to your game. This allows the golfer to play amidst breathtakingly beautiful jungle scenery and offers a unique experience of 'Golfing in the Clouds'.
The club was launched by Tiger Woods in 1999 during the World Cup Golf at Mines Resort & Golf Club, and received instant worldwide acclaim, as one of the top class, unique, exotic and fascinating courses in the world.
The 344-metre par-4 ninth is a classic. There are no bunkers from tee to green, instead a number of obstacles such as boulders of various shapes and sizes on and along the fairway.
The three finishing holes are fabulous. The 365 metre par-4 16th starts from elevated tees and plays downhill along an undulating fairway, which drops down in tiers to the jungle‐ringed green. The elevation change from tee to green is almost 40 metres, so a good drive which stays out of trouble will leave you with a short pitch on and a good chance for birdie. The par-3 165-metre 17th plays over a fern‐lined creek to crowned green, guarded by two bunkers on its front left edge and one more on the right, next to a gentle upslope. The 504-metre par-5 18th is tailor‐made for exciting finishes. The wide landing area invites you to go for distance from the elevated tees, favoring a leftish line to cut the corner of this mild dogleg left as much as possible.
Facilities include SPA, accommodation and restaurant.
Jalan Borneo Heights
Ph: (6) 019‐8280 790 / 019‐8290 790