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Sabah : East Malaysia / BORNEO MALAYSIA - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
  Welcome
 
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  Beach Holiday
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  KOTA KINABALU (KK):
 
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  Tourist Attraction
  Aquarium & Marine Museum
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Crocker Range National Park
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Agriculture Park
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Pulau Mantanani Island
  Tamu (Sunday Market)
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Pulau Tiga Park
 
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  Rungus Longhouse
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Fish Massage
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  Sabah Tea Garden
 
  Kinabalu Park
 
  General Info
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Crocodile Farm
 
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  Bukit Gemok
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SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA
PLACES OF INTEREST : Golfing
 
 

GOLFING

 

Golfing in Sabah goes back a long way. In fact, records show that in 1906 a membership drive for the Kudat Golf Club appeared in the British North Borneo Herald with an entrance fee of $5.00! The first golf tournament was the Elphinstone Cup Tournament held in 1932 which saw golfers from clubs in North Borneo, Brunei, Sarawak and Labuan Island competing.   Today, Sabah boasts numerous golf clubs located in all corners of the State with some courses set amongst breath-taking scenery and offering interesting and challenging play, whatever your handicap and levels of challenge may be. You can choose to play in the city, by the sea, high above sea level or closer to earth at the fringe of lush vegetation. A world famous golfer once said that one of the main pleasures of the game lies in its natural aspect where all the natural elements are brought in, to test the player to the full. (In fact Graham Marsh said it, in the Benson & Hedges Holiday Golf guide to where to play and stay in SEA, published 1978). This great East Malaysian state on Borneo Island is naturally endowed with endless beaches and bays, ancient rainforests and amazing plants and animals, and the sacred Mt Kinabalu and all this natural beauty is blended into the landscape of the golf courses, making Sabah truly a golfer?s Paradise.

 

 
 

BORNEO GOLF

& COUNTRY CLUB

 

18 holes, par 72, 6546m

Design By : Jack Nicklaus

 

Location : Bongawan

 

There is always something alluring about railways. And as you drive along the Beaufort highway near the old railway tracks, your mind goes back to the days gone by, when vulcan steam engines chugged along, their whistles blowing while passengers perched on wooden seats ate lunch out of tiffin boxes. About 69km from Kota Kinabalu or an hour?s drive along the Beaufort highway at Bongawan, you will find a gem of a golf course, reputed to having the most excellently- maintained Bermuda Tifdwarf greens this side of the country.

 

Designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, this superbly-crafted buggy course plays 6546 meters off the championship tees. Spread over 200 acres on a 900-acre site, the natural features of the lagoon and surrounding terrain is played up to dramatize the water hazards as well as the wasteland and bunkers, giving a strong character to this ?Golden Bear? course. The unspoilt beauty of its surroundings takes your breath away, literally as you struggle to focus on your game whilst battling stiff ocean winds on the back nine.

 

 

Its signature hole 14, par 3, 172 meters, Index 8 entails a daunting tee shot across a cove, further complicated by crosswinds up to 60 mph blowing in from the South China Sea. Elsewhere on the course, numerous water hazards, natural or otherwise, and 84 bunkers await you. In 2001, the club hosted the 41st South East Asia Amateur Team Golf Championship, aka the ?Putra Cup? which has its history going back to 1961. The clubhouse offers a myriad of facilities for golfers and non- golfers alike including a golfers? lounge, golf pro shop, locker rooms, games rooms, karaoke and billiards. There is also a driving range, practice area, resident pro and putting green at the club. The BGCC is further complemented by the facilities of the Prescott Resort Hotel situated just besides the Clubhouse. Guests can stay in fully equipped chalet-like accommodation and enjoy the many recreational activities lined up for them like swimming, racquet games and fishing.

 
 
 

DALIT BAY GOLF

& COUNTRY CLUB

 

18 holes, par 72, 6310m

 

Location : Tuaran

 

In the Tuaran district, about 35km away, or a 40 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu and among idyllic kampungs or villages, is the Shangri-La?s Rasa Ria Resort and Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club, often described as a perfect sanctuary with its own nature reserve, wildlife and private beaches. The Dalit Bay golf course is a uniquely designed 18 hole, par 72 golf course by Ted Parslow of E & G Parslow (M) Sdn Bhd, which maintains the natural landscaping of the area. It consists of two nines, the Mengkabong Nine and the Tambalang Nine.

 

 

Formerly a mangrove swamp, the course is bordered by the Tambalang and Mengkabong rivers which sees the Tambalang River emptying into the South China Sea. In fact, its signature hole 11, par 3 stretches 158m across the river mouth and requires you to land your ball on a gently sloping green flanked either side by bunkers. Sometimes you may find an orang utan or two hanging around, watching. Being a wetland area, it is not surprising that water comes into play at every hole. These numerous water hazards and bunkers, coupled with the natural greenery around the course provides for stimulating play. The fairways are covered with Greenlees Park and the greens, Tifdwarf. Mt Kinabalu can be clearly seen in the distance. The clubhouse has many facilities including restaurant, driving range, putting green, chipping and bunker practice area, changing rooms and Pro-shop.

 
 
 

KARAMBUNAI RESORTS

 GOLF CLUB

 

18 holes, par 72, 6063m

Design By : Ronald Fream

 

Location : Kota Kinabalu

 

Some say it?s Heaven.., and Heaven it must be for those who experience the beauty of nature along with the rejuvenating atmosphere at the Nexus Resort Karambunai and the Karambunai Resorts Golf Club on the Karambunai Peninsula. About 30km or a half-hour?s drive from Kota Kinabalu near Menggatal is a beautifully-crafted course stretching from the edge of low hills and reaching towards the sandy beaches. Designed by renowned American golf architect Ronald Fream, this 18 hole par 72 championship course requires a golfer to display both strength and strategy. There are several dogleg holes and the 13th (390m) will test your long and short game. Your drive must be solidly struck to permit a long iron second shot to the green, after which a deft putting shot is required to negotiate the bold contouring.

 

 

Meandering waterways, bunkers and ocean winds heightens the level of challenge, not to mention the distracting views. The Club is equipped with full buggy facilities, open-air driving range, practice chipping and putting greens, spacious changing and locker rooms, Pro-shop and F&B amenities. The Nexus Resort Karambunai just next door is the ultimate in luxurious living. Accommodations include Presidential Villas and suites fronting the beach. There are numerous restaurants, entertainment club and lounges, Ballroom and convention facilities within the Resort.

 
 
 

KUDAT GOLF CLUB

 

18 holes, 6063m

 

Location : Kudat

 

In the Kudat district on the northern part of Borneo Island lies Kudat town overlooking Marudu Bay. It has many tourist attractions like the longhouses of the Rungus community, the annual Coconut festival, and of course the Tip of Borneo, a rugged piece of land jutting out into the sea awashed with white waves. Now visitors to the district can have the chance to experience even more of the place while staying at the newly-opened Kudat Golf and Marina Resort. The Kudat Golf Course has been in existence since the early 1900?s when it was already organizing interstation golf Competitions and Kudat Golf Club was acknowledged as the first golf club in Sabah. The early nine hole golf course, now called the second nines, is located in the centre of Kudat town and surrounded by roads, houses, office buildings and shop lots. Naturally wooded and matured, this 3075 meters course is challenging in its own unique way. Tee-off from Hole 4 requires a shot over an office building! Fairways are covered with Kudat local grass.

 

 

Since mid-2002, the new nine hole course, or the first nines (3005m), has been opened for play, giving Kudat Golf Club an 18 hole golf course of 6080 meters and a MGA course of 71.9/131. This non-buggy course facing Marudu Bay features large water hazards and numerous bunkers throughout. The fairways and greens are covered with Bermuda. You will find your play greatly influenced by winds from the open sea and a golfer has mentioned that playing both nines reveals how contrasting the two games can be. On sunny days golfers are treated to a spectacular view of Mt Kinabalu, as well as Bengkoka Peninsula across the Bay and the Crocker Range. The Club house is situated close to hole 10, which in the evenings is lit up to become a driving range. The club is complemented by the Marina Resort which offers good accommodation and F&B outlets, among other services.

 
 

MOUNT KINABALU

GOLF CLUB

 

18 holes, par 72, 6319m

Design By : Robert Muir Graves

 

Location : Ranau

 

About an hour?s drive out of KK you will get to one of Malaysia?s most beautiful and interesting places, Kinabalu Park where Mt Kinabalu stands. At 4095.2m, it is the highest mountain in South East Asia and draws visitors to her slopes like a magnet. Gazetted as a World Heritage Site, Malaysia?s first, Kinabalu Park covers a staggering 754 sq km, a size bigger than Singapore Island! It has an amazingly diverse flora collection, mainly in part to its wide temperature range. Sabah?s largest ethnic community, the Kadazandusun live in this area and consider themselves the guardians of the sacred Mountain. At the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu at Kundasang, situated on the Pinosuk Plateau 1500 meters above sea level is Mt Kinabalu Golf Club, the highest golf layout in Sabah. It was designed by Robert Muir Graves and characterised by scenic farmlands, deep ravines and valleys and cool temperatures.

 

 

Playing 6319m from the back tees, golfers will find this 18 hole course physically as well as mentally challenging , to say the least. Ever-present winds, steep slopes and rolling mists will test you to your limits. Some days the fog can be so thick, you would think you were really playing up among the clouds! Hole 10 par 4, 370 meters sees a huge rock in the centre of the fairway and you can attempt to carry over or bail out to a slope on the right as the left side is OB with natural vegetation hazards. Similar hazards are found throughout. The signature hole at the 14th, par 3,142 meters, features a gushing river at the bottom of a deep ravine and here you will need an accurate shot from the elevated tee across the Mesilau East River to land on a miniscule green perched on the edge of a cliff. Facilities include a spacious clubhouse, golfers? lounge, Practice putting and chipping green, golf shop, rental of buggy, golf shoes and golf sets, and also caddy service. Accommodation is available at the Mesilau Nature Resort and the Perkasa Hotel in Kundasang offer comfortable rooms and F&B amenities.

 

 
 

SABAH GOLF

& COUNTRY CLUB

 

18 holes, par 72, 6335m

Design By : Robert Muir Graves

 

Location : Kota Kinabalu

 

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah and is a fast-growing, vibrant city where you can meet a happy mix of her people representing many of her indigenous groups as well as the local Malays, Chinese and Indians. Places of interest abound and there is always somewhere to go, something to do while in town. Shopping is exciting and eating, even more. Less than 10 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu City centre along Jalan Kolam is the Sabah Golf & Country Club (SGCC), Sabah?s oldest 18-hole golf course which opened for play in 1976. Once covered with secondary forest and a former rubber estate, this magnificent par 72 championship course designed by Robert Muir Graves is now acknowledged as one of South East Asia?s toughest courses.

 

 

Challenge after challenge awaits the player at every hole, provided by the undulating fairways, hilly terrain, large lakes, tracts of mature trees and adverse wind conditions. The longest hole and perhaps the most difficult is hole 14 par 5, 625 yards but, to hear it from the locals, despite its length, precision is what counts here rather than power. For many years, SGCC was the venue for the Sabah Masters which is part of the Asian PGA Tour. Play is by member arrangement. The club house facilities include golfers? lounge, restaurants, games room, karaoke, billiards room and changing rooms.

 
 
 

SUTERA HARBOUR GOLF

& COUNTRY CLUB

 

27 holes, par 72, 9351m

Design By : Graham Marsh

 

Location : Kota Kinabalu

 

A piece of absolute luxury rising from the waters. The Sutera Harbour Resort & Spa complex comprising two hotel wings - the deluxe Pacific Wing and the premium Magellan Wing, Sutera Convention & Exhibition Hall, the Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club and upcoming Residences are entirely situated on reclaimed land, giving the entire area a front-row seat every evening when the setting sun puts on a spectacular show. Centrally located in the heart of KK City and 10 minutes from the airport, this magnificent 27-hole championship course was designed by Graham Marsh and comprises the Lake (3140 m), Heritage (3176 m) and Garden (3176 m) Nines. A masterpiece? that combines nature with ingenious architecture to create a first-class course. Words from the man himself. The course features rolling terrain, waterways and strategically-placed bunkers and its fairways are covered with Bermuda 419 and the greens, Bermuda Tidwarf.

 

 

The 24th hole par 4,330m (Garden Course) is the signature hole, the challenge provided both by the sandy waste and the ocean which comes perilously close to the undulating green. Night golfing was recently introduced and provides an alternative to golfers who shun the sun. You can play 20 holes - Lakes Course, Garden Course and 17th & 18th Heritage Course. There is also a driving range. putting green, chipping and bunker practice area, Resident Pro and Pro-shop, locker-rooms with sauna facilities. Day golf tee-times are from 6.00 am till 4.54 pm while the night golf tee-times are between 5.02 pm till 9.00 pm. In-house guests at the Sutera are allowed cross-signing privileges and access to all recreational, entertainment and restaurant outlets.

 
 
 

SHAN-SHUI

GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

 

18 holes, par 72, 6644m

Design By : Nelson & Harworth

 

Location : Tawau

 

Tawau is situated on the east coast of Sabah, and about 45 minutes plane ride from KK. A quiet and unassuming town, it is noted for its agricultural products like cocoa and palm oil more than anything else. The Tawau Hills Park is also home to Borneo?s largest wild cat, the clouded leopard. But now more people are getting aware of its latest hidden treasure, the Shan-Shui Golf and Country Club, just outside of the town. This 18 hole, par 72 course was designed by world-renowned golf architects Nelson and Harworth and acclaimed to be their finest piece of work in Asia. It covers over 365 acres and weaves through rubber, cocoa and coconut plantations and features streams and lakes, ravines and hills. The picturesque fairways and greens belie the toughness of the course, and as a local golfer once noted, ?definitely not for the faint-hearted.? But we all know there are no faint-hearts among golfers!

 

 

Every hole has been given a name, and the signature hole 5, par 5, 53lm is aptly named the Sulu Split. From the tees, where incidently the view takes in the Suluwesi Sea, Tawau town, Gunung Tinagat and the entire golf course, you are given the option of either to play safe down the left side, or challenge the small lower fairway. And the reward? A chance to go for the green in two. Sometimes golfers report ?local residents? like crocs at hole 6, hombills, kingfishers and even eagles of the feathered kind. Opened in 1997, it hosted the 16th Sabah Masters, part of the Asian PGA tour as well as the 55th Sabah Amateur Open, the following year. It has a well-equipped clubhouse with all the amenities of a good golf and country club including a driving range, practice greens, Pro-shop and changing rooms with jacuzzi and sauna. The club can arrange for your accommodation and transfers.

 
 
 
PLACES OF INTEREST : Golfing
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA