Impian Emas Golf & Country Club
This is a 9-holes par-36 public course is designed byRonal Fream... The short course plays to 3,117m from the blue tees is challenging with its hugh but undulating fairways, greenside bunkers and large tricky greens... For those playing a full 18-holes, the second nine plays to 3,195m on the alternate blue tees...
Equipment: The club has a temprorary clubhouse which house the normal changing rooms and a small golfers terrance... The nine-bay driving range is flood-lit for night use... The course is managed by Ponderosa Golf & Country Resort... Green fees (including buggy) is RM70 (weekdays) and RM100 (weekends) for 18-holes...
Car racing at Pasir Gudang.
I know a friend who likes car racing in Malaysia. There's a circuit available for a fee for private use of the circuit. Maybe it will be of interests to some car enthusiasts.
"Also called the Johor Racing Circuit, this is a well-used 3.86-kilometre track which continues to see a great deal of racing action. It currently hosts the annual World Superbike Championship, the World Endurance Race and the Johor Racing Series for motorcycles and cars. It is also open for a fee to private motor sport enthusiasts who wish to experience the thrills and spills of driving their machines at high speed in the relative safety of a racetrack."
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Ponderosa Golf & Country Club
The 18-holes par-72 course is designed by Max Wexler... The short course plays to 6,005m from the blue tees... The outgoing Nine is longer at 3,121m with the incoming Nine at 2,884m... The course is designed by blending with the natural terrain thus preserving the natural landscape and tropical foliage... It comes with enough sand traps and water hazards to provide a challenging round of golf... Golfers can see the skyline of Johor Baru as well as Singapore from vantage points on the course...
Equipment: The prominent clubhouse is of Spanish-Mediterranean architecture... Besides the usual men and ladies changing rooms, there is a pro-shop... There is also a driving range for those who need to warm up before a round of golf... The Golfers Terrace is for a quick meal before, during and after the golf game... Both western & local food are served at Cantina Sports Pub & Cafe... Chinese cuisine is available at the Hop Sing Chinese Restuarant...
Golfer needing accomodation can stay at any of the 16 guest rooms at the clubhouse... There are also 2 executive suites...
Octville Golf & Country Club
The 18-holes par 72 course plays to 3,218m on each of the nines making it an average course length of 6,306m for the blue tees... The fairway is of cow grass and is of fairly acceptable condition... The most scenic and challenging holes are the two par 3s #7 and #15 which plays to island greens...
The clubhouse is very basic but looks very futuristic and impressive with the golfer's terrace overlooking the finishing hole... The changing room need a renovation though... The buggy rate for non-members is RM66 inclusive of tax... The buggy also need an urgent upgrade...
Daiman 18 Golf Club
This is a public course and is very well maintained... Playing on this course is a pleasure with buggy on fairway...
This short 18-holes par 71 course plays to 5,731m from the blue tees... with the 1st Nine at 2,570m and the 2nd Nine at 3,161m...
Equipment: The clubhouse has both male and lady changing room as well as a golfers terrance for simple food and drinks...
Poresia Country Club
The Poresia Country Club is located within the development of Leisure Farm Resort... The course comprises a 36-hole golf course and clubhouse... Condominium-style accomodation (2-bedroom units at RM385nett per day) is available at the Resort... Other facilities are available at the Bale Club (including smimming pool, restaurants, conference centre, spa as well as an equestrian and stable facilities)...
There are 4 nines viz Hibiscus Nine, Orchid Nine, Sakura Nine and Bougainvillea Nine... All the nines are carved out of an oil palm plantation... The courses are designed by noted American golf course designer Pete Dye... Both the par-36 Hibiscus and Orchid play to 3,529yds from the blue tees... The par-36 Sakura plays to 3,475yds while the par-35 Bougainvillea plays to 3,242yds... All the nines are rather flat with palm trees lining the fairway... The courses have its fair share of water hazards... It is a comparatively easy course to play and enjoy...
Equipment: Promotion rates for golfing are as follows:
Monday afternoon - RM69.30 (buggy + green fees)
Tuesday ~ Friday morning - RM92.40 (buggy + green fees + lunch)
Tuesday ~ Friday afternoon - RM104.00 (buggy + green fees + lunch)
Saturday n Sunday morning - green fee RM170 (guests) n RM260 (visitors)
Sunday afternoon - RM120 green fees...
Buggy charges for Saturday n Sunday is RM36 per golfer...
Permas Jaya Golf Club
This 9-holes par-36 public course is in the Permas Jaya township, on the outskirt of johor Baru... The fairway is of cow grass and it plays to 3,125m from the blue tees... The club has a simple golfer's terrance and changing rooms for golfers...
Equipment: Night golfing is available on Wednesdays... Morning promotion rate is RM35 for 9-holes and RM45 for 18-holes... Caddy is compulsory if available... Buggies are only to be kept on track which is not normal for Johor Baru courses...
Austin Hills: Golf Driving Range
I'm no Tiger Woods and I own no golf clubs and shoes, but what a kick I got at the driving range. No pun intended, but I'd be totally handicapped if I'd gone on the green. So the driving range at Austin Hills allowed me to imagine that within me is a professional golfer...NOT!
Fact: This is one golf course that is just 20 minutes drive from the Singapore-Johore causeway. Lovely lovely green, even for the driving range. Costing just RM8 for 100 balls, you can really shoot till your hearts content.
mostly singapore Golfers
Equipment: Austin Hills Country Club: 354-4300
Daiman 18: 07-351 6813/353 3100
Where To Play :
Kukup Golf Resort: 07-696 0952/53/54/60
The Legends Golf and Country Resort: 07-652 4388
Octville Golf and Country Club: 607-387 3000
Palm Resort and Country Club: 07-599 6222
Palm Villa Golf Resort: 019-759 0101
Ponderosa Golf and Country Club: 07-354 9999
Poresia Country Club: 07-510 1810
Royal Johor Country Club: 07-223 3322/ 224 2098
Starhill Golf and Country Club: (607) 556-6325
Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort: 07-271 1888
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Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club
This is the latest golf club to open in the Johor Baru area, and located in Nusajaya township which is part of the Iskandar Development Region... The 18-holes par-72 course is designed by Ross Watson... Water plays a major part in this course, with water coming into play in almost all the holes... The course plays to 5,951m from the blue tees... The outgoing UEM Nine plays to 3,020m while the incoming Gamuda Nine to 2,931m... Water hazards aside, the course is well defended by the many bunkers scattered strategically over the layout... The sand is rather fine and soft making it extremely difficult to get out... As the trees are not matured yet, being a new course, the fairways are bare and hot when the sun is up in the sky...
Equipment: The clubhouse is hugh and perched on a small hill looking over the golf course... Its facilities befits a 5* establishment... There is the normal men and ladies changing rooms as well as the golfer's terrace... There is also a small pro-shop... Other facilties are not yet in place when we visited the course in early August 2008 as it was just opened for a few weeks...
Green fee including buggy is RM150 (for weekday mornings), RM170 (for weekday afternoons), RM250 (for Saturday all-day), RM220 (for Sunday & Public Holiday mornings), RM170 (for Sunday & Public Holiday afternoons)... Public Holiday rate is applicable for both Malaysian and Singapore public holidays... All rates are nett... The course is closed on Mondays for maintenance...
Royal Johor Country Club
The Royal Johor Country Club (or RJCC) is one of the old "royal" clubs in the country joining the league of other clubs such as Royal Perak Golf Club, Royal Selangor Golf Club, Royal Pahang Golf Club etc... It is one of the clubs still maintain its course measurement in yards while others have switched to meters... The 18-hole par-72 course plays to a long 6,964yds from the blue tees... The Tunku Mahkota (First) Nine plays 3,451yds while the Mentri Besar (Second) Nine is 3,513yds... The course is hilly, undulating and long represent a challenge to the golfers who need to be extremely fit as it is a walking course... The fairway is of cow grass and fairly well maintained...
Equipment: RJCC is a walking course where caddies are compulsory... The normal caddy fee (including tips) is RM50... The dress code requires players to wear long pants and no shorts are allowed... and so is turtle neck t-shirts... The club house is newly renovated with the golfer's terrace looking over the finishing holes... Food and drinks are rather cheap at RJCC...
Palm Resort Golf & Country Club
The course comprises of three 18-holes ie the Allamanda, Cempaka and Melati which are named after the flourishing flora in the area... All the three 18-holes are designed by the world-renowned Hiromasa Inagawa play to par 72...
The Allamanda 18 play to 6,866 yds from the blue tees... The course features remarkable landscaping amidst breath-taking scenery with water coming into in 11 holes... Considered the “Resort Course”, the Allamanda needs to be played with leisure to enjoy it...
The Chempaka is the championship course and plays to 6,772 yds from the blue tees... The course is tight with a number of severe doglegs... Water comes into play is at ;east 9 holes and the fairway is littered with some 60 bunkers... It is indeed an experience to take such a challenge...
The Melati is a "link"course and plays to 6,669 yds from the blue tees... It is a comparatively more open course with large greens complimented by wide fairways with minimum water hazards... The par-3 hole#2 has the largest bunker in Malaysia golf courses while the par-5 hole#12 is long at 630 yds... The par-3 hole#16 with its island green is also a challenge for high handicappers...
Equipment: The Mercure Johor Palm Resort & Golf is just next to the golf club... The Mercure offers 330 rooms and suites... For F&B, there is the Golfers Terrace for a quick drink or meal before or after a round of golf... The Las Palmas, with a seating capacity of up to120 pax, caters for authentic Chinese sets, International buffets or Western cuisine... Golfers can adjoin to the Sunset Lounge or the Spike Bar for a round of drinks and talk about the missed birdies or pars...
There is also a proshop that sells all things golf... The male and ladies changing rooms are both large and spacious with spa facilities...
Mount Ophir / Gunung Ledang.
Mount Ophir is 1,276m above sea level. It is the highest mountain in Johor. On a clear day, the outline of Sumatra can be seen from the summit. Gunung Ledang is part of an ecological rainforest considered to have one of the richest flora species in the world.
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GOLF IN PARADISE.....PERFECT!
As you pass through the main gates, you cannot help but to notice this huge white imposing building sitting on top of a hill. This is the club house of Austin Hills Country Club. A 360 degrees panoramic view of most of the fairways of the golf course is visible from here.
There are two 18 holes courses, namely the Austin Course and the Hills Course.
All the tee boxes are elevated and there are quite a few holes which one has to drive across intimidating ravines to arrive on the fairways proper.
I must at least mention something about the changing rooms. Walking into the changing room here is like walking into a night club. You become awashed in darkened cool colors minus the music. It's an experience not to be forgotten.
The club have from time to time special promotion rates for walk in visitors. It is wise to check with the club on this, you many save a few ringgit.
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