Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club is located on the North West coast of Borneo, the world’s third-largest island. The course is comprised of three loops of nine holes and designer Graham Marsh has produced an exciting and challenging layout sure to test every golfer.
Set in the heart of Kota Kinabalu City and amongst the incredible Sutera Harbour Resort Complex, the club benefits from its extensive facilities, making it extremely popular with travelling golfers. The club itself has hosted several prestigious tournaments and was recognised in 2008 as being the 2nd best golf resort in Malaysia.
With three distinctly different courses by name and nature, Sutera Harbour Golf Course is sure to keep golfers on their toes as they navigate round the parkland layout. The Lakes Nine is a fantastic opening for the course, boasting water hazards on eight holes and demanding careful shot selection at every turn, with undulating fairways, protected greens and strategically placed bunkers lurking. The par-5 6th is the perfect demonstration of the risk-reward golf as the long hole of over 600 yards teases golfers with the opportunity to cut across the dog-leg. To do so, you must hit long off the tee and avoid the water and sand that graces the corner, but if you pull it off, you could give yourself an eagle chance. The par-3 7th is one of the most stunning holes on the course, with water along the right, the green is protected by five bunkers shaped like a jigsaw-piece.
The Heritage Nine is a less hectic portion of the course with less water hazards and stunning views across the city of Kota Kinabalu. As the first couple of holes are relatively straight forward, the 11th presents a unique challenge as you play down the long fairway which is neighboured by the South China Sea, which creates a subtle sea breeze thus bringing some wider bunkers into play. While featuring less water, these nine holes are littered with various bunkers, some of which are extremely unforgiving - the par-4 14th boasts a narrow fairway with pot bunkers by the green requiring an almost pin point approach shot to get on the green and close to the flag.
The Garden Nine is regarded as the easiest of the three loops, however it is comprised of nine intelligently designed and beautiful holes. The pick of the nine is the signature par-4 24th, as golfers will play close to the coast and could possibly be a risk off the tee if your driving isn’t up to scratch while the 27th ends on an equally impressive hole which features a narrow fairway, lined by some stunning pine trees, which while beautiful should be avoided at all costs.
To accompany the fantastic 27-hole golf course, the facilities at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club are extremely impressive. Not only does the Garden Course feature night golf on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays but there are also brilliant practice facilities including a 41-bay driving range, immaculate putting area as well as a useful short game area. Within the clubhouse you can find modern locker rooms which feature saunas and spacious showers while the pro-shop is always open for golfers looking for any equipment or accessories. The Terrace is the restaurant at the golf course and offers excellent views across the club and Kota Kinabalu, serving Asian and local dishes outside.