Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort
Having been established in 1992, Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort is one of Malaysia’s leading golf venues, stretching over 800 acres and set just 30 minutes from both Johor and Singapore.
The resort boasts three top-class courses designed by Max Wexler and Akira Mamiya as well as excellent leisure and dining facilities. The resort is a must visit as part of a Malaysian tour of Johor.
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Designed by Max Wexler and opened in November 1992, the Plantation course was built on a site of a former palm plantation and has been developed to preserve and develop its magnificent surroundings. As the course plays now, many of the landscapes former site is still visible, with large oil palm trees lining the fairways and several fruit trees such as mango, jackfruit and coconut palms on display throughout the course. There is no doubting the pure beauty of this course and the immaculate courses and Bermuda Tifdwarf greens are bordered by colourful plants and shrubs, making it a unique experience. This particular course is floodlit so golfers can enjoy it both at night and during the day.
Developed two years after the Plantation Course, the Village course was designed by renowned architect Akira Mamiya. The name stems from the landscape on which it was constructed, as the Kampongs (Malaysian villages) used to occupy the space. Local Kampong Seri Aman I & II are within view from holes 6, 11 and 12. As you meander through the valleys and lakes which cut through the course, you’ll be faced with water hazards on no less than 13 holes. This course is considered as one of great difficulty, demanding golfers overcome the unique layout.
Also designed by Akira Mamiya, the Straits Course is possibly the toughest challenge of all three courses as you play down close to the Straits of Johor. Hugging the coastline, the course features severe undulation on many of the fairways and some seriously punishing rough grass, demanding golfers are accurate off the tee, especially with coastal crosswinds. One of the courses trickiest holes is the short par-4 15th, which has a lake running all down the right hand side of the fairway and a well-protected green.
The practice facilities at Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort are second to none with a two tier floodlit driving range next to the clubhouse, which itself is home to a fully equipped pro shop with all the latest equipment and golfing essentials. At the resort there is a very impressive Sports and Recreational Centre, perfect for those looking to extend their leisure activities beyond the golf course. The centre is home to an Olympic sized swimming pool, gym, leisure courts and indoor activities such as an extensive bowling arena and table tennis tables. There are several dining options at the resort, the Golfer’s Cafe is an outdoor terrace overlooking the Plantation Course and serves local Warong dishes, He Yuan is a popular Chinese restaurant and the After 18 Lounge is where golfers go to enjoy a drink after their round.