364, Jalan Valdor,
Sungai Bakap, Penang (mainland) 14200
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Japanese design firm Eiwa Sekkei, in collaboration with Hideyo Sugimoto (Big Sugi).
15 km SE of Butterworth
From the North-South Highway (E1) south of the Georgetown turn-off, take exit 158 (Bukit Tambun).
Mountain View (formerly Kristal) Golf Resort: CHECK WITH CLUB FOR CURRENT STATUS. The Kristal Golf Resort closed in 2007 pending a possible redevelopment, which included a possible end to golf at this location. However, the resort subsequently reopened as the Mountain View Golf Resort (whether temporarily or permanently is unclear).
[Original Where2Golf description]: You will enjoy many fine views onto jungle-clad folding hills from Kristal's higher elevations, especially at the start and finish of the two nine-hole loops. The first couple of holes bring you down to a flatter section of the course, where earthmounding and a never-too-dense line of palm trees provide good definition to the well laid out holes.
The flatter sections on each nine allow the introduction of water hazards, which are more prevalent on the back-nine. Although water is less of a threat on the front-nine, beware the par-4 5th where a moat surrounds the island green.
Several fairways appear tight from the tee, not least as you are being challenged through Kristal's Amen Corner - a testing stretch of holes, starting at the par-4 14th. This long, water-protected par-4 is followed by an even longer par-4, and then onto the challenging par-3 16th. This potentially troublesome threesome, all bring water dangerously into play, notably on the right side and across the fairways.
The par-5 9th and 18th also demand some of your straightest hitting from tee-to-green. The 18th has a particularly unforgiving jungle-filled ravine running along its right side.
The greenkeeping here could be improved, with "cowgrass" fairways and semi-rough not doing much to enhance the course's quality feel. However, here at Kristal you can enjoy a pleasantly natural and scenic layout that will give all aspects of your game a thorough examination.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Non-metal spike facility.
Opening as the Kristal Golf Resort, and later called Mountain View, the golf course and relatively basic accommodation here were created and funded by Japanese developers.
Lot 414, Mukim 6, Jalan Paya Kemian Sempayi, 14200 Sungai Jawi, Seberang Perai Selatan, Penang.
+60 (0)4 5820 759Visit website
Bukit Jawi's 72 resort rooms were upgraded in 2007 and are tastefully decorated, with full amenities including air-conditioning. The rooms feature open verandas overlooking the golf course. A practice putting green outside the rooms allows you the opportunity to sharpen your short game skills.
Bukit Jawi (Hill and Lake courses)
Mountain View (formerly Kristal)
Penang Resort (on mainland); Penang GC (on Penang Island).
1 Jalan Bukit Jambul, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
+60 (0)4 643 8111Visit website
Set 250 feet above sea level, the Hotel Equatorial Penang overlooks the Penang Golf Club. This 5-star hotel, tucked away on a hillock just 15 minutes from the Penang International Airport, provides an ideal base for a golfing holiday in Penang. Georgetown, listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site, is only 20 minutes from the hotel. The hotel has 662 guestrooms and suites, each classily furnished and equipped with state of the art in-room amenities.
Mountain View; Bukit Jawi (2 courses); Penang Resort (2 courses).
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