Best golf courses: Malaysia

Malaysia: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in this country or region. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key for the rating definitions.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Alor Setar
Watson, Ross

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Alor Setar

Designer

Ross Watson designed the current layout.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Melaka
Watson, Ross

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Melaka

Designer

Ross Watson
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Kuala Lumpur
Fream, Ron

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Ron Fream
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Melaka
Baba, Ghaffar

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Melaka

Designer

Tun Dr. Ghaffar Baba
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Kuala Lumpur
Fream, Ron

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Ron Fream
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Kuala Lumpur
Poellet, J. Michael

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

J. Michael (Mike) Poellet
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Alor Setar
Akil, Ahmad Basri

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Alor Setar

Designer

Datuk Paduka Ahmad Basri Bin Hj. Akil of Ijawan Corporation (former State Secretary of Kedah)
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Kota Kinabalu
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kota Kinabalu

Designer

Jack Nicklaus Signature Design
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Kuala Lumpur
Wexler, Max

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Max Wexler
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Georgetown / Butterworth
Khor Kheng Teik

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Georgetown / Butterworth

Designer

Khor Kheng Teik
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Georgetown / Butterworth
Khor Kheng Teik

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Georgetown / Butterworth

Designer

Khor Kheng Teik
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Georgetown / Butterworth
Local

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Georgetown / Butterworth

Designer

Local
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Ipoh
Woolbank, Tim

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Ipoh

Designer

Tim Woolbank (of Australian Golf Management)
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kota Kinabalu
Parslow, Ted

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kota Kinabalu

Designer

Ted Parslow
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kuching
Palmer, Arnold

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kuching

Designer

Arnold Palmer
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Ipoh
Fream, Ron

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Ipoh

Designer

Ron Fream
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Miri
Nickels, Douglas

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Miri

Designer

Douglas Nickels of the Nickels Golf Group, San Francisco.
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Johor Bahru
Els, Ernie

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Johor Bahru

Designer

The original course here was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr (1985). Complete redesign by Ernie Els (2015).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Johor Bahru
Els & Singh

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Johor Bahru

Designer

Ernie Els in collaboration with Vijay Singh
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Alor Setar
Parslow & Els

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Alor Setar

Designer

Original design by Ted Parslow (1992); significantly redesigned by Ernie Els (2010).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Johor Bahru
Liang, Guo Kun

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Johor Bahru

Designer

Chinese architect Guo Kun Liang.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Johor Bahru
Nicklaus Design

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Johor Bahru

Designer

Nicklaus Design (Jack Nicklaus & Jack Nicklaus II).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Kuala Lumpur
Wexler, Max

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Max Wexler
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
Kuala Lumpur
Wexler, Max

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Max Wexler; modifications by Ted Parslow.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Johor Bahru
Watson, Ross

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Johor Bahru

Designer

Australian course architect Ross Watson.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Not Saturdays
Johor Bahru
Wexler, Max

Visitors?

Not Saturdays

Nearest city

Johor Bahru

Designer

Original design by Dato' Ahmad Adam (Director of the Public Works Dept, Johor. Redesign by Max Wexler.
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
(Closed in 2014)
Kuala Lumpur
Saito, M.

Visitors?

(Closed in 2014)

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

M. Saito
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
Kuala Lumpur
Thomson, Peter

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Peter Thomson
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Kuala Lumpur
Watson, Ross

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Ross Watson
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Johor Bahru
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Johor Bahru

Designer

Jack Nicklaus designed the 18-hole championship course (1997). Nine additional holes added by Arnold Palmer (2009).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Ipoh
Yassin, Mohd Kamel

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Ipoh

Designer

Mohd Kamel Yassin
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Rsrt guests only
Kuala Lumpur
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Georgetown / Butterworth
Eiwa Sekkei

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Georgetown / Butterworth

Designer

Japanese design firm Eiwa Sekkei, in collaboration with Hideyo Sugimoto (Big Sugi).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Melaka
Dye, Andy

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Melaka

Designer

Andy Dye (of Andy Dye Designs; nephew of Pete Dye)
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kuala Lumpur
Parslow & Winter

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Original design by Rick Robbins; substantially redesigned by Ted Parslow & Jason Winter (2009).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Johor Bahru
Inagawa, Hiromasa

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Johor Bahru

Designer

Hiromasa Inagawa
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
(Closed)
Kuantan
Montgomerie, Colin

Visitors?

(Closed)

Nearest city

Kuantan

Designer

Colin Montgomerie Design, with IMG Golf Design.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
Georgetown / Butterworth
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Georgetown / Butterworth

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Georgetown / Butterworth
Marsh, Graham

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Georgetown / Butterworth

Designer

Graham Marsh
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Georgetown / Butterworth
Marsh, Graham

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Georgetown / Butterworth

Designer

Graham Marsh
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Johor Bahru
Dye, Pete & Perry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Johor Bahru

Designer

Father/son team of Pete & Perry Dye designed all four nines at Poresia, personally overseeing construction of the Orchid and Hibiscus nines. The Sakura and Bougainvillea nines were built later.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
(Closed in 2019)
Johor Bahru
Scott, Peter Dalkeith

Visitors?

(Closed in 2019)

Nearest city

Johor Bahru

Designer

Peter Dalkeith Scott designed the Melana course (1993).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
(Closed in 2019)
Johor Bahru
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

(Closed in 2019)

Nearest city

Johor Bahru

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr designed the Pulai course (1993).
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Alor Setar
Raja Mudis Perlis

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Alor Setar

Designer

DYTM Raja Mudis Perlis
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekdays only
Kuala Lumpur
Hemmant, Frank

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Original design by Frank Hemmant, Jeffrey Gibb & J.B. Twiss (club secretary) (1921). Remodelled by Robin Nelson & Neil Haworth (2016).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekdays only
Kuala Lumpur
Hemmant, George

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Original design by George Hemmant (1921); remodelled by Charles "Hugh" Alison (1931). Modifications by Robin Nelson & Neil Haworth (2016).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Kota Kinabalu
Graves, Robert Muir

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kota Kinabalu

Designer

Original design by Robert Muir Graves (1976); remodelled by Robin Nelson & Neil Haworth (2004).
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Kuching
Douglas, Nigel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kuching

Designer

Nigel B. Douglas of Douglas Golf Design.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
Kuala Lumpur
Fream, Ronald

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Ronald "Ron" Fream
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Kuala Lumpur
Fream, Ronald

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Ronald "Ron" Fream

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Tawau
Nelson & Haworth

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Tawau

Designer

Robin Nelson & Neil Haworth
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kuala Lumpur
Marsh, Graham

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Graham Marsh & Ross Watson
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Johor Bahru
Mitsui Construction

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Johor Bahru

Designer

Mitsui Construction
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Johor Bahru
Mitsui Construction

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Johor Bahru

Designer

Mitsui Construction
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Kuala Lumpur
Inoue & Verity

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Original Putra layout by Japanese course architect Seiichi Inoue (1968), with improvements by Tom Verity as construction progressed. Kelana course designed by Bradford Benz & J.Michael Poellet (mid/late 1970s).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kuala Lumpur
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Jack Nicklaus Signature Design.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Rsrt guests only
Kota Kinabalu
Marsh, Graham

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Kota Kinabalu

Designer

Graham Marsh
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Johor Bahru
Wexler & Mamiya

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Johor Bahru

Designer

Max Wexler: Plantation course (1992) / Akira Mamiya: Village course (1994) and Straits course.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kuala Lumpur
Sato & Ozaki

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Japanese course architect Kentaro Sato with input from golfing legend Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Melaka
Nelson & Wright

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Melaka

Designer

Robin Nelson & Rodney Wright.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
Kuala Lumpur
Nelson & Wright

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Original design by Robin Nelson & Rodney Wright (1991), with some later revisions by Peter Thomson. Major redesign by Ted Parslow & Jason Winter (2010).
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Kuala Lumpur
Nelson & Wright

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Original design by Robin Nelson & Rodney Wright (1991); later revisions by Peter Thomson. Major redesign by Ted Parslow & Jason Winter (2008).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
Kuala Lumpur
Marsh, Graham

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Graham Marsh
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
(Closed in 2010)
Kuala Lumpur
Davis, Roger

Visitors?

(Closed in 2010)

Nearest city

Kuala Lumpur

Designer

Roger Davis

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