Over the last decade the popularity of golf in Kuala Lumpur has gone through the roof. There are a growth number of championship golf courses in Kuala Lumpur designed by big international names. These courses vary in style and difficulty, meaning there is something for all player levels.
Caddies are normally required for play and many golf courses in KL have buggies to provide some respite from the sweltering heat. Generally you can book a tee-off time from around 07:00 but may have some difficulty just turning up and expecting to play. There is a growing trend towards members only clubs, yet both KLGCC and Saujana permit guests. And remember the mosquito repellent as humidity and vegetation can bring them out in swarms.
Generally green fees are reasonable and most clubs have driving ranges. These are generally used for golf lessons in KL, although you can pay for a pro to accompany you on a round as well. Saujana has a junior development programme for golfers aged between six and 20 years, which is well regarded.
And the majority of Kuala Lumpur golf courses do not consider themselves merely activities to entertain holidaymakers and enforce a strict dress code as would be expected in Western clubs. Collared shirts (which should always be tucked in) and full-length trousers are the norm here.
Recommended Kuala Lumpur golf courses
Tropicana Golf and Country Club: This gated community has an 18-hole and nine-hole offering where members and residents can enjoy a round. This is an exclusive course though and with membership costing RM60,000, probably not worthwhile unless you plan to stay in the city for a long time. (website: www.tropicanagolf.com).
Saujana Golf and Country Club: Rightly considered amongst the most picturesque courses in the country, this golf club in Kuala Lumpur boast two 18-hole courses named Bunga Raya and the Palm. Both enjoy rolling fairways, dog legs and water features. And the tennis and squash courts, driving range, swimming pool and convivial bar make this a popular choice among expats looking to play golf in Kuala Lumpur. (website: www.saujana.com.my).
Royal Selangor Golf Club: As one of the first gold clubs in Kuala Lumpur, founded in 1893, the RSGC is considered amongst the most prestigious in Malaysia. And with around 6,000 members you might think it rather difficult to secure a tee-off time. There are two 18-hole courses plus a nine-hole, although it is strictly members only. (website: www.rsgc.com.my).
Glenmarie Golf & Country Club: The unique feature about this KL golf course is that one of the two courses is illuminated at night meaning you can tee off after a day in the office. And for golfers that love variety the steep slopes of the Valley Course (buggies are mandatory) contrast starkly with the rolling tropical Garden Course.
This family friendly club also a large driving range plus tennis and squash courts and swimming pool. But only members and hotel guests are permitted to use the facilities. (website: www.glenmarie.com.my).
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club: This is a popular club for Damansara and Bangsar expats as it has a superb driving range and two pretty courses. Other facilities such as a nice club bar, swimming pool, aerobics studio and gym add to the appeal. Guests can play only during weekdays. (website: www.klgcc.com).
Kelab Golf Negara Subang: The KGNS has two 18-hole golf courses in KL with the Putra Championship rated amongst the best in Malaysia. The second Kelana Course also has many fans, plus there is a driving range with 42 bays and actual turf tees. Other facilities include squash and tennis courts, swimming pool, gym plus aerobics studio. (website: www.subanggolf.com).
Association of British Women in Malaysia: The Bangsar-based ABWM has a monthly outing every third Tuesday at various Kuala Lumpur golf clubs starting at 08:00. All standards of players are very welcome to attend.