In Johor history, the start of golf bloom would be in the early 1990s, bringing a massive development of golf resorts and golf clubs there. This golfing upsurge welcomes all Johoreans to give a try in golf. Besides, they do become an attraction for foreign visitors from Singapore, China, Thailand and most south Asia countries as Johor has miles of golden sand beaches, beautiful offshore seasides and natural attractions which could keep every visitors enchanted with the beauty of nature beside only having golf activity.
Having a golf holiday in Johor would be an amazing way to spend some days, as it may offers variety of sights and tours options too. Besides, almost all golf courses and country clubs available in Johor are open to all golfer lovers.
These golf courses also welcome non-golfers to their resorts and enjoy the offered facilities. Most of the golf clubs do combine golfing and other attractions to avoid non-golfer to be left out. Family members and friends who are not golfer can take a troll or have gym there.
Here, Hire7Seater would introduce you 10 popular golf courses available in Johor Bahru that you could consider for a golfing holiday.
Top 10 Golf Course In Johor Bahru
1.Austin Heights Golf Resorts
Considered as one of the best golf course available in Johor, Austin Heights Golf Resort blends in nicely with the surrounding and looks as though it has land for a lot longer than it actually has. Designed by Peter Dalkeith Scott, there would be several elevated tee boxes and you will find yourself having strikes shots over the ravines.
It consist of three 9-hole golf courses with different levels to choose from, making it suitable for players of all abilities. There, you are allowed to choose two sets of 9-holes to complete your round, with tropical plants, cactus and large bunkers featuring throughout. There would be professional staff maintaining the courses to ensure great conditions for golfing all-round the year for golfers who come from Malaysia, Singapore and other countries also.
Besides, the course clubhouse and facilities are fulfilled with plenty of activities (which are also free) such as gymnasium, sauna , swimming pool and water slides to be enjoyed by non-golfers too. It is used to avoid them from being left out or feeling bored while waiting for the golf game to end.
Not forgot to mention that they even have restaurant which sell delicious Malaysia delicacies that is suitable for a reflection after completion of round of golf.
Austin Heights Golf and Hotel Resort
Address: Lot PTD 58061, Jalan Mutiara Emas 8, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Tel: +607 – 352 4300
Fax: +607 – 353 8500
2.Starhill Golf and Country Club
Starhill Golf and Country Club offers world-class golfing experience and facilities for recreation and fitness. Located outside Johor Bahru, this golf club is easily accesible from the North-South Highway after exiting EDL Highway at CIQ. It only a short driving of 30 minutes away from Singapore too.
Occupied with 36 holes of challenging and exciting golf, Starhill Golf and Country Club offers two different types of course; Bintang Course and Bukit Course.
- Bintang Course
Enclosed with a length of 6 834 star-shaped green yard (from the tips), Bintang Course offers an interesting range of difficulties for golfers. It was built over a large riverine and swamp areas. These fairways are wide and generous, but the water still serves as primary course obstacle.
- Bukit Course
As its name suggested, bukit (hill) course offers undulating hills to be the course’s main feature. The slopping terrains of the hills result in many uneven lies and other obstacles such as ponds, fairways and green bunkers are ready to swallow up any mishit shot. Besides, it also has more trees and more swamps, bringing the course difficulty to another level.
Another highlight that must be mentioned would be their clubhouse. Nested impressively on a hill top overlooking the beautiful golf course greenery, the Club House offers after-golf entertainment and recreational facilities such as V.I.P Room, Bar Lounge, Banquet Hall, Pro-Shop and Hilltop restaurants. Visitors can try out their Japanese Yacuzzi too, for a relaxation after the golf game.
Besides, their Hilltop Restaurant welcomes every hungry golfers and non-golfers to dine in. It serves an array of Japanese, Western, Chinese and local cuisine. Their great service, ambiance and good food make it also an ideal place to hold function and dinners.
Monday – Closed (Except Singapore Public Holiday)
Tuesday – Friday – 11.00 a.m. – 06:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday & Singapore Public Holiday – 06.30 a.m. to 08:00 p.m.
Next, non-golfers and children can chill and have fun at the water park available there (with an entrance fee), the La Stella Water Theme Park. Facilitated with swimming pools for both adults and kids, water sliders of various sizes and event space, it could be a great place to zoom and splash around. Pool games such as Boya Race, Dizzy Stick and Water Tug of War also provided too in order to keep every visitors entertained.
Weekday Rates (Tuesday – Friday except School & Public Holiday)
Adult (12 Years Old – 59 Years Old): RM10.60 Nett
Child (5 Years Old – 11 Years old): RM8.50 Nett
Weekend Rates (Saturday, Sunday & School Holiday)
Adult (12 Years Old – 59 Years Old): RM20.00 Nett
Child (5 Years Old – 11 Years old): RM11.00 Nett
Pubic Holiday Rates (Malaysia)
Adult (12 Years Old – 59 Years Old): RM25.00 Nett
Child (5 Years Old – 11 Years old): RM12.00 Nett
Address: KM6.5, Jalan Kampung Maju Jaya, Kempas Lama, 81330 Skudai, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 – 558 8111 / +607 – 556 4102
Fax: +607 – 557 8267
3.Legends Golf Resort
Designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, Legend Golf Resort should be enough for a trip consideration. It was ranked as one of the top three golf courses in Asia by Asian Golf Monthly in 2002. This exciting course offers every visitor with an array of downhill drives, dogleg fairways around lakes, challenging ridges and lovely views into the neighboring palm oil plantation. Besides, the Arnold Palmer designed course offers 9 holes of very scenic golf and compliments the Nicklaus course nicely. Each hole has its own character but the back nine must be considered the more difficult, with several elevated tees, looking down to a mix of water, bunkers and trees.
Designed by Tom Doak, this return grand ‘Old Country’ tradition course molded the image of British Isles link courses, with holes reminiscent of familiar links like St. Andrews, and lesser known gems like Lahinch and Cruden Bay. Most of the holes are without high vegetation, providing a visual presentation like no other course in the area. The challenge and difficulty of this course comes primarily from the unobstructed breeze that wafts constantly over the course, and the strategically placed bunkers and lush, deep rough that closely border all fairways.
Considered one of the greatest challenges on the East Coast, Moorland offers every challenger with incredible heights on the sculpted terrain, sink to considerable depths in the bunkers. Moorland includes a large expanses of natural growth, sand, water and waste areas are combined with extraordinary undulations and bulkheads to present a course reminiscent of PGA West Stadium Course. In order to win this game, challengers should constantly use every ounce of skill and luck in their possession.
Parkland is quickly establishing itself as the most exciting new course in Myrtle Beach after the award-winning Heathland and Moorland courses, . Established in October 1992, Parkland is modeled after the style of architects Alister MacKenzie, (Augusta National) and George Thomas (Riviera Country Club). It offers diversity and beauty of natural terrain with contoured, three-lined fairways and multi level greens.
- Heritage Club
Located on the site of the True Blue and Midway Plantations, Heritage Club reflects a history of gracious, tasteful living. This golf course involve a transformation of an over 600 acres of abandoned giant magnolias, 300-year-old oaks, fresh water lakes and marshes which tribute much to the rice culture centuries ago. It also has a magnificent avenue of oaks leads to the Southern Colonial clubhouse overlooking the Waccamaw River.
- Oyster Bay
Ranked as the top 50 public courses in the country in 1990, Oyster Bay Golf Links is a rare, harmonious blend of the penal, heroic and strategic philosophies of golf course architecture. The par-70 course plays to just under 6,700 yards, but cavernous bunkers, wickedly undulating greens and lengthy par 4’s make Oyster Bay a test of one’s mettle. It do serve every challenger with severe marsh-oriented holes, two island green par threes, strategic (and stunningly beautiful) fresh water lakes, long holes, short holes and consummate combination of shot making requirements.
Not only that, Legends Golf Resort’s onsite accommodations provides Scottish-inspired village which consists of two and three bedroom condos. It required only a short distance from the clubhouse. Turnberry Village invites our guests to relax, unwind and enjoy the immersive highlands experience.
Last but not least, visitors can have their night at the Ailsa Pub. Built in 1994 by owner Danny Young, The Ailsa Pub has been catering to anyone that just wants to grab a pint and a bite to eat after a long day of golfing, work or play. It is a Scottish-style golf course pub that offers a wide variety of menu items and drinks. Though the theme of the decor represents a true Scottish pub, their menu also offers something for everyone. Using only locally grown produce from Danny’s family farm located down the road from the pub to add freshness and originality to their menu items. From the creative burgers to our popular Fish and Chips, The Ailsa Pub blends American cuisine with local Lowcountry elements and Scottish comfort food.
Address: Lot 1302, Kebun Sedenak, 81000 Kulai, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 – 652 4388
Fax: +607 – 652 6388
4.Pulai Springs Country Club
Located just 20 kilometers from Johor Bahru along Jalan Pontian Lama Highway, Pulai Springs Country Club is also a great choice for golfers from Johor Bahru and Singapore whenever going for a golf game. Occupied with two large natural green golf courses, this club do offers every golfers with exciting and yet challenging courses that test their golf skill and patience.
- Pulai Course
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, this 18-holes golf course provide an ultimate challenge to all the challengers. Pulai Course was opened in year 1997, with a measuring 6819 yards from the Championship tees-par 72, it welcome all golfers with an infinite array of challenges and memorable signature holes. Some of their notable signature holes are Hole No. 13, where it is a Par 3 with a yardage of 187 and has two unique island tees which require ‘do or die’ shots. The next hole would be Hole No. 7, it is a long Par 4 with a classic split fairway, which tests every golfers’ chipping skills at the apron approach.
- Melana Course
This 9-holes golf course welcome every challengers with memorable signature holes amidst the varied terrain, water elements and changes in elevation. Designed by Peter Dalkeith Scott and open for challengers in year 1997, Melan Course do offers golfers a skill-testing course with memorable holes too. For example, Hole No.11, also known as ‘The Marsh’, is a hole that should be tried out. This is a long Par 4 with a slight dog-leg to the left featuring a marsh on the left side of the fairway and a huge island bunker. Yet another challenge would be their Hole No. 18, ‘The Waterfalls’ where a waterfall actually divides the upper and lower fairways while cascading weirs run down both sides of the fairway. The out-of-bounds is on the left with strategically placed bunkers guarding the green.
The Pulai Springs Country Club’s clubhouse is designed based on an ancient royal Malay palace designs. Its interior design included vaulting roofs, exposed timber structures and ingenious use of traditional motif which represents Malay traditional graciousness. Besides, their Intricately carved wooden and stone murals with exquisite Qing antiques do blend well along with the rich themes of the Orient.
Facilities include separate men’s and ladies changing rooms with lockers, rock showers, Jacuzzi, steam rooms, saunas, foot reflexology center, and golfer’s terrace serving snacks & drinks.
If you are hungry, you should try out their tantalizing cuisines available at their restaurants and bars too.
Restaurants and bars available:
- Gleneagles Terrance Restaurant
This Scottish-themed Gleneagles Terrance restaurant offers gourmet Halal certified western and local cuisines. However, it only opened for private functions and events with prior bookings.
- Qing Palace Chinese Restaurant
This award winning restaurant offers golfers and non-golfers with their famed Szechuan cuisines. With signature dishes such as the Szechuan Hot and Sour Soup, Camphor and Tea Smoked Duck and a multitude of other main courses perfectly complemented with a dessert of oni (yam puree) and mua ji (peanut balls) It is not surprising to discover that Qing Palace has been voted one of the Best Restaurants in Malaysia by Malaysian Tatler for 15 consecutive years (1999-2013).
- The Pulai Terrance
Pulai Terrace is the perfect spot for golfers to have a deserving drink and light snacks after a challenging round of golf. Food and beverage choice do include local favorite nasi lemak, fried noodles, puff pastries and buns.
- Cinta Terrance
Eat your breakfast like a king, when it comes to breakfast time, make sure that you check out Cinta Terrance. It serves perfect buffet style breakfast which comes in various western and local side dishes to be chosen from. Well, since it is a buffet, you may sit down and enjoy your breakfast till you are full.
- Cinta Deli
Cinta Deli, a deli overlooking the swimming pool at Cinta Ayu do offers modern surroundings with tailor-made menu consisting of selected contemporary dishes. Besides, visitors can expect savory dishes like chicken chop, sandwiches, burgers and more which available all day.
- Waterfalls Cafe
The light and breezy Waterfalls Café by the poolside at the Clubhouse is a terrific retreat for refreshments and relaxation after a fun day at the pool. Golfers and non-golfers may indulge in their light snacks provided such as noodles, sandwiches, local cakes and other light delicacies.
- Elephant and Castle
This Englishmen’s pub offers a cosy and stylish ambiance. Their soft lighting, plush sofas and comfortable English styled wing chairs welcome guests to settle down for an intimate conversation as well as enjoyable gatherings with family or friends. Besides, they also serve refreshing beers and a heady variety of international wines, cocktails and liqueurs.
Address: KM20, Jalan Pontian Lama, 81110 Pulai, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 – 521 2222
5.Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club
Opening in year 2008, Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club has become a household name in the golf industry. It is a breath-taking, challenging piece of art within a 1,200-acre freehold township development in the heart of Nusajaya which itself is a key flagship zone within the Iskandar Development Region. Wholly owned and operated by Horizon Hills Resort Berhad, Horizon Hills is a subsidiary of a joint venture between property and infrastructure giants Gamuda Land and UEM Sunrise Berhad.
A masterful design by renown Australian course architect Ross Watson, Horizon Hills has raised eyebrows and won the hearts of everyone who has visited this jewel of the south. It made a name for itself thanks to its slick, undulating greens that will surely make the heart beat faster, fairways laden with a fine carpet of paspalum grass and a superb layout that will test even the most experienced professional.
Address: No.1, Jalan Eka, Horizon Hills, 79100 Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 – 232 3166
Fax: +607 – 232 3919
6.IOI Palm Villa Golf and Country Club
Address: PTD 44500, Jalan Indah Utama, Bandar Putra, 81000, Kulai Jaya, Johor, Malaysia.
Tel : +607 – 599 9099
Fax : +607 – 598 8101
7.Poresia Golf Club and Resort
Address: KM 36, Mukim Tanjung Kupang, 81550 Gelang Patah, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 – 510 2033 / +607 – 510 2034
Fax: +607 – 510 1813
8.Daiman 18 Golf Club
Address: LOT 115-630, Jalan Ros Merah 4/1, Johor Jaya, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 – 351 6813
Fax: +607 – 351 6823
9.Tanjung Puteri Golf Resort
Address: Jalan Tanjong Puteri 1, Tanjong Puteri Resort, 81700 Pasir Gudang, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 – 271 1888 / +607 – 2596100
Fax: +607 – 271 1333
10.Sebana Cove Resort
Address: Lot PTD 2940/92/93/93 & 2931, Mukim Pengerang, 81620 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 – 826 6688