Majestic mountains, luxuriant rainforests and boundless oceans, are the setting for some of the best golf clubs in Malaysia. The island of Langkawi features three of these premier golf courses that put this tiny tropical island on the golf map of the world. Designed by expert international architects and major championship winners, the scenic courses of the golf clubs in Langkawi are considered some of the most beautiful in all of Asia. Patrons can swing and putt here in all seasons, but December to April is the busiest when elites of the golfing world descend onto Langkawi. Turning up empty handed is enough to tee off at any of the golf clubs as they all offer rental equipment along with carts and plenty of refreshments.
Set within the dramatic hinterlands of Langkawi, the ELS golf club Teluk Datai is an 18 hole course snuggled between the jungles of Mat Chincang and the shorelines of the Andaman Sea. The ELS golf club is equipped with a grass covered driving range and a putting practice area. GPS installed buggies are also available for hire.
The Gunung Raya Golf Resort is a prominent golf club set next to mount Gunung Raya, the tallest mountain in Langkawi. It is an 18 hole, 72 par course, with all the modern facilities including an elegant club café with unspoiled views of the mountain.
Another alternative is the 99 East Golf club handily located near the Kuah town. This nine-hole course has a traditional Malaysian touch in the form of rice terraces which run along the borders. It will also add nine more holes to the course by the end of 2019 to become a full-scale golf course.
Pre-booking is recommended regardless of which golf club you plan to visit, especially in the peak season when the courses tend to be over crowded.