The Golf Club Datai Bay

The Golf Club Datai Bay
Location: 35 km Northwest of Kuah, Langkawi's capital and feEstablished: 1992Holes: 18Designer: Ted Parslow
The Golf Club Datai Bay

The Golf Club Datai Bay opened for play in 1992 and immediately put Langkawi on the map of premium golf destinations. In fact, The Golf Club Datai Bay was voted as The Most Scenic Golf Course in Malaysia and nominated as one of the best golf resorts in Asia. The Golf Club Datai Bay was also voted as Best Top Ten Golf Course in Malaysia, by Asian Golf Monthly in 2009.

The golf course is situated in northern part of Langkawi and within a large 8,000 acre rain forest reserve. The 5994 meter par-72 Langkawi golf course is also bordered by the Andaman Sea to the east.  Many varieties of trees and plants can be found along the course including tropical hardwoods, bougainvillea, Palms, ferns, parasitic vines and broad-leafed plants. The secluded golf course is close to nature is perfect for both beginners and avid golfers alike. The immense variety of lies; uphill and downhill with undulating fairways and greens, all combine to provide a rewarding Langkawi golf experience.

The Golf Club Datai Bay on the Island of Langkawi in Malaysia offers one of the most unique and special golfing experiences any golfer could wish for. This course is about so much more than simply meeting the challenge of the holes laid out before you. The layout is as spectacular as the environment is natural. Don't worry if you hear movement and crashing around in the woods around the course;  that will be the resident monkeys.

The fairways are fairly tight with excellent bunkering around tricky greens. An abundance of tall ancient trees protecting the narrow channel of fairway is enough to keep the driver in the bag on most holes. Given all the hilly terrain, the golf course is surprisingly flat on the front-nine. The cleverly designed sharp dogleg par-5 8th as a hole is one of the best on the golf course.

There are more elevation changes on the back-nine, where the closing sequence of holes supplies some needed additional features. The 15th starts the excellent closing stretch with a wonderfully plunging downhill par-3. The cleverly designed sharp dogleg par-5 8th as a hole is one of the best on the golf course, as well as the tricky par-4 16th with its overhanging giant trees preventing a simple route to the green for any short tee shots.

After the 16th take time-out from your 18-holes proper, to play the signature hole, a par-3 185-metre carry across the Andaman Sea. Finally, it’s back to a very good uphill par-3 and then the terrific short par-5 closing hole.

The course itself is part of a five star golf resort, which means the levels of service are excellent. The Golf Club Datai Bay offers the comfort of an international class golf club, including full facilities, locker rooms, a Pro Shop and F&B amenities. The golf equipment available is also good quality and a compulsory golf cart need to be added to the green fees. In comparison to other Malaysia golf courses, a round of golf at The Datai is quite expensive. Nevertheless, this Malaysia golf course should be added to everyone’s must play list. It is so much more than golf as you know it. Think of it more like golf with nature combined to their best.
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