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Malaysia: Number one Golf Destination in Asia-Pacific



 

 

 

Malaysia was named the number one golf destination in the Asia-Pacific Region last year, voted by over 73 countries that make up the International Golf Organisation IAGTO.

 

Around 350,000 foreign golfers spent more than RM720 million in Malaysia last year, and the tourism ringgit from this financially rich group is expected to continue.

 

Abdul Hani Daud, of Tourism Malaysia, said: "We have the best facilities and courses for golf in the region, yet we charge the lowest fees."

 

"Golf in Malaysia is an all year-round affair because of our good weather, thus the flow of golf tourists is also an all year-round thing" Mr Daud said.

 

Some of the world's most challenging golf courses can be found on Langkawi, the largest of a cluster of 99 small islands 30 kilometres off the west coast.

 

The Langkawi Golf Club was the first golf club to be built on the island. It boasts an 18-hole, 72-par beachfront course with picturesque views. It is a moderately-challenging course with a lake to provide some hazard, and the general golfing style here is relaxed and casual.

 

The Golf Club Datai Bay is carved out of a tropical rainforest in Datai Bay and welcomes golfing enthusiasts from across the world. Facing the Andaman Sea, this international 18-hole, 72-par golf course was created with nature in mind to allow golfers to play in harmony with the surroundings.

 

The Gunung Raya golf resort has been designed by American golf architect Max Wexler and is situated at the base of mythical Raya Mountain in Kisap. The course features beautiful rolling greens, panoramic tees, and impeccable fairways that are magnificently contoured with sand traps and water hazards. It is also the most recent 18-hole, 72-par golf course to be built in Langkawi.

 

The overseas property specialists, David Stanley Redfern Ltd, currently have property on the island, within easy reach of all courses.

 

Beachfront property in Malaysia is a new hot investment tip, as Malaysia has the same fantastic white sandy beaches and turquoise waters that have made other places investment gold, but prices are still relatively low.

 

Langkawi itself is one of the world's premier island retreats with some of the most ancient rainforests in the world, and a mountainous interior lined in lush forest that provides a dramatic backdrop to white sandy beaches and hidden limestone coves.

 

Designed as a UNESCO Geopark, most of the island is classed as Malay Reserve, and development is scarce and only afforded to the fortunate few. Demand far outstrips supply.

 

Pandangan is a unique development on this unspoilt island. Nestled on the beach in a tropical valley, just seven private villas are set amongst 30,000sqm of landscaped gardens with spectacular views of the sea.

 

Created by Malaysia's leading heritage architect, Laurence Loh, only the finest natural materials are being used in keeping with his passion to preserve the integrity of the landscape.

 

Each villa has its own pool and an 850m2 freehold plot and living area of over 439m2, perfectly designed to maximise the outstanding view.

 

Outside the villa plots a rock fronted waterfront with landscaped walkways, seating areas, and beautiful surrounding gardens provide the perfect tropical environment.

 

And then there's the golf. And the deserted island paradises. And the breathtaking beaches. And the duty free shopping. And mainland Malaysia is just a short ferry ride away.

 

 


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