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Suajara’s stunning second course is a match for any in Malaysia. A genuine must-play that justifies the green fee. Saujana Golf & Country Club is one of the premier golf club’s in Malaysia and features two 18 hole championship courses that have hosted some of the world’s top professionals playing in a number of prestigious tournaments. The Bunga Raya course, otherwise known as ‘The Crocodile’ for reasons that are not entirely clear, is the second course, but at no point on your round will you feel like you are settling for second best. This is a beautiful course. The views from the elevated tee boxes on the 1st and 10th are spectacular, and watching your drive soar down into the lush greenery in front of you is a great way to start the round. There are plenty of elevation changes that give the course character and test your reading of distances. The 9th swoops down into a valley and up again to the green, and the par-3 13th has an extreme drop from tee to green which makes picking the right club something of a lottery. It’s almost better to lose the previous hole and cede the honour to your playing partner. The fairways are fairly generous and a lack of OBs invites you to grab the driver. Not that that means you can’t get in trouble. In fact, there is plenty of jungle which many courses would designate as OB but here, you are free to try to escape. Take our advice and stay out of the jungle. The challenges on the par-5 closing hole are more water based. Your tee shot has to find a narrow peninsula in a massive lake. If you get a good drive, the temptation to go for the elevated and sloping green across more water will be hard to resist. Get it wrong and you will find sand. Many a round has been sadly derailed at the demanding, yet hugely enjoyable final hole. Our visit was the day after some heavy rain and consequently the fairways weren’t in quite the immaculate shape we might have hoped for – a little mud and some tyre tracks from buggies taking away slightly from the perfection of the lies we found on the dryer sections. However, these problems were not overly prevalent, and only really stuck out in comparison to the general excellence over 99% of the course. No such qualms with the greens, which were super-quick. Getting down in regulation is a real challenge, particularly as the putting surface is so deceptive. You will be grateful for the caddy’s advice, as going it alone can be costly – it’s all too easy to putt the ball off the green! The rough was equally tricky, tenaciously holding on to your ball and making any progress beyond 50 or 60 yards some sort of achievement. The grass around the greens also provides surprisingly little roll, so bump and runs are swiftly abandoned in favour of the more successful tactic of taking a higher angled club and trying to land directly on the putting surface. There are some little touches that elevate this course above the usual experience. In addition to excellent caddies with excellent knowledge of distances and a keen eye for the breaks on the green (which is a godsend), the golf carts come equipped with GPS so if you have any doubts about the distance the caddy quotes you can double check on the hand map of each hole. Uniquely for Malaysia, and handily for those of us from Europe, distances are in yards. Overall, minor fairway issues aside, it’s hard to improve on the experience of a round of golf at Suajana Golf & Country Club. The 2010 renovation has restored this course to its rightful position amongst the very best courses in Malaysia.

Saujana Golf & Country Club – Bunga Raya Course

Suajara’s stunning second course is a match for any in Malaysia. A genuine must-play that justifies the green fee. Saujana Golf & Country Club is one of the premier golf club’s in Malaysia and features two 18 hole championship courses that have hosted some of the world’s top professionals playing in a number of prestigious tournaments. The Bunga Raya course, otherwise known as ‘The Crocodile’ for reasons that are not entirely clear, is the second course, but at no point on your round will you feel like you are settling for second best. This is a beautiful course. The views from the elevated tee boxes on the 1st and 10th are spectacular, and watching your drive soar down into the lush greenery in front of you is a great way to start the round. There are plenty of elevation changes that give the course character and test your reading of distances. The 9th swoops down into a valley and up again to the green, and the par-3 13th has an extreme drop from tee to green which makes picking the right club something of a lottery. It’s almost better to lose the previous hole and cede the honour to your playing partner. The fairways are fairly generous and a lack of OBs invites you to grab the driver. Not that that means you can’t get in trouble. In fact, there is plenty of jungle which many courses would designate as OB but here, you are free to try to escape. Take our advice and stay out of the jungle. The challenges on the par-5 closing hole are more water based. Your tee shot has to find a narrow peninsula in a massive lake. If you get a good drive, the temptation to go for the elevated and sloping green across more water will be hard to resist. Get it wrong and you will find sand. Many a round has been sadly derailed at the demanding, yet hugely enjoyable final hole. Our visit was the day after some heavy rain and consequently the fairways weren’t in quite the immaculate shape we might have hoped for – a little mud and some tyre tracks from buggies taking away slightly from the perfection of the lies we found on the dryer sections. However, these problems were not overly prevalent, and only really stuck out in comparison to the general excellence over 99% of the course. No such qualms with the greens, which were super-quick. Getting down in regulation is a real challenge, particularly as the putting surface is so deceptive. You will be grateful for the caddy’s advice, as going it alone can be costly – it’s all too easy to putt the ball off the green! The rough was equally tricky, tenaciously holding on to your ball and making any progress beyond 50 or 60 yards some sort of achievement. The grass around the greens also provides surprisingly little roll, so bump and runs are swiftly abandoned in favour of the more successful tactic of taking a higher angled club and trying to land directly on the putting surface. There are some little touches that elevate this course above the usual experience. In addition to excellent caddies with excellent knowledge of distances and a keen eye for the breaks on the green (which is a godsend), the golf carts come equipped with GPS so if you have any doubts about the distance the caddy quotes you can double check on the hand map of each hole. Uniquely for Malaysia, and handily for those of us from Europe, distances are in yards. Overall, minor fairway issues aside, it’s hard to improve on the experience of a round of golf at Suajana Golf & Country Club. The 2010 renovation has restored this course to its rightful position amongst the very best courses in Malaysia.

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