Founded centuries ago by a Sumatran prince, Malacca grew to become a powerful sultanate and the centre of the lucrative spice trade, visited by Arab, Tamil and Chinese merchants and subjected to dominance by the Portuguese, Dutch and British in turn. Each left their mark, creating the unique and enduring allure of the city today. The Majestic Malacca is an integral part of Malacca's colourful history. The original serene mansion, dating back to the 1920's, remains at the heart of the hotel, whilst a new building has been created, mirroring the original architecture, to house 54 spacious rooms and suites. The design integrates old with new, modern with historic, ensuring that the total experience is one that is authentic, honouring the past while bringing every modern convenience to bear. From the original porcelain flooring, teakwood fittings, intricate artwork and antiques, to the finely crafted Nyonya cuisine, every aspect echoes the history of the region, and offers a beguiling journey through this enchanting heritage. Located in the state of Pahang, approximately 200 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands is a beautiful holiday destination and the only place where you can find tea plantations and strawberries in Malaysia. At about 1,500 metres above sea level, it is the highest area on the mainland and enjoys a cool climate and fresh air, with temperatures ranging between 15° and 25° Celsius.
Founded centuries ago by a Sumatran prince, Malacca grew to become a powerful sultanate and the centre of the lucrative spice trade, visited by Arab, Tamil and Chinese merchants and subjected to dominance by the Portuguese, Dutch and British in turn. Each left their mark, creating the unique and enduring allure of the city today.
The Majestic Malacca is an integral part of Malacca's colourful history. The original serene mansion, dating back to the 1920's, remains at the heart of the hotel, whilst a new building has been created, mirroring the original architecture, to house 54 spacious rooms and suites.
The design integrates old with new, modern with historic, ensuring that the total experience is one that is authentic, honouring the past while bringing every modern convenience to bear. From the original porcelain flooring, teakwood fittings, intricate artwork and antiques, to the finely crafted Nyonya cuisine, every aspect echoes the history of the region, and offers a beguiling journey through this enchanting heritage.
Located in the state of Pahang, approximately 200 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands is a beautiful holiday destination and the only place where you can find tea plantations and strawberries in Malaysia. At about 1,500 metres above sea level, it is the highest area on the mainland and enjoys a cool climate and fresh air, with temperatures ranging between 15° and 25° Celsius.
The Mansion Restuarant offers a casual atmosphere for breakfast and dinner. Gourmet travellers will be well catered for, with dishes from the Portuguese, Dutch, English, and Baba-Nyonya cultures. The Lounge at The Mansion is ideal for midday refreshments, afternoon tea or just conversation.
The Bar at The Mansion, positioned near the entrance of the hotel is the perfect place to unwind and relax, warmly welcoming guests for a round of drinks and a casual chat.
Golf There are a number of fine golf courses in and around Malacca, go to the Malacca Region
Trishaw Rides - A thoroughly enjoyable and laid-back manner in which to explore Malacca, especially the narrow streets in the old sector.
River Cruise Tour - This relaxing 45 minute cruise takes you up the historic Malacca River from the river mouth to Kampung Morten (Morten Village), past narrow old shophouses and river warehouses.
The Spa Village Malacca is the world's only spa to base its therapies on the healing heritage of the Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan culture - a unique combination of Chinese and Malay influences. The spa is spread across the first two floors of the new wing and provides a serene environment in which one can rest, recuperate and rejuvenate in the care of some of the world's best therapists. Enjoy a complimentary hair care prior to your treatment.
The accommodation at Cameron Highlands Resort captures the nostalgic elegance of an age where quality and care were a way of life. Bespoke furniture merges with the beauty of Jim Thompson’s finest quality fabrics – teak and silk combine to create an environment that is both beautiful and comfortable. Sleep in the comfort of large four-poster beds surrounded by a mass of soft cushions, or curl up on the day-bed and read a book, whilst nibbling on fresh strawberries and sipping a cup of locally grown tea.
There are 56 well-appointed rooms and spacious suites which include the Deluxe Room, Two-Bedroom Suite, Junior Suite, Cameron Suite and Jim Thompson Suite. All rooms and suites enjoy a beautiful view of the golf course against a backdrop of rolling hills and lush green forest.
The Legends' Golf & Country Club
<p>It's a shame that only 27 of 54 planned holes were ever finished, because the one that are open to the public are stunning. The Nicklaus course has a claim to being one of the best, and most challenging, in Asia.</p><p>Although its ambition plan to create three championship standard golf courses designed by some of the greats of the game, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player was abandoned halfway through, The Legends' Golf Resort nonetheless does more than enough to justify its name thanks to the 18 championship holes designed by Mr. Nicklaus and a further 9 from the late, great Arnold Palmer.<br /><br />The Nicklaus course is the real draw here - it was ranked as the best course in Johor three times in its first four years of operation, as well as earning a place inside Asian Golf Monthly's top three courses in Asia. The course wears these accolades well.<br /><br />Set adjacent to a palm oil plantation and sprawling across open terrain packed full of elevation changes and dotted with some frankly monumental bunkering, this is a course with bags of character.You'll enjoy drives from massively elevated tees towards fairways that wrap seductively around lakes or drop away sharply and unexpectedly. There are risk / reward opportunities for the long hitters and the ambitious, for example on the par-5 signature 6th, where it's hard to resist attempting to traverse the lake in front of the green in search of an eagle putt.<br /><br />The back nine is tougher, if anything, mainly on account of water being in play from the tee of every hole from the 11th to the 17th (it's generally on the left too, so those of you with a predilection for hooking could be in for a long day). Some of the carries are pretty daunting from the black tees (the course plays a monumental 7338 yards from the back), but the challenge is an undeniable beautiful one, the small lakes, tropical trees and flowering shrubs providing a stunning environment in which to show off to (or embarrass yourself in front of) the resident monkeys. <br /><br />The fairways are undeniable amongst the best in the land, and despite some occasional bald areas and patches of blue grass disease the greens are in good shape, with predictable roll.<br /><br />The nine holes of the Arnold Palmer course are built to the same rigorous international standards as the Nicklaus course, and are equally enjoyable and challenging. Scenically it's pretty similar, leaning on undulating terrain and lush tropical scenery to draw you in to a challenge that is a little softer than the Nicklaus course. The only problem here is the regret you will feel at the fact that the back nine was never completed. </p>Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding The Legends Golf & Country Club to your Johore golf holiday.<br />If you are travelling to other parts of Malaysia ask us to help you to organise a Malaysia Golf Package which features tee times at The Legends Golf & Country Club.<br /><p></p>
A'Famosa Golf Resort
If you can avoid the rough, water, pot bunkers and crocodiles, you'll have a chance to score well on this hugely enjoyable course.
An hour south of Kuala Lumpur lie the 27 parkland-style holes of A'Famosa Golf & Country Club, host of the 2011 Malaysian Amateur Open. Famously, the course houses a bunch of crocodiles which is nothing if not unique, and although they pose no threat from their deep enclosure, they have lent their name to one of the nines (the others being the Rockies and Palm Courses) which will aim to tear your game to shreds.
The Rockies nine is sprinkled, appropriately enough, with attractive outcrops of boulders and begins with a dangerous par-4, rated index 1 mainly thanks to the meandering drain that splits the fairway. The 5th seems to play even tougher, with water bordering a narrow slip of a fairway, and the 9th involves driving over a pretty pond to a very steep uphill green.
The Palm course is the most scenic of the three, and kicks off with the daunting task of driving between water on the left and some menacing pot bunkers on the right. With elevated greens and some significant greenside bunkering, its tough to score well. The challenging 13th requires a ballsy 2nd shot over water to a smallish green, and the par-5 17th entices you to reach the elevated green from the brow of a hill.
The crocodile nine is more open than the other two, perhaps so any escaping reptiles can't sneak up on you (joke). The crocs themselves hang out just beyond the island green of the 7th, one of the few occasions that water comes into play on these holes, and getting to see them is reason enough to go for this nine.
Overall, A'Formosa is a fun course, with enough character to keep things interesting, its undulations and elevation changes keeping you on your toes. Given escaping from the rough is tough as it isn't really kept properly and was strewn with fallen leaves on our round, the course is even tighter than it appears. A few bald patches on the odd fairway mean a few minus points, although the slow greens actually for an easier time of putting so we won't complain too much. Overall, A'Formosa Golf Resort is a good bet for a reasonably priced and enjoyable round of golf.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding A` Farmosa Golf Resort to your Malacca golf holiday.
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Ayer Keroh Country Club
Long-hitters will love this enjoyable championship course, especially the last hole - one of the longest par-5s in the country.
Carved out of virgin jungle back in 1964 by golfing aficionado and Chief Minister of Melaka Tun Abdul Ghaffar Bin Baba, Ayer Keroh Country Club features 18 championship holes that have hosted prestigious events such as the Malaysian Open (the Tunku's and Ghaffar's nine) and a further nine added in the mid-90s (Governor's).
The generous fairways are in fine condition, despite not being made up of the Bermuda grass that is generally the norm, and the greens play well, albeit a little slow. The thickness of the rough is mercifully counterbalanced by the width of the fairways, but veer too far off line and you'll find the jungle that lines both sides of almost every fairway; in there, a lost ball will stay lost. While some of the tee shots feel quite tight, if you can find the gap the fairways open up beyond allowing a margin of error that higher handicappers will appreciate. There isn't too much sand waiting to catch you out, and the sea breezes are pleasantly cooling rather than a hindrance to scoring well. More than anything it is the length of the course, at over 7320 yards, that will cause the most problems. If you're a long hitter however, opportunities are there to be taken.
If you play one hole at Ayer Keroh Country Club, make sure it is the closing hole on Tunku's nine, which a big sign beside the tee informs you is one the longest holes in Malaysia at 658 yards. From the tee you can just about make out the white speck of the flag in the distance on this straight but undulating hole. If you can avoid the fairway bunkers on your first two shots and be within a short iron of the green you are doing well, but you'll still need to carry a menacing bunker in front of the green to stand a chance to make par or better. Slay this beast and you'll have played like a pro, for one hole at least.
Overall, this is a pretty course that offers an enjoyable challenge. While the jungle can mean a few lost balls, it compensates with memories of the wildlife that you'll encounter on your round, from macaques to monkeys. Add to all this the reasonable green fees, and it's easy to see why Ayer Keroh Country Club should be on the itinerary of any Malaysia golf holiday.
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Orna Golf & Country Club
<p>While it could be better maintained, this is an enjoyable and severely undulating championship course with some of the largest bunkers you'll encounter. Take water and sunscreen, as there isn't much shade.</p><p>Orna Golf & Country Club, located a short distance from Melaka, has played host to a number of prestigious competitions and has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most challenging courses in Malaysia - to qualify for the Asian Tour, you've got to be able to master this tricky course. It comprises three nine hole loops (the East and West that make up the main championship course and the easier North) that stretch over rolling terrain dotted with large waste bunkers, lakes and creeks.<br /><br />On the tee of the 1st, a short par-4 dog-leg right, you'll immediately be struck by the undulations which are par for the course here. You'll almost never get a flat stance so you're iron game has to be in good nick if you are to score well, and even straight shots run the risk of catching a severe slope and cannoning off into oblivion. While the rough isn't too thick, it's the bunkers that offer some the most testing challenges. On the 10th, large twin bunkers protect the landing zone for tee shots and others in front of the green mean you can't hope to sneak onto the front. The par-5 11th features a long stretch of waste bunkers await the wayward hooker on the run up to the green, and the long par-4 14th features a massive bunker dead centre of the fairway. Given you'll probably require a good drive and a fairway wood to reach the green in regulation, finding this bunker will leave you struggling not to drop shots.<br /><br />The Bermuda fairways are slightly patchy in places, and even where you find unbroken grass they are quite hard, which means you get good roll on your drives but less spin control on your approaches. While the greens are an enjoyably roller-coaster-like affair, but a better maintenance programme is required to produce consistent speeds. Aesthetically, the open nature of Orna Golf & Country Club (there's much less jungle than other courses in the area) allows for some great views, and the long strips of sand next to water, like a little beach, look brilliant. However, this absence of jungle and mature trees means that there is little shade, and on hot days it's wise to come prepared with sunscreen and hats.<br /><br />The most enjoyable hole is the signature 12th, a 200 yard par-3 that plays from an elevated tee to an island green that is reminiscent of the 17th at Sawgrass; also worth mentioning is the unconventional par-5 16th whose fairway is split by a lake that runs from tee to green, offering alternate routes to the elevated green.<br /><br />The North nine plays much shorter at just 3173 yards and is best avoided in favour of the proper challenge offered by East and West unless you are a high handicapper looking for a morale boosting score.<br /><br />Overall, it's a good bet for a round of golf in the Melaka area. The design is worthy of a championship course and while the maintenance doesn't quite deserve that accolade, there are plenty of challenges, mainly from the severely undulating playing surface and some of the biggest bunkers you'll ever experience. When you take into account the very reasonable green fees, a round at Orna Golf & Country Club has much to recommend it. </p><p>Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Orna Golf & Country Club to your Malacca golf holiday.</p><p>If you are travelling to other parts of Malaysia ask us to help you to organise a Malaysia Golf Package which features tee times at Orna Golf & Country Club.</p><p>(c) 2012 by Internet Trading N.V. All rights reserved<br /></p><p></p>
Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club
The 27 exciting championship holes here are in excellent condition and are a tough challenge that long hitters will relish.
A regular feature in lists of the top ten courses in Malaysia and once voted most scenic course in the country, Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club features 3 nines (Lake, Meadow and Woodland) of varied challenges just a short drive from Melaka.
From the first tee you may worry that the Lakes nine is going to be the golfing equivalent of the film Waterworld, but actually water is only in play on four of the nine holes, and unless you one of those players whose ball seems inexplicably drawn to water you should be okay. Driving straight will definitely help on a course where a slice can be fatal, particularly on the water-heavy closing trio of holes. Your tee shot on the 8th needs to carry around 175 yards to a very narrow landing strip, without going so far as to end up in the trees, and the 9th features a similarly small target from the tee, your shot needing to bisect jungle and water to set up an approach.
The start of the Meadow nine seems like sweet relief after the trails of the 8th and 9th - the fairways are wide and tree-lined, and water is rarely a threat. However, like the Lakes nine it throws in a couple of really tough holes just as it looks like you might score well. The 7th fairway is very narrow and the thick woods to the right mean slicing is fatal. On the 8th, a long par-4, you must cross the water that runs from fairway to green to a dog-legging fairway. There are rewards for bravery, as the more of the water you can cut off the closer you are on your second shot. From there, a towering tree guards the centre of the green while on the right is a wooded ravine and the left is jungle. The approach here will separate the men from the boys.
The Woodland nine lives up to its name thanks to the jungle that lines the narrow fairways and severely punishes the wayward. Accuracy is definitely the name of the game here, and the tricky greens top off what is probably the most challenging and scenic of the nines at Tiara Melaka. Memorably, the 3rd features a split fairway which offers the option of either a long carry of 230 yards, leaving a short second, or a more conservative mid-iron from the tee which leaves a long iron into the sloping green.
The course is kept in excellent condition. Even after torrential rain the fairways were in great shape thanks to a good drainage system, and the greens are lightning quick even when wet. Putting in the dry must be like playing on glass. The rough isn't too tenacious, thereby allowing the chance to recover if you veer slightly off line, and given the course isn't too long it isn't too much of a problem to miss the fairway as long as you don't end up in water. For this reason, some good scores and some satisfying recoveries from awkward positions should be possible, and we reckon you'll very much enjoy a round at Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club, whichever 18 holes you choose.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club to your Malacca golf holiday.
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Gemas Golf Resort
If you've played all the top rated courses in the area and still want more, you can do much worse than a round at this decent course.
Open since 1996 and set in the Gemas forest reserve that makes it such an invitingly natural environment for golf, Gemas Golf Course is a lesson in how to build an environmentally friendly 18 holer. During construction, every tree was identified and labelled so that they could be retained along the fairways and perimeters upon completion.
It's one of the shorter courses in the area, and the challenges come mainly from the hilly terrain upon which it was constructed, especially on the front nine where the slopes make up for a general lack of water and sand. Not that there aren't exceptions - the par-4 9th features a cleverly placed fairway bunker between two trees that does a remarkable job at ensnaring the average drive.
The back nine has more in the way of traditional hazards, with a 220 yard carry over a lake required on the par-5 16th, and greenside bunkers at the long par-4 14th making an accurate approach crucial. However, the most difficult hole is on the front nine, the par-5 7th that undulates and dog-legs left before sloping sharply uphill to the green. Approach shots played even fractionally short can end up back where they started.
The clubhouse includes decent locker rooms, a golfers' terrace and a restaurant as well as a small hotel, and does the job without being as impressive as some of the bigger and newer clubhouses at neighbouring courses. Added to this is the fact that the fairways are not pristine, suffering from occasional bald patches, and the greens on the slow side. So while it is an enjoyable enough course, Gemas Golf Course is probably more for those who have exhausted all the other options in the region.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Gemas Golf Resort to your Malacca golf holiday.
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IOI Palm Villa Golf & Country Club
An unspectacular but very cheap round of golf whose wide, generous fairways make it ideal for weekend hackers looking to shoot a decent score
The 27 holes of IOI Palm Villa Golf & Country Resort lie a 25 minute drive from Johor Bahru and Singapore's Second Link Expressway, making it a prime candidate for those in Singapore to play a round of golf without breaking the bank.
Given the very reasonable green fees we wouldn't have been surprised if the club had skimped on maintenance, but despite recent rain the fairways were in a decent condition, despite a slightly uneven cut in places. The greens, sadly, weren't up to scratch, being overly sandy which prevents the consistent roll and precision that all golfers dream of. Putting was a bit of a nightmare, and not in a good way.
The fairways are wide and inviting, giving you licence to pull out the big dog and go for it, as you can usually get away with going a little off-line; but go too far and you can find yourself in trouble, especially when recent rainfall twinned with inadequate drainage means that some bunkers have turned into impromptu water hazards. Avoid these though and you are in for some good scores, the generosity of the fairways meaning even on an off-day you can post a respectable total thanks to the bail out areas available for those hooking and slicing their way around.
Overall, it's not much to look at, given the open feel and the general flatness of the terrain, and the endless oil palm trees that are in evidence all the way round contribute to a feeling of one hole blending into the next, so we can't say that there are any holes that live long in the memory. Nonetheless, this is a very cheap round of golf, and perfectly suited to weekend hackers looking to shoot a reasonable score without breaking the bank.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Palm Villa Golf & Country Club to your Johore golf holiday.
If you are travelling to other parts of India ask us to help you to organise an Malaysia Golf Package which features tee times at Palm Villa Golf & Country Club.