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Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu on Pantai Dalit Beach. Set amidst a nature reserve, the resort enchants endlessly with its natural magic.. Click info tab for more.

Your Malaysian-themed room is perched on a verdant hill, with a spectacular beachfront view, surrounded by 400 acres of tropical forest. You see the catamarans along the beach, and can only imagine what other activities await..

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu is home to an eco-friendly championship golf course and the magnificent Spa at Dalit Bay. Unique to the resort is the Nature Interpretation Centre, gateway to the Nature Reserve. Here, you can meet the Borneo's wildlife..

Even the kids have their own fun club. And the more adventurous ones get to help the rangers look after the animals in the resort’s care..

Twilight happens all too soon. But with sunset cocktails and dinner in a beach-side gazebo served by your own private butler, you don’t really mind.

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  • Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club

    Water water everywhere, a course that makes you think. A tough but scenic challenge that will have you coming back for more.

    What was once a mangrove swamp bordered by the Tambalang and Mengkabong rivers is now Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club, 18 championship holes set over 400 acres of the Shangri-La Resort. The legacy of the mangrove swamp lives on in the form of a plethora of water hazards that feature on nearly every hole, meaning that this is a course not to be taken lightly.

    After a fairly sedate opening hole, the course starts asking some tough questions: the approach into the narrow 2nd green will need to avoid water front left and bunkers all around, water runs all the way down the right of the par-5 3rd, and the par-3 4th has an island green surrounded on all sides by deep bunkers. The opening nine closes with a picturesque hole ranked the hardest on the course, with dense trees, wetland lakes, massive waste bunkers and a severely undulating putting surface mean that you'll celebrate a par here as if you'd won the Masters.

    The signature hole is the 185 yard par-3 11th, rated the easiest on the course despite having the South China Sea surrounding the tee. You must cut across the Tambaland River Mouth to reach the gentle contours of the heavily protected green, the imposing Mount Kinabalu looking on in the distance. The 13th requires a forced carry of 200 yards over the Tambalung river, to get to the 17th green you must cross a lake and a host of bunkers and the water that runs all the way down the right hand side of the 18th fairway means you can't relax until you've sunk your final putt. 

    As you can probably gather from the above, this is a pretty challenging course, and water is in play on nearly every hole. Thankfully it doesn't play too long, so while the long-hitters will still be at an advantage it's a more level playing field as far as driving distance is concerned, with accuracy being more important, especially given the small Tifdwarf greens.

    Like the sound of this course?  Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club to your Sabah golf holiday.

    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 Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club.

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  • Borneo Golf & Country Club

    A beautiful links-style championship course with especially impressive greens; it's pricey, but on balance worth the money.

    Designed by Jack Nicklaus and set within 900 acres of beautiful coastal terrain, the Borneo Golf & Country Club is a links-style championship course ideally suited for those looking for a stop on a high end golf holiday.

    It's reputed to have the best maintained Bermuda Tifdwarf greens in the country, and while this is a difficult claim to verify there is no denying the beauty and speed of the putting surfaces here, which are a test for the world's best let alone a part-timer on holiday. The course is in generally immaculate condition, the state of the fairways matching that of the greens, and the course is dotted with the Golden Bear's trademark waste bunkers (84 of them in all) which sprawl menacingly alongside fairways. There are plenty of water hazards to make you nervous on the tees, with forced carries on several holes, and the stiff ocean breeze can prove mightily awkward on the unprotected holes by the South China Sea.

    The signature hole is the 14th, a long par-3 that requires a daunting tee shot across a cove that would be tricky enough without having to cope with some very strong crosswinds. It's undoubtedly exhilarating sending your ball out over the ocean and trusting the wind to bring it back to safety. While weekend hackers will probably drop shots here, the difficulty of this hole is not entirely indicative of the rest of the course, which is tough enough to challenge the low-handicappers without condemning the less skilled to three figure scoring.

    That's not to say that everything is perfect - the number of bunkers does not seem to be matched by the number of rakes, meaning that ending up in a bunker can be a far worse outcome that it ought to be, and the locker rooms aren't quite up to scratch for a course that is marketed and priced at the high end. That aside, the clubhouse facilities are generally excellent, and there is a driving range and practice putting green that you are well advised to take advantage of before stepping out on the course.  Overall, Borneo Golf & Country Club is a course that lives up to the reputation of its illustrious designer. 

    Like the sound of this course?  Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Borneo Golf & Country Club to your Sabah golf holiday.

    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 Borneo Golf & Country Club.

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  • Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai

    It may be by the beach, but it's the amount of water and sand on the course itself that will concern you as you attempt to master this tricky, high quality course.

    Host of the Malaysian Amateur Open in 2007 and winner of numerous awards including Best Resort Golf Course in Malaysia and Third Most Memorable Golf Course in Malaysia, Nexus Golf Resort is located by the sea, just a short drive from Kota Kinabalu City. Set against a lush rainforest backdrop to the south and sound of the waves on Karambunai Beach just to the north, the course meanders over undulating terrain peppered with lakes and waterways cunningly placed by architect Ronald Fream to catch you out.

    You tee off amongst the jungle foothills with a fairly straightforward par-4, before things get a little trickier thanks to water on seven of the next eight holes. Slices on the par-4 2nd and anything short on the memorable par-3 3rd will result in a wet ball. You can take the water hazard that guards the green of the par-5 4th by playing conservatively around it, but long hitters will struggle to resist the temptation to go for the well protected green in search of an eagle. The 5th and 6th both dog-leg around water, meaning that while a fade is an advantage, a slice can be terminal.

    The back nine, which heads down towards the coast, opens with more water, the long par-5 10th requiring crossing one waterway to a patch of fairway then crossing back over again en route to a green. The direct line to the putting surface is blocked by a series of bunkers so only the very confident need attempt to get there in two. The par-3 14th memorably requires a carry over water that stretched from tee to green, and if the water that intrudes upon the 17th fairway catches you out you can be sure you weren't the first to befall such a fate.

    Overall, there's plenty to test even the promising amateurs who compete in the prestigious tournaments held here. Complicating matters beyond the large amounts of water and sand, the numerous and judiciously placed bunkers and the deep rough are the strong winds coming in off the coast, which often require you to send your ball out over a water hazard and have faith it will be brought back to safety. It all adds up to a high quality and enjoyable challenge, and on that basis a round at Nexus Golf Resort comes highly recommended.

    Like the sound of this course?  Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Nexus Golf Resort to your Sabah golf holiday.

    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 Nexus Golf Resort.

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  • Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club

    Three diverse and enjoyable nines on this attractive seaside course.

    Part of the Sutera Harbour Resort Complex, the three Graham Marsh-designed nines of the Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club (Lake, Heritage and Garden) have played host to several major tournaments en route to being named the 2nd Best Golf Resort in Malaysia 2008. Set by the South China Sea with great views of several of the nearby islands, there are a variety of challenges on offer.

    The Lake Nine is not misnamed, thanks to the long series of natural and man-made water hazards you will encounter on every hole bar one. The lake just short and right of the green on the par-3 2nd lurks ominously and makes for a nervy tee shot, especially as the wind tends to be against you. A similarly located lake on third causes similar problems, with the added pressure of being located directly next to the clubhouse with it's onlookers. The very long par-5 6th offers an opportunity to cut the dog-leg over water and sand that many will find hard to resist, although given it measures around 600 yards, even if successful you'll need to be a very long-hitter to stand a chance of reaching the green in two so it's a better bet to play conservatively.

    Although water will only really be in play if you hit a disastrous hook off the tee on the short par-3 7th, you can't relax thanks to the five large jigsaw piece-shaped bunkers protecting a green that is pretty hard to find in the usual stiff breeze. There's water on both sides of the dog-legging par-4 9th, which offers up a geniune risk/reward equation for those thinking of cutting the corner, and the nine ends with an interesting par-4 with a split fairway, the choice of which should be influenced by the pin position relative to the three greenside bunkers.

    The Heritage Nine, despite the great backdrop of Kota Kinabalu City, has a tranquil feel, despite not letting up in terms of the challenges thrown at you. The opening couple of holes are fairly sedate, with water unlikely to trouble you. The ocean to the right of the 11th fairway will only be found by the heaviest slice, so it is probably the wind that will cause you most difficulty as you try to avoid the numerous bunkers along this longish par-5. The 14th is a long par-4 where the landing zone off the tee is narrowed drastically by a large bunker either side of the fairway; pot bunkers and a lake by the green mean you've got to be accurate, or lucky, with your approach.

    At over 200 yards and with stiff ocean breezes to contend with, the par-3 15th, whose green is protected by three large bunkers, can prove a tough test, despite the generously-sized green. The 17th is also a par-3, shorter but no less tricky thanks to the pot bunkers that punish anything short or long. Get through all this unscathed, and the 18th offers up a birdie opportunty, being a par-5 that is make-able in two. You'll have to flirt with water and sand to get there, but the bold play can pay off here.

    While it's a generally good rule of thumb to avoid the third nine on any resort offering 27 holes, that doesn't apply here as the Garden Nine, depsite being a little easier than the others, holds its own. The 20th is a spectacular par-3 over water with a sprawling bunker punishing anything short and deep foliage making going too long not an option. The 23th is a short par-4 on which, with the wind behind, you could probably get pretty close to the green off the tee were it not for the massive bunker that cuts across the hole fairway around 50 yards short of the green. As it is, lay up on the generous fairway for a full short iron into a green that should offer up a birdie opportunity. 

    The signature par-4 24th plays along the coast to a green perilously close to the sea, requiring a nervy tee shot and a cautious approach to an undulating green that will make you work for par, while the round ends with the par-4 27th, featuring a very narrow fairway lined with casuarina pine trees that are best avoided.

    Overall, it's a great course with some memorable holes. It's beautifully landscaped, the Bermuda grass is in generally good condition, and the ocean breezes, despite adding to the difficulty, are gloriously cooling. You can even avoid the sun entirely by playing a night, thanks to the newly installed floodlights. Aside from golf, there are extensive recreational facilities available on the attached resort, together with 14 restaurants, a high quality spa and a marina, meaning that as a package a golf holiday that takes in Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club is recommended.

    Like the sound of this course?  Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club to your Sabah golf holiday.

    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 Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club.

    (c) 2012 by Internet Trading N.V.  All rights reserved

     

     

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  • Sabah Golf & Country Club

    <p>Immaculately kept course that plays host to the Sabah Masters, you'll need to drive straight or prepare for some large scores, particularly on 'Amen Corner'.</p>One of the oldest courses in the region and the regular host of the Sabah Masters, part of the Asian PGA Tour, Sabah Golf &amp; Country Club enjoys a deserved reputation as a tough course, especially following an extensive upgrade in 2004. Despite its city location, there is dense woodland, undulating terrain and scenic lakes that together make for an enjoyable challenge made tougher by occasional strong winds.<br /><br />The centrepiece of the front nine is the large lake that makes the 2nd and 9th holes so tricky. The former is a long par-5 that dog-legs around the water, meaning your tee shot must flirt with danger to leave you well placed for your second. If you play too far away from the water you run the risk of finding one of the three fairway bunkers designed to stop you doing just that. If you are a long hitter you can go for the green in two, but you'll have to beware of overhanging branches; if you play it safe you bring a large bunker into play so it's a case of picking your poison on this tricky hole. The 9th is a brilliant end to the front nine, a short par-4 that dog-legs around the other side of the lake. You've either got to drive far enough that the lone tree that guards entry to the peninsula on which the green is found is taken out of play, or take an iron off the tee leaving yourself a tough approach over water to a heavily bunkered green complex. The best par-3 on the front nine is the 5th, where accuracy is key. Four bunkers in front of the green (which we assume looks like a bear's footprint from above) mean you can't be half-hearted from the tee, but go too far and you'll find yourself wading though the marshland at the bottom of a steep slope.&nbsp;<br /><br />The enjoyable back nine features a run of holes that have come to be known locally as Amen Corner, and tournaments are routinely won and lost over this stretch from holes 14 to 16. The 14th, at 565 metres, is known as 'The Monster' and is the longest, hardest hole on the course. It tees off over water towards a narrow, uphill fairway with thick woodland to both sides. If you're Tiger Woods on a very good day you might think about trying to cut the corner of the dog-leg and carry the water to reach the green in two, but the rest of us should play up to the corner and open up the green. You'll still need to carry the corner of the lake and avoid a bunker designed to catch out those who overcompensate, but it's a safer strategy. The 15th is another dog-leg around a lake where you've got no real choice but to be brave and cut the corner off the tee - being too conservative brings the pine trees into the play. With more water behind the green, you can't afford to misjudge your approach. The 16th may not have any bunkers, but the tough approach you'll have to play over water and into the wind to a peninsula green means it is not to be taken lightly. After a picturesque, water-heavy par-3 with no room for error, the round ends with an enjoyable undulating par-5 where heavy bunkering in the run up to the green mean those going for a two-on can't afford to fall short.<br /><br />As you would expect from a course that plays regular host to professionals, it is in immaculate condition, particularly in the run up to the Sabah Masters when the greens are frighteningly fast. Their subtle breaks mean you'll be more than happy to accept the advice of the helpful, friendly caddies. You're advised to make use of the practice green and driving range in advance of your round. Aside from the course itself, there is a bar, restaurant serving a variety of international food, fully-equipped gym and pleasant locker rooms featuring a sauna. Non-golfing members of your party will not be at a loss for things to do, with a swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, snooker tables and even a kids room all available for guests at the Sabah Golf &amp; Country Club.<br /><p></p>

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