Langkawi has already established itself as one of the top golfing destinations in Asia. This tiny island has three fantastic championship golf courses with full amenities. They have been all designed by expert overseas golf course architects. Where else will you find sprawling courses that are either nestled in lush greenery at the foothill of mountains or right at the ocean front offering some of the prettiest views to the golfers.
There are three 18-hole golf courses in Langkawi. One at the Datai Area at the base of Mount Mat Cincang known as the Datai Bay Golf Course. The second is the Gunung Raya Golf Resort located at the base of the highest Mountain of Langkawi, the Gunung Raya. And the third is 99 East Golf Club located close to Kuah Town and facing the beautiful Kuah bay.
But the most encouraging fact about the Langkawi golf courses is, they are continuously upgraded and amenities added. For example The old Langkawi Golf Course which was the first one in the island, has been revamped in 2012 to a brand new course which is now know as the 99 East Golf Club. The Gunung Raya Golf Resort has just added a new clubhouse with many amenities including a cafe and a pro shop. Datai Bay Golf Course is being completely revamped. There is huge investment pouring in to make the island as one of the top golfing destinations in the world.
While golf can be played in Langkawi through out the year, the best season or the months are between October to April when the humidity is lowest and there is no rain. The temperature however remains more or less the same in this tropical island all through the year. If you are coming to Langkawi for a golfing vacation during the high season, you should reserve the tee time in advance.
All the golf courses in Langkawi offer carts, golf set/equipment rentals and restaurant services. Here is more about the individual golf courses in Langkawi:
Gunung Raya Golf Resort
This 18-hole par-72, 6228 meters golf course is located centrally at the base of the Mountain Gunung Raya. It spreads across a sprawling 300 acres of area having fascinating views of the mountains and the rainforests all around. The course is designed by the American Golf Architect Max Wexler.
The Golf Club, Datai Bay
Located at the north western end of the island and nestled in the rainforest of Mount Mat Cincang, this golf course has been consistently rated as one of the best in Asia. It is a 18-hole par 72 and 5994 meters long golf course. Towards the east, it slopes down to wonderful vista of the Andaman sea.
99 East Golf Club
The earlier Langkawi Golf Course has been reborn as 99 East Golf Club and was re-opened in 2012 as a brand new 18-hole par 72, 7330 yards course. It is located at a close distance from Kuah town. The course has been designed by the Australian Golf Architect Ross Watson. It will be managed on an ongoing basis by the US based Troon Golf which manages many other championship golf courses through out the world. So you can expect a fantastic experience here with modern amenities.