Having grown up in Florida and California I’ve played my fair share of ‘miniature’ golf (Putt-Putt), had a few ‘professional’ lessons and I’m quite accustomed to the sight of visor wearing golfers. In fact, I think they actually started the American ‘vacation-wear’ fashion trend of colorful pastels and Bermuda shorts.
But golf is much more than just looking tan and fashionable, it’s a game of precision and skill. Skilled golfers are a dedicated people who challenge themselves every opportunity they can, perhaps that’s why my own skill level is dismal.
But a recent Facebook conversation with my new friend Aliboy, revealed his employment at Langkawi’s 99 East Golf Club. I was surprised to find out it this new golf venue had been open for over 6 months and I hadn’t even noticed. (I’m usually good at noticing).
So Aliboy invited me down for a personal tour, which I quickly accepted. I hadn’t been on a Golf Course in Southeast Asia yet, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I seriously wasn’t certain there wasn’t local wildlife grazing amongst the whizzing golf balls.
When I located the entrance, just off the main Highway to Kuah, I saw a different world indeed. The world of golf. They were quite busy with locals
and tourists arriving and departing. All looking quite content in their recent challenges.
Seeing 99 East Golf Fairways in the late afternoon really enhances the tiny little nooks and crannies. I suppose a well versed golfer would use this to their advantage, making me think that any particular course at various times of the day would be skill enhancing.
I’m not one to refer to golf courses as picturesque, but as Aliboy took me hole to hole the view got increasingly more spectacular. Arriving at hole 5 it was difficult to pay attention to the detailed explanations and finer nuances of birdie vs eagle, when looking at the panoramic view of Mount Cincang to the west and Kuah Bay to the east.
And it’s very quiet on the fairways. I can see why golf helps decrease stress, especially when the course is in such a relatively natural setting. I could suddenly picture myself teeing off and being part of the Langkawi community of golfing enthusiasts, so I made a mental note to sign up for refresher lessons. Ok, beginning lessons again.
The 9-hole course can presently be played twice around to become 18 holes, but an additional 9 holes are being developed to be opened later this year. Designed by Ross Watson, the course has influences from Australian and Scottish
courses, making it a unique challenge in Southeast Asia. You can read a
detailed descriptions of each hole’s characteristics on the 99 East Golf Club website .
In addition to a challenging and beautiful golf course, they have equipment available for sale and rent as well. So no need to pay that extra weight luggage fee if flying into Langkawi for a holiday. Lessons are available with an onsite PRO as well as The Yard Arm Restaurant , open 7 days a week 7AM-8PM. Where even if you aren’t a golfer, you can kick back and enjoy the surrounding scenery in a relaxed and un-rushed environment.
99 EAST GOLF CLUB
Jalan Bukit Malut
Tel: +6 04 955 1153
For Golf Club Bookings : firstname.lastname@example.org