course at Awana provides pleasurable challenge
An aerial view of
Awana Golf Resort
views, cool weather and a challenging 18-hole course are among the elements
that ensure an excellent golfing experience at Awana Golf Resort. Golfers
everywhere will also derive pleasure from the knowledge that they are
experiencing a course designed by renowned golf architect Ronald Fream.
Fream built the
golf course that opened in 1986. For more than three decades, the golf resort
has provided countless pleasurable and challenging moments to golfers, both
professional and amateur. And now the golf course has been given a whole new
lease of life—the course has kicked it up a notch, having carried out
improvement works in order to better serve avid golfers who just can't get
enough of the sport.
greens at the golf course
Awana Golf Resort,
no doubt one of the top golf resorts in the country, has long been popular
among all types of golfers. The course has undergone major upgrading works; the
greens, fairway, tee boxes and bunkers have all seen improvement, and every
area including soil profile, sand-capping, drainage and turfing, has been
For the avid
golfer, the upgrading project translates into great value. The accomplished
player can look forward to a more satisfying session but golfers of different
skill levels can expect an enjoyable time on the golf course.
Another view of the
Natural features provide
The golf resort
takes advantage of the rolling countryside, making sure to preserve the lovely
natural terrain while still providing challenge to golfers. Part of the appeal
of the course lies in its spectacular layout combined with the natural
surroundings provided by a rich variation of flora and fauna.
Awana's location at
3,100 ft above sea level allows golfers to enjoy great mountain weather, with
temperature staying steady between 22 and 25 degrees all year long. The high
altitude, however, means the golf course may be damp on the fairways—something
the resort has since rectified by carrying out extensive repair work for the
last two years. The fairways today are in good condition even after a down
facts consummate golfers would find interesting? Much of the challenge comes
from the natural features of the undulating terrain. At 7,071 yards in length,
the golf course could be classified as a great “risk-reward” type of course
where on many holes, golfers can take short cuts over the surrounding trees.
This makes the game more challenging—something that competitive golfers would
appreciate—as it means the course is narrow and can very quickly consume their
Those who have
experienced Awana Golf Resort would know where the toughest tests
await—providing both challenge and excitement. Generally, the 18 holes on a
course are ranked according to how hard they are using the Stroke Index system.
This usually means the hardest hole on a course is Stroke Index One, as opposed
to the easiest being Stroke Index 18.
parts of the golf course will prove to be an exciting challenge
Hole 1 on Awana's
course is said to be the toughest one in terms of layout. Being an Index One,
it creates phobia in the minds of golfers—and this drive has a huge monsoon
drain in front and the jungle on the right.
Hole 2, in
comparison, is Index 17—a straightforward par four with the jungle on the left
and trees on the right. A well-positioned shot should be in the centre between
the bunkers. Players are advised to play a short approach as there is a ravine
beyond the small green.
Hole 3 is highly
pleasurable—a scenic hole with an Index Seven where on a clear day, golfers are
able to see Resorts World Genting from the tee box. An ideal tee shot would be
some 200 metres in the centre next to the bunker.
Hole 4, an Index
15, is described as “most challenging par” where golfers have to tee off from
an elevated tee box overlooking a huge pond. Then there's Hole 5—par five with
an Index Five that is said to be an “excellent birdie opportunity hole.” Still,
the fairway is quite flat and narrow with obstacles on the left and right. An
accurate approach is imperative here as there's also a huge pond providing
Hole 6 is a
downhill par three where most balls usually land well before the putting
green. Players are advised to look out
for the bunker in front and the pond on the right. Hole 7—par four with an
Index Nine—is, on the other hand, described as a “breathtaking hole” where
golfers are required to carry a deep ravine to the centre of the fairway.
would find Hole 8 more daunting—an Index Three with the longest par five—while
Hole 9, an Index 11 that is an uphill hole with a fast green on dry days, is
often described as not an easy bunker to come out from.
Things are equally
tricky with Hole 10, often described as an underestimated hole. A par four
carrying an Index Four, its straight and narrow fairway looks deceptively easy.
Another tricky hole is the spectacularly scenic Hole 11, an Index 14 that
requires a well-positioned tee shot. Golfers are to avoid hitting to the left,
otherwise they run the risk of the vegetation there swallowing their golf ball.
The holes include
Hole 12, 13 and
14—ranked 12, six and 16 respectively on the Stroke Index system—are all
challenging. Hole 12 is known as a “notorious double dogleg hole” where the
landing area for the first shot is very narrow, while Hole 13 is uphill all the
way from tee to green. Hole 14, on the other hand, is downhill all the way and
has hazards on the left.
Golfers will find
that a good tee shot is imperative on Hole 15, an Index 10 and the longest par
three on the layout. With Hole 16, an Index Two, they can expect a tricky
two-tier green. This one is an uphill hole with a narrow fairway flanked by the
jungle on the left and ravine on the right.
The shortest par
three is Hole 17 and here, golfers are advised to go for the green on the
right, otherwise they risk losing their golf ball as there is a sand trap on
the left. Last but not least, there is Hole 18, a par four with an Index Eight
that has seen too many golfers going too far right and as a result, could only
watch helplessly as their golf balls fly into the ravine. The trick is to place
their golf ball near the bunker on the right, some 200 metres from the tee box,
as the trees on the left, it is said, are quite intimidating.
Bed & Breakfast
The resort has sweetened the deal further for
golfers by offering a Bed & Breakfast Golf Package that they would find
irresistible. The walk-in rate package is for a single person for one round of
golf on the resort's 18-hole course (including buggy service). It is priced at
RM300 for weekdays (Monday to Friday) and RM350 for weekends (Saturday, Sunday)
and public holidays.
In addition, if guests decide to stay a night,
Superior Deluxe Room which comes with buffet breakfast at Rajawali restaurant
is available for golfer at an additional rate of RM200 (weekday) and RM230
For more information, call +603 2718 1118 or visit
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