Two years of slow but steady changes to the
18-hole Ronald Fream-designed Awana Genting golf course, plus refurbishment to
its attached accommodations has created a new and exciting buzz for the
property. The work done has wrought some miraculous changes, beginning with the
top dressing. Magnificent in its design, the course – which was constructed in
1985 – suffered in the aftermath of heavy downpours. The moisture would take
forever to dissipate – with the fairways plugging even the best drives. An
almost temperate climate did not help matters either.
Happily, the fix has been instituted with a
new thicker layer of top dressing. On top of that, several famously soggy bits
have had herringbone drainage lines buried beneath the fairways. That’s not
all, the greens have been redone with a special Tiff grass. If you’ve ever
‘putted for dough’ at Awana, it’s likely you’ve lost money. Those days are long
in the past with neither a hint of gravel nor sand on the 18 greens that we
traversed. The end result is firmer fairways and rolling greens which are now
good enough to host championships.
Awana @ Resorts World Genting has always had
a major advantage over most other Malaysian courses in that it maintains a nice
cool temperature for golfing, being situated 3,100 feet above sea level. The
beautiful course is occasionally shrouded with mist – which then blows over to
reveal stunning views of Genting Highlands above, a panorama which you can soak
up at the seventh green or the eighth tee box. By this point, you may have been
already been captivated by the majestic yet intimidating par-three fourth hole
which is the course’s signature hole.
In the days gone by, all the fun and games
outside of golfing used to happen only on the peak but things have now changed.
The hotel now boasts guided nature walks and campsites on the property with
indoor activities that cater for the whole family. To top it off, Resorts World
Genting is just about done building a new, bigger Genting Premium Outlet (GPO)
across the road from Awana.
This development also integrates the new
Genting Skyway – an almost magical 2.8km ride over the rainforest to the City
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