What could be more exhilarating than to tee-off at one of the three 18-hole award-winning golf courses aptly named after exotic Malaysian flora – the Allamanda, Cempaka and Melati. Designed by the master, Hiromasa Inagawa, the courses cover 800 acres of undulating hills and scenic lakes that offer varying degrees of challenges that would tempt any golfer to conquer its terrain.
Designed as a “Resort Course”, it is a favourite course for play featuring breathtaking scenery of water features, daunting sand bunkers, and carefully-manicured Tifdwarf greens hidden amongst verdant landscaping. The fairways and roughs are severely undulating in places, and well-guarded which can pose challenges towards securing a victory. It embodies 11 holes of water and two signature holes represented by No. 2 and No. 15.
Playing this championship course demands full concentration. The Cempaka measures 7,156 yards from the pro tees, which requires skill in assessment and execution. More intimidating is the number of severe doglegs, narrow fairways, 9 holes of water and more than 60 sand bunkers together with the winding Serangoon fairways that would daunt any seasoned golfer. The wide expanse of undulating Bermuda greens, however, would provide an advantage to experienced green readers.
A more open course, the Melati is carpeted with expansive Tifdwarf greens complimented by neat Serangoon fairways. It plays as a links course with a ‘first tee only’ start and is the longest of the three courses at 7,205 yards from the black tees. Expect the challenge to be a drawn-out affair with the blue tees measuring 6,669 yards, the white tees at 6,170 yards and the red tee at 5,601 yards. Further there are 35 sand bunkers and a total of 6 holes of water to conquer.
The course has been noted as extremely difficult with the country’s largest known single stretch of sand defending the par 3 Hole No. 2, while the country’s longest hole at No.15 measures a relentless 684 yards from the back tees. Yet another obstacle is the island green surrounded by water at Hole No.16 which will definitively test the precision of even the most adept of players.