18 August 2010

Berjaya Hill Golf & Country Club, Too Good to Pass Up

Located among the lush, rolling hills of Bukit Tinggi, at about 2200 feet above sea level, is Berjaya Hills Golf & Country Club. It sits an easy 55-minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur via the Karak Highway adjacent to the hills of Genting Highland.

Upon arrival and after visiting the bag drop station, golfers can head to the first tee of a lovely, expertly maintained 6,312-metre golf course that is the centrepiece of the sprawling resort.
Created by American golf architect J Michael Poellot, the par-72 tract features deviously mounded and dramatically shaped fairways that rise and fall as they unfold to end their journey at well-crafted green sites.
Local players may recall the course as Bukit Tinggi and they may also remember that the course’s condition suffered greatly before the new owners, the Berjaya Group, took it under their wing. But, over the last several months, the course has become a hotbed for golfers, as its Bermuda Tifdwarf greens and Greenlees Park covered fairways and tee boxes have been painstaking upgraded. Besides bringing golfers back to the tract the successful work to restore the course to its former shining self has resulted in it being awarded The Best Highlands Golf course in Asia by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF).
This recognition has also gained the Pahang state government’s praise, as they applauded the Chairman/CEO of the Berjaya Corporation Berhad Tan Sri Vincent Tan and the executive director of Berjaya Hotels & Clubs, Valen Tan for winning the coveted award.

The view from the tee of the near 90-degree, dogleg right 368-metre 17th hole is one of the course’s best and it, also, reveals to golfers two distinct routes of downhill play to reach a distant green that sits near level with the tee. Many golfers select the corner-cutting option that requires a long carry over Stony Creek to a tightly defined fairway. Staying left of and short of the creek, however, is a much better choice for 90 per cent of those looking to score well on this deceptive piece of real estate.
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