The Damai Golf and Country Club in Sarawak opened in 1996 and features the first Arnold Palmer designed golf course in Malaysia. The golf course borders the foothills of Mount Santubong and plays along the beaches, rocky outcrops and mangrove forests on a peninsula protruding into the South China Sea. Damai Golf and Country Club has hosted major golf events such as the Damai Challenge, World Golf Amateur Challenge and Carlsberg Golf Classic.
Damai consists of the Mountain Nine and the Ocean Nine which are uniquely different in character. The front Mountain Nine offers challenging golf in a rocky, natural rainforest setting. It follows the reliefs of mountain foothills. The back Ocean Nine hugs the South China Sea and features picturesque fairways and lovely beaches. Greens are usually small and favor precise approach shots.
The best holes include the 3rd, a short 147 yard par-3 that plays to an elevated green. Two deep bunkers in front, right & left of the green and a stream running on the right wait for wayward shots. The signature 17th is a 168 yard par-3. It plays somewhat downhill with the South China Sea covering three sides of the green. The club selection is critical as the prevailing winds come into play daily. The closing par-5 is a magnificent dogleg to the right. The entire left side is guarded by the ocean and the entire right by trees. Moreover, tight landing areas make precise shot-making a must to have a chance for par. With mountains in the background and beaches and ocean on the sides, this hole was once chosen the second most picturesque hole in Malaysia. The Damai Golf and Country Club offers facilities such as a grass driving range, practice areas, golfer’s cafe, pro shop, and locker rooms. The clubhouse is more than adequate for most golfers’ needs.
Designer : Arnold Palmer
Holes / Par / Yardage : 18 holes par 72 (6950 yards)
Established : 1996
Green / Caddy / Buggy Fees : RM 100-180/ RM 50 / RM 60
Distance : 30 kilometers from Kuching airport