About a half-hour's drive from Kota Kinabalu City is the Nexus Resort Karambunai Golf Club and the golf course is located within walking distance from the large beachside golf resort.
Set against the backdrop of a 130-million year old tropical Borneo rainforest along its eastern edges and the South China Sea to the west, the par 72, 18-hole international standard golf course was designed by American golf architect Ronald Fream. The Nexus Golf Resort has won numerous awards, including the reader voted award for ‘Best Golf Resort’ and ‘Best Golf Course in East Malaysia’ in the 2007/2008 Golf Magazine Poll. Nexus Golf Resort also played host for the 105th Malaysian Amateur Open Golf Championship in 2007.
The Sabah golf course at Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai is bounded by nature and stretches from the low hills, gradually descending towards the beaches. Undulating across a series of small lakes, waterways and hillocks, amidst a panoramic expanse of natural and landscaped surroundings, the Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai captivates golfers with magnificent views of Karambunai Beach, the South China Sea and Mount Kinabalu. Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai is playable by golf players across different levels yet challenging and provides players with options to suit any level of game. Five unique teeing locations (red, white, blue, black and gold) are provided on each hole to accommodate all golfers.
Though this golf course in Sabah has been created to focus on giving a range of playing experiences, it still demands strategy to score well. The layout starts from the jungle foothills, then play along the beach. The undulating fairways cross a series of small lakes, waterways and hillocks. Golfers require both strength and strategy to navigate the numerous dogleg holes, meandering streams, sand bunkers, and at times strong ocean trade winds. The fairways stretch invitingly and are quite flat. However, bunkers are used cautiously along with strategic contours and mounds to create well protected greens. Water hazards and the roughs punish most errant shots.
Designer : Ronald Fream
Holes / Par / Yardage : 18-holes/ 72 / 6173 yards
Established : 1996 Green / Caddy / Buggy
Fees : RM 202-293 / RM 66 /RM 100
Distance : 40 minutes from Kota Kinabalu airport