Malaysia’s most storied golf club, Royal Selangor was founded in 1893 and its members enjoy two wonderful old-school golf courses in the heart of the diplomatic district of Kuala Lumpur.
The current courses are described as Old and New, but both features holes that were constructed as part of a relocation in the 1920s.
Much has changed around Royal Selangor in the years subsequent, including the construction of a giant mega-tower right on its doorstep, but thankfully the golf courses remain very much understated and full of genuine charm. Holes like the notorious 17th on the Old Course, which resembles the famous Volcano par three at Durban Country Club, remain beautifully preserved and able to instil genuine fear into any modern golfer. Elsewhere narrow driving zones are lined by a staggering assortment of old trees and wetland areas, and force the cautious golfer to chose their playing strategy carefully. The greens are generally raised and quite steeply pitched in areas, making recovery from the wrong zone often quite treacherous.
These aren’t the hardest, longest or most eye-catching courses in Malaysia, but for a pure golf experience you’ll struggle to find anything in this part of the world that surpasses the two layouts at Royal Selangor Golf Club.