Upgraded golf course at Awana provides pleasurable challenge
Scenic mountain views, cool weather and a challenging 18-hole course are among the elements that ensure an excellent golfing experience at Awana Golf Resort. Golfers everywhere will also derive pleasure from the knowledge that they are experiencing a course designed by renowned golf architect Ronald Fream.
Fream built the golf course that opened in 1986. For more than three decades, the golf resort has provided countless pleasurable and challenging moments to golfers, both professional and amateur. And now the golf course has been given a whole new lease of life—the course has kicked it up a notch, having carried out improvement works in order to better serve avid golfers who just can’t get enough of the sport.
Awana Golf Resort, no doubt one of the top golf resorts in the country, has long been popular among all types of golfers. The course has undergone major upgrading works; the greens, fairway, tee boxes and bunkers have all seen improvement, and every area including soil profile, sand-capping, drainage and turfing, has been looked into.
For the avid golfer, the upgrading project translates into great value. The accomplished player can look forward to a more satisfying session but golfers of different skill levels can expect an enjoyable time on the golf course.
Natural features provide challenge
The golf resort takes advantage of the rolling countryside, making sure to preserve the lovely natural terrain while still providing challenge to golfers. Part of the appeal of the course lies in its spectacular layout combined with the natural surroundings provided by a rich variation of flora and fauna.
Awana’s location at 3,100 ft above sea level allows golfers to enjoy great mountain weather, with temperature staying steady between 22 and 25 degrees all year long. The high altitude, however, means the golf course may be damp on the fairways—something the resort has since rectified by carrying out extensive repair work for the last two years. The fairways today are in good condition even after a down pour.
What other facts consummate golfers would find interesting? Much of the challenge comes from the natural features of the undulating terrain. At 7,071 yards in length, the golf course could be classified as a great “risk-reward” type of course where on many holes, golfers can take short cuts over the surrounding trees. This makes the game more challenging—something that competitive golfers would appreciate—as it means the course is narrow and can very quickly consume their golf balls.
Challenging 18-hole course
Those who have experienced Awana Golf Resort would know where the toughest tests await—providing both challenge and excitement. Generally, the 18 holes on a course are ranked according to how hard they are using the Stroke Index system. This usually means the hardest hole on a course is Stroke Index One, as opposed to the easiest being Stroke Index 18.
Hole 1 on Awana’s course is said to be the toughest one in terms of layout. Being an Index One, it creates phobia in the minds of golfers—and this drive has a huge monsoon drain in front and the jungle on the right.
Hole 2, in comparison, is Index 17—a straightforward par four with the jungle on the left and trees on the right. A well-positioned shot should be in the centre between the bunkers. Players are advised to play a short approach as there is a ravine beyond the small green.
Hole 3 is highly pleasurable—a scenic hole with an Index Seven where on a clear day, golfers are able to see Resorts World Genting from the tee box. An ideal tee shot would be some 200 metres in the centre next to the bunker.
Hole 4, an Index 15, is described as “most challenging par” where golfers have to tee off from an elevated tee box overlooking a huge pond. Then there’s Hole 5—par five with an Index Five that is said to be an “excellent birdie opportunity hole.” Still, the fairway is quite flat and narrow with obstacles on the left and right. An accurate approach is imperative here as there’s also a huge pond providing challenge.
Hole 6 is a downhill par three where most balls usually land well before the putting green. Players are advised to look out for the bunker in front and the pond on the right. Hole 7—par four with an Index Nine—is, on the other hand, described as a “breathtaking hole” where golfers are required to carry a deep ravine to the centre of the fairway.
Average golfers would find Hole 8 more daunting—an Index Three with the longest par five—while Hole 9, an Index 11 that is an uphill hole with a fast green on dry days, is often described as not an easy bunker to come out from.
Things are equally tricky with Hole 10, often described as an underestimated hole. A par four carrying an Index Four, its straight and narrow fairway looks deceptively easy. Another tricky hole is the spectacularly scenic Hole 11, an Index 14 that requires a well-positioned tee shot. Golfers are to avoid hitting to the left, otherwise they run the risk of the vegetation there swallowing their golf ball.
The holes include downhill courses
Hole 12, 13 and 14—ranked 12, six and 16 respectively on the Stroke Index system—are all challenging. Hole 12 is known as a “notorious double dogleg hole” where the landing area for the first shot is very narrow, while Hole 13 is uphill all the way from tee to green. Hole 14, on the other hand, is downhill all the way and has hazards on the left.
Golfers will find that a good tee shot is imperative on Hole 15, an Index 10 and the longest par three on the layout. With Hole 16, an Index Two, they can expect a tricky two-tier green. This one is an uphill hole with a narrow fairway flanked by the jungle on the left and ravine on the right.
The shortest par three is Hole 17 and here, golfers are advised to go for the green on the right, otherwise they risk losing their golf ball as there is a sand trap on the left. Last but not least, there is Hole 18, a par four with an Index Eight that has seen too many golfers going too far right and as a result, could only watch helplessly as their golf balls fly into the ravine. The trick is to place their golf ball near the bunker on the right, some 200 metres from the tee box, as the trees on the left, it is said, are quite intimidating.
Bed & Breakfast Golf Package
The resort has sweetened the deal further for golfers by offering a Bed & Breakfast Golf Package that they would find irresistible. The walk-in rate package is for a single person for one round of golf on the resort’s 18-hole course (including buggy service). It is priced at RM300 for weekdays (Monday to Friday) and RM350 for weekends (Saturday, Sunday) and public holidays.
In addition, if guests decide to stay a night, Superior Deluxe Room which comes with buffet breakfast at Rajawali restaurant is available for golfer at an additional rate of RM200 (weekday) and RM230 (weekend).
For more information, call +603 2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com