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We counted five big birds taking to the skies as we turned into Kampong Pasir Puteh towards Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort – an amazing average about a plane per minute. That’s how close we are from one of the world’s busiest airports if the Waze coordinates on our phone were to be believed. Admittedly, we are still close to Johor Bahru but far enough to enjoy the feeling of vacations for a day or weekend trip.
The name of Tanjong Puteri was derived from the historical name of Johor Bahru, then a settlement founded by the Temenggong Dynasty of Johor in 1855 when it moved its administrative centre from Telok Belanga in Singapore to Johor. Subsequently, Tanjong Puteri was renamed Iskandar Puteri in 1858 and was later decreed by Sultan Abu Bakar as Johore Bahru on 1st January 1866.
Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort may not be a familiar territory with the young millennials but old-timers and avid golfers can testify to the sprawling 54-hole golf course which occupies about 800 acres of land bounded by the Straits of Johor in the south, Sungai Kim Kim on the east, Kampong Pasir Putih in the West and the sprawling industrial township of Pasir Gudang to the north. Rated 2nd best golf course in Johor and 9th best overall in Malaysia by Asian Golf monthly readers poll in 2016, Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort is infra-structually convenient as it’s only 25-35 minutes drive away from the JB-Singapore Causeway via the new Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) and the Pasir Gudang / Kota Tinggi Exit from the North-South Highway; 25 minutes from Senai International Airport via the Senai Desaru Expressway and a mere 1 hour’s drive from the Tuas-Second Link.
The elegant neo-classical architectural design Clubhouse boasting a central structure accommodating golfing registration, changing room facilities, restaurants, a golf pro shop and a reception area with a spectacular lobby. Two symmetric grand stairways lead to the upper floor where we can comfortably retreat for the evening.
The Clubhouse comprises 20 elegantly outfitted guestrooms with modern amenities, each commanding a spectacular view of the garden or verdant greens. As we approached our room (Number 5), we wonder what lies behind as we open the door with anticipation!
W-O-W, our Superior Room is more significant than most studio apartments and more spacious than their hotel counterparts, and comes furnished with a wall mounted flat-screen television, stylish writing desk, in room safe box, mini bar fridge with complimentary mineral water, coffee/tea making facilities plus a private bathroom with hot & cold showers and full amenities. In particular, we love that creative welcome note written out of a beautiful leaf!
As if the rooms are not spacious enough, we could even jio our family and friends to pack it all into the Family Room with two double-bed rooms so now, there’s literally room for everyone! Enough said, time to check the property out!
Meeting & Function Rooms
Our tour of the resort begins with a glimpse of the event and function space on offer. The elegant Eagle Ballroom, Par I and II, Birdie, Albatross and Champion are available to cater to groups ranging from 50 to 550 persons, albeit for workshops, seminars, meetings or a full set of elegant sit-down banquet. Their strategic location on the upper floor of the Clubhouse also provides for an impressive view of the sprawling greens.
In addition, the Tanjong Room, Open Hall and Open Terrace at the Sports & Recreation Centre are also able to cater for large groups of up to 750 persons for company family day or corporate annual dinners.
Sauna & Changing Room
Oh-my-goodness, the sight of the sauna (for the men only, the ladies don’t get it) calls for a pampering and relaxing session. We make it a point to return for a dip after our resort tour!
Sports & Recreation Centre
For many of us, Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort is so much more than just another stay and play destination, but the Sports & Recreational Centre offers a comprehensive range of activities and amenities beyond its golfing facilities. With an 8-lane bowling alley to knock down some pins, play a game of mahjong, carrom, billiard or hit some targets with a bow and arrows, there’s really no reason why we shouldn’t unglue ourselves from our sedentary lifestyles and get active. Time to round up our homies for an adrenaline-pumped day minus the pricey gym memberships.
In case you’ve not noticed, the Sports & Recreation Centre is all centralised around the Olympic-size swimming pool to cater for the whole family and sports enthusiasts alike. From paddling pool and fountains for little ones to a full Olympic-size swimming pool for older ones, there’s something for everyone to enjoy the hot weather for some fun in the sun. Besides, a further 4 lawn tennis courts and 2 covered doubles squash courts are also among the other sporting facilities for us to enjoy!
After 18 Lounge, Golfer’s Cafe & He Yuan Chinese Restaurant
In our first-ever visit to this part of the world just before the CNY early this year, the impeccable service by the crew at He Yuan Chinese Restaurant was top-notched and left a lasting impression on us. He Yuan, which means “Lotus Garden” specialises in international and local seafood flavours, with its elegant setting of timber wood columns with lush carpet flooring offering us a spectacular view of the golf course. Open for lunch and dinner, He Yuan is also a certified HALAL restaurant and is perfect for entertaining business associates or family gathering, with two VIP rooms available upon request.
Other F&B outlets include the Golfer’s Cafe, an open terrace overlooking the 9th and 18th hole of the Plantation Course to savour some casual local delights while After 18 Lounge serves an extensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage. The perfect venue to relax and unwind for a long cool drink or pre-dinner cocktail, karaoke lovers like us can also belt out our favourite songs from their long list of English, Malay or Chinese hits.
For those of us who still reminiscing the good ol’ chalet days back in high school, look no further than the 34 double-storey, newly refurbished luxury villas nestled in the signature Plantation Golf course. Located within a scenic 5-minute stroll from the Clubhouse, we are free to rejuvenate in either 4 or 5 bedroom villas, each with living, kitchen, and dining rooms. And the best part? All villas are within a gated, guarded compound with 24-hour security that comes with our own private car parking facilities.
Ideal for a family or group escapade, the 5-bedroom ISTANA Villa can easily house our “kampong” of more than 20 pax with rooms to roam, and a large compound to call our own, the perfect place to enjoy an evening BBQ party with our friends and family!
We don’t need to be the hostest-with-the-mostest to throw a fantastic BBQ party, just a proper venue with good company. Thanks to a ready selection of no-frills packages with add-on items also available upon request, we can now fire up our evenings again with a sizzling BBQ in a resort setting.
For the full package or add-on menu, kindly contact the resort by calling +607-2711 888,+607-2711 333 by fax or email email@example.com
Beautiful newly fully fitted chalet style bungalow, the property has been refurbished to a very high standard with many unique features. The first floor houses a spacious living room, dining room, well-equipped kitchen and snug, an additional bedroom!
The second floor includes four double bedrooms with built in wardrobes and en-suite bathrooms, with the master bedroom alone huge enough to even accommodate up to 10 pax. With that, we can easily now extend our invite list to more than 30 pax LOL!
If the ISTANA Villa is blowing your mind away with its vast accommodation space, there’s always the (slightly) smaller MAHLIGAI Villa, which is still well-equipped to host a smaller party that offers the same tranquillity and peace of mind!
Our staycation at Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort so far has exceeded most expectations but to chance upon this beautiful sunset at the Straits Course with a rare rainbow 🌈 in full glory across the horizon was beyond our wildest imagination! A golfer’s challenge designed by Akira Mamiya and constructed following closely to the coastline of the Straits of Johor, this exclusive 6,163 metre 18-hole course is the latest addition to the Tanjong Puteri collection, designating a more accurate playing strategy with some of the fairways, greens and tee boxes have the mangrove swamp as their main backdrop. At Hole 2, the high tide would bring brackish water of the swamp to the edge of the fairway, while the third tee box overlooks a small river that meanders through the mangroves before discharging its water into the Straits. By the way, was that a “whale in the sea” that we just witnessed?
Work on the Village Course began in August 1994, also designed by Akira Mamiya, with the area initially part of the oil palm estate with human settlements or “kampongs” which can be seen at the fringes of holes 6, 11 & 12. With a blend of hills, valleys and lakes, the Village Course’s 18-hole provides 6,414 metre of sporting and visual pleasure, with thirteen out of the eighteen holes having water bodies bordering their fairways or greens. Considered as a professional’s challenge course, the distinctiveness of this 18-hole is its difficulty, natural beauty and perfection of design.
Even for amateurs like us, we love how the articulately landscaped and manicured courses blend with natural forests, mangroves and waterways to provide an ambience of closeness to nature. The undulating fairways turfed with Zoysia Matrella and emerald greens of Bermuda Tifdwarf promise a dramatic and challenging game for everyone, regardless of our skills level.
Good news for the beginners, Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort also offers a two-tier 52-bay driving range located next to the Clubhouse to practise our putting’s skills, or for us to perfect that golf swing.
Amigos Horse Riding
Horse riding is NOT only for the rich and famous. Thanks to Mr Mousouloo, owner and trainer of Amigos Horse Riding who wanted to spread his love for horses with everyone. Founded on June 1st, 2004, Amigos Horse Riding provides a safe, friendly and affordable place for us to enjoy some fun rides and to appreciate the beauty and grace of these powerful animals. Remember to call +6012-7966 806 or PM them on their Facebook page to make an appointment before coming down!
A well-established golf resort is not complete with a comprehensive spa, and we were slightly disappointed that we couldn’t indulge in some treatments of our own due to the full booking on our first day, but luck has it that we don’t leave home feeling empty! We were pleased to note that Khatulistiwa Spa pays homage to the amazing plethora of the South East Asian rainforests’ flora and the healing traditions of its indigenous people. Apart from the welcome drink and the professional sensual massage, applying just the right amount of heat on our tummy and face with warm towel packs certainly took our spa experience from average to extraordinary.
For enquiries or the full spa menu, kindly call +607-2711 084, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit khatulistiwaspa.com
CLUBHOUSE & surroundings
Before heading home after having brave the distance, be sure to check out these excellent seafood places with rustic kampong ambience, which come highly recommended where the food is good, and the price is right!
What can we say? With three unique 18-hole championship golf courses, well-appointed guestrooms, villas and bungalows, numerous food & beverage outlets, newly upgraded meeting and banquet rooms as well as comprehensive health & recreation facilities, Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort is now surely among our top three ultimate family resort destinations that are far enough, yet so near to still enjoy the feeling of vacations.
Tanjung Puteri Golf Resort
📍 Jalan Tanjong Puteri 1, Taman Tanjung Puteri Resort, 81700 Pasir Gudang, Johor
📞 +607-271 1888 | +6017 794 2711
🕛 Daily check in from 3.00pm, check out at 12.00pm
📱 Tanjung Puteri Golf Resort
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