Golf in Melaka & Johor Bahru

OVERVIEW

Melaka in many ways is considered the origin of the soul of Malaysia. It is not difficult to imagine why, given the long history that this originally small fishing village has witnessed during the rule and influence of settlers that included the Hindus, Chinese (known as Baba and Nyonya), the establishment of Islam, the Portuguese takeover followed by the Dutch rule and finally the British, before moving to local governance.

The history and the ensuing culture (particularly the Baba and Nyonya) makes Melaka a destination complete with character. Within 2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, this can be a logical option to start or end a Malaysian holiday. Another two and half hour drive from Melaka towards Singapore is the bustling industrial city of Johor Bahru.

Both cities are well endowed with high quality golfing options. In Melaka, the Tiara Melaka and the Orna are superb choices, whereas Johor Bahru has the beautifully landscaped Horizon Hills, venue of the Iskandar Johor Open apart from the Jack Nicklaus designed Legends Golf Course. There are plenty of other choices in the state of Johor, so a weeklong holiday in Melaka and Johor with 4 rounds of golf is eminently workable.

BEST TIME TO GOLF IN MELAKA & JOHOR BAHRU: Melaka is close to Kuala Lumpur and experiences the same weather. It is close to the Equator and the temperatures remain more or less the same throughout the year with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees celsius and rarely going below 20 degrees celsius. It could rain anytime during the year especially in the afternoons. The best time to travel to Melaka is between May & September as the rains are less and it is considered the driest period in the year.

Type of Climate: Tropical Rainforest climate

Melaka & Johor Bahru WEATHER

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THINGS TO DO

Melaka’s past as an important trading post has left behind a rich tapestry of Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and Indian influences. Take the Melaka tour and explore the City Hall, St.Peter’s Church, Chinatown and the waterfront. Shop for antiques and try the Melakan food which is many styles of cooking that has evolved into a mouth-watering and popular cuisine.

USEFUL INFO

GETTING THERE: 

How to get to Melaka: Kuala Lumpur has a very well connected International airport and with direct flights from many SE countries & European countries. From KL, Melaka is just a 2 hour drive and you can take a taxi or buses to get to Melaka.

Melaka does have an airport but only a few airlines fly to Melaka.

How to get to Johor: Johor has an airport but only a few airlines fly to Johor mostly from East & West Malaysia. You can take a connecting flight from Kuala Lumpur to Johor.

Kuala Lumpur has a very well connected International airport and with direct flights from many SE countries & European countries.

How to get to Johor by Road: Johor is around 4 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. It is however much closer to Singapore and the drive will take less than 1.5 hours. However, there could be border crossing issues while crossing over from Singapore so it is best to take coach/bus services from Singapore to get to Johor which are more hassle free at the border.

CURRENCY: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) | Avg Currency Value: 1 USD = 3.99 MYR (Currency Converter)

VISA: Check the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information.

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