Re­ju­ve­nated and Ready

Awana Gent­ing’s re­cent nips and tucks have brought new life to an old favourite.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Contents - By ROGER VALBERG

A cham­pi­onship-ready course at Awana Gent­ing of­fers plenty of in­ter­est for golfers look­ing for their next round.

Two years of slow but steady changes to the 18-hole Ron­ald Fream- de­signed Awana Gent­ing golf course, plus re­fur­bish­ment to its at­tached ac­com­mo­da­tion has cre­ated a new and ex­cit­ing buzz for the prop­erty. The work done has wrought some mirac­u­lous changes, be­gin­ning with the top dress­ing. Magnificent in its de­sign, the course – which was con­structed in 1985 – suf­fered in the af­ter­math of heavy down­pours. The mois­ture would take forever to dis­si­pate – with the fair­ways plug­ging even the best drives. An al­most tem­per­ate cli­mate did not help mat­ters ei­ther.

Hap­pily, the fix has been in­sti­tuted with a new thicker layer of top dress­ing. On top of that, sev­eral fa­mously soggy bits have had her­ring­bone drainage lines buried be­neath the fair­ways. That’s not all, the greens have been re­done with a spe­cial Tiff grass. If you’ve ever ‘putted for dough’ at Awana, it’s likely you’ve lost money. Those days are long in the past with nei­ther a hint of gravel nor sand on the 18 greens that we tra­versed. The end re­sult is firmer fair­ways and rolling

The work done has wrought some mirac­u­lous changes.

greens that are now good enough to host cham­pi­onships.

Awana @ Re­sorts World Gent­ing has al­ways had a ma­jor ad­van­tage over most other Malaysian cour­ses in that it main­tains a nice cool tem­per­a­ture for golf­ing, be­ing si­t­u­ated 945m above sea level. The beau­ti­ful course is oc­ca­sion­ally shrouded with mist – which then blows over to re­veal stun­ning views of Gent­ing High­lands above, a panorama that you can soak up at the sev­enth green or the eighth tee box. By this point, you may have been al­ready been cap­ti­vated by the ma­jes­tic yet in­tim­i­dat­ing par-three fourth hole which is the course’s sig­na­ture hole.

In the days gone by, all the fun and games out­side of golf­ing used to hap­pen only on the peak but things have now changed. The ho­tel now boasts guided na­ture walks and camp­sites on the prop­erty with in­door ac­tiv­i­ties that cater for the whole fam­ily. To top it off, Re­sorts World Gent­ing is just about done build­ing a new, big­ger Gent­ing Pre­mium Out­let across the road from Awana.

This de­vel­op­ment in­te­grates the new Gent­ing Sky­way – an al­most mag­i­cal 2.8km ride over the rain­for­est to the City of En­ter­tain­ment with the soon-to-be-launched Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox theme park and all its at­ten­dant at­trac­tions. www.rw­gent­ing.com ≠

Awana has al­ways had a ma­jor ad­van­tage over most other Malaysian cour­ses.

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Awana is lo­cated amid the coun­try’s largest, long­est and old­est moun­tain range.

Panoramic views of Gent­ing High­lands can be en­joyed from the golf course and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

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