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Golf Australia Express : November 2012
Recognising their potential to substantially increase international golf tourism, the resorts have put aside competitive differences to form a destination-marketing program called Sabah Golf (www.sabah-golf.com). Sabah Golf showcases some of the most friendly, accessible and enjoyable golf in South East Asia, which means it might not be flying under the golf tourism radar much longer. The two courses hosted the World Amateur Inter-Team Golf Championship in April, at the same time a group of 25 tour operators from Europe, Australia and other markets were visiting. Their verdict? A big thumbs-up for Sabah as a legitimate golf tourism destination. As any tour operator will attest, most golf tourists are looking for something different and Sabah certainly fits this bill. “The golf is great, but what is also appealing about Sabah is the nature,” German tour operator Manfred Rauno said. “Sabah isn’t well known in Europe, but when people learn about its wonderful flora, fauna and natural attractions—as well as the golf—I am sure they will want to come.” The two major golf resorts certainly meet the criteria of international golf travellers. SUTERA HARBOUR, a large complex that, as its name implies, nestles on its own mini-harbour on the edge of Kota Kinabalu, boasts 27 holes of championship golf designed by former Australian tour pro, Graham Marsh. Host of two stages of the OneAsia Q-School in 2012 and 2013, Sutera Harbour’s golf credentials are considerable. Split into three nines— Garden, Lakes and Heritage—every hole plays within sight of the sea, the city or the resort hotels. Despite a relatively flat layout, Marsh’s clever use of mounds and bunkering—combined with man- Dalit Bay Golf Club at Shangi-La Rasa Ria Resort offers a stunning golfing experience. TRAVEL
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