Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Eric von Hofen in malaysia
The Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club is surrounded by the 400 acres of the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort.  The course was designed by Ted Parslow. Brian Distel was just there to meet with fellow superintendent Goh Yat Hing for a tour of the course and to develop long range plans for the operation.  Brian reports that nine holes of the course are cut out of the jungle and the other nine border the Tambalang and Mengkabong rivers.  Mr. Hing has USGA spec greens grassed with Tifdwarf Bermudagrass and 419 Bermudagrass fairways, roughs and tees. There are 15 golf courses in this area, none of which are under construction.  The population in this region is 617,000 people.

Dalit Bay has an aqua range that has 15 hitting stations.  This range gets a ton of use throughout the year because it’s the only game in town.  Warming up on this range prepares players to see water on each hole, which is what they will experience as they play the course.

The climate has year round high levels of  humidity and receives over 100 inches of rain a year.  The course is located very close to the equator.  This tropical region is full of clay soil that runs through the Kinabalu mountains. The fairways and tees are capped with sand and the rough is pure clay.

While you are there you can meet the areas icon, the Orangutan. You will also have unexpected encounters with hornbills that glide right overhead. Peacocks walking by during breakfast, a friendly bear cat greeting you from a tree and iguanas and squirrels crossing your path are all part of the magic of this remarkable resort.

Thanks Brian and keep them coming from your travels.

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