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Top Golf Stars Give Malaysia the Thumbs Up

November 1, 2013 Golf Tourism No Comments Email Email

547288Malaysia has been given the seal of approval as a top golf destination and a great place to visit by some of the world’s leading golf stars.

The country has just hosted two key international tournaments for ladies and men – the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and the CIMB Classic – which both attracted stellar fields comprising many of the best golfers in the world.

They took time out of their busy golf schedule to enjoy some of Malaysia’s other attractions, and were glowing in their praise of the country as well as its golf facilities.

Offering a range of golf experiences from up in its highlands and by beaches to jungle settings and close to cities, Malaysia has more than 200 courses, many of them top-drawer designs by notable architects.

Its courses have welcomed the very best in the world since the first Malaysian Open was staged in 1962, with the likes of golfing legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros gracing their fairways in the early days and latterly superstars including Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood competing for honours.

This October saw a host of stars descending on the country from all over the world to take part in the two championship events, both of which were held at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC).

The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, part of the LPGA Tour, attracted stars including winner Lexi Thompson, Yani Tseng, Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park, Sandra Gal, Beatriz Recari, Ai Miyazato, Stacy Lewis and teenage Solheim Cup sensation Charley Hull, while the CIMB Classic (co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the PGA TOUR and the PGA TOUR’s first official FedExCup event in Asia) drew megastars such as Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Stewart Cink, Keegan Bradley, KJ Choi, Bubba Watson and Sergio Garcia among others.

All were full of praise for Malaysia and its capital city, with comments including: “Clean air”, “such a clean city”; “a special place!”, “like walking into a garden”, “unbelievable resorts”, “I love KL!”, “feel comfortable here”, “English is very common”, “I love Malaysia!”, “one of my favourite stops”, “the malls are huge”, “good for shopping”, “the food is fantastic”, “I love how tropical it is”, “we’ve been having fun!”, “we’ve been going out every night” and “it’s a fantastic place!”

This is what some of the stars had to say:

Phil Mickelson: “This is my first visit to Malaysia and I knew that I liked it as soon as I walked off the aeroplane; the air is clean, the weather’s nice, the city is clean and Kuala Lumpur has a really good feel to it. I’ll be sure to walk through the city, visit some restaurants and I have already checked out the Twin Towers; it’s a special place!”

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