3 reasons why you would like Penang
The Pearl of the Orient has lots to offer visitors
Travelling golfers planning a trip to Penang will have three things on their minds – golf, food and heritage. The island often called the Pearl of the Orient is a cultural melting pot with Malay, Chinese and Indian Muslim influences in food, lifestyle and architecture.
Penang Golf Club, once known as the Bukit Jambul Golf and Country Club offers a par-72 18-hole championship golf course that plays 6,393 yards off the back tees.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Junior the undulating Bermuda fairways once hosted the Malaysian Open in 1992.
Apart from strategic bunkers and water hazards the course offers panoramic views across the channel with full view of the two bridges linking the mainland.
After golf, visitors should take time to taste the famous Penang street food either in Gurney Drive, Penang Road and parts of Georgetown.
Talking about Georgetown which was discovered by the British in 1876 has now been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site with rows and rows of colonial shophouses and buildings. Visitors can take a trishaw ride through the many quaint streets.
There are many things to do in Penang like taking the train up Penang Hill for some picturesque views of the island and beyond or take a trip to Teluk Kumbar where a number of little eateries cook up some of the most delicious seafood dishes available locally.
For those wanting some colonial fare can make a beeline to the famous Eastern and Oriental Hotel where cottage pie and shepherd’s pies are served.