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Shan Shui Golf & Country Club also provides other facilities such as pro-shop, changing rooms, swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna, restaurant serving scrumptious local favorites, as well as cozy wooden chalet accommodations.
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SHAN-SHUI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Opened 1998
15 km. from Tawau town, Shan Shui has a 18-hole championship golf course designed by Nelson & Haworth. It is acclaimed to be their finest creation in Asia. US Golf Magazine ranked Hole 15-the Creek, one of the Best 500 holes & Top 250 par 4s in the world!
This magnificent 18-hole championship golf course presents golfers with the ultimate challenge. Set amidst a magnificent undulating terrain, its course dips and careens with an amazing variance. Designed by world–renowned golf architects Nelson & Haworth, Shan Shui Golf Club iis acclaimed to be their finest in Asia and the course allows you to enjoy the natural surroundings while you negotiate the tricky greens. With breathtaking mountains as the backdrop, the course also serves as a natural habitat for wildlife.
• Best Course in Asia
On 21st March, 2001, Golf course architect Robin Nelson announced that his international design company -- Nelson & Haworth Golf Course Architects -- received four awards at the inaugural Asian Golf Monthly Awards program for the design of Shan-Shui Golf & Country Club.
The awards program took place during the opening ceremony of the PGA Show of Asia, held 22-25 February 2001 at the Singapore Expo Hall. Asian Golf Monthly is Asia’s leading industry publication.
"When we first saw the site for Shan-Shui we knew we could design a special course there,” said Nelson, Chairman and Director of Nelson & Haworth, which provides international design services, and sole proprietor of his U.S. company, through which Nelson designs courses in North America.
“The site had everything designers look for -- wonderful vegetation, undulating terrain, a superb river meandering through its 365 acres, plus an excellent client with whom to work,” said Nelson & Haworth President Neil Haworth.
A private club owned by a Singapore-Malaysia consortium, Shan-Shui opened in 1997. It features the 7,365-yard, par-72 course, which hosted the Asian PGA Tour’s 1998 Sabah Masters.
The aptly named “Crocodile River” meanders through the site, home to a former rubber estate, and comes into play on nine holes. The banks of this small river are natural rainforest and contain spectacular flaura, including protected “Honey Bear” trees, which stand more than 200 feet high.
The course winds through rubber tree areas, rare “Strangler Fig” trees, and coconut groves. The site’s highest point provides views of the Suluwesi Sea and across Borneo.
“We wanted a natural golf course,” says Dato Kour Nam Ngum, a member of the ownership consortium. “I saw other Nelson & Haworth designs, and I knew they would supply exactly what we were looking for.”
All holes except one play downhill, making for a dramatic and spectacular golf course, as recognized by the two Asian Golf Monthly “best-of-hole” awards.
The par-5 15th hole at Shan-Shui is a classic risk-reward design. A double fairway -- and decision -- awaits golfers from the elevated tee.
The other award-winning hole is the par-4 5th hole, with its teeing area on a ridge adjacent to the Crocodile River. Accuracy off the tee is required on this hole, with a well-aimed shot finding a plateau set in a cocoa plantation. From there, players must find the green nestled below among coconut palms and guarded on the right by a babbling stream.
Named by a panel of judges in January as golf-industry publication BoardRoom Magazine's "Golf Course Architect of the Year," Nelson had eight course designs or redesigns open in 2000, including five in the U.S. -- two in California (Dragon at Gold Mountain near Reno/Taho, and Mare Island along the San Francisco Bay); one in Alaska (Creek Course at Moose Run near Anchorage); one in Florida (Casa Linda Oaks in Jacksonville); and one in Virginia (Oceana in Virginia Beach).
Nelson’s Dragon at Gold Mountain and Creek Course at Moose Run new-course designs are being considered for “best-of” status by leading golf publications.
His work at Mare Island added nine holes to the oldest nine-hole track west of the Mississippi (opened in 1892), as well as unveiled previously unseen panoramic, breathtaking views of the S.F. Bay.
|Honored by Asian Golf Monthly magazine in 2000 as being the best golf course in Asia and Malaysia, Shan Shui occupies a very special site in Sabah, East Malaysia. The owner of Shan Shui, Datuk Kour, recognized the sites special attributes and allowed Nelson & Haworth free reign over its 350 acres. The resultant 18 hole course winds its way around the full site, making the most of its dramatic elevation changes, remnant tropical rainforest and surging river (complete with resident crocodile!). Special holes include the par 4, 15th hole (voted the best par 4 in Asia), the par 5, 5th (voted the best par 5 in Asia) and the par 4, 17th. 7265 Yards, Par 72|
SHAN-SHUI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB (Opened 1998)
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