Where to golf in Brunei

Golfing is a popular sport here in Brunei, whether you are a enthusiast or a beginner you will be delighted by the nation’s wide array of courses with different levels of challenges to hone your skills. There are more than 5 beautiful courses available here in Brunei, although some might be exclusively for members and their guests only. But I’m sure you will be able to take a swing at some of the worthwhile courses below.

The Empire Hotel and Country Club
Location: Part of The Empire Hotel, Jerudong. View The Empire Country Club location on Google map.
The course: This majestic 18-hole championship course, designed by Jack Nicklaus is set by the beach. Some of the holes are overlooking the South China Sea with beautiful landscaping.
Hosted: Brunei Open (2006), Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters and more
What’s more: Night golf, driving range, putting green and lessons available
Energy booster: Bunker Bistro
Open to:  Club members, hotel guests and walk-in players
Contact: (673) 241 8888
Opening hours: First Tee Off at 615 AM
Rates: 

18-hole (Inclusive of buggy)
Weekdays (Mon – Thu): Hotel guest B$135 / Walk-in B$170
Weekends (Fri – Sun & PH): Hotel guest B$170 / Walk-in B$220
9-hole (Inclusive of buggy)
Weekdays (Mon – Thu): Hotel guest B$75 / Walk-in B$90
Weekends (Fri – Sun & PH): Hotel guest B$90 / Walk-in B$115

Driving range
50 balls – B$5 / 100 balls – B$10
Weekdays (Mon – Thu): 8 am – 9 pm
Weekends (Fri – Sun): 6 am – 9 pm

More information on The Empire Country Club Golf or members rates

Comments/tips: More worthwhile utilising the course if you’re a hotel guest/member due to the cost. If you’re a foreigner, plan around staying at this majestic 5-star hotel with great service standards. Check out their membership programme or get a local to help with the booking of the rooms/course for better rates. Best timing for the range is 4-5 PM, when they allow players to practice on the grass instead of the driving range mats.


Royal Brunei Golf and Country Club

Location: Jerudong Park Complex. View Royal Brunei Golf and Country Club location on Google map.
The course: This 18-hole course is considered one of the best courses in Asia and is described as the “Augusta Nation of Asia” by its designer, Ronald Fream.
What’s more: Night golf, driving range and lessons available
Energy booster: Tarindak Restaurant or Pantai Cafe
Open to: Walk-in players. Priorities will be given to members.

Contact: (673) 261 1582
Opening hours: 
Rates:

Green fees
18-hole (Inclusive of buggy)
Weekdays (Mon – Thu): B$90
Weekends (Fri – Sun & PH): B$120
9-hole (Inclusive of buggy)
Weekdays (Mon – Thu): B$60
Weekends (Fri – Sun & PH): B$80

Check back for the driving range fees.


Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) Golf Course

Location: Next to Brunei International Airport. View RBA Golf Course location on Google map.
The course: 18-hole – Buggy course only.
This 18-hole public course designed by Max Wexler is just 5 mins away from the Brunei International Airport. It features quite a few water hazards made up of man-made lakes which spread out over the course.
Hosted: 43rd southeast Asia Amateur Championship Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Cup and more
What’s more: Night golf, driving range, putting green, pro shop and lessons available
Energy booster: Restaurant located at level 1 above the main lobby
Open to: Public
Contact: (673) 234 3724/27
Opening hours:
Weekday 6 AM – 430 PM, first Tee Off  at 6 AM
Weekend 6 AM – 530 PM, first Tee Off  at 6 AM
Rates:

Green fees
18-hole (Inclusive of buggy)
Weekdays (Mon – Fri): Local B$50 Foreigner B$80
Weekends (Sat – Sun & PH): Local B$70  Foreigner B$100

9-hole (Inclusive of buggy)
Weekdays (Mon – Fri): Local B$30  Foreigner B$45
Weekends (Sat – Sun & PH): Local B$50 Foreigner B$50

Wednesday ladies promo: B$35 for 18-hole

Driving range fees
50 balls – B$5 / 100 balls – B$10
Weekdays (Mon – Thu): 430 PM – 10 PM
Weekends (Fri – Sun): 530 PM – 10 PM
Last ball sales at 945 PM

Term membership package valid for 8 months is priced at B$250 – renewable at B$205 annually.

Comments/tips: It’s a popular course for many players throughout all days, even at the hottest hour of the day. So if you are relatively new to golf or a beginner who has just gotten your handicap, it’s best to go on a Wednesday to avoid having to either give way to the players behind or rush through the game. Bring more extra balls with you, as there are a couple of challenging water hazards.

 

Pantai Mentiri Golf Club

Location: Along Jalan Kota Batu. View Pantai Mentiri Golf Club location on Google map.
The course: This 18-hole is known for its many water hazards and beautiful Brunei Bay view.
Hosted: 1999 – 20th SEA Games and more
Energy booster: Local restaurant next to the driving range
Open to: Public

Contact: (673) 279 1021
Opening hours: 6 AM – 5 PM
Rates:

Green fees
18-hole
Weekdays (Mon – Thu):  B$35 with buggy/ B$20 no buggy
Weekends (Fri – Sun & PH): B$50 with buggy/ B$35 no buggy
9-hole
Weekdays (Mon – Thu): B$35 with buggy/B$20 no buggy
Weekends (Fri – Sun & PH): B$40 with buggy/B$25 no buggy

Driving range fees
50 balls – B$4 / 100 balls – B$8
Weekdays (Mon – Thu): 7 AM – 10 PM
Weekends (Fri – Sun & PH): 7 AM – 10 PM
Last ball sales at 9 PM.

Comments/tips: Go to the range only after 11 AM if you do not like the sun shining right at your face. The place is nice and clean, with beautiful sea view from the driving range.

Driving range, Pantai Mentiri Golf Club

Driving range, Pantai Mentiri Golf Club


Panaga Golf Club

Location: Set on the shores of the South China Sea between Seria and Kuala Belait in southern Brunei. View Panaga Golf Club location on Google map.
The course: A links-style gold course with the unusual internal ponds and ditches flooded by the sea water during each high tide
Energy booster: Restaurant serving Western, Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine
Open to: Members only
Contact: (673) 3373142

More information on Panaga Golf Club


RBAF Golf Club

Location: Berakas Camp
The course: A fairly straight forward 9-hole well-maintained public course with no water hazard but a few bunkers.
What’s more: Golf lessons available
Open to: All players
Opening hours: 6 AM – 6 PM
Rates:

Green fees
Weekdays/Weekends – B$15 for 9-hole (Trolley only)

Driving range fees
100 balls – B$6
Weekdays (Mon – Thu): 8 AM – 6 PM
Weekends (Fri – Sun & PH): 8 AM – 6 PM

Comments/tips: Many professionals picked up golf or took their refresher course from Coach John here in RBAF Golf Club. I too, started golf with him. John is a patient and professional coach. Highly recommended. These are the two standard packages to choose from – 10 + 2 green lessons or 5 + 1 green lessons. If I’m not wrong, he does single session for the season players too, just to help fine tune the swing. Whether you’re going to the driving range or the green, an insect repellent is a MUST (if you are prone to insect bites mosquitoes/sand flies). Best timing for the range is between 7 – 9 AM in the morning and 4 – 6 PM in the evening. Nice skyline and you won’t get the sun shining right at your face.


Jerudong Garden Par 3

Location: Jerudong Polo Club. View Jerudong Garden Par 3 location on Google map.
The course: A 9-holes course set with every hole as a Par 3. It is located at the Jerudong Polo Club overlooking South China Sea. Course is usually quiet and undisturbed. Golfers can enjoy as many rounds as they wish.
Energy booster: Tarindak Restaurant or Pantai Cafe
Open to: Public
Contact: (673) 261 2500
Opening hours: 7 AM – 6 PM
Rates:

Green fees
B$10 per player. (No buggy or trolley available)

Comments/tips: A good practice ground, especially for beginners. It’s usually not crowded and for just B$10, you can have as many rounds as you like. It’s right next to the beach so you can enjoy the cool breeze on your face on a warm day. The green is pretty decent, however, watch out for the putting green at some of the holes nearer to the beach, spotted a few shells on the ground which could potentially sketch or damage your club.


Note: Greens and ranges will be closed from 12 PM – 2 PM every Friday. Rates stated above are collated in Apr 2013