Bukit Unggul Country Club – 22nd January 2019


We had 14 players today at Bukit Unggul for an early start at 7:15am to get off before a large Korean contingent. We welcomed back David Hughes who played at the start of his routine once a year visit to Malaysia. We teed off from two tee boxes at 7:15am sharp under the gloomy dawn light. The course was predictably poor with quiet a number of the fairways in very bad shape due to wild boar damage. Many of us remembered the last time we played here and said that would be the last time …. when will we learn.

After the game 12 of us took lunch at East of Highway Restaurant and the coffers were boosted by a RM200 Birthday donation from Stuart Taylor and a 100 game celebration donation of RM100 from Ricardo Castro.


The winner today with a great score of 86 for 40 points was Kevin Wiggins beating Erol Akinci in 2nd place on 94 for 39 points. Best gross of the day was Martin Walsh with an 84 (should have been an 83 after 3-putting the last!!) Full scores below:

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Results – Bukit Unggul – 13th November 2018

Bukit Unggul a controversial course as we all know. Some hate it some like it (from what I saw today the majority). Anyway Bukit Unggul will always be a course for a heated debate. It was a good day for golf, everybody was in time, registration went smooth. Take off was something else. There is always people that are afraid missing the last bus and they were in our group unfortunately. Taking off before their turn and starting at the wrong t-box……………..why is it so difficult to just wait 5 more minutes and show some courtesy towards others in the group that are waiting for all to start as listed? Graham thanks for the apology, very much appreciated!

The course itself was in reasonable good condition, some greens a bit too sandy, a wild bore digging here and there but otherwise fine and not too wet at all.

Today’s winner Dave Evans put a marvelous 40 on the board despite producing the shortest t-shot with a driver I have ever witnessed; a 1 meter shot on hole 13. Mike came in 3rd with a 38 and the 2 guys running for the last bus to catch shared 2nd with 39.

Post game lunch was consumed at our regular hangout East of Highway with the usual Tigers going down and some good food. Thanks to Ray who contributed generously to celebrate his upcoming birthday.


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Results – Bukit Unggul Country Club – 21 Nov 2017


We had 20 players today for the weekly Loose Cannons game at Bukit Unggul … good turnout perhaps as Tony Morris was celebrating his 400th game with a large drinks contribution at the after game lunch …. it certainly wasn’t because of the quality of the course. I know I have criticised Bukit Unggul before …. so let me continue …..

Two words ….. Goat Track …..

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The course was in very poor shape with shocking greens which had been recently hollowtined and sanded, the usual messy fairways, bare tee boxes and numerous areas dug up and ruined by wild pigs. There seems to be no attempt by the golf course management to address even the simplest of issues with large holes in the course as shown below …..


as well as the very basic maintenance for the tee areas …..


and of course the greens were a complete shambles covered with sand and with numerous bumps and holes …..


Even the holes were completely messed up …. poorly cut with uneven, bare, raggedy edges.


On Hole No 12 the complete green had been dug up with only a small temporary green in front (apparently!) …. of course our group didn’t even spot the temporary green as the childish clowns in the flight in front (Cousins/Wise/Robinson/Morris) had moved the flag onto the dug up original green … thanks lads …. very sporting! We couldn’t even spot the temporary green without the flag.


After the game we had a good lunch at East of Highway Restaurant with 16 players attending and much cold beer flowing.

Many thanks to the kind contributions into the lunch/drinks pot from Tony Morris (celebrating his 400th game with Loose Cannons) and from Ray Funnell celebrating his birthday.


The winner today was Charles Blanchet with an excellent score of for 86 for 41 points. Runner up was Stan Constantinides with 89 for 39. Best gross was Charles Blanchet with his 86. Full scores below:

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Results – Bukit Unggul – 18th July 2017

We had 5 full flights at Bukit Unggul today and welcomed our new member Brian Buckley on his first official game (he did play at the Golf Charity Match but this was not scored).

2 notable senior moments this morning …….

  1. Paul Geddes made a detour in the morning on the way to golf (as he had “plenty of time”) to go to an ATM machine only to get stuck in bad traffic on his return trip to the club ending up being late and having to pay the RM20 fine …. just as well he went to the ATM!
  2. Stan Constantinides arriving early at the club in the dark made a wrong turn and drove down the buggy track to the golfer’s terrace area …. just as well he has a small car!

We started on split tees on time at just before 8:00am and it was our Highest Gross Winner from last week, Martin Belderink, who kicked off the game with an honoroury exploding ball shot on the 10th tee!

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The course was in better shape than I have seen for a while and the greens were very good although some still had a lot of sand on them. Some tee boxes need to be attended to however ….. and of course as usual the showers after the game were stone cold.

We had lunch at the club after the game with 18 people attending.


The winner today was Bernard Romahn with 82 for 42 points and runner up was Kevin Wiggins with 88 for 38. Best gross today was shared by Bernard Romahn and Mike Williams, both with 82. Full results below:

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The update to the Convenor’s Mini Competition as as below:

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Results – Bukit Unggul Country Club – 7th March 2017


IMG_2899It was a wet and rainy start to our round at Bukit Unggul today with 4 flights heading out from 2 tee boxes before 8:00am. For the first 2 holes it rained steadily but then luckily eased up to make it more pleasant for the rest of the game.

The course has improved with most improvements seen on the greens. Even some areas that had been damaged by wild boar seemed to be better now. In many locations around the course we saw a number of stuffed toy tigers strategically placed in areas where a lot of monkeys had been a nuisance … however the monkeys have just moved elsewhere now.

At the turn we noticed a large group of golfers on the next nine …. a total of 6 players plus caddies … it looked like a large convention! Apparently Bukit Unggul are now allowing “Jumbo Flights” during the week with 6-balls …… not good if you get landed behind this rabble. Luckily though they did not hold us up on the back nine.

After the game we had lunch at Restoran East of Highway with 16 of us attending.


The winner today was Tony Morris with 88 for 39 points on countback from Graham Cadman also on 39 points. Tony did not make lunch so his winnings were kindly donated to the pot … thank you Tony! Best gross of the day was Mike Williams with an 81. It was interesting to note that the Bukit Unggul members playing today with their superior local knowledge of the course were all placed high in the score table today. Full scores below:

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Results – Bukit Unggul – 22nd December 2015

14 golfers wearing their Xmas hats and some smiles (pics attached) started a little late as a result of a bad accident on the highway, which delayed several players. Weather was excellent , course played well . The course was busy, which caused a slow back 9. 

The winner, with an excellent 81 for 45 points was Tony Morris.  Well done. Bernard Rohman also had a 81 but for 40 points. Bernard scored 36 gross on the front 9. ….wheels “juddered” on the back. Full results below:

Tony kindly donated his winnings into the pot– Must be Xmas.. !!   Ray put in some vouchers and a cheap lunch and beers was enjoyed by those that stayed. 

Report – Bukit Unggul – 15th September 2015

After a last minute drop out we started with the “17”. Thank goodness only very light haze. But after 5 holes the heavens opened, and as is becoming customary lately , we stopped for the rain…this time for only  about 30 minutes.  Once the storm went through conditions became pleasant. Unfortunately 2 players decided to stop at the rain break.
Several greens had been tined and sanded , which effected the putting. Scores generally were quite good. 
An enjoyable somewhat liquid lunch was enjoyed by the 12 players who stayed. Thank you to Peter May who donated 3 jugs , as a parting donation, as he may well be away for a couple of months and Ray, 2 jugs, for passing the 350 games played mark.  
The winner ocb was Hans Berger with an excellent 86 for 41 points, beating Peter May 101 for 41 points. Well done. Full results attached. 

Results – Bukit Unggul – 11th August 2015

There were only 10 of us today at Bukit Unggul. After a short wait to start as they had all flights starting on Hole No 10 today we were soon underway and were not duly held up after this. Weather was great and the course was in good shape even with recently sanded greens. After the game we took lunch at the clubhouse and again sadly let down by the quality of the food and the slow and poor service …… some things never change.
The winner today with an excellent 40 points was Glenn Wombwell and runner up was Stuart Taylor with 39 points and the best gross of the day of 81. Full results below :


Results – Bukit Unggul – 21st April 2015

Great turnout today with 24 players (6 full flights) at Bukit Unggul. The course has been worked on over the last few months and the greens are now good again, although unfortunately had just been sanded making it a little bit more unpredictable. The fairways were generally ok although wild boar action was evident on many of their favourite spots. The bunkers however need some serious attention and are still the same as before – ragged around the edges and with drainage problems. Thye have been making some efforts to tidy up the course and there was a fair bit of tree felling ongoing.
Weather was good and by the second 9 became hot and rather humid. We made good time around the course finishing by 12 noon. Lunch was taken at the club with beers sponsored by the club and Ray Funnell – many thanks. We managed a modest 19 jugs.
Erol Akinci was the clear winner today with a magnificent round of 85 to give him 44 points. Runner up was John Laidley with 41 points and the best gross of the day of 77. Of note John actually shot his age today – congrats! Full results below.


Results – Bukit Unggul – 9th December 2014


As you get older your memory starts to fail (among other things) and to be honest I had forgotten why we hadn’t played Bukit Unggul for so long. I was very quickly reminded of its many failings as the morning progressed. 
The registration process was abysmal which had been sadly messed up by Ray Funnell trying to help with pre-registering our 16 names the day before …. Ray’s list of 16 names was registered under his name with no reference to my original booking in my name which I had done WITH caddies so there there were no caddies booked …. we eventually manage to scrabble some 4 caddies. 
The desk boy then proceeded to eventually hand write all the starter chits before laboriously entering the same information into his computer ….. but he could not give me a proper printed and itemised receipt to show what I had paid! Having handed over RM1500 for a verbal charge of RM1495 I walked away with no authentication or confirmation of what I had paid for. I eventually did get the proper receipt much later as I teed off and when added up came to RM1207 …. some RM288 less than I had paid for!!! This required me post-game to go back to registration and get this money back from a rather guilty looking desk boy.
Tee Off
The starter was approached to ascertain where our 4 flights should start …. he could not speak or communicate and was not interested in helping out in anything to do with us teeing off. He told us eventually to all tee off on Tee Box 1. As Tee Box 10 only had a 2 ball starting one of our flights moved over there. 
Course Condition
Now on to the course. I remember Bukit Unggul as being bad …… it has certainly not improved in any way whatsoever. The course is in a sad state of disrepair throughout with poorly maintained fairways which have been ravaged by the wild boar, have many patches of uncut grass, holes, and where there is grass it is but a very thin layer over a very muddy soggy layer. There were open drain covers in very poor condition all over the course and multiple areas that had been marked by string or white paint as GUR. The fairways were all covered in cut grass mounds which had not been cleared.
Tee boxes were poor with large areas of bare ground and again there were ares of the tee boxes that had been dug up.
Bunkers were a disgrace with very little sand, many of them water logged or muddy and extremely stony with ragged unkempt edges all around.
The greens were in a fairly sad state and again had been dug up by the wild boar and many areas had simply been marked off with white paint as GUR (on the green!) with mounds of sand on the greens and little or no evidence of any remedial work being carried out to sort this mess. Hole No 2 had about 30% of the green unplayable due to white painted areas!! Many greens were also very bumpy and unpredictable.
I saw no evidence throughout the course of any standard course maintenance …. no sign of anyone working or maintaining the course …..  but of course there were the usual array of Indian ladies sitting around chatting, trying to sell balls with no evidence of work being done. 
I did see the Course Manager making a round in a buggy at one point ….. does he not see these basic issues in the course and take some action! Wish I had the opportunity to talk to him.
Please refer to the photos in this report which highlight some of the many issues discussed above.
The restaurant food and level of service has shown no level of improvement from what I recall from before with the usual slow and tardy service and a few non attentive staff who had to be called on numerous occasions.

In summary I will be removing this course from our playlist and will certainly not be planning to return there again during my tenure as Convenor. It is sad to see such a scenic and interesting course slowly degrading into total disrepair – it really needs a major shakeup there otherwise I can foresee the course being totally unplayable very soon.

Ok … rant over.

Many thanks to Mike Smith who paid for the drinks today at lunch to celebrate his Birthday … he did not elucidate what Birthday it was …. suffice to say it was probably a big one! Thanks Mike!


It was interesting to note that of the top 5 best scores today …. 4 of these were from the players who were members of Bukit Unggul …. obviously local knowledge counts for a lot here. We had 4 players score better than their handicap. The winner with an excellent gross 80 and 44 points was Bernard Romahn with Tony Morris runner up with 43 points and a gross score of 83. Full results below.