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Malacca is a haven for the sports enthusiast with excellent facilities for motorsports, bowling and some challenging golf courses where you can test your golfing prowess. But there is much more to the Malacca sports and leisure scene with some interesting activities to pursue.
The Malacca sport scene has many facilities to cater for enthusiasts interests including tennis, badminton, squash, football, netball, volleyball and basketball to name but a few and Malaccas' largest stadiums are Hang Tuah Stadium with a 15,000 capacity and the Hang Jebat Stadium with a 40,000 capacity.
If you enjoy bowling then Malacca is home to the largest bowling alley in Malaysia, the Melaka International Bowling Centre (MIBC) is located at the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) in Ayer Keroh.
The Melaka International Motorsports Circuit is open to the general public on non race days whereby you can hire a car or bike or bring your own to race around. One interesting aspect is the M.I.M.C offer the opportunity to learn 'drifting' which is a very popular form of car racing.
Malacca is home to the second largest racing circuit in Malaysia, the Melaka International Motorsports Circuit (M.I.M.C) hosts both motorsport, motorbike and go karting events.
Another different way to see the sites is the Bullock Cart Ride whereby you enter the ornate cart with its bull horn shaped roof and take a leisurely ride using the bullock powered transport method utilised by the locals before the advent of the motor vehicle.
It may not hold any sway with the adrenaline junkies of the Malacca sport world but taking a leisurely ride around historic Malacca town centre in one of the multi coloured Trishaws is definitely one of the most relaxing leisure activities to participate in whilst visiting Malacca.
Malacca Sports And Leisure
The state of Malacca is home to some beautifully sculpted golf courses with A'Famosa's 27-hole golf course leading the way with each hole being unique and crafted between the scenic hilly contours. But beware the croc hole!
The Ayer Keroh Country Club is an interesting golf course that was sculpted out of virgin jungle in 1964.
The Ayer Keroh Country Club is a leading Malaysian golf course that has hosted many major championships including the 1989 Malaysian open that was won by the American Jeffrey Maggert.
The Ayer Keroh district is also home to another interesting Malacca golf course with the 27 hole Tiara Melaka Golf and Country Club being crafted over 400 acres amidst meadows, woodlands and a lake. This course is a good yardstick of your golfing prowess with 3 holes having to clear a water hazard from the tee as well as its intricate woodland fairways and cruel greens proving a good challenge for seasoned golfers.
The other golf courses of note in Malacca are the Golden Valley Golf and Country Club, Orna Golf and Country Club and the Pandanusa Golf Club.
The Ayer Keroh Recreational Forest covers an area of 320 hectares and is known as the most scenic recreational rainforest in Malacca.
Other activities to visit include the Prehistoric Garden, the Storyland, Children's Playgrounds, the Orang Asli (indigenous people) Park, Deer Park, Suspension Bridge and the many beautiful picnic areas. There are chalets that can be rented and 10 hectares designated as a camping area.
Another good location for jogging or picnicking is the picturesque Ayer Keroh Lake where activities such as boating, canoeing and fishing can be enjoyed, the carp and snake head fish are the reason this is a popular lake for anglers.
One of the most noteworthy aspects of this course is the jungle that surrounds the course that punishes any wayward shots, it is quite rare to retrieve any mis-directed shots that have the misfortune to be devoured by this dense rain forest.
Yes if you go out of bounds here it may be better to forfeit the lost ball than attempt to retrieve it from the crocodile compound.
The usual Malacca sport activities of hiking, biking and jogging can all be enjoyed here with the added bonus of being able to stop at the many tree houses to obtain a fascinating birds eye view of the flora and fauna of the rain forest.
This 52 lane state of the art complex is a two storey building spawning 10,400-square metres and is reputed to be the largest in SE Asia.
The 27 hole course hugs the Ayer Keroh lake which comes into play on many of the holes.