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THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF PONDEROSA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

Affiliated to the Kuok Group

ISSUE 27

2022

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PONDEROSA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB NEWSLETTER

MY SHARING …

LET’S CROSS OVER

THE THRESHOLD OF 30 JOYOUSLY!

HAPPY 30TH ANNIVERSARY!

A huge shout out to all members and guests who recorded so many beautiful memories at Ponderosa

throughout these years. Thanks for making Ponderosa your long-term friend. We cherish dearly

your friendship and support.

It was an indeed adventurous first 30 years at Ponderosa. Like any golf game, it never fails to

surprise us with both birdies and bogeys along the play. It may start with just a simple tee shot, to

embark us on a journey so joyous that enables us to explore the entire landscape of companionship.

We will definitely never forget about all the good shots, lucky shots and of course, laughing together

at the bad ones too!

As we cross over to the beginning of the second 30, we feel so honoured and excited to have so

many friends driving towards the second 30 years with so much anticipation. The tee shot at the

10th tee will be very nostalgic – just as if we are at the starting hole again. Well, golf is a game that

teaches us that the most important shot is always the next. Let’s look forward to more amazing

years ahead together.

Your loyalty and support shall always be the make of Ponderosa as one of the top members’ club in

town.

On my part, together with my team, I aspire that Ponderosa Golf Club shall always be the Lung of

Taman Molek and Taman Ponderosa!

TAN KAI YANG

General Manager

PONDERS newsletter is published by Ponderosa Golf & Country Club (No. 3, Jalan Ponderosa 1, Taman Ponderosa, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor)

& Printed by Sin Hua Printing [No 7 & 9, Jalan Anggerik 3/2, Taman Anggerik, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor]. Copyright of articles, contributions and

photos which are published are the property of Ponderosa Golf & Country Club.


PONDEROSA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB NEWSLETTER


THROUGH THE YEARS

… 30 Years a-Growing

2022 will mark the 30th year

of the birth of Ponderosa Golf

& Country Resort and just

like wine, it has mellowed

with age. What started in

1992 as a member’s club to

an elite group of at least 1000

people among Johor’s society,

and if wine is still used as a

metaphor, Ponderosa was

rich, lush, opulent, intense

and iconic within the fabric of

the local golf fraternity. It was

one of the earliest golf courses

in Johor and not many could

boast the grandeur with which

it was first presented to the

public. At a time when Taman

Molek was not fully-developed

and Taman Ponderosa not

yet mapped it was already a

gem, offering a lifestyle to the

privileged.

It grew and matured in stages

with an 18-hole golf course

completed and all buildings

with facilities ready to meet

an ever-growing membership

that included social

members. Many professional

tournaments, charity and social

events were held and where

the surrounding residents and

community grew closer within

its space becoming the pillar

of their social, emotional and

psychological well-being.


As the years wore on, much

effort was put in up-keeping

its premises with renovations

and upgrades around the

building and especially to keep

its golf course at an optimum

level of play. Despite the years,

entire management team and

staff stood together to brave the

onslaught of uncertainty. We

From Glory to Brilliance, 30 years

before and another 30 years

beyond.

its richness did not wane.

30 years on, Ponderosa Golf &

Country Club has grown from

strength to strength and today

it is named as among the best

in Johor, with a secure and

supportive base of members as

well as curious visitors who came

to play and eventually became

one of us. Especially during the

recent pandemic, its members

remain steadfast while the

stood the test of time, managing

both adversity and felicity.

Hence, it is timely to celebrate

the first 30 years of glory and to

move on to the next phase, this

time to the beat of digitalisation

and with a vibrancy of activities

centred in community,

membership and environmental

care, that will raise Ponderosa

Golf & Country Resort to new

heights.

“Through the years, you’ve

never let me down

You turned my life around

The sweetest days I’ve found,

I’ve found with you

Through the years, I’ve never

been afraid

I’ve loved the life we’ve made

And I’m so glad I stayed right

here with you

Through the years…”


PONDEROSA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB NEWSLETTER

LEADING THE WAY…2022 AND BEYOND


PONDEROSA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB NEWSLETTER

CLUB CHAMPS 2022!


Golf is all about kakis, the outdoors, and having fun while competing!

9-HOLE GOLF CHALLENGE CALENDAR

FOR 3RD QUARTER OF 2022

Winners of every series of the 9-Hole Golf Challenge will have their names listed on a plague at the

Café, and will compete in a Grand Final organised either at Home Club or at an Off-site Club at the

end of each year’s run.


PONDEROSA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB NEWSLETTER

FRIENDS OF PONDEROSA

Building Bonds through Golf …

NOW Golf in Subang Jaya and Melaka to plan for!

AYER KEROH

COUNTRY CLUB

KM 14.5 Jalan Tasik

75450 Ayer Keroh

Melaka, Malayia

Email: info@akcc.com.my

Tel: 06-233 2000

For golfers who come to Malacca, the visit must include a round of golf at Ayer Keroh Country Club. The

natural setting, the sheer length and the challenges of the course will make it an unforgettable experience.

Its 18th hole is touted as one of the longest in Southeast Asia - a Par 5 with a distance of 643 meters.

CLUB RATE: *Pay Buggy & Insurance only

KELAB GOLF

NEGARA SUBANG

P.O. Box 151

46710 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Jalan SS7/2, Kelana Jaya

47301 Petaling Jaya

Selangor

Email: kgns@subanggolf.com

Tel: 03-7876 0388

Kelab Golf Subang Negara (KGNS) is one of the major golf courses in the Klang Valley, Selangor, Malaysia

founded in 1968 by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Bin Putra Al-Haj. It has

two 18-hole courses and is located in Kelana Jaya, Selangor near Subang Jaya across the Federal Highway,

highly accessible when the yearn for golf beckons.

CLUB RATE: *Pay Buggy & Insurance only


PONDEROSA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB NEWSLETTER

MEET & GREET SESSION between

Ponderosa and A’Famosa

Committee Members

The committee members from A’Famosa Golf &

Country Resort in Melaka had a great day out on

the golf course on Saturday, 19 March 2022 for the

purpose of familiarisation. Ponderosa was proud

to host Datuk Wira Ahmad Rusli Bin Joharie,

Brigadier Jeneral Dato’ Hj Adnan Hj Adam, Dato

Mohmed Asri bin Yusof and Dato Sri Hj Zulkifli bin

Omar.

Datuk Wira Ahmad Rusli, Vice-President of

A’Famosa’s Liason Committee with General

Manager, Tan Kai Yang

IN HONOR OF THE DEVILS & WHALES!

Ponderosa is proud to have a core group of about

40 golden seniors aged between 60 - 94 years who

gather about twice a week.

“We love seeing nature while sticking to a healthy

regime of exercise to keep ourselves healthy,

enjoying a wholesome lifestyle in our golden

years”.


PONDEROSA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB NEWSLETTER

A BLISSFUL STARTING

POINT @ PADDOCK

A young man came, spotted and found the very place to help him win his bride.

He saw the Paddock at Ponderosa with lush surrounding greens, and balmy with coconut trees that

would make him less nervous, and hopefully to lull his girlfriend into agreeing to marry him. As a

cupid with his arrow, that one shot had to go straight to her heart!

The Pavilion was romantically decked out with pink balloons, hearts and while under the moonlight,

he went on his knees and won the heart of the love of his life.

Ponderosa is joyous for helping to unite two lovely couples and we wish them Happiness and Bliss

ever after!


PONDEROSA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB NEWSLETTER

30TH ANNIVERSARY FOOD BASH

This month of August, Ponderosa is coming of age. 30 years of Glory!

Let’s celebrate with our Signature Local Favourites and Beer prices going at JUST 30!

CAFÉ@PONDEROSA

Set Meals at RM30+

CARLSBERG / HEINEKEN

IN A BOTTLE

* Mee Mamak + The/Kopi Tarik/Dessert

* Nasi Goreng Kampong + The/Kopi Tarik/Dessert

* Home-made Satay (2 dozen)

Buy 2 bottles at ONLY RM30+

NEW DESSERT @ HOP SING

CHINESE RESTAURANT

CHEF HAND-MAKES

FROM SCRATCH!

Sweet Yam Paste

with Gingko

RM18.00 + per portion.


PONDEROSA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB NEWSLETTER

30TH ANNIVERSARY SPORTS BASH

POOL’S OUT & SHADES IN

The second half of 2022 will see the Olympic

Swimming Pool in a shining new light … or

rather, to shade out the light. We are installing

Shades over the pool - all for the comfort of

swimmers to keep out the direct glare and rays

of the sun.

Therefore the pool will be closed from 4-7

July, and from 11-31 July 2022.

We apologize for any inconveniences. (Artist impression from the Top)

THE HISTORY OF GOLF

“Golf is an exercise which is much used by a gentleman in Scotland……A man would live 10 years

the longer for using this exercise once or twice a week.”

- Dr. Benjamin Rush (1745 – 1813)

Golf originated from a game

played on the eastern coast

of Scotland, close to the royal

capital of Edinburgh. In those

early days players would attempt

to hit a pebble over sand dunes

and around tracks using a

bent stick or club. It was later

banned by King James II after

many became too enthusiastic

with the sport, causing neglect

in their military training.

In 1502 the game gained the

royal seal of approval when King

James IV of Scotland (1473 -1513)

became the world’s first golfing

monarch, where its popularity

quickly spread throughout 16th

century Europe. The game of golf

officially became a sport when

the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith

formed the first club in 1744.

The first ever 18-hole course

was constructed at St Andrews

in 1764, establishing the now

recognised standard for the

game. King William IV honoured

the club with the title ‘Royal

& Ancient’ in 1834, and it was

established as the world’s

premier golf club.

At this time golfers were using

hand-crafted wooden clubs

usually made from beech with

shafts of ash or hazel, and balls

were made from compressed

feathers wrapped in a stitched

horse hide.

by Ben Johnson

(Source: https://www.historic-uk.com)


PONDEROSA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB NEWSLETTER

LET’S BOND 5 –

“PREVENTION IS KEY”

For the whole month of August 2022 and coinciding with the 2nd term School Holidays, there is much

ado about safety to the theme of ‘Prevention is Key”

Among the ACTIVITIES to look out for:

• Riddle & Hunt

- A whole month and at your own time relay event to find, solve, get points and win!

• Lantern Walk & Run

- 3 September 2022 in conjunction with Mid-Autumn

Festival.

Enjoy a non-competitive Run or Walk with the family

and children with lanterns under the moonlight

on the lighted Golf Course.

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