Some serious money is being spent on building new courses and renovating older (and not-so-old) ones in pursuit of the distinction of creating Malaysia's top golf course. The Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club was opened in 1994, and had what it took to attract the Maybank Malaysian Open in 2006, but only a few years later embarked on a costly round of renovations. As a consequence, the West Course emerged in 2008 with added length, sharper teeth and a put-up-or-shut-up attitude. The parkland terrain is enlivened with brightly colored tropical flowers and plants, and the course works its way through native grasses, marshland and abundant water that is home to birds and wildlife. Work on the East Course was completed some time later. The renovated clubhouse is of course even more luxurious, and ample resources are certainly being allocated to maintenance. The calm and enchanting atmosphere remains.